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Brown Butter Bourbon Cookies

Brown Butter Bourbon Cookies

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Some boozy sweets don't really taste like booze. That's not the case with these cookies, which marry the flavors of brown butter, pecans, and bourbon.

About the author: Carrie Vasios Mullins is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

Brown Butter Bourbon Cookies

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 3 dozen cookies
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:45 minutes plus overnight chilling
Special equipment:saucepan, baking sheet, parchment paper
This recipe appears in: 5 Bourbon-Infused Sweets to Make for Your Kentucky Derby Party Cookie Monster: Brown Butter Bourbon Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 ice cube
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped

Procedures

  1. 1

    Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, gently swirling pan constantly, until particles begin to turn golden brown and butter smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and continue swirling the pan until the butter is a rich brown, about 15 seconds longer. Transfer to a medium bowl, whisk in ice cube, transfer to refrigerator, and allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes, whisking occasionally.

  2. 2

    In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  3. 3

    In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, dark brown sugar, and egg. Add cooled melted butter and vanilla and whisk until combined. Add flour mixture and stir to incorporate with a wooden spoon. Add bourbon and stir until liquid is absorbed. Stir in pecans. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Adjust oven rack to upper and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. 5

    Drop dough by the rounded tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake, flipping sheets halfway through baking, until golden on the bottom but still soft to the touch, 15-18 minutes. Cookies will continue to harden and set as they cool.

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