Brown Butter Brown Sugar Shorties

by Sara on September 29, 2009

brown butter brown sugar shorties

I just might have a new favorite cookie, simply because these are so different from what I usually make. And they are a slice and bake, which means I can make just a couple at a time – very important, because if I had an entire pan of these, the fragrance alone would beckon me to eat an entire dozen as an afternoon snack.

I usually like my cookies with a mug of steaming coffee, occasionally tea, but with the nutty flavor of these cookies, a glass of milk really hits the spot.

brown butter brown sugar shorties

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Shorties
adapted from Gourmet via Smitten Kitchen

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used light)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Cut butter into five pieces and heat in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally at first and more frequently as the butter begins to brown. Continue until the butter gives off a nutty fragrance and has flecks of brown, about 4-8 minutes. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any brown flecks so they don’t burn. Transfer butter to a small bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a mixing bowl, cream the brown butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix. Add the flour and salt and mix on low until just combined. Transfer the contents of the bowl to a sheet of parchment and form a 12×1.5 inch log. Wrap the dough up and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

To bake: preheat oven to 350*F and position rack in the middle. Line baking sheet with parchment and slice 1/4 inch cookies from the log. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to brown and the surface is dry. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Rewrap any remaining portion of the log; refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.

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TasteStopping September 30, 2009 at 8:50 am

Homemade slice and bake cookies…does it get any better? I’m with you on portion control when it comes to baking cookies, but then again, not much would stop me from simply eating the dough, so there goes that theory! As a tried and true fan of freezing cookie dough, I can also add that, well-wrapped, these would store up to 6 months in the freezer. Good luck not using them up in a week, though, right? Seriously…brown butter brown sugar. There should be something illegal about that combination of words in the title of a recipe.

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peabody September 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Oh brown butter is so yummy…and in a cookie, awesome.

Lauren September 30, 2009 at 5:35 pm

These sound delicious =D. I love the idea of using brown butter in cookies!

TasteStopping October 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Just had to stop back in to say that I made these yesterday, spur of the moment. Yes, they are that easy! And delicious. I baked them while finishing up dinner, and once I served them, they were gone within minutes. Thanks for passing on a new favorite in this house!

hungry dog October 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

These look delicious! I remember seeing this recipe in gourmet, but I never got around to making them. Thank you for reminder and for testing them out first! Beautiful photos.

grace October 4, 2009 at 2:33 am

brown butter? superior to regular ol’ butter for sure. brown sugar? far and away more tasty than plain. that said, these cookies must be OUTSTANDING, and i thank you for the recipe and gorgeous pictures!

Sara October 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I’m so happy to hear you liked the cookies! They are so addicting, aren’t they?

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