brown sugar cookies with strawberries & cream

April 17, 2014

in Cookies

Sweet strawberries dipped in brown sugar were a favorite childhood snack of mine. I’ve translated the duo to cookie form, creating an effortless treat that happens to be pretty enough for a spring party.

Brown Sugar Cookies with Strawberries & Cream | Tutti Dolci The Soft Batch-style brown sugar cookies make an incredibly tender pillow for the rich and tangy cream cheese frosting. Finished with a plump berry, each bite is sweetly satisfying.

Brown Sugar Cookies with Strawberries & Cream | Tutti Dolci Brown Sugar Cookies with Strawberries & Cream
1 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp dark honey (or molasses)

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp low-fat milk
Strawberries for topping

Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and brown sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, vanilla, and honey, beating to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form 1 1/2″ balls of dough and place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 8 minutes, until edges are set. Immediately make a well in the center of each cookie with the back of a spoon. Cool for 4 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until combined; beat in salt and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and beat well, scraping down bowl as needed. Add milk; beat on medium-high speed until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Pipe or spoon frosting in the center of each cookie, top with a strawberry, and serve immediately. Cookies and frosting can be made ahead; assemble just before serving.

Yield – 20 cookies
Calories – 185 (per cookie)
Carbs – 26

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1 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health April 17, 2014

i could just eat that strawberries and cream…


2 cheri April 17, 2014

What a clever idea, so perfect for parties this time of year, although I could probably eat a plate of these by myself, love cookies!


3 Valerie April 17, 2014

Ah, the cookies alone sound incredible but combined with cream cheese frosting & fresh berries; irresistible!!


4 Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers April 17, 2014

Such pretty cookies and perfect for a special treat. So nice to see bright, fresh fruit again!


5 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan April 17, 2014

WOW – what gorgeous cookies – and that frosting! wow!


6 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 17, 2014

How gorgeous are these cookies?! Strawberries and cream has my heart forever.


7 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen April 17, 2014

Sweetly satisfying, indeed! I love how you took a childhood favorite flavor combo and turned it into a dessert cookie, Laura! The perfect treat for spring. :) And, your strawberries are picture-perfect beautiful!


8 Liren April 17, 2014

What a lovely idea! I love how you transformed a favorite treat from childhood, Laura!


9 Kate @ Diethood April 17, 2014

Lawwwwd, these look fabulawzzzz!


10 Anna (Hidden Ponies) April 17, 2014

Oooh, these just went on my “must-make” list – what a great idea!


11 Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE April 17, 2014

This is so unique, I LOVE it. Now you have me wanting to try brown sugar with strawberries. When I was little I loved sprinkling regular sugar, so the added molasses in brown sugar, must be divine. Thanks for the recipe :) Ahh cannot wait for strawberry picking in MN!


12 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 17, 2014

Oh right.. now I want to go back to my childhood and try strawberries with brown sugar instead of white. :) I was the kid with red all over her face sitting with a bowl of sugar. LOL

I must try these cookies because I can taste them in my mouth already.


13 Lizzy (Good Things) April 17, 2014

How wonderful!


14 Terra April 17, 2014

Not only are your cookies beautiful with the strawberry on top. The flavors mixed together must taste delicious! Hugs, Terra


15 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 17, 2014

So cute Laura! And now I’ve got to try out strawberries dipped in brown sugar :D


16 Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking April 17, 2014

What a great idea! These look so delicious and a perfect way to welcome in Spring!


17 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} April 17, 2014

Okay brown sugar is a huge weakness of mine. When I saw these, my mouth began to water. Nicely done!


18 Tieghan April 17, 2014

So gorgeous!! I am beyond excited for the berries to be returning! :)


19 Deb April 18, 2014

What a marvelous spring treat! Reminiscent of a mini strawberry shortcake enveloped in sweetness!


20 Charles April 18, 2014

These look amazing Laura, and with a whole strawberry on top too?! They look so lush and red too… jealous here!


21 Liz April 18, 2014

The cookies sounds amazing, the icing sounds amazing and putting the two together with a gorgeous strawberry sounds divine!!!! Happy Easter!!!


22 JJ - 84thand3rd April 18, 2014

Now all I can think about is a sandwich made with these cookies, the frosting and sliced strawberries! Perfection! (and Happy Easter!)


23 Karen (Back Road Journal) April 19, 2014

What a great idea to serve at a party…I think they would be irresistible.


24 Maria@PinkPatisserie April 19, 2014

Just beautiful! Gorgeous berries and equally gorgeous cookies. Love those flavors together!!


25 Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) April 20, 2014

Aren’t they beautiful. Those strawberries look almost fake they’re so perfect!


26 whatjessicabakednext April 21, 2014

Brown sugar cookies sound delicious- bet they have a lovely molasses flavour in each bite! Loving the addition of strawberries n cream- so divine!


27 Lan | morestomach April 21, 2014

these are just so cute!



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