On The Menu: Brown Butter Cookies

easy brown butter cookies recipe
on the menu: brown butter cookies
I know here we are in January which means that everyone is trying to eat healthier and I am right there with you but during the winter I love spending time in the kitchen. Which means whenever I have free time I am trying new recipes and returning to long time favorites. I almost never bake these cookies but they are my mom's favorite and she made numerous requests for a batch of these over the holidays. They are rich, decadent, and so delicious.

A lot of people get intimidated by the process of browning butter. I do not know how much people have requested this recipe from me after trying the cookies only to later to tell me they failed because they burned the butter. Browning butter takes a little time. I always keep the heat on medium-low and constantly stir the butter until it has a light nutty brown color. After the butter is melted the browning process takes about 10 minutes. I promise this brown butter cookies recipe is very easy to make once you master the butter browning process.

brown butter cookies

2 cups butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5-6 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup hot water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Heat butter over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until it turns nut brown in color. The foaming and bubbling is part of the browning process, but watch it carefully so that you don't burn the butter. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Reserve 1/2 cup of the butter for the frosting.
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.
4. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.
5. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on wire racks. 6. In a medium bowl, mix the reserved 1/2 cup browned butter with 2 teaspoons vanilla, confectioners' sugar, and hot water. Beat until smooth, and use to frost cooled cookies.
brown butter cookies recipe


  1. These look wonderful Would be great to take in for the office to enjoy, otherwise I would eat them all !!

  2. yum! Like you, I LOVE being in the kitchen to bake during the winter-- it's so warm and I love all the smells!

  3. Oh my goodness, these look and sound amazing!

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  4. Yum these look amazing! I've never browned butter before but would love to learn since I since so many yummy brown butter recipes.

  5. These look so good, I need to make them, yesssssss!! xx

  6. These cookies look so soft and delicious, brown butter... mmmmm

  7. Sweet joy!

    These cookies look amazing Will try this out over the weekend!
    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe with us all :D


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  8. Hi Love

    Delicous recipe as always and will give it a go in the weekend :D

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know that’s I’m back in the blogsphere :p

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  9. So delicious, I would love some now.

  10. They look like a beautiful sugar overload!

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  11. love it!

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  12. I have an insane sweet tooth and these look so yummy

  13. So going to have to try these out


  14. I can see why these are your mom's favorite cookies as they sound amazing! Glad that you made them for her! I will have to try these out for myself! Thanks so much for the recipe!


  15. Oh yum! These cookies look really, really good!

  16. These look so delicious! I've missed you ladies around here! Hope you're coming back soon :)

  17. How nice of you to make these for your mom! :) They look so yummy! Can you send me a batch?!


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