Tobins' Tastes: Christmas Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

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The holiday season is officially here and in our house that means lots of baking and dessert making. Every year I spend an entire day in the kitchen making tons of Christmas treats and packaging them up and give them to my co-workers, friends and family.

This weekend I wanted to test out a new recipe to add to my traditional list of treats and since we were going out of town for a wedding I figured the recipe could also double as a thank you gift to my parents and in-laws who would be watching Easton for us.

These cookies are a twist on one of my favorites- Brown Butter Snickerdoodles. The browned butter is an added step from your traditional snickerdoodle recipe but it makes all the difference. This version are also topped with holiday chocolate covered candies and they add a whole other layer of richness to what is already a complex and delicious cookie.

Since I'm not overly crafty, I usually stop by Walmart at the beginning of the holiday season every year and pick up a few packages of Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in the limited edition holiday colors. I love how easy and festive they are to wrap up Christmas treats before I give them as gifts. The Quik Clik Seal™ keeps cookies and other baked goods fresh and since they are microwavable and freezer safe your recipients can reuse them for pretty much any kind of food storage once they have eaten all your treats. 

I dressed mine up a bit by adding some metallic twine and a holiday gift tag to make them even more festive. At less than $4 per package Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are an affordable option for gifting Christmas  baked goods and with the amount of baking I do this time of year I'll be stocking up on the holiday colors while they are in stores through December 24th. For more holiday baking inspiration be sure to visit Share The Holiday

Christmas Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Ingredients (makes about 36 cookies)
    For The Dough
    • 2 sticks (8oz) of unsalted butter
    • 2 3/4 cups of flour
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
    For The Rolling Mixture
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 cup mini chocolate covered Christmas candies
    1.) In a medium sauce pan, place butter (cubed) and heat on medium heat until the foam subsides and the butter turns brown. Should take between 8-10 minutes.

    2.) Pour the browned butter through a strainer into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium to bring back to room temperature, 5-7 minutes.

    3.) Whisk together the milk and eggs.

    4.) Once butter has cooled, add the sugars (amounts for the dough) and beat on medium for about 2 minutes.

    5.) Add in egg and milk mixture and beat until fully combined.

    6.) Add in the rest of the dry ingredients in 3 parts until just combined.

    7.) Cover dough in plastic wrap and stick in the fridge for at least an hour but not more than 24 hours.
    Mix the cinnamon and sugar for the rolling mixture in a bowl. Place candies in a separate bowl.

    8.) Using a cookie scoop or your hands form uniform ball of dough. Press the dough ball into the mini candies and then roll it in the cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on a lined baking sheet. If you roll it in the sugar mixture before putting the candies on they won't stick very well so add the candy first.

    9.) Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until the tops of the cookies have started to "crack".

    10.) Let the cookies and the chocolate cool completely before storing in Rubbermaid TakeAlongs.

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