Yeah. You read that right. Brown Butter Lemon Blueberry Cookies. They will pretty much change your life.
To go through some possible questions that may be running through your head:
1. How does one make brown butter?
Its so easy. Put the butter in a small pot on the stove and heat it up until it melts, then boils. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down to a medium-low heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes. It should be boiling throughout. Once it has been cooking for 8 minutes or so, it will begin to foam up, almost to the top of your pot. Continue to stir it until the foaming subsides. Once it does, you’ll be left with delicious, nutty smelling brown butter! That’s it.
2. Lemon blueberry? Really?
Really. I promise it is such a good combination. The lemon zest gives it a fresh taste and the blueberries give it a sweet kick. Then combine that with the nuttiness of the brown butter? You’ve got yourself a home run.
3. How do blueberries cook in the oven?
For these cookies I use dried blueberries, not fresh ones. Fresh blueberries are just too delicate and would not be able to hold their own in the oven. So dried blueberries are the way to go. I get them from Winco from their bulk section (which btw is the greatest thing ever), but I’m sure they can be found in lots of different grocery stores.
So there you have it.
This week I went with some friends to the Quinn XCII concert and it was lit. Quinn XCII has always been a favorite of mine, but I found out a sad fact – his name isn’t even Quinn. I’d suspected it for a while, but it was confirmed. That was probably the lowest point of the night. Wait, and to be honest I still don’t even know what his name is. I think its Michael, based on a line from one of his songs, but I’m not sure. I could google it in .2 seconds, but sometimes its just more fun to not know. OH and what made the concert even better was that Chelsea Cutler opened for him !! She has one of those voices where it sounds good recorded, but you’re not sure how it will be live. Let me tell you, she was amazing. And was wearing a Donovan Mitchell jersey, lol, which just made everything better. Long story short, if you ever get a chance to see Quinn XCII live, or Chelsea Cutler, or both, GO. You won’t regret it.
Now that I’ve ranted on about them both, I’m going to list my fav song of both of them, plus a few others I’ve been listening to recently.
- Candle – Quinn XCII
- Your Shirt – Chelsea Cutler
- Summer Clothes (Acoustic) – Marc Scibilia
- Nana – The 1975
- May I Have This Dance (feat. Chance the Rapper) – Francis and the Lights
- Digressions – Lizzy LeBleu
If I could recommend anything for your life right now it would be to go listen to these songs and MAKE THESE COOKIES. That combination can solve an incredible amount of life’s problems.
Brown Butter Lemon Blueberry Cookies
- 2 cups browned butter (see instructions below), plus 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs (at room temperature)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 5 1/2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons corn starch
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- zest of 2 lemons
- 2 teaspoons lemon extract
- 2 cups dried blueberries
Put two cups butter in a small pot on the stove and heat it up until it melts, then boils. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down to a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Once it has been cooking for about 8 minutes it will begin to foam up, almost to the top of your pot. Continue to stir it until the foaming subsides. When it starts to foam you’ll start to smell a strong nutty scent that is characteristic of brown butter. Once the foaming subsides the brown butter is done. It should have a dark brown color and a strong nutty smell. Let it sit until completely cool.
Heat convection oven to 300 degrees. Once the brown butter is cool, combine it with the additional 1/4 cup of melted butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Stir well. Then add the eggs and vanilla and stir again.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir well so the flour is absorbed.
Zest two lemons then add the zest, extract and dried blueberries to the dough. Mix until it is all evenly incorporated. Grab about 2 tablespoons of dough and make it into a rough ball. Be careful not to roll it too smoothly. It cooks better if its less smooth.
Bake in a convection oven at 300 degrees for about 12 minutes.