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My husband loves Oreo cookies.  Loves them.  He’ll eat homemade cookies, and even really likes some that I make, but if faced between the decision of a homemade cookie or an Oreo, I think he’d chose the Oreo.  So it’s pretty funny to me that my daughter – who turns 2 this month! – asks for cookies by either saying “dadda’s cookie” or “momma’s cookie.”  When she asks for dadda’s cookie, it means an Oreo, and momma’s cookie means a homemade cookie!  Luckily, she likes my baking, so my cookie attempts are not always shunned!

When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try these cookies.  All you have to say is “browned butter” and I know that I’m looking at a recipe that I’ll love!!  And yes – I did love these cookies.  They are definitely more of a cake-like cookie than a chewy cookie, and they are quite sweet.  But it’s good, because you are satisfied after 1 (or maybe 2!)  The dough is super soft and sticky – I was all prepared to add more flour after testing the first batch.  But they baked up beautifully as the recipe is written.  And don’t even start your frosting until the cookies are cool. The frosting will harden up pretty quickly.  In fact, I found that I had to add more water than the recipe calls for just to get a spreading consistency.  If you like your cookies soft and sweet, this recipe is for you!

Frosted Butterscotch Cookies
from Better Homes and Gardens Our Best Recipes

makes about 60 cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 8-ounce carton sour cream

Browned Butter Frosting
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
5 teaspoons boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. In large mixing bowl beat the brown sugar and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately to beaten mixture, beating after each addition.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

To make frosting, in a medium saucepan heat and stir 1/2 cup butter (no substitutes) over medium-low heat until golden brown. (Do not scorch.) Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar, boiling water, and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until frosting is easy to spread. Immediately spread on cooled cookies. If frosting begins to set up, stir in a small amount of additional boiling water. If desired, top with additional chopped walnuts or walnut halves.



If you are obsessed with browned butter like I am, check out these other sweet recipes!

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16 Responses to Frosted Butterscotch Cookies

  1. Barbara says:

    You got me at butterscotch, Deborah. And then added browned butter to it….double yum. I've been using browned butter a lot lately, we love the flavor. I copied this recipe before I commented!

  2. kat says:

    I've just never understood choosing a store-bought cookie over homemade, especially an Oreo

  3. Maria says:

    These look amazing!

  4. Frieda says:

    Oreos are probably the ONLY storebought cookie that I buy. But given the choice, I'd take a fresh cake-like Butterscotch cookie any day!

  5. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    These look so soft and delicious, and that frosting on top has taken these completely over the edge! Absolutely lovely cookies, Deborah. Just what I want, but not what my waistline needs, haha.

  6. Joanne says:

    You know, if you ever need to get rid of those some of those homemade cookies, I know a household in NYC that could always go for some homemade cookie love. These sound fantastic! Butterscotch is an eternal favorite of mine.

  7. Jennifurla says:

    these look fantastic, love the texture.

  8. Natalie says:

    that is too funny about your daughter! love it!

  9. Evan B says:

    Your daughter is too cute! I have a slight obsession with brown butter so I have to try this recipe and the others you've listed 🙂

  10. Veeda says:

    Brown butter? Sold!

  11. teresa says:

    my husband is an oreo fiend too, i think they're okay, but it just doesn't beat homemade. these look amazing, love the frosting!

  12. Kelli says:

    Browned butter makes everything better!

  13. Holly says:

    These look soooo delicious!!! I was just telling my hubby-I swear I print every one of your recipes;)

  14. Monet says:

    How adorable about your daughter…I would chose mom's cookies every time! I love cake-like cookies so I'm bookmarking this recipe for sure. I swoon over browned butter, so you know that these have me smiling! Thank you for you for sharing this yumminess, and thank you for your kind words on my blog. They mean so much!

  15. grace says:

    it's hard to improve upon the miracle that is butter, but browning it does just that. these cookies are stellar.

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