brown butter & graham snickerdoodles

August 22, 2013

in Cookies

Snickerdoodles are like a worn-in book with pages rumpled from use and the occasional coffee stain from a careless jostle: comforting and enveloping. With the familiar cracked tops and dusting of cinnamon sugar, these pillowy cookies are unmistakably snickerdoodles, yet I like to think of them as snickerdoodles, reimagined.

Brown Butter & Graham Snickerdoodles | Tutti Dolci

Brown butter plus a scoop of graham flour add layers of flavor; swapping half the white sugar for brown sugar is the secret to incredibly soft and chewy cookies. If you love snickerdoodles, these belong in your cookie jar.

Brown Butter & Graham Snickerdoodles | Tutti Dolci

Brown Butter & Graham Snickerdoodles | Tutti Dolci

Brown Butter & Graham Snickerdoodles
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup graham flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

For Rolling
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and chill in the freezer until solidified, about 45 minutes to an hour.

Whisk together flour, graham flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Beat solidified brown butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 400°F and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Form 1 1/2″ balls of dough and roll in cinnamon sugar; place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 8 minutes, until the cookies are set in the center and begin to crack. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Yield – 30 cookies
Calories – 130 (per cookie)
Carbs – 16

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1 The Café Sucre Farine August 22, 2013

Snickerdoodle aficionado here! These looks fabulous, I love your unique, fun twist on a classic!


2 Jennie @themessybakerblog August 22, 2013

I love the addition of graham flour in these cookies. They look soft and delicious.


3 Jamie@Milk N Cookies August 22, 2013

Snickerdoodles always remind me of childhood, in a good way. I love this update to the classic!


4 Valerie August 22, 2013

Beautifully written. Snickerdoodles & well-loved books, yes. :)
I would love a batch on this drizzly morning, please!


5 Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 22, 2013

Snickerdoodles! I adore snickerdoodles! They’re so simple but sooo good.

And brown sugar?! I don’t think I’ve ever tried that in snickerdoodles. I’ll have to give that a try!


6 Laura @ Family Spice August 22, 2013

Snickerdoodles are an interesting cookie. They seem innocent enough, but they are sooo addicting! YUM!


7 Patty August 22, 2013

Oh you’ve reinvented one of my all-time favorite cookies, just lovely!!! This post is really making me smile ;)


8 Maria/Pink Patisserie August 22, 2013

What a great idea to brown the butter. I bet they are extra nutty and sweet ! I can almost taste them!


9 Ash-foodfashionparty August 22, 2013

Love the cookies and brown butter, oh yes, love it. Pinning it.


10 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 22, 2013

These look so perfectly soft and chewy — love the addition of brown butter, too!


11 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 22, 2013

Girl, I am laughing myself absolutely silly right now! I totally predicted you would make these cookies using melted butter…also, a ginger-graham Snickerdoodle biscotti with toasted almonds! (I won’t make them because I know you will, LOL.) As soon as I saw the title in my blog feed, I knew it was yours and got all goose-pimply. Call it a premonition. I get the same vibes from Valerie, too, then see the recipe on her blog. Just hilarious, weird and goose-bumpy all the same. I also see you making a holiday tart using graham flour and wonderful winter fruits, liqueur and nuts as well! Salted caramel, fresh ginger whipped cream and candied ginger, too, perhaps? I guess it is just getting to know you as a baker. This recipe is SO YOU! And, I cannot wait to bake up a batch. The only thing I would add would be a whisper of nutmeg. Thanks ever so much for sharing, Laura!


12 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 22, 2013

Strike that. I meant browned butter, of course, and typed melted. What are you going to do with me? Pinning tonight!


13 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 22, 2013

browned butter
graham flour.

Check to all. PINNED! they look incredible!


14 Lizzy (Good Things) August 22, 2013

Aha, so this is what snickerdoodles are! Thank you for sharing xo


15 Tieghan August 22, 2013

Ah whoa! These are my kind of cookie and they just got me real excites for the holidays!



16 Terra August 22, 2013

Hmmmmmm……YUM!!!! Snickerdoodles are my all time favorite cookie…you just made them O.M.G. soooooo much better!!! Hugs, Terra


17 Julie @ Table for Two August 22, 2013

I think I might need to make these this weekend! They sound delicious!!


18 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 22, 2013

I had my first snickerdoodle when I was about 8 and I’ve been smitten ever since.


19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 22, 2013

I love snickerdoodles, but haven’t had them in forever. The addition of brown butter and graham flour sounds amazing!


20 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 22, 2013

These are awesome and one of my favorite cookies! Great job…


21 Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures August 22, 2013

I didn’t know it was possible to improve snickerdoodles, but you’ve done it Laura! These sound amazing.


22 Suzanne August 22, 2013

My hubby’s favorite cookie redone, I need to try these out on him!!


23 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 23, 2013

What a perfect twist to regular snickerdoodles! Love the addition of graham flour!


24 Cristina August 23, 2013

These snickerdoodles do belong in my cookie jar! Like this idea of the graham meal AND who doesn’t luv the smell and taste of brown butter? Delicious!


25 Deb August 23, 2013

Little pillows of joy! What a gorgeous cookie, with a foundation of graham flour and brown butter they are enticing!


26 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies August 23, 2013

I’m imagining that the graham flour adds some dimension to the flavor of these snickerdoodles. It sounds wonderful!


27 Kiran @ August 23, 2013

I LOVE the styling!! What a fun twist to original snickerdoodles :)


28 Kate@Diethood August 24, 2013

Dude. Your post/description made me drool let alone the photos and recipe!! Freakin’ DELISH!


29 Liz August 24, 2013

I need to make these for the college boy…he’d be in heaven with a box of these :)


30 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 24, 2013

I love pillowy cookies! I can imagine how the browned butter made these taste extra special!


31 Rosa August 24, 2013

Divine! Those snickerdoodles must be packed with wonderful flavors.




32 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 24, 2013

Ooh we love snickerdoodles here! I was even served ones at a local neighbourhood meeting that looked just like these! :D


33 Adri August 24, 2013

I love Snickerdoodles, and I love brown butter. It always adds such dimension, such depth of flavor. What a terrific idea to use it here!


34 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} August 25, 2013

Oh how I love when you make your sweet treats with brown butter! I bet this just added that extra POW to the traditional snickerdoodle! Nicely done.


35 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 25, 2013

Snickerdoodles are my FAVORITE kind of cookies, and with the brown butter?! Oh man oh man. I’m completely sold on this!


36 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 25, 2013

My dauhter loves snickerdoodles! Brown butter and graham flour. You know how to lure us with these delicious cookies. ;)


37 Ashley@BakerbyNature August 26, 2013

Now that Fall is almost here, I’m definitely in cookie mode! These look so fabulous, lady!


38 Mercedes August 26, 2013

These literally look like little pillows of heaven Laura!


39 suzanne Perazzini August 27, 2013

I have never tried these cookies. They look like a great bite with a cup of tea.



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