Browned Butter Cookies

These Browned Butter Cookies are amazing. The browned butter gives it a subtle and rich flavor.

Browned Butter Cookies

I am a sucker for anything with browned butter in its title or its list of ingredients.  It was the title Browned Butter Cookies that got me to buy an entire new cookbook.

My sweet sister in law gave us a gift certificate to a local bookstore for Christmas.  Last weekend all three of us went to the bookstore to see what we wanted.  We each got something.  Tessa opted for Mindy Gledhill’s newest CD, Anchor.  I think she has listened to it  none stop since she brought it home.  It is quite lovely so I don’t mind.

Jim got himself a  new book and I got a new cookbook.  A cookie cookbook.

I didn’t have to go any farther than the second recipe in the book when I knew it was going home with me.

Browned Butter Cookies

I love using browned butter.  I have enjoyed it in cake , in brownies, and even over ravioli. Now I can add cookies to that list.

Browned Butter Cookies

The cookie part is basically a nice soft sugar cookie.  I found that like a lot of sugar cookies this one was actually softer and just as good the second day.  I don’t know about the third day because we ate them all before then.

Browned Butter Cookies

But what makes this cookie so good and what caused me to eat way too many of them is the browned butter frosting!

Browned Butter Cookies

If you are a frosting fan like I am (that’s why we eat cake right?  To have frosting) you are going to want to pile the frosting onto these cookies.  I actually got out my cake decorating tips and piped it right on!  Not only do you get more frosting that way but  it looks prettier.  I just used one of my big round tips (sorry my tips are so old the numbers are worn off most of them!)

Browned Butter Cookies

Browned Butter Cookies
  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 2⅓ C flour
Browned Butter Frosting
  • ½ C butter
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ C heavy cream or ½ and ½
Browned Butter Cookies:
  1. Mix butter and sugar together in a bowl
  2. Add in egg yolks, salt, soda and vanilla
  3. Stir in flour and mix until combined
  4. Form dough into one inch balls
  5. Chill dough on a cookie sheet for about 1 hour in the refrigerator
  6. Dip the bottom of a drinking glass into sugar and then press the ball of dough flat (about ¼ inch) Bake cookies on an ungreased cookie at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden
  7. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a minute and then remove to a cooling rack
Browned Butter Frosting:
  1. In a small pan brown butter over medium heat
  2. Watch closely
  3. Allow it to just turn golden brown, flecks will appear
  4. Butter will get foamy
  5. Stir often to make sure it browns evenly
  6. Remove from heat and cool slightly
  7. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and cream
  8. Beat in mixer on medium high until it has a creamy texture
  9. Frost cooled cookies

recipe from 101 Gourmet Cookies for Everyone by Wendy Paul

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I know why I like you so much, your book choice is a cookie cookbook; and you share the recipe and pictures with us! I need to find some baking time to try these.

  2. Allyson says

    These look so good that my mouth is watering right now. I can’ wait to try them! I see baking in my weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Dawn says

    Yummy! Those look like my kind of cookies. They would be so good with a cup of herbal tea. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

  4. Tamara says

    These look so yummy. We’re trying not to do sugar at our house right now, but we can certainly share with others. Glad you enjoyed the gift card!

  5. Megan S says

    I tried two batches of these tonight and neither of them turned out. They spread and flattened out too much during baking. I didn’t even make the frosting because I deemed them a failure.


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