Tracy’s Brown Butter Molasses Cookies

Last year, my crazy amazing (she’s not crazy…she is just that amazing) friend Tracy brought some of these cookies up to work. The brown butter frosting was honestly one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. I immediately requested the recipe…and she of course shared. We love to text and talk about recipes, she has a lot of wisdom in the kitchen. Anything she cooks or bakes is probably one of the best things you will ever eat. Right now, my precious friend has found herself in a battle against cancer. It has been all of a sudden. She could use lots of prayers. If you read this post or better yet if you make these cookies…please pray for Tracy.

½ cups Butter, Softened
½ cups Vegetable Shortening
1-½ cup Sugar
½ cups Molasses
2 whole Eggs
4 cups All-purpose Flour
½ teaspoons Salt
2-¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
2-¼ teaspoons Ground Ginger
1-½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
1-½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
½ cups Sugar, For Rolling Dough

Brown Butter Frosting
⅓ cups Butter, Browned
3 cups Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
4 Tablespoons Milk

In large bowl, cream together first three ingredients. Beat in molasses and eggs. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Blend thoroughly with a wire whisk. Gradually mix flour mixture with the creamed mixture, until dough is smooth. Roll dough into balls, roll into sugar, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° (F) for EXACTLY 10 minutes. Cookies will look slightly underdone. Cool completely on wire rack.

Brown butter* over medium heat, set aside. Combine remaining ingredients and add browned butter. Mix until smooth, adding more milk as necessary. Dip your (clean) finger into frosting and taste for quality control purposes, of course. Repeat. Top cookies with remaining frosting, if any.

*To brown butter: heat in skillet, swirling butter CONSTANTLY, until fragrant (approximately 3 minutes). Immediately remove from heat. You will know when it is done when your kitchen smells like heaven.


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