brown butter cookies with caramelised white chocolate
- 225g unsalted butter, chopped
- ¾ cup (130g) brown sugar
- 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2½ cups (375g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), sifted
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, sifted
caramelised white chocolate
- 720g white chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream
- Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Place the butter in large non-stick frying pan over high heat and stir until melted. Cook for 3–4 minutes or until foamy and golden brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside for 15–20 minutes to cool. Place the browned butter, sugars and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 5 minutes or until well combined.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar and beat on low speed until just combined. Roll the mixture between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle and place on a large baking tray.
- Cook for 20–22 minutes or until golden brown and the centre is still slightly soft. Allow to cool in the tray.
- While the cookie is cooling, make the caramelised white chocolate. Reduce oven temperature to 120°C (250°F) and place the chocolate in a deep-sided medium baking tray. Cook for 10 minutes, remove from oven and spread the chocolate into an even layer with a spatula. Cook, stirring every 10 minutes, for a further 40–45 minutes or until golden brown+. Transfer to a large bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over high heat until just before boiling point. Gradually whisk the cream into the chocolate until smooth.
- Spread the warm chocolate mixture evenly over the cookie and refrigerate for 15–20 minutes or until firm. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 10–12.
+ Don’t worry if the chocolate looks a little chalky as it cooks in the oven, it will come together smoothly when the cream is added.
Tip: Cookies will keep in an airtight container for 3–4 days.
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