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Brown Butter Honey Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
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2 sticks salted butter

1 cup light brown sugar 

1 cup granulated sugar 

1/4 cup honey 

2 large eggs, at room temperature 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 

Flakey sea salt, for topping 

Creamy Honey Dip, recipe follows

Sprinkles, for topping cookies 

Creamy Honey Dip:

1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons honey, plus additional for drizzling

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 


  1. Place the butter in a pot over medium heat. Once melted, reduce the heat to low and allow the butter to just barely simmer. Cook until the milk solids that sink are golden brown, about 6 minutes. Set aside to cool until the butter is still liquid, but not hot.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the brown butter, sugars and honey in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until combined and a homogenous mixture is formed, about 2 minutes. (The mixture will look grainy.) Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, until incorporated. Add the vanilla.
  4. Whisk together the flour and baking soda in a small mixing bowl. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat just until incorporated, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  5. Using a small scooper, scoop 1 1/2-tablespoon mounds onto the prepared baking sheets, being sure to leave distance in between the cookies. Sprinkle with flakey salt.
  6. Bake until deeply golden brown, about 15 minutes. Allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheets for 3 minutes. Move to a cooling rack to cool completely. Dip cookies in Creamy Honey Dip, then top with sprinkles.

Creamy Honey Dip:

  1. Whisk together the yogurt, honey and spice in a small mixing bowl. Scrape into a serving ramekin. Drizzle with more honey. Serve alongside the cookies.