This caramelly cookie is a past winner of our family's holiday bake-off. The tender brown sugar cookie melts together with the rich browned butter frosting for a yummy flavor combination. They are sweet, and so special.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- BROWNED BUTTER FILLING:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 to 5 teaspoons 2% milk
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 1-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork, forming a crisscross pattern.
- Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
- For filling, heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until golden brown. Remove from the heat; stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet Sandwich Cookies in Country Woman November/December 2005, p23
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