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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Salted Butter Pecan Cookies

Where are my butter pecan fans at?
It's not just for ice cream, it's for cookies too!

Collage of salted butter pecan cookies on parchment paper and pecans and sea salt in a crock.

Growing up I always thought anything flavored "butter pecan" was only liked by people over 70. Ha! Now here I am loving it at age 41.

And I have for awhile!

It's rich and nutty and buttery. The three best things in my opinion. I figured since most of us only ever ate anything butter pecan in ice cream form, why not change things up and make them into a delicious cookie?

Cookie dough on parchment paper on a baking sheet.

This cookie dough is unlike any cookie dough I've made before. First and foremost because you do not mix in softened butter with the sugars, but rather make BROWNED BUTTER and pour that into the dough.

What is Brown Butter?

Simply Recipes explains it best HERE. Brown butter is made by cooking unsalted butter long enough to turn the milk solids lightly brown while cooking out any water that is still present in the butter. When it reaches this stage it is often described as tasting nutty or toasted with a deep, rich flavor.

Salted Butter Pecan Cookies on parchment paper on a baking sheet.

After this dough is mixed together it's important to chill the dough for at least 2 hours. Chilling cookie dough allows the fat in the cookies (butter) to solidify, therefore taking longer to melt during the baking process, which in turns doesn't make the cookies spread as much.

This leaves a nice, round cookie!

And these are no exception. Perfectly chewy with slightly crispy edges - honestly the best texture you would want.

Salted Butter Pecan Cookies stacked on a white plate with more cookies in the background.

So we've discussed the brown butter, let's not forget the pecans! Chop those babies up, not super fine, but fine enough to get bits of pecan in every bite.

The "salted" part comes from the sea salt used both in the batter and as a topping. My favorite salt to use in most all of my cooking is this Celtic Sea Salt. It's flakey and literally straight from the sea. I haven't found one that is better. 

In the batter is some of this flakey salt + you make a mixture of that salt and some fine sugar to sprinkle on the cookies RIGHT when they come out of the oven. That crunchy topping is amazing!

age of salted butter pecan cookies on parchment paper and pecans and sea salt in a crock.

These cookies would be great to make for a loved one (hint: Valentine's Day) or friend who is going through a rough patch. I cannot imagine any not biting into one and having a huge smile spread across their face.

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