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2011 Holiday Cookie Contest

Brown Butter Rum Cookies

Browned butter imparts an irresitable richness to these cookies that boast the warm flavors of brown sugar, rum, and pecans.

Browned butter imparts an irresitable richness to these cookies that boast the warm flavors of brown sugar, rum, and pecans.

By kwilky, member

December 27th, 2011

Browned butter is the key ingredient in these decadent cookies. The extra step of browning the butter is well worth the added effort for the incredible flavor that it contributes to the cookies (and the heavenly fragrance that will fill your kitchen)!


1 1/4 cups butter

2 1/4 cups brown sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla

1 1/2 Tbsp. rum

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt


1 cup pecans, very finely chopped (for rolling)


1) Preheat oven to 350 F.

2) Brown butter: in a frying pan over medium heat melt butter. Continue to heat, stirring constantly until butter foams up and begins to turn amber and fragrant (3-10 minutes). Remove from heat and pour browned butter into a medium bowl. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.

3) In a separate small bowl combine dry ingredients (flour through salt) and set aside.

4) Add brown sugar to cooled brown butter and beat well to combine. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and rum and mix until combined.

5) Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 2-3 additions, mixing between additions.

6) Chill dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours until firm, or in freezer for later use.

7) Roll 1 - 1 1/2" balls of chilled dough in finely chopped pecans, pressing pecans firmly into dough. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten balls slightly.

8) Bake for 12 - 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Allow to cool.


Makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.

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amyhuber writes: I cannot wait to bake these!!! Posted: 10:54 am on February 14th

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2011 Holiday Cookie Contest

This year, we’re making our holiday cookie contest BIG—big batch, that is. For this challenge, we’re asking you to share recipes and photos of your big batch holiday cookies. If your recipe turns out six dozen cookies or more, we want to see how creative you can get with those cookies. Make us envy your neighbors, coworkers, your yoga instructor, and your kid’s teacher. Make us wish we were on your cookie swap list.

The contest runs until Thursday, December 29. Fine Cooking editors will pick their three favorites and the Grand, First, and Second prize winners will be announced on Friday, December 30.

See the Official Rules for prize details.