Salted Brown Butter Cookies
Salted Brown Butter Cookies
  • prep: 2 hr
  • cook: 3 hr
  • total: 5 hr
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  • Summary

    Just reading the words "salted brown butter" is enough to tickle your taste buds. But making salted brown butter the flavor base of a cookie will turn your holiday cookie swap into the hottest, hippest party in town. Thankfully, the dough is a dream to roll out, and it's strong enough to keep the shape of the cookie-cutters you use, no matter how intricate. Want to hang them on the tree? Just cut a little hole before baking with the narrow end of a pastry bag tip. Keep this recipe handy for when you've got a houseful of kids on a school break and need a project to get them off their cell phones! Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for Holiday Cookie Craze. Menu also includes Coconut Macaroon Sandwiches with Lime Curd and Pistachio Cranberry Oatmeal Icebox Cookies .

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
    • 4 teaspoons powdered egg whites (not reconstituted), such as Just Whites, or meringue powder (see Cooks' notes)
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • Decorative sugars and or salts, if desired
    • Wax paper and parchment paper; rolling pin rings (optional, but really helpful; see Cooks' notes:); 3- to 4-inch holiday cookie cutters; several small, heavy-duty sealable plastic bags (not pleated), if icing cookies

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 3
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1578 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 47 g 72.08%
    • Saturated Fat: 29 g 143.75%
    • Trans Fat: 2 g %
    • Cholesterol: 122 mg 40.7%
    • Sodium: 542 mg 22.6%
    • Calcium: 81 mg 8.11%
    • Potassium: 258 mg 7.37%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 4 mg 24.22%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 279 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 2 g 9.33%
    • Sugar: 202 g
    • Protein: 15 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 28.39%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat9
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs13
    • Exchange - Starch4
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total5 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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