I know what you are thinking. “A cookie recipe to kick of the New Year? Is this girl trying to sabotage our healthy eating goals already?” No I am not.
I actually made these cookies on New Year’s Eve. So, technically, they were the last cookie of 2010. Ohhh they were good. The frosting should be declared a drug. I planned to take them to a friends house New Year’s Day, but realized I forgot them when we were half way there. This left me with a plate full of cookies and a tasty little treat for an 8 hour drive home.
It wasn’t until our drive home that Brett and I actually talked about our resolutions for the New Year. Cookie in hand, my cute husband tells me he wants to get “shredded” in 2011, and that he needed my help. (Basically implying that I need to make more healthymeals and quit sending him to work with so many treats.)
Cookie-in-my-hand, I said I could do with a little less sugar myself this year and that overall, I would like to eat healthier too. (I have no plans on getting shredded). Well, since yesterday was January 2nd, we were on the road, and I don’t eat celery while driving, I decided our New Year would start today;) And I didn’t feel bad about eating a cookie or two or three, while driving.
Browned Butter Crinkles
Browned Butter Crinkles
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
1 ½ teaspoon soda
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups flour
Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the egg yolks and salt. Then add the soda and the extract. Fold in the flour. Stir until combined. Form balls the size of walnuts. Chill dough balls for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Dip the top in sugar. Press flat with the bottom of a glass and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden. Don’t over cook. 8 minutes was perfect for me. Remove from oven and let the cookies stand for 1 minute on the cookie sheet. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Frost with browned butter frosting (listed below)
Brown Butter Frosting:
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
½ cup heavy cream or more desired consistency
In a small skillet, brown butter over medium heat until golden brown flecks appear. Butter will become a little foamy. Stir now and then to make the butter cooks evenly. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cream. Beat on medium high until a creamy texture to your liking forms. Spread onto cooled butter crinkles.
PS. I have yet to decide what less sugar will mean for myself. And I like to set goals that are achievable and measurable. Don’t you worry little your hearts though, I will have my indulgences, and I will be sharing! Healthy recipes to come too!