brown butter sea salt cookies

Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies

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brown butter sea salt cookies

I love brown butter anything. My cousin turned me onto these when she grabbed a bag for me from Aroma Cafe. After not too much googling, I found this recipe. It’s easy. It’s not healthy. It’s delicious.

I know there are a few people out there that just don’t “get” the salty / sweet combo. I can sympathize, because I just don’t “get” any kind of sweet meat (like teriyaki, blech!). If you’re one of those people, please believe me when I say salt brings out the flavor in everything and the salt in this cookie is subtle enough that I think (even if you don’t dig salty/sweet things) you’d still like it. Give it a go, it’s only like six ingredients and 20 minutes of your life. And would I lead you astray?  Nope. Not nevah.

brown butter sea salt cookies

What you’ll need: brown sugar, flour, baking soda, sea salt, butter and vanilla extract. Easy peasy, right? Right!

brown butter sea salt cookies

Brown the butter in a small sauce pan until there are little brown bits at the bottom and it starts to smell deliciously nutty. Place browned butter in a bowl and stir in brown sugar and vanilla extract. Add in flour and baking soda.

brown butter sea salt cookies

The mixture will be crumbly. It’s okay. Don’t get scared. What you also DON’T want to do is add more flour than necessary.

brown butter sea salt cookies

This dough is crumbly but when smooshed it should hold together.

brown butter sea salt cookies

Form into balls about 1″ wide.

 

brown butter sea salt cookies

Sprinkle the tops with sea salt and gently press the salt into the cookie. GENTLY.

 

brown butter sea salt cookies

I keep emphasizing GENTLY for a reason. Look at this cookie casualty. smh. Just pick it up and smoosh it back together if this happens to you. Bake at 325F for 15 minutes.

 

brown butter sea salt cookies

Boop! Let these cool for a bit before handling or they’ll just crumble as soon as you try to pick them up. I know, it’s hard. They smell so good.
You could be #kitchenratchet like me and pick a couple up with a spatula and put them in the fridge for a few minutes so you can devour them immediately… just saying… it’s something you could do.

Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies

adapted from taste book
makes ~24 1″ cookies in ~20 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
sea salt for sprinkling (preferably fleur de sel)

Directions

Brown the butter by placing it in a small saucepan over medium heat. It’s easy to burn this, which means you’d have to start all over, so don’t turn your back on that butter! As it caramelizes, you’ll begin to see little brown bits at the bottom of the saucepan and the butter will begin to smell nutty. Don’t burn it!! You’ve been warned.

Place browned butter in a medium bowl and add in brown sugar and vanilla. Stir to combine. In a separate small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter and sugar mixture. Let cool to room temperature before handling (about 10 minutes).

While the dough is cooling, pre-heat oven to 325F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

Form the cookies into balls about 1″ wide (about the size of a large marble). Place cookies on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt, gently (gently, I said!!) pressing the salt into the top of the cookie.

Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Don’t overcook these, or you’ll end up with a dry crumbly (but probably still delicious) mess. They should melt in your mouth!

brown butter sea salt cookies

I mean, c’mon.

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