Butterscotch Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting!

I have been doing a dance with brown butter cookies...I know that the perfect recipe is out there somewhere and I will eventually find it.  While on my quest, my friend, Chris, (who is a fabulous cook) suggested that I give this recipe a try.  It was passed to her by a friend who received it from a friend...you know how it goes....Chris has never stirred me wrong so I decided to give it a try. While it is not a true brown butter cookie, it does have a brown butter frosting that is really yummy. They have been added to the list of cookies I must make around the holidays...of course, I intend to try them a few times before the holidays, too!

Butterscotch Cookies 
with Brown Butter Frosting
Ruth Rinckhoff

Preheat oven to 375° F.

1 stick butter
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 eggs
2/3 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl and set aside.

Cream butter, add brown sugar and cream well.  Add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each. Add the sour cream and the vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients and mix.  Chill for an hour.

Scoop cookies onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375° F. for 10 minutes.

Brown Butter Frosting
6 T. butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp water

Brown the butter in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat.

Add all other ingredients.  Mix until smooth.  (Do not cook after adding the remaining ingredients.)


The cookies were delicious...nobody could walk by the jar without getting at least one for each hand!!  Once again I borrowed one of my son-in-law's collectibles to use for the picture....isn't it cute?  It was designed by Swedish ceramicist, Lisa Larson in 1958.

I am participating in  Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Kitchen and Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.


  1. What is a cube of butter? These cookies look very good.

  2. It should read a stick of butter! Thank you for catching my error! When I was a kid my mom always referred to a stick of butter as a cube of butter...it certainly doesn't resemble a cube!

  3. I agree Kate. The cookie looks like a holiday or any day must. :-)

  4. Yes, keep trying them. Have to make sure they are good, right?

    You've sure made a lovely presentation of the cookies.

  5. These cookies looks delicious, Kathy. Love the brown butter frosting and your presentation. There is no way I could pass up a cookie jar filled with these cookies.

  6. I know you'll find that perfect recipe one day and I can't wait until you do :) In the meanwhile, these look delicious.

  7. Oh My Goodness, Butterscotch Cookies and frosting, fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Ummm, mmm! This is a must try recipe and I know the cookie jar would empty quickly. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. I agree with Pam. This has to come to my table.

  10. They may not be exactly what you were looking for but they look and sound WONDERFUL to me!


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