Brown Butter-Hazelnut Cookies
I hope you’re prepared for lots of cookies in the next few days. December always puts me in a serious cookie-baking mood. I’m going through butter and sugar around here like you wouldn’t believe.
When I started planning my holiday cookie baking spree, I really wanted to come up with a good variety of cookies. I made a list of cookies with all kinds of different flavors. But, I also wanted to make some cookies that are a little different in preparation than the ones I usually bake. It occurred to me that I don’t make a lot of slice-and-bake cookies.
I don’t really know why that is. Slice-and-bake cookies are such a convenience. Once you get the dough made and chilled, you can bake up some cookies whenever you’d like. Or, stick that dough in the freezer and save them for a cookie emergency.
I really love these cookies. They are essentially a shortbread cookie dressed up with brown butter. They make look plain, but they are packed with flavor. I always love that wonderful nutty flavor that brown butter adds. To make them a bit more nutty, I also added some toasted hazelnuts, although they’ll be perfectly lovely without those if you prefer.
I’m always a fan of simple recipes, and this one fits that description both in preparation and flavor. If you’re looking for something a bit more decadent, slice these thin and try spreading on a little caramel or dulce de leche and make some amazing sandwich cookies.
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