Brown sugar cookies

Brown sugar cookies

brown sugar cookies

Turn this batch of basic brown sugar cookies into different edible decorations.

  • 1 hr + cooling
  • Makes about 50
  • Easy


  • 200g soft butter
  • 125ml brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 160ml golden syrup
  • 5ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 750ml cake flour
  • pinch of salt


  1. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg, syrup and bicarb. Sift in the flour and salt and beat until smooth. Shape into a flat disc, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or
    until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 140°C. Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to 5mm thickness. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired shapes. Reroll offcuts. Bake on baking paper lined trays for 20-25 minutes or until dry to the touch. Cool on trays.


  • Add 10ml ground cinnamon, ginger or mixed spice.
  • Replace 80ml of the cake flour with cocoa powder for chocolate cookies.

Gift garlands

Cut the dough into 5-8cm hearts, stars or gingerbread men and make two holes in the middle of each before baking to thread ribbon through.

Button serviette rings

Cut the dough into 3-5cm circles. Make a smaller indent inside each. Make 2 holes in the middle of each before baking to thread ribbon through.




Magazine issue date: December, 2018

Nolwazi Dhlamini

About Margie Els-burger

Food Editor at Your Family - Margie Els-Burger won the 2018 Avo Ambassador as well as the Galliova Egg Champion. She also walked away with the 2019 ‘Galliova Food Writer of the year’ award! She is a sweet-oholic and equally loves exotic salts. Her superpower is raiding the fridge to whip up (and use up!) easy meals. If she’s not busy cooking up a storm and making food look pretty, you’ll find her out searching for new (and old!) restaurant gems - or hiding with a tin of caramel treat.