Brown Butter Easter Cookies

What do you do when you win an Easter bunny cookie canister on a blog giveaway??? You fill it up, of course.  After some blogger buzz about White Chocolate M and M’s, I had to nab a couple bags (check your local Target)…their pastel shells were perfect for the task at hand. This recipe only makes 12 cookies…that was the one and only complaint about this recipe…from my dear hubby, who knew the cookie jar would be empty soon. But they are HUGE and wonderful…so savor every bite…
Brown Butter Easter Cookies
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ¾ cup white chocolate M and M's (or favorite flavor), plus more to garnish
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Melt 10 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat till melted. Continue cooking a couple more minutes till butter is golden brown with a nutty fragrance. Pour into heatproof bowl, and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir till melted.
  3. Add sugars, then vanilla. Mix in egg and egg yolk. Add baking soda, then flour and mix till just combined. Add M and M's and chocolate chunks.
  4. Use 4 tablespoon (1/4 cup) scoop to make dough balls. Place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake 10-14 minutes or till cookies are golden. Press a few extra M and M's into warm cookies to garnish. Cool on rack.
Yield: about 12 large cookies.

A big thanks to Wendy of The Weekend Gourmet…I won the darling Easter cookie jar, 2 jars of Biscoff spread, and a boatload of Biscoff cookies from her blog giveaway! SO fun!!!

And more gratefulness for some lovely blog awards that arrived while I was on holiday…please check out all their excellent blogs:

Allison, a fellow Dorista and all around sweetheart, of The French Whisk, presented me with The Versatile Blogger Award as did sweet Heidi of Young Grasshopper.  Thank you, both!!!

My talented friend, Sophie, of The German Foodie, passed along the Kreativ Blogger Award~

Dearest Anna, of Crunchy Creamy Sweet, awarded me with The Happy Blogger Award and The 7 Link Award!  Here’s a link to my previous 7 Link Post…a chance to see some of my OLD posts~  

And, finally, a huge thank you to another terrific friend and blogger, Kimmi, of Grubarazzi, for a boatload of yummy awards!!! SO many terrific honors! Thank you, all!!! 

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  1. Congrats on that well-deserved awards , Lizzy ! That cookies looks gorgeous ! I just love the colorful candy pieces ! Hopefully , I can find some of that white chocolate M&M’s here ;D I wish ! tsk tsk hahaha

  2. Browned butter does improve the flavor of most anything. I have yet to see the white M&M’s, but I’ll keep searching. These look delicious!
    I don’t have an award to give you other to say that I think you are amazing! You consistently have awesome posts and your kind comments just make my day. Thanks Lizzy for giving class to the blogging community. I’m so happy to call you my friend.

  3. Congrats on all your awards. You rock!

    So that easter bunny cookie canister is freaking adorable. And I’m loving your cookies! I actually bookmarked brown sugar cookies too and I was going to add easter pretzel m&ms. How crazy is that? Great minds think alike :)

  4. Lizzy your Easter bunny is adorable and the cookies too!!!!! have a nice day!

  5. These look fantastic – and what a cute cookie jar! I so wish I could get my hands on those Easter M&Ms. But then again, I’d probably end up eating them all instead of baking with them!
    Congratulations on all of the awards!

  6. I love cooking something for Easter, they look simple and so tasty!! Thank you darling!! :)

  7. Perfect cookies to fill that adorable jar with!

  8. Congrats on your well-deserved awards!

    And these cookies seem like a fabulous way to celebrate! :D

  9. Sunny, colorful and cute! Really great cookies for Easter!

  10. Wow, you could plaster a wall with those awards! I am convinced that holiday m&ms are way better than the regular ones, I can’t resist those cookies!

  11. Lizzy these cookies are perfect for Easter!! What a cute bunny jar. :) I can understand you trying to scale back the blog posts… I hope to get there someday soon so my laundry can be done too. LOL!!

  12. PS… Congrats on all the awards!! Yay!! :)

  13. Lizzy,
    Congratulations on all of your well deserved awards. I love everything you make, and your photos are always gorgeous! These cookies sound so good, and a small recipe is better for 2 people:) I hear you about the laundry!!!

  14. Your Easter cookies look perfect – browned butter is something I use on such things as corn, mashed potatoes, and popcorn etc. but have never used it in cookies – that would surely give them a unique flavour. What a great idea! Congrats on your well-deserved awards. I love your classy blog and love your kind comments. Totally hear you about getting the laundry done……..have a wonderful passion week.

