Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Curt’s Cooking Corner: Brown butter snickerdoodles to help you feel happy


What a week it’s been!

Every once in a while you make your way through a week where everything really seems to go awry. In times like these, you need to turn things around, flip the script and make a special little treat for yourself. 

I am no baker, nor would I ever want to be. I have done it before and the 2 a.m. wake up time to start your bake and fry 100 artisan donuts knowing the next day it’ll be the same thing… not for me. 

I also don’t like when I have to follow a recipe. I am a cook by nature in that I want to experiment and mess around with a recipe, but alas, there is no room for trial and error in most baking.

Once though, I did manage to mess around with a cookie recipe to the point where I found the perfect textured snickerdoodle through the magic of brown butter.

Here is the recipe:

  • Ingredients:
    • Cookie dough:
      • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla
      • 1 cup butter
      • 1 cup sugar
      • ⅓ cup brown sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 3 cups flour
      • 2 teaspoons baking soda
      • ½ teaspoon salt
    • Coating mix:
      • ¼ cup sugar
      • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
      • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Process:
    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees (Fahrenheit)
    • In a small bowl, mix the coating sugar and cinnamon and set aside to roll the dough in once complete.
    • Put butter in a saucepan on medium heat until melted, stirring constantly to avoid burning. Once lightly browned, take off heat and set aside to cool a bit. 
    • Add vanilla to brown butter once complete and incorporate.
    • In a large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, white sugar and brown butter and mix until incorporated.
    • In a separate bowl, mix cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour. Mix well.
    • Gradually add flour mixture to sugar and butter mixture while mixing until a dough is formed.
    • Make golf ball sized dough balls and roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture you set aside earlier.
    • Place evenly on a baking sheet with parchment paper that has been coated with non-stick spray. 
    • Bake for 10 minutes in the centre of the oven. 
    • Cool for five minutes then eat all 20 of them!
    • Or share with friends, family and loved ones.
(Satisfied friend eating a brown butter snickerdoodle)

This recipe is super easy and so, so tasty. Please share and enjoy.

Curtis Blandy

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