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