  15. Browned butter belongs in cookies. Super awards that you deserve…congrats sweet lady. Have to bake these this weekend for the kids;)

  16. Liz, I always enjoy seeing how you style your food. Everything looks so wonderful. Congrats on all of the awards.

    Carol xo

  17. Hahaha! U’re so cute! I’d be so lost as I can’t bake for nuts. Lol! These cookies are so colourful & gonna drive kids crazy.

    Congrats on your awards, dear! Happy blogging! xoxo, Shirley

  18. I’ll take 10 please?! How cute is that cookie jar!! Congrats on all your well deserved awards Lizzy :)

  19. I’ve heard of these white chocolate M&Ms & I’m yet to see them!! As soon as I do I’m pucking some up and making these delicious cookies! They look incredible, love the brown butter!

  20. Congrats on your awards! And on making a lovely cookie! I totally want to make these with my sister’s kids this weekend!

  21. Congrats, Lizzy!!

    White chocolate M & M’s – wow!

    Perfect Easter Cookies. Gosh, that time already. I’ll have to think of something this week.

    Have a wonderful day, my friend. ((HUGS))

  22. Browned butter always gives such an awesome flavor to cookies. I love that you had to make cookies right away for your new jar:-) I would have too!!!

  23. The bunny is really cute but it would be too dangerous to have it in my kitchen. I would keep on filling it and… emptying it. The cookies look beautiful with the m&ms inside. You have chosen the perfect Easter colours. I can well believe they were delicious.
    Congratulations for all these awards!

  24. Congratulations on your awards, Lizzy! All so well deserved! I love brown butter anything so I am really excited about this recipe :) Have a wonderful week, my friend!

  25. You had me at brown butter, and then you added white chocolate chip M&M’s. LOVE everything about these, Liz. So perfect for Easter!

  26. You had me at browned butter, something that I can be obsessed with. :-) Great cookies and congrats on all the awards Liz…well deserved.

  27. Oh Lizzy! This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe ever!! They come out perfect every time, and of course the brown butter brings them over the top from wonderful to perfect! I really like the idea of the white chocolate m&ms in these. They are so cute! Congrats on all your winnings (cookie jar and awards)!

  28. Congrats on the awards! Those cookies are adorable and I know they’re delicious-they have brown butter!!

  29. Brown butter cookies sound amazing!

  30. what kid or adult wouldn’t love these! I think I shall make them for my sweet boys

  31. congrats dear for ur bunches of award…u reserve it…u have wonderfull baking dishs…cookies sounds amazing aand cute one

  32. How cute! I’d love a couple right now….

  33. Delicious cookies! Love the pastel white chocolate m&ms…so perfect for Easter!
    Btw, congratulations on another bunch of awards, Lizzy! You’re so amazing so I’m pretty sure a lot more are coming!

  34. Lizzy, congratulations on your awards…they all well deserved :)
    The cookies look great…perfect for Easter!
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and thanks for this delicious recipe!

  35. i love brown butter anything lol! these cookies are so fun and delicious, just perfect for spring! congratulations on your well-deserved awards!!

  36. Lizzy- while you’re away …just look at all the beautiful awards, and the ever so cute Bunny jar you got from Wendy’s giveaway winning!
    Congratulations, my dear…you so well deserve all the BEST!
    The cookies, I would have to hide from my grandkids, they would gobble up the entire batch…and me, helping them!
    Glad you decided to slow down, and blog 3 times a week!

  37. White chocolate M&M’s! I had no idea. They look great in the cookies, and that is the cutest cookie jar.

  38. Mmm I love anything with brown butter!! These cookies look wonderful!

  39. oh wow you won so many awards! the colors on that cookies are sweet, and the cookies are beautiful.

  40. Congratulations on your blog awards and on your cookie jar – it is adorable. I love your cookies – they look delicious and perfect for Easter. Have a nice day:)

  41. So that’s why the laundry is piling up, lol…I had to cut down to two days and I still can’t catch up with it!

    The cookie jar is so cute, Lizzy. Congrats and congratulations on the awards too!!!

    Now those cookies may not make it until Easter. I’ve become very fond of Brown Butter anything!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing…

  42. I have managed to get down to a basic 3 day a week posting schedule, too. Even then, though, I am having a hard time keeping up with comments.

    Your cookies look to die for. I have made that recipe and the aroma alone is enough to bring the gang running!

  43. Congrats on all the awards Lizzy, it is definitely the season! These cookies look like just the think I want in my Easter basket this year-yum! Ha-after seeing that open cookie jar, I realize exactly what you meant when you said huge. The bigger the better as far as I am concerned!

