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Cinnamon brown sugar cookies are perfect for rolling out and cutting into shapes. They are based on our favorite sugar cookies, but have the goodness of cinnamon and brown sugar baked right in!

Cinnamon brown sugar cookies cut into leaf, mushroom and acorn shapes and decorated with royal icing.

Give your sugar cookies a little twist for fall. With the warmth of cinnamon and brown sugar baked inside, these tasty cookies have just a little bit more to offer than your standard cut out cookie.

We cut them into fun fall shapes and decorated them with royal icing to make a festive dessert. They are always a hit and fun to serve at a party.

Cut out cinnamon brown sugar cookies, freshly baked.

Original Post from 2015

I just love sugar cookies.  I like to make them. I have been having fun decorating them.  I love to eat them too!  

I wanted something a little bit warmer this time.  Something with a little more depth of flavor.  

So I replaced half the sugar in my go-to sugar cookies with brown sugar and added just a bit of cinnamon.  The results were exactly what I was going for.

Collage of step by step images of small child making cookie dough in mixer.

These cookies are great for rolling and cutting.  If you want a strong cinnamon flavor, you will want to add more.  

I just wanted enough to warm up the flavor slightly.  I think it is the perfect twist but won’t upset sugar cookie purists.

Tips and Tricks

As with most baking recipes, it is best to start out with softened butter and room temperature eggs. That allows the ingredients to more readily incorporate.

Don’t overmix the dough. The trick to tender baked goods is to mix the flour until it is just incorporated, you don’t want to develop the glutens.

Give the dough a nice long chill before you try to roll it out. That will give it time to stiffen up a bit and the flavors will have a chance to meld.

You can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it if you would like. You can also make some now and freeze some dough for later.

Just defrost the frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight and it will be well chilled and ready to go the next day. The freezer can be a baker’s best friend.

As written, these cookies have a mild cinnamon flavor. Feel free to add a bit more for a stronger flavor, a grate or two of nutmeg would be delicious too.

You don’t really want the edges or bottoms of the cookies to take on much color. Bake them until they are set, but not browned.

Baked cinnamon brown sugar cookies ready to be iced.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes to allow them to firm up a bit. Then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Or they can be frozen for several months.

We like to bake the cookies a week or so in advance and freeze them until closer to the event. Then we whip up some royal icing and decorate them a day or two ahead of time.

Iced cinnamon brown sugar cookies in shapes of pumpkins, apples, leaves, a mushroom and a heart.

Once the icing is completely set, the cookies can be stacked an placed in an airtight container until you are ready to serve them. They store well at room temperature for up to a week.

More Fun Flavored Cut Out Cookie Recipes

Gingerbread cookies are another classic cut out cookie that are loaded with warm flavors and spice. This recipe is butter based and uses common spices that you are sure to love.

For softer cookies, try making sour cream cut out cookies. We also love chocolate sour cream cookies for a change.

If chocolate is your thing, dark chocolate cut out cookies are sure to be your jam. Or try peanut butter cut out cookies for a tasty peanut twist.

Check out my full collection of cut out cookie recipes and choose your favorite.

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Cinnamon brown sugar cookies cut into leaf, mushroom and acorn shapes and decorated with royal icing.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cookies

Servings: 48 Cookies
Author: Carlee
These tender sugar cookies have the goodness of cinnamon and brown sugar baked right in. They are perfect for rolling, cutting into shapes and decorating.
4.84 from 18 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 39 minutes


  • cups unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. 
    1½ cups unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated white sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Add eggs and vanilla, mix until completely incorporated
    4 large eggs, 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Mix in flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until just combined.
    5 cups all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Place half the dough  onto a floured surface and roll to 1/4-1/2 inch thick.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake 6-8 minutes
  • Cool on sheet for a couple of minutes and then move to a cooling rack.
  • Allow to completely cool before you decorate



Serving: 1cookieCalories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 122mgSugar: 8g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Karen Jersvig

Wednesday 15th of November 2023

Theses sound delicious. I am going to try to make cookie Christmas trees and wanted to know if these could be used in that manner. Thank you Karen


Wednesday 15th of November 2023

Yes! They will make tasty Christmas trees. I hope you love them!


Monday 14th of November 2022

Can this be used as a blind bake pie crust when making like a dutch apple or caramelized pear pie.


Monday 14th of November 2022

Sure! You could bake them like this and then arrange them over your baked pie if you want. That would be pretty and taste amazing!

Edye Nicole

Sunday 17th of July 2016

Pinned! Can't wait to make a batch :)

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Monday 18th of July 2016

Thank you! They are so good and perfect for fall!


Thursday 17th of December 2015

Simple Delicious cookies that look beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays!!! These will work for most holidays!!


Friday 18th of December 2015

Thank you! These were great fun to make!


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Ooh the brown sugar & cinnamon switch make these great!! Have a great week! Kim


Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Thank you! It was just to play a bit with one of my favorite recipes.