Salted Brown Butter Cookies

180 mins (prep 120)
15 ingredients
makes about 3 dozen (3- to 4-inch) cookies
Just reading the words "salted brown butter" is enough to tickle your taste buds. But making salted brown butter the flavor base of a cookie will turn your holiday cookie swap into the hottest, hippest party in town. Thankfully, the dough is a dream to roll out, and it's strong enough to keep the shape of the cookie-cutters you use, no matter how intricate. Want to hang them on the tree? Just cut a little hole before baking with the narrow end of a pastry bag tip. Keep this recipe handy for when you've got a houseful of kids on a school break and need a project to get them off their cell phones! Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for Holiday Cookie Craze. Menu also includes Coconut Macaroon Sandwiches with Lime Curd and Pistachio Cranberry Oatmeal Icebox Cookies .

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  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons powdered egg whites (not reconstituted), such as just whites, or meringue powder (see cooks' notes)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • decorative sugars and or salts, if desired
  • special equipment: wax paper and parchment paper; rolling pin rings (optional, but really helpful; see cooks' notes:); 3- to 4-inch holiday cookie cutters; several small, heavy-duty sealable plastic bags (not pleated), if icing cookies


Serving Size (126.07 g)
Servings 3
Amount per Serving
Calories 356.43 Calories from Fat 7.56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.84g 3.85%
Saturated Fat 0.13g 2.0%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 24.54mg 3.07%
Total Carbohydrate 76.4g 76.4%
Dietary Fiber 2.37 g 28.39%
Sugars 2.83 g %
Protein 8.65g 51.88%
Vitamin A 1.67IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 13.67mg% Iron 3.92mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
packed light brown sugar, large egg, fine sea salt, powdered egg whites, fresh lemon juice, or, special equipment, parchment paper, wax paper