Filled Brown Butter Cookies

Brown butter seems like such a cheffy thing.  It’s not.  Promise. And really gives a depth of flavour.  Mind you, you can’t leave it alone while browning, and it’s a little like caramel.  Turn your back on it for one second and it’s gone too far.

Filled Brown Butter Cookies

Ingredients
180g butter, browned*
100g caster sugar
1 egg
80g treacle
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
Additional sugar for rolling

* To brown the butter ( hence Brown Butter ! ) simply melt in a sauce pan. Let the butter come to a boil. It’ll spit like the devil. The milk solids will foam up and as they do watch for them to turn golden. If you have a dark pan you will need to swirl the butter carefully to notice the colour. You will also notice a gently nutty smell wafting from the pan as the solids in the butter start to caramelise. As soon as you see deep golden bits at the bottom of the pan turn off the heat. The butter will continue to brown even as the heat is off so do not let the butter get too dark. Let the butter cool slightly before proceeding with the recipe.

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Combine the just warm browned butter with the sugar in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add the egg and treacle and mix well.

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Whisk together the remaining ingredients in another bowl then add to the butter and sugar mixture. Stir until just combined.

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Put the bowl and mixture into the fridge for about 20 minutes, this makes them easier to shape.

Use a spoon to scoop tablespoon size balls of dough. Roll the dough in your hands to form and ball then roll in sugar.

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Place on a baking sheet (spaced out a little) and bake at 180°C for 10-12 minutes until puffed and set.

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The unfilled cookie, still perfectly respectable

 

Filling:

Honey Mascarpone Cream
225g mascarpone
1 – 2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine everything in a bowl. Start with 1 tablespoon honey then add more if you’d like. Vanilla extract finishes this off to perfection. In other words- divine!

Filled Brown Butter Cookies

Filled Brown Butter Cookies

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