Monday, January 17, 2011

Brown Sugar Cookies

I almost passed these cookies by and that would have been a shame.  Tracey raved about them, as did a few other bloggers. The first time I made them, I rolled them in sugar as directed, and they were too sweet for me. I now bypass that step (and reduce the sugar and brown sugar accordingly), but I'm giving you the recipe as written in case sweeter cookies are in demand with your tasters.

Brown Sugar Cookies
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated
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14 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups brown sugar, divided
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Heat 10 tablespoons butter in a deep skillet or large saucepan over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from the heat and transfer the browned butter to a large heatproof bowl (for real - the first time I made these, my bowl cracked). Stir remaining butter into the hot butter to melt; set aside for 15 minutes.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. In a shallow bowl or baking dish, mix the sugar and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, rubbing between your fingers until combined well; set aside. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and baking powder together in medium bowl; set aside.

Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups brown sugar and the salt to the bowl with the cooled butter and mix until no sugar lumps remain, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula; add egg, yolk, and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined, about 1 minute, making sure no flour pockets remain.

Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out the cookies (you should get approximately 24 cookies, each about 2 tablespoons. Roll the scoops in your hands into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Working in batches, toss balls in reserved sugar mixture to coat and set on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart, 12 dough balls per sheet. 

Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are browned and still puffy and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone), 12 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Do not overbake.

Cool cookies on the baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Cool to room temperature. Makes 24 cookies.


Kayte said...

I made these after you sent me the recipe that day and we really liked them...they are a little odd when you think of them, but they taste and look great! Yours look just like mine so I must have done them right. lol LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that plate your have them resting on, so very pretty.

Anonymous said...

They sound awesome! Happy New Year!

Katrina said...

I was just searching around for a sugar cookie and these popped up. They look great to me!
I wanted to make a big cookie pizza with sugar cookie dough. Do you think these would work for that or should I stick with regular sugar cookie dough?

Di said...

They didn't look like much, but these certainly were tasty. Maybe one of these days I'll get as far as blogging about them, but there are lots of things ahead of them in line. =) Glad you enjoyed them!

Tracey said...

You know, I think my post for these cookies is lingering in my drafts somewhere. Thanks for the reminder :) These were really yummy, and definitely more exciting than they sound initially. Hope we can bake together again soon!

Julie said...

I love browned butter anything. Can't wait to try these.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

And your twitter buddies love you too!! And thanks to all of you, and especially this post, I'll have to try these cookies. I always skip the rolling in sugar part of a cookie recipe; my hubs thinks it makes cookies too sweet and now I agree with him. (pretty though)

Miss you around twitterdom...

Cakelaw said...

These sound really good! I find many of the best recipes on other blogs.

Gabe's Girl said...

Long time since I've visited blog world. Miraculously, my toddler took a nap, so I am reading some blogs. This recipe looks so good. An interesting one, too. I am going to try to make it real soon. Brown butter is my thing now!