Brown Butter Cookies

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Using butter (not margarine) is essential for the success of these deliciously rich brown butter cookies. You may need as little as 3 cups of confectioners' sugar for the brown butter icing; just stop adding it when you've reached the desired consistency.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • cup chopped pecans

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ cup hot water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Heat butter over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, until it turns nut brown in color. The foaming and bubbling are part of the browning process, but watch carefully so that it doesn't burn. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Reserve 1/2 cup of browned butter to make the icing.

  3. Pour remaining browned butter into a large mixing bowl. Beat browned butter with brown sugar until the butter is no longer hot. Mix in eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; beat thoroughly. Mix in flour and chopped pecans. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown around the edges; cool.

  5. In a medium bowl, mix the reserved 1/2 cup browned butter with 2 teaspoons vanilla, confectioners' sugar, and hot water. Beat until smooth; use to frost cookies when they are cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
7g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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