Thursday, July 1, 2010

Number 58: Brown butter walnut shortbread

Love at first crumble. Some things need no words.

Brown butter walnut shortbread
adapted from Barefoot Contessa

1/4 cup butter, browned and cooled
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons ground walnuts, toasted
a pinch of salt

1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1. Brown the butter by cutting the stick into cubes, heating it in a small saucepan, scraping the bottom to ensure even browning. It is ready when there is a nutty aroma and there are little, slightly browned flakes of butter.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. Cream butters and sugars until well-combined.
4. Add in ground walnuts, flour and salt until just combined. Turn out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a log, 1-inch in diameter.
5. Chill at least a half hour, up to overnight.
6. Slice into 1/4 inch pieces, place dough onto a parchment-covered baking sheet. Chill for at least ten minutes.
7. Brush heavy cream over the cookie dough, sprinkle on brown sugar and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Let cool. Serve with coffee or tea.


Jenniffer said...

I love shortbread cookies and these look exceptionally delicious!

Amie said...

These look amazing!! I love shortbread long as I just keep my mind off of all the ingredients in them - all that butter!! yummmmmy :)

The Urban Baker said...

these look so yummy! i want some now!

The Urban Baker said...

these look so yummy! i want some now!

Rachel said...

Yum! I just finished assembling these...they're chilling right now. They smell abso;utely fabulous and I cannot wait to bake them...I can only imagine the aromas that will invade my kitchen! Thanks tons for the fabulous recipe!!