Add 1/4 cup butter to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter begins to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Once butter has reached a light amber-brown color and smells nutty, remove from heat and place into a shallow bowl. Set in the refrigerator, 10 minutes, to cool.
The combination of the brown butter and brown sugar attribute a slight nutty flavor to these cut-out cookies. Decorate with royal icing for a professional finish.
Servings and Ingredients
|¾ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, softened and divided|
|2 ¼ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour|
|1 tsp. Hy-Vee baking powder|
|¼ c. Hy-Vee light brown sugar|
|½ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar|
|1 Hy-Vee large egg|
|2 tsp. Hy-Vee vanilla extract|
|3 c. Hy-Vee powdered sugar|
|2 tbsp. meringue powder|
|¼ tsp. cream of tartar|
|⅓ c. warm water|
|Hy-Vee food coloring, optional|
Things To Grab
- Small saucepan
- 3 large bowls
- Electric stand mixer or hand mixer
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheets
- Large piping bag
- Round piping tips
In a large bowl, combine cooled brown butter and softened butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat for 1 minute more. Mix in egg and vanilla and stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together baking powder and all-purpose flour; set aside.
Slowly mix in flour, a bit at a time until incorporated. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake for 7 minutes, or until edges are firms and bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool.
To make Royal Icing, in a large mixing bowl, stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, cream of tartar, and warm water. Beat with electric mixer on LOW speed until combined. Beat on HIGH speed for 7 to 10 minutes until icing is very stiff. Tint Royal Icing with Hy-Vee food coloring, if desired.
Hyvee Culinary Expert TipWhen working with royal icing, keep it covered with a damp paper towel when you're not using it. This will prevent it from drying out.
Using a piping bag or a knife, frost each cookie with royal icing.
Amounts Per Serving
- Total Fat: 9g
- Cholesterol: 35mg
- Sodium: 40mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 46g
- Protein: 3g