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Brown butter almond cookies on a white decorative ceramic serving dish.

Grandma’s Brown Butter Cookies

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 18-20 cookies 1x


There’s one thing that makes any cookie better, and it’s the star of Grandma’s Brown Butter Cookies. These soft baked treats will melt in your mouth.


  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 2/3 cup + 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup blanched whole almonds


  1. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat until it browns, about 5-7 minutes. Watch the pan carefully, and swirl occasionally. When the butter is browned and emits a nutty aroma, remove from heat.
  2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and stir in sugar and vanilla. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Beat in flour and baking powder with an electric handheld mixer on medium speed to make a smooth dough. Roll spoonfuls of the dough into marble-sized balls and put them 1 inch apart on a parchment paper or Silpat-lined baking sheet.
  4. Press each ball down slightly with the tines of a fork, and top with half of a blanched almond each. Chill in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.
  5. In the last 10 minutes of chilling, preheat the oven to 325°F.
  6. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and cookies are cooked through. Remove them from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: holiday baking, cookie, brown butter, almond