Cookies, Desserts

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

May 18, 2012
I must admit – I’m a prop junkie.  I love getting new plates, silverware, napkins, and much more, all for my food photography for the blog.  It’s funny because I used to spend all my money on clothes, and now spend all my money on kitchen items and photo props.  There was one point, probably a few months ago, when I would go to a different store weekly and purchase new items for the blog.  Finally, I took control of myself and stopped looking.  Now I just indulge ever so often on the occasional thrift store or Marshalls find.  
The things that I wish I had tons of but only have a few, are fun baking and party items like colorful straws, wooden spoons, cute bags and boxes, and ribbon and twine.  They are simple and small, but add so much to a food photo shoot and a party.  It’s these small details that really shine.  
A few weeks ago I received a wonderful package from Brooke at Lemon Drop Shop.  Included was some of the cutest supplies I’ve every seen!  I was seriously a giddy school-girl opening the package.  I couldn’t wait to bake something so I can use these items in a photo shoot.  I almost immediately whipped up a batch of these wonderful Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies.  These cookies were soft and buttery, and had this wonderful nutty flavor.  They were the perfect cookies to showcase all the fun supplies I received.
I’ve never made cookies with melted butter, let alone brown butter.  But now my eyes are opened and I can’t wait to experiment more with this delicious cookie recipe!
And if you’re ever looking for some cute baking and party supplies, please make sure to visit Lemon Drop Shop.  Her items are so colorful and fun!  I know this will be my go-to supply shop :).
*Lemon Drop Shop supplied the paper goods, twine, bags and boxes, and straws in these pictures.   However, everything stated in this post is my own opinion and I would feel the same and highly recommend Lemon Drop Shop even if I didn’t receive these items.

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies
For Printable Recipe, Click here!
Makes: About 40 Cookies
14 tablespoons (1 ¾ Sticks) Unsalted Butter
2 cups All Purpose Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
1 ¾ cups Brown Sugar
Pinch Salt
1 Egg
1 Egg Yolk
1 tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ cup Sugar, For Topping
¼ cup Brown Sugar, For Topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.  Set aside until needed.
In a small saucepan, heat 10 tablespoons of butter over medium heat until it turns an amber-brown color, about 5 minutes.  Transfer the brown butter to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter until it has completely melted.   Set aside until the butter has cooled.
Whisk together the ¼ of sugar and ¼ of brown sugar in a shallow dish.  Set aside until needed.
In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Set aside.
Once the butter has cooled, stir in the 1¾ cups of brown sugar and the salt.  Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, and stir until combined.  Stir in the flour mixture, and mix until fully incorporated.
Using your hands, roll about 1½ tablespoons of dough into small balls.  Carefully roll the dough ball in the sugar/brown sugar mixture.  Place the cookie on the prepared baking sheets, and repeat with the remaining dough. 
Bake the cookies until they have just set, about 8 minutes.  DO NOT OVER BAKE! These bake really fast and if you over bake them, they will burn and be hard as a rock.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 1 minute and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.  Serve and enjoy!
These last up to 4 days in sealed container.
Recipe from Lets Dish Recipes

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  • Blog is the New Black May 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Brown butter makes everything better!

  • Sallysbakingaddiction May 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I am a brown butter fiend.  It really gives any baked good recipe that little something extra.  And I just love the nutty undertones it gives.  I’m saving this recipe for sure.

    It’s hard to capture brown cookies so beautifully – you are such a talented photographer Krissy!

  • Georgia The Comfort of Cooking May 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I love a good sugar cookie, and using brown sugar for these is a great idea! Your pictures are beautiful, Krissy!

  • Averie Cooks May 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I would be like a kid in a candy store with a care package like that..adorable props! And ikwym about wanting to shop for them, frequently 🙂

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  • Kayla May 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I always love your props and photos!! These cookies look great! 🙂 

  • DessertForTwo May 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I agree! I had to take control of myself early on.  I just couldn’t find any place to store all of my items!  But I’ve always admired your photos because they pop with color! 🙂

  • Karen May 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I love your photos, and these cookies look sooo good.  I can’t wait to try them.

  • Paula Kelly-Bourque May 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    The cookies look and sound delicious and your photos of them (with all your cute props) are wonderful.

    P.S.  I tend to spend the money I normally would on clothing on cookie decorating supplies.  So much more fun shopping now 🙂

  • Julie @ Table for Two May 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

    so funny, i was just talking to jason about this. i used to spend a lot of money shopping and going to mall, getting manis/pedis, etc…but then i started food blogging and spend all my weekends cooking…so all my spending money now goes towards groceries, and my credit card bills have gotten a lot smaller now cause i don’t spend money on unneccessary clothes…just groceries and the food props 😉

  • Janine ( May 19, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Okay, the cookies sound delicious but I gotta confess that my favorite thing about this post is all the super cute straws!

  • Baker Street May 19, 2012 at 3:28 am

    i love baking with brown butter and these cookies look incredibly delicious! 

  • Krissy's Creations May 19, 2012 at 4:29 am

    That’s so me!  Expect that my bill isn’t smaller haha!

  • Krissy's Creations May 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I love spending money on baking items rather than clothing too 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations May 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

     Thanks for the wonderful comment!

  • Krissy's Creations May 19, 2012 at 4:31 am

     Thanks Georgia!  I love how these cookies have no regular sugar and all brown sugar 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations May 19, 2012 at 4:31 am

     Thanks so much Sally!

  • Aly M May 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I made some brown butter ones for Christmas. They were so yummy!

  • Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats May 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Oh lordy, I love brown butter, brown sugar and cookies.  I’m in.

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day May 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Your props are awesome…I spend way too much money on them! I love brown butter too, these sound so good!

  • Lauren May 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Krissy, I just found you on tastespotting and wanted to tell you that I love your photos! What type of camera do you use?

  • beti May 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I can see myself making ice cream sandwiches with these cookies, they look great!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies May 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I LOVE all those colourful props, and your photos are gorgeous as always! What a fun package to receive!

  • ATasteOfMadness May 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Your props are gorgeous, we really do appreciate it. I LOVE the straws, I am still trying to find out where to buy them!

  • Janet@FCTC May 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Love your props! I’m still working on getting more but my husband hates when I go through the areas of the stores where the ‘fun stuff” is hehe. As for the cookies, I’ll take a few dozen please! 😛

  • Sarah May 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Jealous of your props! And these cookies look delicious. 

  • MamBearMcGee July 24, 2013 at 2:23 am

    For some reason, when we mixed everything as directed, the batter was really soft. We had to add Lots more flour (a sprinkle at a time) to get a consistency that we could kind of handle. Needless to say, they were still so so So yummy!!