Brown Butter Hazelnut Sugar Cookies

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Cookies have been exploding out of my kitchen lately.  These cookies are just one of the many batches I have made.  Delicious brown butter is combined with hazelnuts into a sweet sugar cookie dough.  The one thing I like about this dough is that it does not have to be refrigerated before using.  I love a good cookie dough that does not have to be refrigerated. Do you agree? Is it just me?

I hope everyone has started their holiday baking and if not you should give these delicious beauties a try. It has brown butter in the title….how can you go wrong?

Also please do not forget about the Christmas All Through The Year Cheer Event! The MckLinky will be up December 19th!



Brown Butter Hazelnut Sugar Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 11 - 13 minutes

Total Time: 50 - 55 minutes


2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups sugar - plus 1/3 cup for rolling
1/4 cup cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts
2 ounces cream cheese - cut into 8 pieces
6 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted and still warm
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Set aside.

Place 1½ cups sugar, hazelnuts, and cream cheese in large bowl. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar in shallow baking dish or pie plate and set aside. Heat butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, swirling pan frequently, until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Pour butter over sugar and cream cheese mixture; whisk to combine (some small lumps of cream cheese will remain but will smooth out later). Whisk in oil until incorporated. Add egg, milk and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix with rubber spatula until soft homogeneous dough forms.

Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2 tablespoons each. Using hands, roll dough into balls. Working in batches, roll balls in reserved sugar to coat and set on prepared baking sheet, 12 dough balls per sheet. Using bottom of drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with 4 teaspoons reserved sugar (2 teaspoons per tray), discarding any remaining sugar.

Bake, 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature.



17 Responses to “Brown Butter Hazelnut Sugar Cookies”

  1. #
    Sue — December 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Wow, these cookies sound fantastic! The ingredient list alone has my mouth watering! They look like perfect little treats!

  2. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Love the combination of brown butter and hazelnuts! Yum 🙂

  3. #
    Amanda — December 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Oh what a fabulous combination! I love browned butter stuff, it’s always so good, and hazelnuts are the bomb!

  4. #
    Jessica — December 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    You had me at Brown Butter, Cream Cheese and Hazelnuts:)

  5. #
    megan — December 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    These cookies look wonderful and yes, I like a dough that doesn’t have to refrigerated too. Please remind us on Sunday about the Mr. Linky. I’m so dang forgetful! 🙂

  6. #
    Joanne — December 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I have started NOTHING because I am totally and utterly negligent. Sad but true. But it’s actually quite awesome because it means I still have room in my life for these cookies! Love the flavor combo…I’ve been obsessed with hazelnuts lately!

  7. #
    Blond Duck — December 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Simple and elegant!

  8. #
    5 Star Foodie — December 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    These sound wonderful with hazelnuts and brown butter!

  9. #
    Erica — December 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    WOW. Um these look amazing. What a cool ingredient list. Love the cream cheese add in

  10. #
    Katerina — December 18, 2010 at 1:52 am

    These are so festive. Just perfect for the season.

  11. #
    grace — December 18, 2010 at 5:47 am

    hazelnuts are woefully underused, wouldn’t you say? lovely cookies, brandy!

  12. #
    Debbie — December 18, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Look and sound delicious. I love hazelnuts!

  13. #
    biz319 — December 19, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I love everything I’ve ever made from Cook’s Illustrated – those look delicious!

  14. #
    Faith — December 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I bet the nuttiness of the brown butter goes so well with the hazelnuts…delicious!

  15. #
    krissy @ — December 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    these cookies are adorable. i really like the flavor of hazelnut but haven’t actually made anything that has hazelnut as a main ingredient! happy holidays, nutmeg nanny!


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