Brown Sugar Cookies


Three and a half months in the desert had me craving some time in the kitchen, and I've made good use of all our new appliances this week. This recipe comes from Cook's Illustrated, via Nosh With Me:

7/8 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 cups plus 2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

The secret to these delicious cookies is to brown the butter. Heat 5/8 cup (10 tbsp.) of butter in a pan over medium-high heat until melted, then cook until dark golden, 1-3 minutes. Pour the browned butter into a bowl, stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of butter until melted, and then let cool for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix white sugar and 1/4 cup of brown sugar.

Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder in a large bowl. Add remaining 1 3/4 cups of brown sugar and salt to butter and mix until smooth. Add egg, yolk, and vanilla to butter and mix. Stir wet ingredients into flour until just combined.

Using a cookie scoop to ensure the cookies have a uniform size (which ensures uniform baking), scoop the dough into balls and roll them in the sugar mixture. Then place the dough on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spaced 2 inches apart. Bake 12-14 minutes, then cool on wire racks.