Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

Oh. My. Word! These are the ones… THE cookies! Brown Butter Snickerdoodles are so delightful, you MIGHT not want to make them. Because you will eat them. All.

Snickerdoodle cookies from my childhood were super big, crinkly and so-oft. I’ve tried many cookies since then that were supposed to be Snickerdoodley and most are just sugar cookies with cinnamon on top. This Brown Butter Snickerdoodle recipe makes the best cookies we have ever had and the  nutty depth from the brown butter in incomparable.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
 
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (important – do not substitute baking powder)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • For rolling mixture:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Now it's time to brown the butter. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Make sure you whisk consistently during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan; continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning.
  3. With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed just until combined.
  4. Chill your dough for 3 hours or as long as possible in the refrigerator (important!), You want the dough VERY cold. If you desire a ‘puffy’ cookie, place them in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once dough is chilled measure about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Meanwhile mix ¼ cup sugar and the 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Bake longer if you like crispier cookies. Cool the cookies on the sheets at least 2 minutes. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

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