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Grapefruit White Chocolate Brown Butter Cookies

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Grapefruit cookies? I know, right? Can these cookies really be good? The answer is a resounding YES! We love these cookies so much. They are in fact incredibly interesting in all of the subtle flavors that come through….floral grapefruit, sea salt, sweet sweet white chocolate, nutty brown butter, man oh man…..You just have to try these, seriously. Do it.

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Grapefruit White Chocolate Brown Butter Cookies

(adapted from Joy the Baker)

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons grapefruit zest (more if you want more grapefruit)

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups white chocolate chips

 

Instructions:

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Place half the butter in a mediums skillet. Melt the butter over medium high heat, swirling it in the pan occasionally. It will foam and then start to cackle and pop (watch out here!). Once the noise stops make sure to keep a close eye on it, swirling – this is where it starts to turn brown with brown bits forming on the bottom and it will do it quickly within 2 to 3 minutes. Poor immediately into a bowl, brown bits and all, this stops the cooking process. Allow it to cool for 20 minutes.

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In a small bowl, rub together the granulated sugar and grapefruit zest until the sugar is fragrant.

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Beat the remaining 8 tablespoons softened butter withe the grapefruit granulated sugar for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth.

Beat in the vanilla extract.

Pour the cooled brown butter into the bowl, along with the brown sugar. Beat for 2 minutes, until smooth; the mixture will lighten in color and becomes fluffy.

Add eggs and beat for one minute.

Add the flour, salt, and baking soda, beating low speed just until everything is incorporated.

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Use a spatula to fold in the white chocolate chips.

Cover and place in your refrigerator for at least an hour. At least 15 minutes before baking heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

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Scoop the dough in 2 tablespoon sized balls and place on prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.

Sprinkle the cookies with sea salt, to taste. We like a little more than a pinch.

Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes,  or until they are golden brown.

Eat many, you will want to :-)

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