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Browned Butter Sugar Cookies

Browned Butter Sugar Cookies are chewy and flavorful with the nutty notes of browned butter. An elevated flavor to a basic sugar cookie.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add butter to a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until butter begins to melt. Continue to cook butter until it has turned an amber color and smells toasty but not burnt. The butter will darken quickly once it begins to turn golden, so watch carefully.
  • Pour butter from the saucepan into a small bowl, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Allow to cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Add the cooled butter. Stir in flour mixture, mixing only until no streaks of flour remain.
  • Drop 1-inch balls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, until the edges are set and just start to brown.
  • Cool cookies on a wire rack.


Source: Adapted from the Baking Bites Cookbook
You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword cookies, dessert