With all of the traveling that I did in December, this may be the year that I made the fewest Christmas cookies!  I made the Today Show Ginger Molasses Cookies more than I ever have in one season, but that was pretty much the extent of my holiday baking.  What I am saying is, I did not get my cookie fix this year.  So, I hope you will welcome these Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies that are packed with some of my favorite flavors and ingredients.

Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

There are a few food trends that I hope will die off in 2014 such as bacon incorporated into desserts and pork belly everything (sorry pork lovers!).  But one trend that I hope is here to stay forever is browned butter baked goods.  I am always an all butter baker anyway but when you take the five minutes that it takes to heat butter until the milk solids separate, true magic happens.  Once the milk solids separate from the butter fat and sink to the bottom of the pan you are heating your butter in, those solid bits begin to turn golden brown as they are heated and this process creates quite possibly the most mouth-watering smell in the world.  The nutty, rich, buttery smell that results should literally be bottled and sold as a perfume or room spray.  Eau de brown butter anyone?  Ok, maybe I’m getting a little carried away although once you make these Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies you’ll understand my obsession.

Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies begin with the obvious star ingredient, browned butter and the dough only continues to improve with the addition of each other ingredient.  Butterscotch is another wine of my favorite flavors.  I love the butterscotch disc hard candies that you find alongside root beer barrels in random candy dishes.  The buttery, sweet and slightly salty flavor of butterscotch is just so satisfying.

Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies are some of the best cookies that I have made in a long time.  I made them on a Saturday and then packaged up a few of them for each of my friends who I went od dinner with that night and they agreed that the recipe is a winner.

Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies {satisfymysweettooth.com}

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Brown Butter Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 40 cookies

1 cookies

Rich and nutty brown butter dough stuffed with sweet, creamy butterscotch chips and crunchy pecans


  • 12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and both sugars for 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  5. Mix in pecans and butterscotch chips.
  6. Roll dough into 2 Tbsp-sized balls and place onto cookie sheets leaving 2 inches in between as cookies will spread slightly while baking.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  8. Recipe adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book


Per cookies: Calories: 143 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 21g

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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Alyssa
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Yum–these sound amazing! Anything with the words “brown butter” in the title pretty much get my vote!


  2. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    I hope brown butter doesn’t fade away! Love it in cookies!


  3. Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    I’ve yet to try bacon in my sweets, maybe I better do it before it’s too late 🙂 LOVE these puffy, chewy cookies!


  4. taylor @ greens & chocolate
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    I didn’t bake nearly as much as I had hoped to this Christmas either. I love the combination of brown butter and butterscotch in these cookies…they look insanely delicious!


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