Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies – Adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
14 Tablespoons Butter, unsalted
1 3/4 Cups Packed Light Brown Sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for rolling the cookies in
2 Cups Flour, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Large Egg +1 Egg Yolk, room temp
1 1/2 Tablespoons Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, for rolling the cookies in
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Let cool for 15 minutes. Be sure to not over cook the butter, it is a very fine line between browned butter and burnt butter. If you are a browned butter newbie, here is a good guide – How Sweet Eats
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the browned butter and 1 3/4 cups brown sugar until combined and no lumps remain, about 2 minutes.
- Add egg, yolk and vanilla and mix until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add half of the flour mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.
- Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll one heaping tablespoon of dough into ball between your palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet spacing the balls about 2 inches apart (you should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet).
- Bake cookies until tops are puffy and slightly cracked, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 2 minutes, then using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.
Recipe Note: Use fresh brown sugar, as older (harder and drier) brown sugar will make the cookies too dry.