Monday, December 19, 2011

Brown Sugar Cookies

Here is another cookie recipe from the archives.  These have got to be some of the most delicious cookies I have ever baked.  I have made them both with light brown sugar and dark brown sugar, it all depends on how you want the final cookie to look. 

These are the cookies I used at the base for my Pumpkin Pie Cookies. I assure you that they are just as delicious without the kiss in the middle.

1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Adjust the oven rack the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Whisk together the 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar together in a shallow bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside for later.
  3. Melt 10 tablespoons of the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, swirling the pan constantly until the melted butter is a dark golden brown that gives of a nutty aroma, this should take about 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the butter to a heatproof bowl and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter stirring until they are also melted. Set aside for 15 minutes until cooled completely.
  4. Stir the remaining 1 3/4 cups brown sugar and the salt into the cooled butter until evenly combined. Stir in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix until completely incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls with your hands wet and then roll them in the sugar mixture. Place them on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  6. Baking one sheet at a time bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for about 3 minutes on the cookie sheet until moving them to a wire rack.

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