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Best Creme Brûlée Sugar Cookies Recipe

Caramelized sugar is our new favorite frosting sub. Bursting with vanilla flavor, these butter cookies sport the burnt-sugar topping of their namesake.

Creme Brûlée Sugar Cookies

Yields: 40
Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 50 mins


For the Cookies:
  • 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

For the Frosting:
  • 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350° and line two cookie sheets with parchment. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, then add mixture to wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.

Using a small cookie scoop, place tablespoon balls of dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Press down lightly on each cookie to flatten slightly. Bake until edges are just starting to brown, 9 to 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Make frosting: Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Put sugar into a small bowl. Spread about a tablespoon of frosting onto tops of each cookie, then press into granulated sugar, coating frosting with sugar.

Just before serving, use a kitchen torch to caramelize sugar on top, then set aside to cool. Store cookies in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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