Is it actually fall? It’s been so warm here in Ohio that I’m not quite sure what is going on. I do know that I’m not about to wait around for cool weather to break out my favorite fall recipes.
Okay, this one doesn’t exactly scream “fall”, but it’s one of my favorites and who doesn’t love a delicious cookie?? A brown sugar pecan cookie with browned butter frosting to be exact. The little crunches of pecans in this soft cookie work fabulously with the creamy browned icing. They’re addicting.
These cookies first showed up a few years ago during my days in culinary school and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. As you know, I am obsessed with browned butter. You could put it in practically anything and I’d eat it. It brings out such a warm and nutty flavor to whatever you’re baking and it’s such an easy thing to do. Simply put your butter into a larger sauté pan and let it sit on medium-low heat until it’s nice and dark-amber in color. It’s that easy, just have patience. The larger pans allows for a larger surface area for the butter to brown instead of just boil. Now that you’ll be a butter browning pro after this, check out my Browned Butter Banana Bread Bundt. I promise it’ll be the best banana bread you’ll ever eat. (Well, I can’t really promise that, but it is better than my grandmas so that’s saying something).
Don’t let the fanciness of these cookies intimidate you. Piping the rosette on top is super easy. Using a piping bag and Wilton 1M tip, start in the center and swirl your way around to the edge. If you’re not feeling it, just grab a knife and spread some of that delicious icing right on top. The more the merrier.
No matter what oven I’ve used, I always have had trouble with my cookies flattening out. They never spread like I want them to and I’m left with a ball-like cookie. I’ve finally solved my problem: I chill my cookies until they’re firm and then smash the heck out of them. I bake them still chilled and I get a perfectly flat and doughy cookie. And now you will too.
This is a straightforward recipe that you can absolutely wow your friends with. Bake some up for the holidays and eat half yourself before you share them.
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