Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

Browned butter is one of those magical ingredients. It’s like liquid gold. It just makes everything better. I have yet to meet a recipe using browned butter that I don’t like.

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

If you haven’t ever browned butter, it’s quite simple, although it does take some patience. Just melt the butter on low. Once the butter starts to foam, I start whisking. From here things can be tricky, although I’ve never had any issues. My secret? Using my nose. I stir the butter constantly until it smells nutty and almost caramely. That’s it.

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

I only have dark bottomed pans, so I can’t follow the instructions about when you see flecks vs when you don’t. But my nose has yet to fail me. Believe me, you’ll know when it’s ready. Once cooled to room temperature, browned butter can be used in just about anything.

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

Since my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe has browned butter in it, I was not at all surprised that I loved these snickerdoodles. Don’t get me wrong, I like regular snickerdoodles enough (in cookie or bar format), but with browned butter, they were downright addictive!

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

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Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

Yield: 3 dozen cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
5 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp whole milk
1 cup plus 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar


Add the butter to a medium skillet set over medium heat and let it start melting. Continue cooking, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter becomes golden brown and smells nutty (be patient and watch carefully, it can go from brown to burnt quickly). Pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed for 5-7 minutes to cool the butter to room temperature (or alternatively, you could just let it sit until it cools down - it'll just take longer).

Meanwhile, whisk the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon and the salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs and milk in a medium measuring cup until combined.

When the butter has cooled, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar and the brown sugar to the bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. With the mixer on low, slowly add the egg mixture beating until well combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, beating just until the dough comes together. Cover the bowl and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 (I chilled mine for close to 24).

When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and the remaining 4 teaspoons of cinnamon to a wide, shallow bowl and stir to combine.

Using a small cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons), portion the dough into balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture then transfer to the prepared baking sheets spacing the cookies about 1 1/2-2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes (rotating the pans halfway through) until the tops of the cookies are cracked and the edges are just set (just a minute or two of extra baking will take these from chewy to more crisp so keep an eye on them). Transfer the pans to wire racks and cool the cookies for a few minutes then remove to the racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe seen on Tracey's Culinary Adventures, originally from Baked Elements

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10 Responses to “Ina Gartens Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownies”

  1. #
    Linds — November 25, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Oh my goodness, those look AMAZING!

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    Ingrid — November 25, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Wow, that’s a lot of brownies. They do look heavenly! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. #
    ~Amber~ — November 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, these look amazing!

  4. #
    Jen — November 25, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    These are amazing! And they’re very chocolatey. Definitely need a glass of milk with them 🙂

  5. #
    Katie — December 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Whoa! Those look insanely decadent and delicious!

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    Glenice — February 27, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Hi Jan. These Orio Crunch Brownies look delicious and I would like to try an make them. Being in Australia the recipe needs some clarification for me. How much butter is in a stick? We get butter in 1kg and 500 gm packs… Thanks so much. Just found your blog today and oh! oh!, everything looks so nice. I would like to leave my email address for you:

    Thanks ever so much…

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    Sarah — April 13, 2010 at 1:20 am

    These look so great! Can I eliminate the instant coffee or is it essential to the taste? I am making these for my 3-year-old niece’s birthday party, and she LOVES chocolate, but I don’t think she should have something with coffee in it. What are your thoughts?

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    Jen — April 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Sarah – The coffe in the brownies is there to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. It is not necessary, you could definitely take it out without any issues. I hope you enjoy the brownies!

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    Sarah — April 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Sorry to be a pest with questions, but what kind of pan is the size you mentioned? I did a search online and I got two results – a jelly roll pan and also a much deeper roasting pan. The brownies in your photos look thick but I’m not sure if I need to pick up a new pan. Thanks for all of your help!!! 🙂

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    Jen — April 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Sarah – Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. The pan I used is 11x17x1. So it’s not very deep. I always call it a jelly roll pan. Hope that helps!

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