Browned Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Browned Butter Shortbread Caramel Sandwich Cookies

Happy Monday everyone! We’re coming off an awesome weekend, and I am so excited to share these browned butter shortbread cookies with you. The browned butter trend is one crazy train I have jumped all the way on board with, unlike the kale, quinoa, gluten-free stuff that’s been running so rampant lately. I LOVE browned butter. Love it on pasta tossed with myzithra cheese. LOVE LOVE it in these blueberry dutch babies. LOVE it in these soft ginger cookies too. It gives whatever you add it to such a warm, almost nutty flavor. Sometimes I will just brown up a pound or so of butter and then just stick it in the fridge to add to things at will. It is especially good for baking. Nothing really else can impart the same flavor as browned butter can.

This is another great recipe featuring Chocoley chocolate and caramel. I’m so impressed with the quality of their chocolate. If you enter the discount code “WHATEVER20” at checkout, you can get 20% off your entire order, AND a free gift. {Full disclosure – Chocoley sent me some awesome products to try, free of charge, but I am not financially compensated by them, and all opinions are my own. I will never recommend something that I don’t like, and I’ll always disclose if the post is sponsored by someone (meaning they are paying me), whether I got some free product to try, or whether I am just singing someone’s praises because I love something and want to make sure you know it! Chocoley very graciously offered up that discount for readers of Or Whatever You Do, so I wanted to pass it along as I’m going to be using their chocolate for quite a while. I LOVE it!} Let me know what you think after you try it out!

Back to the cookies…these were awesome! They would be great plain, without all the adornment, but who can resist some buttery sugar covered in chocoley awesomeness? Not me! And not the family yesterday at our weekly get-together. They are all gone.

Start by browning some butter, and then chill it. You want it solid, but not hard. The easiest way to do this is to brown the butter the day before, stick it in the fridge overnight, and then pull it out of the fridge about an hour before you plan to bake. That’s the best way. But if you are like me at all, pre-planning isn’t really your *thing*. You can speed the process along by browning it and sticking it in a bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Stir it every 5 minutes until its solidified, but not frozen.

Cream the butter and sugar together, add in the vanilla and flour, and the dump out onto a powdered sugared counter. (Use that instead of flour!) The dough is pretty crumbly, but should stay together for you. I had to knead it a bit and press it down into a circle, reshaping every so often, before I rolled it out. Roll out the dough into about 1/3 – 1/2 inch thick. Cut it out using your favorite cookie cutters.

Browned Butter Shortbread Caramel Sandwich Cookies


Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Watch closely! Your oven is unique, and its likely the time will differ a bit from my baking time. You don’t really want them browned, just baked through and set up.

Remove onto a cooling rack.

Browned Butter Shortbread Caramel Sandwich Cookies

To fill the cookies, (and this couldn’t get any easier) just grab a ball of caramel, roll in your hand, and press down slightly. Put it in the cookie. Press another cookie gently on top.

Browned Butter Shortbread Caramel Sandwich Cookies

Coat in chocolate, and decorate with drizzle to get extra fancy!

Browned Butter Shortbread Caramel Sandwich Cookies

Or you can skip the sandwiching and just do some chocolate and drizzle.


Browned Butter Shortbread Cookies

Browned Butter Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 cup browned butter, chilled and then brought to room temp
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour (a.p. or bread flour are fine)
  • extra powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat your oven to 300. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and flour, and mix until combined. The mixture will look very dry and crumbly, but should come together after you shape it into a large disc with your hands. Feel free to "knead" it a little bit to help it come together.
  3. Dust your counter with powdered sugar, and roll out the dough until its ⅓-1/2 inch thick. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are just set, and the edges are just starting to turn golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and cool on racks before dipping or drizzling with chocolate.


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