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Brown Butter Easter Cookies

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Easy, bakery worthy Brown Butter Easter Cookies made with chocolate chip cookie dough & pastel M&M’s along with pro tips for perfect results! With a couple of simple tips, your cookies will look like they came right from the bakeshop, only tastier!

Brown butter cookies speckled with pastel colored Easter M&M's

Brown Butter Easter Cookies

If you want a super simple, festive Easter Cookies recipe, I’ve got you covered.  After some blogger buzz about White Chocolate M and M’s, I had to nab a couple of bags (check your local Target), but Easter milk chocolate M&M’s are also an option.

Their pastel shells were perfect for the task at hand. This recipe only makes 12 cookies. That was the one and only complaint about these Easter Cookies. My dear hubby realized the cookie jar would be empty soon. But they are HUGE and wonderful, so savor every bite.

3 Brown Butter Easter Cookies on a rimmed white place surrounded by pastel M&M's

What Is Brown Butter?

Brown butter is butter which is melted then cooked until the milk solids start to brown. This process transforms ordinary butter into liquid gold with a nutty aroma! It is used in sauces, like brown butter with sage on pasta or as a way to kick up the flavor of desserts like in these cookies or banana bread!

How Is It Made?

  • Start by cutting the butter into pieces in a heavy saucepan. It’s easier to watch the color change if the pan’s interior is stainless instead of a dark color. 
  • Melt the butter over moderate heat, swirling on occasion to prevent hot spots from cooking too fast.
  • The butter will foam and change from butter yellow to tan to a toasty brown. Watch carefully as it can easily burn, and then you must start over.
  • This process causes 20% of the water to evaporate and through the Maillard reaction, transforms the butter proteins into loads of flavor compounds. This is the same reaction that causes seared meat to taste so delicious!!

How to Store Brown Butter

Once you have the brown butter, you can use it in liquid form in these cookies or for sauces or chill to use it as solid butter. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  If frozen, it will keep for months as long as it’s well wrapped.

2 Brown Butter Easter Cookies with pastel M & M's on a round white plate

Tips for Making These Easter Cookies

  • If you don’t have dark brown sugar, you can use light brown sugar. PRO-Tip: You can also make dark brown sugar at home. Just mix one tablespoon of molasses into 1 cup of light brown sugar. Mix until the molasses is well dispersed, measure and use as directed.
  • Have your eggs at room temperature. Note that eggs will separate easier, with less chance of the egg breaking, when cold. If you’re not experienced separating eggs, try it with a cold egg, then let the yolk come to room temperature.
  • Use whatever M&M’s you’d like. If these are for Easter, definitely look for some pastel M&M’s. Other times of the year, use regular M&M’s.
  • PRO-Tip: Use a 1/4 cup cookie scoop to dish out consistently sized cookies.
  • A trick I’ve used for years is to use my spatula to carefully tap the fresh out of the oven cookies into perfect rounds while they’re still hot. When they’re full of chocolate chunks and candies, even perfect mounds of dough can bake into funky shapes!
  • If you want smaller cookies, use a tablespoon scoop and decrease the baking time.

More Easter Desserts You’ll Love

As much as I love these cookies, they may not be an appropriate dessert after a big family Easter dinner. Leave a couple out for the Easter bunny. Or wrap a one or two in a cellophane bag tied with pretty ribbons for an Easter favor. Here are a few more ideas for an Easter Dessert:

Other Recipes Utilizing Brown Butter

If you’re new to brown butter and want to try it in some more recipes, I recommend these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesRoasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter, easy Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars or Brown Butter Crepes.

2 Brown Butter Easter Cookies with pastel M & M's on a round white plate

Brown Butter Easter Cookies

Brown butter chocolate chunk cookies filled with pastel-colored white chocolate M&M's. for a fun Easter or spring treat!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Yield 12 large cookies

Ingredients

  • 14 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (to make your own, check the blog post)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate M and M's (or favorite flavor), pastel-colored, plus more to garnish
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small chunks

Instructions

  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 heat-proof 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 a 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.

Notes

Use a 1/4 cup scoop to make evenly sized cookies.

Use a spatula to tap the hot cookies into nice round shapes.

Carefully press extra M & M's onto the surface of the hot cookies to make them pretty!

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 4g

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83 comments on “Brown Butter Easter Cookies”

  1. 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 πŸ™‚

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Perfect cookies to fill that adorable jar with!

  5. Congrats on your well-deserved awards!

    And these cookies seem like a fabulous way to celebrate! πŸ˜€

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

  7. 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!

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

    Carol xo

  9. I love cooking something for Easter, they look simple and so tasty!! Thank you darling!! πŸ™‚

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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!

  13. You had me at browned butter, something that I can be obsessed with. πŸ™‚ Great cookies and congrats on all the awards Liz…well deserved.

  14. Lizzy these cookies are perfect for Easter!! What a cute bunny jar. πŸ™‚ 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!!

  15. PS… Congrats on all the awards!! Yay!! πŸ™‚

  16. 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!!!

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. I’ll take 10 please?! How cute is that cookie jar!! Congrats on all your well deserved awards Lizzy πŸ™‚

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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))

  23. 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!!!

  24. Brown butter cookies sound amazing!

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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)!

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

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

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

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

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

  34. 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!

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

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

  37. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  48. Lizzi sus galletas son muy hermosas y linda decoraciΓ³n,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  49. Oh Lizzy – what a perfect cookie! πŸ™‚ Mmmmm.

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

  51. 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.

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

  53. love brown butter cookies πŸ™‚ I’m overwhelmed narrowing down my Easter menu!!

    & thanks for the shout, nice surprize πŸ™‚

  54. 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!

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

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

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

  58. Your easter bunny and cookies are both adorable.

    Congratulations on your awards Liz! πŸ™‚

  59. Congrats on all the well deserved award!
    The cookies look lovely. I am definitely going to make these for my daughter. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

  66. 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!

  67. 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 πŸ™ ). Third, you had me sold at browned butter. Aw yeah.

  68. 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). πŸ™‚ Congrats on the awards Lizzy!

  69. 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!

  70. 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!

  71. Congrats on your awards sweetie, and these are just adorable for Easter/Spring πŸ™‚

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

  73. 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

  74. These cookies look fabulous, Liz. Brown butter must have given these cookies so much more flavour. Bet they would disappear at on time if I baked them!

  75. They look absolutely delicious! love the pastel themed M&M’s . my daughter would love these for sure! saving this recipe πŸ™‚

  76. White chocolate M&Ms sound like a winner! Your cookies are very festive and seasonal Liz-enjoy:@)

  77. Brown butter adds a wonderfully rich and nutty flavor to these cookies! The Easter colors are so pretty too!

  78. Love these cookies Lizzy I was thinking in make something for Easter.
    How are you doing ? Keep safe

  79. Brown butter is the best!!!!!!! I want to try making these cookies, I may have to venture to the grocery store.

  80. I bet these are the best. I’ve got a brown butter regular choco chip recipe somewhere that is delicious. It’s time to stay home and bake!

  81. These cookies look wonderful. I have never tried using brown butter in cookies before, I know I have to try it. Thanks for the great tips for baking these cookies.

  82. What a beautiful cookie, I just love the pastel M&Ms. Sadly I won’t be searching for them for some time, we are on lockdown and strongly advised to shop only once every two weeks. It’s getting pretty expressing.

  83. A tough decision has to be made… only enough butter for your delicious cookies or nursing the last container of butter to tide us through the next couple of weeks. Cookies always wins. Hands down!

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