Thursday, August 12, 2010

Brown Butter Cookies with Sea Salt

These little cookies may not look like much, but don't let that fool you!

Let me start with a little bit of background...My husband was on one of his adventures one day which took him up the coast a bit to a cute little beach town, Cayucos. He was hungry so walked into the Brown Butter Cookie Company and ordered a couple of their specialty cookies: Brown Butter Sea Salt cookies. They looked unassuming enough, but when he put one in his mouth he experienced a bit of heaven as it melted in his mouth. It was buttery and sweet and salty all rolled into one bite(maybe two) of Mmmmmmm! These cookie "bites" are $1.00 each, and my husband bought three dozen that day! Yes, that's right...$36.00 for, basically, 36 bites! So, when he arrived home, of course I needed to see what all the hoopla was about. Yes, they melted in my mouth, and yes they were the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and yes, I would gladly slap down another dollar for another one!
Better yet, I decided it would be more economical (and convenient) if I attempted to make some of these cookies myself. I hunted on the internet and came up with this recipe:)
I modified the recipe a teeny bit by using baking soda, instead of baking powder(by noting the ingredient label on the cookies). Also, next time I will sprinkle the salt on instead of dipping it(too much salt).

The consensus was that these cookies turned out pretty darn close to the original and were very satisfying... dense, buttery, sweet and salty. They didn't have quite the same "melt in your mouth" quality as the bakery's, but I was a little anxious and didn't let the dough "rest' for an hour, as recommended. It was sort of dangerous to have these cookies around because you can so easily pop them into your mouth, and it's impossible to stop at one!

I think we'll soon make another trip up north to get the real deal so I can do a side by side comparison:) The bakery also makes a chocolate version, but I like the original flavor better.

Brown Butter Cookies with Sea Salt

Ingredients:

1 cup salted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder(I used baking soda which is listed on ingredients label.)
Sea Salt

1. In a small saucepan, melt butter on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned. Stir in sugars and vanilla and remove from heat.
2. Let the sugar mixture cool to room temperature.
3. In a mixing bowl add flour and baking soda. Stir in sugar mixture until combined.
4. At this point I recommend letting the mixture rest for at least an hour to let the flour absorb all the butter. The mixture may be stiff afterwords and crumbly- microwave handfuls of dough for 10 seconds. The dough will be easier to roll.
5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
6. Roll 1 inch balls of dough and dip(just sprinkle) in sea salt. Place on cookie sheet with sea salt on top.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.

ENJOY and have a great weekend!

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36 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, he spent $36 on cookies and you make such beautiful cookies out of your very own oven? They must really be something! I am pulling out the ingredients before the afternoon is over. Amazing.

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  2. These sound wonderful. Sometimes the simplest cookie is the best. I'm trying this cookie. It's nice to have all of the ingredients in the pantry.

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  3. Oh- these have definitely been starred for future baking!! And I know my husband will not go near them because there is salt on them-
    so more for me :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. We just ate our first cookies, they are exactly as you say! Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  5. Great, Cristie! I'm so glad you liked them!

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  6. I'm not a huge sweets fan but when you top a sweet with salt, I'm all over it. These look delicious!

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  7. OK These I've got to try. I mean the fact that he bought 36 of them is testament to how good they are! :o

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  8. Allora, dovrei assaggiarne esattamente 36 per capire se mi possono o meno piacere! Che dici ce la posso fare? ;)
    A presto e buona Domenica
    Sonia
    PS: i wedding cookies son bellissimi!

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  9. I am printing this as I type! These sound fabulous and so unique. I can't wait to try them, your description just made me hungry!

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  10. It's so nice when you can make a favorite at home and save a ton. They sound like a must try.

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  11. Mmmm - they look delicious, makes me think of a snickerdoodle with salt instead of cinnamon. No way in the world my husband would spend $36 on cookies, me easily. He must have thought they were really good, hope he enjoyed yours as much.

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  12. Sue - with all the salted caramel hoopla, brown butter, salted, in a cookie, sounds just as amazing! They look beautiful (as do your stunning wedding cookies below). That said, do you think the original cookies you bought contained some confectoner's sugar or cornstarch to give them that 'melt in your mouth' quality? Would love to try your recipe and cut one of those in. :)

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  13. Lisa, the original cookie lists 7 ingredients(which I used), but maybe you have something there...you ARE very successful with all of your culinary experimentation, that's for sure! :)

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  14. I love sweet and salty things, and brown butter too, so these must be fabulous!

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  15. Wow, these look good and the melt in your mouth description makes them even better. I will definitely have to try these!! YUM!

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  16. cannot wait to try these. bookmarking.

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  17. Just made them over the weekend, love them! I will be posting them soon!

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  18. Jennifurla, GREAT! I look forward to your post!

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  19. I posted them today! I did enjoy them, thanks. I am bringing them to my biblestufy tonight.

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  20. Sue, this looks like a keeper! I have a recipe for brown sugar shortbread that I love...love the addition of the sea salt and funny story about your husband buying 36 of them! Joni

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  21. I made these cookies and they ended up being really dry tasting. Would adding an egg to the batter totally throw off the taste?

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  22. Stacey, I think that the egg would affect the melt in your mouth quality. Sorry it didn't turn out as expected.

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  23. That is so funny! This sounds so similar to the experience I had with my husband and this very same cookie and same cute little red barn cookie shop! After him raving about these delicious bites (he got a free sample at SLO farmer's market) and buying way too many, I searched for a recipe, but couldn't find one and gave up. I LOVE YOU FOR THIS! You can bet I'm trying this recipe :D Thank you!

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  24. I just made these cookies, after tasting the ones from Ca. They are fantastic! However, mine flattened out while baking and became one thin sheet of a wafer type cookie. I wonder what I did wrong?

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  25. I just made these cookies, after tasting the ones from Ca. They are fantastic! However, mine flattened out while baking and became one thin sheet of a wafer type cookie. I wonder what I did wrong?

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    1. Hmmmm, I'm not sure what the problem would be. Did you add the baking soda?

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  26. My grandparents live in Cayucos, and I grew up eating those amazing cookies. They are soooo good!!!! This recipe produced cookies nearly as good, but at a lower price:) Thank you so much!!:D

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  27. Thank you for posting the recipe! I too went to Cayucos and fell in love with these cookies. Any chance you have the chocolate version? Thank you!!! :)

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  28. I was just there for 4th of July and the line for these cookies was down the street! I tried another cookie recipe for these online, but this one is way more detailed! I am trying this one next!

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  29. I love Brown Butter Cookie Company's cookies!! I get them every time I come to Cayucos and they are amazing!! So glad to find this recipe, can't wait to try it out and see how it compares!! :)

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  30. Hi Sue, After just getting back from the coast I decided to look on the internet to see if there were any recipes for this little gem. And I found you!
    Thank God.
    I really can't wait to try out the recipe because I'm just sick of spacing out the cookies so they last more than a day or so. :-)
    If you can figure out the cocoa recipe for these I would definitely make those.
    Thanks again for working this recipe out!

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  31. Sue, these look and sound SO good! I have never made a browned butter, brown sugar cookie, but that is about to change right now!! PINNED!

    Thank you!

    Love, Joy
    Yesterfood.blogspot.com

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  32. we have been there as well and when we came home my mom came up with her own recipe as well they are so good :)

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