Crème Brûlée Cookies

In Baking, Uncategorized on December 8, 2010 at 3:13 am

Crème Brûlée Cookies Recipe courtesy of Fine Cooking

3 cups (13-1/2 oz.) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. table salt
8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar
Seeds scraped from 2 large vanilla beans or 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks

Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add 1-1/2 cups of the sugar and the vanilla seeds or extract and beat on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and yolks one at a time, mixing until blended after each addition. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended, about 1 minute.

Turn the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Using the plastic as an aid, gently knead into a smooth dough (the dough will be soft). Shape into a 12-inch round log about 3 inches in diameter and wrap in the plastic. Cut an empty paper towel roll open. Gently rest the dough in the roll and refrigerate until chilled and very firm, about 4 hours. (The dough may be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 or more cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners. Put the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl.

Cut the dough into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Gently press one side of each cookie into the sugar to coat completely. Arrange the cookies sugar side up about 1 inch apart on the lined cookie sheets. Save the rest of the sugar for decorating the cookies. Bake, one sheet at a time, until golden-brown, 11 to 14 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. (The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up 3 days before proceeding.)

Dip the sugared side of the cookies into the remaining sugar. Arrange the cookies sugar side up on a flameproof work surface. Pass the flame of a small kitchen torch over the cookie tops until evenly caramelized. Let cool completely, about 3 minutes, before serving.

Review: These cookies are packed with vanilla flavor and the caramelized crunch on top is a nice and fun addition to this cakey sugar cookie.  I found it was a great accompaniment for coffee.  The dough is super sticky and cantankerous; also since the dough has to chill for four hours it is a time-consuming cookie recipe – so I will probably not ever make this recipe again, even though it was tasty.

  1. You are amazing!

  2. well lookie here! I swear, Becks, you are by far my most secretive friend! What happened to Cake and Sunshine? Anyway, glad to see you back up and blogging! You’ll have to teach me to “Cast-off” sometime – I still have the needles in a scarf I started two years ago 🙂

    • Haha… well it is not intentional! I guess I am not good at updating people about what is going on. It had been a year since I actually posted on Cake & Sunshine. So time for something fresh and I wanted to try wordpress, so here goes 😀

  3. I can’t think of any other word to describe these except unbelievable. Oh and you are awesome. But I think I have mentioned that.

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