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Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies
Servings: 32 cookies (2“ or 5 cm diameter)
Author: Kitchen Nostalgia
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 125 g
  • 3/4 cup cake flour 95 g, or substitute with mixture of 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch and 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup brown butter* 2 oz; 55g
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp honey or corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 5 1/2 ounces; 150g, like Muscovado
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
  • FOR ROLLING : optional
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper (parchment paper).
  2. In a bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Put brown butter into another large bowl. Add oil, honey, brown sugar, salt, vanilla and lemon juice and stir until combined. Add egg and yolk and continue whisking (with a hand whisk, no mixer needed) until mixture is smooth. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes at this point in order to allow sugar to dissolve.
  4. Using a spoon or spatula, stir in flour mixture until just combined, but do not overmix. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  5. Take 1 tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into balls. If you like, you can roll dough balls in a combination of brown and granulated sugar to give it a crust. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets. Press lightly to flatten to get 2 inches (5 cm) wide cookies.
  6. Bake 1 sheet at a time on the middle rack, until cookies are puffy and slightly brown, about 8 to 10 minutes (depending on your oven). Remove cookies from the oven, gently press down with the bottom of a glass. Place them back into the oven for 2 more minutes. Cookie centers should still be soft. Cool the cookies on the sheets for at least 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

*To make brown butter: In a thick-bottomed skillet, melt 1/4 cup (2 oz; 55g) unsalted butter over medium heat. Continue cooking, whisking frequently, for about - 1 to 3 minutes or until butter is lightly browned and has nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn the butter.