Monday, 29 October 2012

Butterscotch Cookies

So here's another recipe with my new favourite ingredient- burnt butter!

A lot of the stuff I bake ends up at work- because there aren't enough people in my house to eat it all- but a friend of mine from work is fussy and doesn't like chocolate so I asked him what I could bake that he would eat and enjoy. He came up with butterscotch cookies.

I tried making butterscotch chips to go in the butterscotch cookies, but they never fully set; when chilled it was like toffee, but when heated it melted again! In the end, I made butterscotch flavour cookies, make a hole in the middle and put a lump of butterscotch in there, then rolled them up and baked them like that. This kind of worked! But, they tasted great either way!

Next time, I would make the same cookies but with white chocolate chips, or make little ball shapes out of the butterscotch and dip in melted chocolate so that it might keep its shape more- so I will post the butterscotch non-chips separately and allow you to decide!

170g butter
285g dark brown sugar
100g light brown sugar
1 egg + 1 yolk
320g plain flour
1tbs vanilla extract
1/2tsp salt
1/2tsp baking soda
1/4tsp baking powder
Either 1 quantity butterscotch (recipe to follow) or 250g white chocolate chips

(line 2 baking trays with baking paper, preheat the oven to 190 Celsius)
  1. Melt 145g butter in a pan over a medium heat. The butter will foam a bit, then subside. Keep stirring, when brown flecks appear in the butter, remove from heat and stir in the remaining butter
  2. Tip butter into a mixing bowl and whisk in the sugar and salt, followed by the egg, yolk and vanilla
  3. Gradually sift in the flour, baking powder and baking soda
  4. Stir in white chocolate chips if using
  5. Roll equal sized ball shapes of 1/2tbs dough and place on baking sheets well spaced out (can be 1tbs big if you prefer bigger cookies)
  6. If using chocolate chips, place in the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes
  7. If using butterscotch, make a deep well in the middle of each cookie, then place 1/2 tsp of butterscotch in the middle of each, roll back into a ball, place in the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes
  8. When slightly brown around the edges, remove from oven and leave to cool on baking tray for a few minutes before serving
Enjoy! :) x

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