Brown butter is an easy way to change up a recipe. I especially love it in cookies, like in these brown butter M&M cookies I made a while back and these brown butter peanut butter cookies. It not only gives off a magnificent scent, but it gives cookies a richer, brown sugar-like flavor and pairs really well with things like peanut butter. Hence, brown butter peanut butter cookies! Because it’s not too overwhelming, the brown butter lends nicely to an otherwise classic peanut butter cookie recipe.
Ingredients (makes 12-15 cookies):
- 1/2 cup butter, browned
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp corn starch
First, you need to brown the butter, which will make your house smell ahh-mazing. I love the caramely, nutty scent it gives off. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on low heat. When it’s almost completely melted, bring the heat up to medium and let it bubble until you begin to see bits of brown on the bottom. It might be popping a bit. If so, you can turn the temperature down a little. Stir with a whisk and watch it turn a reddish brown color. Once the color changes, remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. Leave the bowl in the fridge or freezer until it hardens. I find that the dough forms better when it’s re-hardened, but I’ve seen plenty of brown butter recipes that use melted butter.
Beat together the sugars and brown butter until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat well. Mix in the peanut butter until creamy. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients – flour, salt, corn starch and baking soda – until there’s still a little white left showing. Roll into 1 1/2-inch balls and spread out several inches apart on a cookie sheet. Using a fork, press down on top of the dough balls to flatten them, and repeat to create a crosshatch pattern. Bake on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the edges barely begin to brown. You want to take them out promptly to ensure you’ll have nice soft cookies.
Let cool for several minutes and dig in! There you have it – brown butter peanut butter cookies. Because peanut butter is a fairly strong taste, the brown butter won’t be overwhelming, but it adds a nice nuttiness to it.
So tell me, what will you make with brown butter?