Monday, August 20, 2012

Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

What a wonderful weekend. After all of the super hot weather in June and July, August around here is feeling more like September. We are back to sleeping with our windows open at night. My electric meter has stopped spinning out of control. Dinner outside Friday, Easy Catering job and the rest of the weekend was spent hanging with Friends and riding the Motorcycle. This is what beautiful weekends are made of. Over the weekend, I decided to whip up a batch of cookies. I had come across this recipe last week. I LOVE brown butter anything and these cookies were PERFECT.

Oh my ~~ The melding of sugars and browned butter make the world a light heavenly crinkle cookie. These cookies just melt in your mouth. Perfect for summer, light and delightful, but they would also be great with a cup of tea or coffee on a cold afternoon. Drinking tea and playing cards....

The recipe called to frost the cookies with a Salted Caramel Frosting. That would probably send these cookies over the top, but for today just sugar.

Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies
slightly adapted from
3 dozen cookies

1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoom baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
addtional sugar for dusting

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the butter has browned and developed specs. Swirling occasionally to keep the butter moving and browning evenly. Pour butter into your mixing bowl. Scape pan with spatula to remove all specs.  Add both sugars to the mixing bowl containing the brown butter. Mix together. This will intensify the nuttiness of the butter and sugar. I actually let mine sit for 2 hours.

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Wisk together. Set aside

Attached bowl to mixer and start mixing. I mixed for about 2 minutes. The sugared butter was light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and mix until just incorporated. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Scoop dough out with cookie scoop or two spoons, form ball and place on Silpat or greased cookie sheet.
Sprinkle each cookie with granulated sugar. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until ever so slightly browning on sides.

Allow cookies to cool before transferring to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for freshness. If they last that long.

These cookies were so easy to put together. I am really glad I tried this recipe. I will need to make another batch, because I promised people some cookies, and this morning there were only 4 or 5 cookies left.



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