Butter cookies are great, but nothing can match the unbelievable flavor of browned butter in these cookies.
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
Melt butter over medium-high heat in heavy 2-quart saucepan. Continue cooking, watching closely, 3-5 minutes or until butter foams and just turns a delicate golden color. Immediately remove from heat; refrigerate 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine browned butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Continue beating, gradually adding flour, until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in decorator sugars. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with tines of fork.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
For creative designs, try a variety of kitchen utensils to flatten cookies (meat fork, meat mallet, cookie stamps, pastry blender, bottom of patterned glass, etc.).
Browning the butter brings out the flavor. Try it in one of these recipes.