Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies

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The best M&M Cookies!!!

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies

I have so much I want to say and tell you about what is going on here at Keep It Sweet Desserts, but my thoughts are coming through in a pretty chaotic stream of consciousness so I’ll hold off until things calm down a bit!

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies

For now, though, I can say, I am SO happy I planned ahead and sent out my Food Blogger Cookie Swap packages early this year.  If I had waited, my cookies would have been who knows what and my photos rushed and blah.  I took these photos a few weeks ago when I was enamored with the wonderful chew in the cookie and fragrant aroma coming out of my kitchen.  For the swap, I wanted to make something that combined some of my favorite elements of a cookie, chew and salt.  While the brown butter flavor was only slightly apparent in the final product, the texture of these cookies and overall taste more than made up for that.  I sent my cookies to Angie, Crystal, and Michelle, I just hope they agreed!

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies

And of course I enjoyed receiving cookies in the mail for myself (such a nice change of pace!) from some wonderful bloggers.  Caroline (who I already adore) made wonderful florentines.  I was so impressed that she packaged them without them breaking at all!  Felice sent great Rosemary Lemon Shortbread cookies, the smell was amazing!  And finally, I got some terrific Cherry Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Cher.  What better way to find new blogs than by exchanging cookies?!

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 2 dozen medium-sized cookies or 1 dozen large cookies
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⅞ ounces (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 5½ ounces (2/3 cup) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 x-large egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • Sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Brown the butter: Heat butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, when butter turns to an amber/light brown color, remove from heat immediately (You should be able to smell the deeper more caramel flavor of the butter) pour browned butter immediately into a small bowl and set aside to cool
  2. Once butter has cooled, place in the large bowl of an electric mixer with sugars; beat on high speed until well combined
  3. Add egg and vanilla, mix on medium speed until well mixed
  4. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; slowly add to wet ingredients with mixer on low speed; do not over mix
  5. Slowly stir in M*Ms
  6. Chill dough for 24 hours for best results (minimum of 2 hours) before baking
  7. When ready to bake,pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
  8. Scoop cookie dough with a medium (~2 tablespoons) or large (~4 tablespoons) cookie dough scoop on to prepared baking sheets
  9. Bake cookies until firm: 7-8 minutes for medium and 9-10 minutes for large
  10. Allow to cool before serving

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Oh, and want to know what’s keeping me busy lately?  Mostly this, a ton of this, and quite a bit of this.  Yes, I may or may not be turning into an actual baked good.

Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

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26 Responses to “Salted Brown Butter M&M Cookies”

  1. Veronica December 12, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    I don’t know what it is, but I’m on an M&M’s cookie kick right now. I never really liked them until now and with the brown butter added to the mix, these sound like heaven to me. your photos are just beautiful and I love the color of those M&M’s! Excited to hear your news. :)

    • Keep It Sweet December 24, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      For some reason I’ve started liking M&Ms in baked goods more and more… and I also love the different seasonal colors:-)

  2. Kathryn December 12, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    I bet the lucky bloggers who you sent these too couldn’t believe their luck! I have such a soft spot for cookies with M&Ms and the combination with brown butter just makes these even more amazing!

    • Crystal W. (@EatDrinkClev) December 16, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      I was one of the lucky bloggers and I can tell you – these are delicious!! I normally am not a fan of M+M cookies but the browned butter changed my mind. YUM!

  3. thelittleloaf December 12, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Pinned! These look like my perfect kind of cookie – thick with just the right amount of crispiness and lots of chocolate! Plus brown butter makes everything better.

  4. steph@stephsbitebybite December 12, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Perfect combination of salty and sweet! There’s no way I’d be able to eat just one.

  5. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots December 12, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Yum! You are the queen of cookies, so those were some lucky bloggers to receive these!

  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 12, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    These look seriously incredible!! I wish I had a handful to get me through the day.

  7. Sandrs December 12, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Hey Lauren! These look scrumptious, beautiful job!

  8. Michelle December 12, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    These were very much enjoyed – and quickly gone! Thanks for the great cookies from The Kid Can Cook and Happy Holidays!

    • Keep It Sweet December 24, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      Thank you so much, Michelle! Happy Holidays to you and your family:-)

  9. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 12, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    these sound unbelievable! Somehow I missed the cookie swap this year, but will definitely keep it in mind for next year!

  10. Living The Sweet Life December 12, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    When you’re able to combine sweet, salty and chewy in one place – I am totally there!! And these look so festive :) I love them!

  11. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    So awesome that you were still a swapper with all your crazy KISD endeavors this year. These look so yummy!

  12. Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Oh my word these look amazing!!! Love them!

  13. Ari @ Ari's Menu December 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Oh my gosh, these look like they would just melt in your mouth!! They’re the best looking cookies I’ve seen in a while!

  14. Joanne December 13, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Would you believe I’ve only made browned butter ONCE before? And it was two weeks ago. Seriously need to jump on the bandwagon. these cookies look awesome! i would have LOVED to receive them.

  15. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) December 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I LOVE working with browned butter. It makes the perfect cookie.

  16. alyssa - life a la wife December 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    You teased us on instagram a while ago with this. So glad you posted it :)

  17. Candy December 16, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    These look yummy! I made and sent my cookies early too and am so glad I did.

  18. Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen December 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    These look fantastic! Would have loved to receive a dozen of these in the mail :)

  19. alex December 30, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    I need these NOW!


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