These vanilla-flavored butter cookies are baked until the edges are browned and crisp.
Many butter cookie recipes instruct you to remove them from the oven while they are still pale blonde. In this instance, the browned edge adds another dimension to an already delicious treat.
In other recipes (see below), the butter is purposely browned and used as an ingredient to lend a nutty flavor to the end product.
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) room-temperature butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large room-temperature egg
- 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheet pans or line them with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg, and beat until light.
- Add sifted flour and salt, and mix well. Drop by half-teaspoonfuls onto prepared pans. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are browned.
- To keep these butter cookies crispy, store in an airtight container.
Desserts Using Browned Butter
- Browned Butter and Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe: In this recipe, the butter is browned and cooled before adding it to the rest of the ingredients for a nice spin on traditional chocolate chip cookies.
- Pumpkin Cake with Browned Butter Icing Recipe: This pumpkin cake makes a fabulous dessert for Thanksgiving, a fall treat or any time of year. The browned butter in the icing sets off the warm spice flavors perfectly.
- Browned Butter Fudge Recipe: The butter in this recipe is browned first, to give it a slightly nutty, caramelized taste. The end result is a smooth, sweet fudge.
- Ricotta Cake with Browned Butter Glaze Recipe: Browning the butter in the glaze for this brown sugar and ricotta cake adds a nutty depth of flavor.
- Cashew Cookies with Browned Butter Icing Recipe: It's the browned butter icing that makes this easy recipe for drop cookies so special.