Holiday Cheer from R&B: Kelsey

kelseycookiesMy family and I don’t really have any big holiday traditions since my husband and I moved out here to Washington. But when I was back home in Maryland for Christmas last year, my mom and I made tons of different cookies. I think this will be our new tradition, even if we’re together or miles apart.

Anyways, we bought cute little tins and put the cookies in them and gave them out as gifts. Everyone loves cookies, am I right? And the one that people raved about the most were these Brown Butter Cookies. I got the recipe off of the site

If you have a nut allergy, I’m sorry these aren’t for you L





  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup hot water



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat butter over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, until it turns nut brown in color. The foaming and bubbling is part of the browning process, but watch it carefully so you don’t burn the butter. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Reserve ½ cup of the butter for the frosting.
  3. Pour remaining browned butter into a large mixing bowl. Beat browned butter with brown sugar until the butter is no longer hot. Mix in eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat thoroughly. Mix in flour and chopped pecans. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown around the edges. Cool.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the reserved ½ cup browned butter with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar, and hot water. Beat until smooth, and use to frost cooled cookies.
  6. Place 1 whole pecan on top each cookies, if desired.
  7. ENJOY!