Brown butter m&m cookies

brown butter m&m cookies

Being that it’s not too far past Valentine’s Day means that, yes, I have taken advantage of the post-V-day candy sales. I ended up with a bag of m&ms without any real plan of what to do with them so I decided to browse Pinterest for ideas and landed on these cookies. The recipe calls for browned butter, which is something I’ve never done before, but I had the time so why not try it?

I carefully heated my butter, stirring constantly, and it’s a good thing to keep a watchful eye because it started browning very quickly! I removed the pan from heat and the butter continued to brown, so I quickly tossed in the rest of the cold butter to slow the process. My kitchen now smelled incredible – it’s like the smell of fresh, homemade caramel minus the sugar.

Mixing the ingredients to make the cookie dough was pretty standard, and I decided to alter the original recipe by lowering the baking temperature. I’m glad I did because the texture came out perfectly. The cookies are slightly browned on the edges and super soft in the middle and absolutely delicious!

Brown butter m&m cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  4. 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, browned and brought back to room temperature
  5. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  6. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 1 cup m&ms
Instructions
  1. Cut your stick of butter in half and heat 1/2 stick of butter (4 tablespoons) in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes or until butter has browned. Remove from heat and stir in the other half of the butter stick until smooth.
  2. Pour butter into a heat-proof container and refrigerate or freeze until solid, then bring butter back to room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 360 degrees (F). Line baking sheets with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  4. In a small bowl, measure out baking soda and salt, set aside.
  5. Mix together room temperature butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  6. Add eggs and vanilla and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  7. Stir in baking soda and salt, then add flour and mix until just incorporated.
  8. Fold in m&ms by hand.
  9. Roll into 1 inch dough balls and space about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until edges are just slightly browned.
Notes
  1. If you don't have much patience, prepare your brown butter the night before so that it's ready to go the next day.
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