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Culinary SOS: Brown-butter cookies will go fast

By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Dear SOS: I was wondering if you would be able to get the recipe for the irresistible brown-butter cookie at the newly opened and darling Bittersweet Treats on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif. This cookie is chewy, dense and delicious, and I would very much like to re-create it at home. -- Halah Hassan, Pasadena, Calif.

Dear Halah: Browning butter before adding it will give any dish -- from savory sauces to creamy icings and glazes -- added depth with rich, nutty notes. These cookies are no exception. Crunchy on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside, these cookies are wonderful. But taking the extra step to brown the butter makes them that much better. Make an extra batch, because they'll go quickly.

Bitterweet Treats' Brown-Butter Cookies

Adapted from Bittersweet Treats. Vanilla bean paste can be found at select cooking and baking supply stores, as well as online. Makes 18 to 24 cookies.

     10     tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter

     1 3/4     cups dark brown sugar

     1/2     teaspoon kosher salt

     1    egg plus 1 egg yolk

     1     tablespoon vanilla bean paste

     2    cups plus 2 tablespoons (9 ounces) flour

     1/2     teaspoon baking soda

     1/4     teaspoon baking powder

HEAT the oven to 350°.

MELT the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and continue to cook until the solids have lightly browned and the butter has a nutty aroma, 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool to room temperature.

STIR together in a large bowl, the butter and sugar with a spatula. Mix in the salt, egg, yolk and vanilla.

SIFT together in a separate bowl the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix just until combined.

SCOOP the cookies using a 1-ounce scoop or rounded spoon onto a baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart, and bake until golden-brown and firm on top, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition information: Per serving: 148 calories, 2 grams protein, 24 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 5 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 28 milligrams cholesterol, 16 grams sugar, 63 milligrams sodium.


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