Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Melt in Your Mouth Praline Cookies

Have you ever had Praline cookies?!

Neither had I. Until the day that I did. And that was the day I made these babies.

I had never browned butter before, either. It makes all the difference in the world. Except the first time I made these I used this healthy butter stuff that wasn't REAL butter. 

Did you know not real butter never ever browns? 

Don't even try to make these things a little healthy. It won't work.

I was standing there, stirring, and stirring, and stirring, and waiting, waiting, waiting. For hooooours.

Actually It was only like 15 minutes. But I was so aggravated it wasn't browning and bubbling, it felt like so much longer. Plus the baby was screaming. That makes everything seem a million times worse and longer.

So, I continued to make the cookies, even thought the 'butter' didn't brown....Safe to say, they came out horribly wrong and gross. 

I had to run out to the store, with the screaming, grumpy child, to go get butter. I was a none-to-happy momma.

But it was worth the 2 mile, down the road, trip.

Because once the butter browned, and the cookies came out how they were supposed to, it was SO WORTH IT.

So, don't make the mistake I made. Use REAL butter.

And don't burn your browned butter. That would be horrible.

Melt In Your Mouth Praline Cookies
Adapted from the girl who ate everything

2 cups browned butter 

2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans (reserve 1/3 cup for sprinkling on frosted cookies)

-Pre-heat oven to 350.

-Place butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat stirring occasionally for 5-8 minutes or until deep brown with small flecks.

- Butter will melt, bubble, foam and then turn a deep brown, from the bottom up. Be super careful at this point, it can burn quite easily once it has turned brown.

-Remove from heat. 
-Take out 1/2 cup and set aside for frosting.

Beat slightly cooled remaining butter with brown sugar until it isn’t hot anymore. Add eggs, vanilla, soda, powder and salt. Beat thoroughly. Add flour and 2/3 cup chopped pecans.

-Bake in pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes depending on size of cookie you scoop out. I did tablespoon sized cookies for 9 minutes. 

-Combine frosting ingredients and beat well. Spread over cooled cookies and sprinkle remaining chopped pecans on top.

1/2 cup reserved brown butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Frosting is thick but you can add hot water a teaspoon at a time to make it spreadable if you need to.

Enjoy :)

1 comment:

  1. no peanut butter in them Bailey? these look good and pictures and directions are crystal clear! nice job.