  44. Congrats on all the awards!!
    These cookies look wonderful. Great use of the M&M’s!

  45. this looks wonderful delicious cookies congrats on the well deserved award

  46. Sorry i’m just now getting here to comment, sweet Lizzy! That bunny is really cute…I wanted to enter my own contest to win him ;)! You certainly found a cookie worthy of filling up that jar…I hope you’ll think of me each Easter when you make the cookie jar part of your decor!!

  47. I need more holiday decorations. Your bunny is so cute. I love the cookies! Happy Easter!

  48. Lizzi sus galletas son muy hermosas y linda decoración,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  49. Oh Lizzy – what a perfect cookie! :) Mmmmm.

  50. These cookies look just perfect! Def have to try this recipe!

  51. Congratulations on all the awards and the cookies are just terrific!

  52. Congrats on all your awards! Some days my work is back logged even though I do not post as much.
    How cute the cookies the are!

  53. Cucina49 says:

    Lizzy, congratulations on your awards! They are well-deserved. And those cookies look delicious–a perfect use for pastel m&ms.

  54. I love these cookies! The Easter M&Ms are so fun to use!

  55. Lizzy,
    I need to find that mm. Love these cookies.

  56. Lizzy, that bunny is soo cute, i’ve been staring at it and smiling for the last minute or so. :) You are all in Easter celebration, collecting all awards in your basket, Congratulations!

  57. What a great award package and, of course, great new awards. But much more importantly – WHITE CHOCOLATE M&M’S???

  58. when I first heard about those white chocolate m&ms I had to run out and buy them immediately. My fiance loves white chocolate. Of course, he ate all of them before I had a chance to bake with them. I’ll have to buy another bag and make these cookies. They sound delicious.

  59. Heidi {Young Grasshopper} says:

    love brown butter cookies :) I’m overwhelmed narrowing down my Easter menu!!

    & thanks for the shout, nice surprize :)

  60. Perfect looking Easter cookies! And congrats on all the awards!

  61. Your easter bunny and cookies are both adorable.

    Congratulations on your awards Liz! :)

  62. Congrats on all the well deserved award!
    The cookies look lovely. I am definitely going to make these for my daughter. Thanks for sharing :)

  63. Very nice cookies…perfect for this season!!

  64. So yummy! Is there anything better than Brown butter? Love the photos, they are all just so cute!

  65. Congrat to you on all the awards, well deserved. Cookies sound yummy and that cookie jar is adorable.

  66. Congrats on all the blog award Lizzy. I am admiring these cookies you made and as well as the bunny too.

  67. Makes me want to just reach into the screen and grab one!

  68. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. Gorgeous cookies…browned butter is da bomb!

  69. Natalie Atick says:

    These cookies are adorable!!!! I love the Easter themed colors! Was also stopping by to tell you that I chose you for the Versatile blogger award!

  70. First off – those photos. Are so f-ing adorable. I can’t stand it. What a perfect Easter set up. Second, I didn’t even know that white chocolate M&Ms existed? Probably just an American thing (we never get anything yummy up here :( ). Third, you had me sold at browned butter. Aw yeah.

  71. Congrats on all those awards, Lizzy! you deserve every one of them :) and these cookies are so perfect! I adore brown butter, and these would make me really happy! Thanks for sharing this :)

  72. Love the easter cookies and THAT cookie jar! Once I start baking more cookies often – frequent enough I want to buy me a cute jar like yours (maybe not Easter but all year around). :-) Congrats on the awards Lizzy!

  73. I didn’t know there were White Chocolate M&M’s, OMG!!! That has to be one of the greatest inventions since Spanx. Which I just may need after making these. These cookies look so tempting Liz and I can’t wait to get in on the browned butter craze. Lovely pics!

  74. You are very welcome. They are very deserved! I am totally making these cookies for our Easter party at the grandparents house. The kids will LOVE them!

  75. Congrats on your awards sweetie, and these are just adorable for Easter/Spring :)

  76. What a cute cookie jar and cute cookies to match!! Congratulations on your awards!

  77. Wow – bravo on your awards and your winning streak with the bunny dispenser. Great idea to just fill it with these treats, Lizzy. Glad to hear you’re human too. Don’t know how on earth you manage to blog so much and keep on top of things. Lizzy also does laundry! Will be thinking of you when lugging that basket today. You rock. Cheers to you, my friend. J xo


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