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Monday, May 9, 2011

Brown Sugar Cookies

BROWN sugar cookies.

These cookies taste super delicious and I recommend them highly.  They are also not hard to make.  We all know and enjoy the sugar cookie.  These are the same thing, but with BROWN sugar.  And because of the brown sugar, they taste better (I think).  Sugar cookies are yummy too, but they are kind of boring.  These brown sugar cookies are not.  They are rich and not too sweet (in spite of all the sugar) and molasses-y tasting.  They are awesome!  I was surprised by the level of delicious that came out of these cookies.  Hooray for delicious surprises!

By the way, there is a TON of butter in this recipe.  It does make 30 cookies, but there is a lot of butter.  The bulk of the butter you brown before you bake with it, and that is another reason these cookies have more depth of flavor than expected.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe from "America's Test Kitchen."

So.  Here we go!

14 tablespoons of unsalted butter (I know!)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 cups flour, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 extra egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla

To the baking:

1. Heat 10 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until melted.  Continue cooking for 2-4 more minutes, or until the butter is a dark golden brown.  
The butter melting.
The butter browning.
2. Once the butter is brown, immediately remove from heat.  Put the rest of the butter in a large bowl and pour the brown butter over it.  Set aside for butter to melt.

Blending the butters.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  While the butter is melting, in a small bowl or dish combine granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  Mix well and put aside.
The 2 sugars.
Mixed well, if I do say so myself!
4.  In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
Flour and the baking soda and power.
5. Combine the remaining brown sugar with the butter and mix well (for about 30 seconds) until the mixture is free of lumps.
Brown sugar and butter.
Blended, no lumps.  (Like shaken, not stirred).
6. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix again.
Egg, Egg Yolk and Vanilla.
7.  Add the flour mixture slowly, stirring as you go.  Mix until just combined.  
Flour mixture added.
Combined.  The dough.
8.  Break pieces of the dough off and roll into balls.
About this big.
9.  Roll the balls in the granulated sugar and brown sugar mixture.
Rolling in the sugar mixture.

A finished, pre-baked cookie,
9.  Put the cookies about 2 inches apart on the parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Ready for the oven.
10.  Bake one sheet of cookies at a time so you can rotate the trays halfway through.  Cook them for about 12-14 minutes.  They will look underdone and the center will still be soft, but they will harden out of the oven.  (I overcooked these because I thought they weren't done; I added an extra 3 minutes and the cookies were pretty hard, so be careful not to overcook!)  Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack.  Enjoy!!!

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