Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

by Megan on August 2, 2012

I was going to tell you guys how I’ve been listening to the new Fiona Apple album on repeat. I was going to make a pizza, or focaccia bread, or quiche last weekend. I was going to sandwich chocolate in between these little cookies. I had plans like that. However, once I tasted these, I realized they need nothing at all! They taste like toffee and caramel! Brown butter is the best accessory these cookies could’ve ever worn.

I made these a bit smaller than an average cookie — travel-size. It turns out that these are chewy and delicious at any size! Oh, and I bet you guys have the ingredients to make these right now. How fun!

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies
Recipe adapted mostly from The Novice Chef

Ingredients:

for cookies -

  • 8 T (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup + 2 T unbleached flour
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t vanilla extract
for rolling -
  • 2 heaping T brown sugar
  • 2 heaping T granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Continue to cook, swirling the pan, until the butter turns golden brown. There will be small flakes of brown in the bottom of the pan. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl stir together the 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and granulated sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Add brown sugar to the bowl with the cooled brown butter and whisk until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk until there are no lumps. Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until no flour streaks remain.
  4. If you’d like to make 16 cookies roll the dough into a ball about 1 1/2 tablespoons in size. To make ones the size I made, divide that regular-sized cookie ball in half. Roll into a ball and roll through the sugar mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 7-12 minutes depending on the size of cookie you make. They’re done when the edges are just golden. Allow to cool on a the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

I hope you’re having a relaxing week!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane, A Broad August 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

I do, indeed, have all of these ingredients in my kitchen. You temptress, you.

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Megan August 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

Yes! Diane, girl, these cookies taste like toffee. It’s a miracle made out of pantry staples!

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cindy August 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

brown butter and brown sugar are the best couple! these are so cute and dainty!

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Megan August 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

They just don’t need to get married to prove their love!

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Mark August 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

I am going to try these this weekend! Thanks for the post.

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Megan August 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

Awesome, Mark! I bet you’ll just love them!

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Jenny (vintagesugarcube) August 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Lordy! Brown butter and Brown Suga Suga are 2 of my favorite ingredients. I’ll be busting these out soon. Love your recipes. Sooo fun too.

PS. I even brown my butter before I add it to mashed potatoes. :)

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Megan August 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

Oh hell yeah. Brown butter in mashed potatoes!? Jenny, I like the way you think.

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Billy August 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

PUNCHDANCE! PUNCHDANCE!

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Megan August 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

Boom shaka laka!

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Laura Dembowski August 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

These look great. I love sugar cookie,s and it’s always fun to put a new spin on an old favorite!

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Megan August 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

For sure, Laura. Summer remix!

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Dana August 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

There is no way that these can’t be awesome.

(And personally, I think a travel size cookie is the perfect size cookie.)

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Megan August 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

I agree! I love small treats.

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NicoleD August 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Oh man, your cookies look so soft and chewy! Want! Need!

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Megan August 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

Oh you totally do need them! They’re the softest and chewiest!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe August 6, 2012 at 1:25 am

Love that these are also rolled in brown sugar! They look wonderfully chewy and delicious!

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Megan August 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

No such thing as too much brown sugar, right? :)

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Michelle August 7, 2012 at 12:02 am

Today I need cookies. I need so many cookies. I need *all* the cookies! So I baked these, and I’m going to eat them. I’ll probably stop before “all”, but still…thanks for the recipe! I could tell by the dough (you know, getting a running start) that these are keepers! Bake on!

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Megan August 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Yes! I’m glad you made them. So good, right?!

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All That I'm Eating August 20, 2012 at 6:11 am

These sound amazing and I bet I do have everything I need to make them!

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Megan August 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Perfect!

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Eftychia August 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Delicious cookies!

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Megan August 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thanks!

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Megan @ MegGoesNomNom August 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

Oh my goodness, I need to make these cookies. I am a sucker for a chewy cookie, and I can tell from just looking at the pictures that these are in fact, chewy. They’re on my weekend to-do list!

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Aimee April 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I must have done something wrong. The dough was crumbling and I had to press it together. When I baked them, they stayed in balls. I hope everyone has better luck than I did. They sounded really good!

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Megan April 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm

oh no! I’m sorry, Aimee. That’s the worst. Sorry these guys were jerks.

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Aimee April 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I wondered if I should have used 2 sticks of butter or 2 eggs?? Any ideas?

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