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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27 Comments

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

i could just eat that strawberries and cream…

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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!

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3 Valerie April 17, 2014

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

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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!

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5 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan April 17, 2014

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

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6 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 17, 2014

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

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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!

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8 Liren April 17, 2014

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

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9 Kate @ Diethood April 17, 2014

Lawwwwd, these look fabulawzzzz!

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10 Anna (Hidden Ponies) April 17, 2014

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

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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!

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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.

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13 Lizzy (Good Things) April 17, 2014

How wonderful!

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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

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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

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16 Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking April 17, 2014

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

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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!

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18 Tieghan April 17, 2014

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

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19 Deb April 18, 2014

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

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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!

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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!!!

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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!)

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23 Karen (Back Road Journal) April 19, 2014

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

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24 Maria@PinkPatisserie April 19, 2014

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

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25 Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) April 20, 2014

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

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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!

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27 Lan | morestomach April 21, 2014

these are just so cute!

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