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Brown Butter Speculoos Truffle Cookies

Ever since I heard of this wonderful brown butter thing, I’ve been itching to try it. I bookmarked tons of recipes, put a few on my “must make” list, but still never found the time… until now that is. And let me tell you, I’m not going back. There’s something about that rich caramel-like taste. It’s just awesome!

Top of my “must make” list was Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella, Brown Butter and Sea Salt from Annie’s Eats. What can I say?! I mean really, anything with Nutella… anyway, I didn’t have any Nutella – it happens. And so I turned to Nutella’s best friend, Speculoos, and made these – Brown Butter Speculoos Truffle cookies.

Brown butter cookies take 1

Well, at least they started out as cookies. But halfway through the baking process, I noticed they were spreading like crazy and decided that these cookies needed containment. So I turned them into cookie cups. Quickly I lined a cupcake pan, scooped up the rapidly liquifying dough and voilà – Brown Butter Speculoos Truffle Cookie Cups =p But now that they were in cupcake cups, I felt they needed a frosting, or at least a glaze. So I melted down some speculoos with a bit of white chocolate and away we go – Brown Butter Speculoos Truffle Cookie Cups with a Speculoos White Chocolate Glaze, bring on the sugar coma!
into cookie cups

Want to make some too?

Here’s what you need:

  • ½ cup Speculoos spread (Biscoff) + more for glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (16 tbsp.) unsalted butter
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt, plus more sprinkling
  • 1 cup  brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 50g white chocolate

Here’s what you do:

  1. Brown your butter. