August 18, 2011

Browned Butter Crinkles with Browned Butter Frosting

These are one of MY NEW FAVORITE COOKIES thanks to that sinful browned butter frosting.  Oh my gosh!! It is so rich and creamy and divine all thanks to one simple little step - browning the butter!  It's not just the taste, but the smell is amazing too!  I had to keep smelling the pan while I waited for the butter to cool! Browning the butter adds an amazing nutty/toffee type flavor that adds so much depth to your frosting all with one little stick of butter.  I took these to work and I got rave reviews and several requests for the recipe!  You know it is good when people actually ask for the recipe!!   
Browned Butter Crinkles 
with Browned Butter Frosting
adapted from: 101 Gourmet Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
1 c. sugar
3 egg yolks
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs yolks and salt.  Beat until well blended.  Mix in soda and vanilla.  Last, add flour and mix until combined.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.  Form into balls and dip tops in sugar.  Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten cookies using the bottom of a glass.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.  Cool completely and top with frosting.

Browned Butter Frosting
1 stick butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. heavy cream (I used half-and-half)

Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until golden brown specks appear, stirring occasionally.  Butter will get foamy and if you swirl the pan around, the butter will be light brown and you will see brown bits.  It will have an amazing nutty smell to it.  Almost like english toffee.  Remove from heat and cool completely. (I let mine cool slightly, then I put it in the fridge to continue cooling - it might solidify, but that's okay, just use a rubber scraper and scrape every last bit into your mixing bowl).  Add powdered sugar and vanilla to mixing bowl with butter.  Beat until crumbly.  Slowly add cream until frosting reaches desired consistency.  Spread onto cooled cookies.  Keep refrigerated.    

Jenn's Notes: My first batch, I tried a small ice cream scoop for shaping my cookies, but I thought they turned out too big, because they spread out a lot during baking.  I shaped the remaining dough into smaller balls.  I ended up with 36 cookies (with one large batch and two smaller batches).  I liked them best baked for 9 minutes.  The cookie is crispy on the outside, but chewy in the middle.  The cookies are great, but the frosting is really the star!!  It was a good thing I had planned to take these to work or none of the frosting would have made it to the cookies.  These cookies are very rich!  


  1. These sound yummy. A friend of mine made similar cookies a long time ago, and I haven't found it's equal...this may be close!

  2. I am a frosting girl. You almost have me convinced to get up now and make these! They sound awesome!

  3. I'm a frosting girl, too. These look sooooo delicious.

  4. Can't wait to try these! For now I'll have to with my morning tea, please! Thanks for sharing, they look so yummy!

  5. Yummy! These are great for after dinner treats for house guest! I can't wait to try them :D

  6. Oh noo, just found your blog... this discovery is going to do terrible things for my diet (Thank you) ;)

    Love your blog, and now I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to trying lots and lots of yummy food!


  7. I think these could be my new favorite cookies, too. I've been wanting to experiment with browned butter. These cookies look like a good place to start. Thanks for inspiring and sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  8. Browned butter is the best! I might have to give these a try!

  9. Wow, I need to give these a try! Browned butter anything is delicious. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  10. these are soo good, i just made them last night! thanks for posting them!

  11. hey girl these look great!!!! i would email you but im not sure your address...but was wondering if you would like to link up some of your zucchini recipes to my zucchini party??? i would love that...if you have a free minute! thanks

  12. I made these the other night and they were delicous! Thanks for the recipe.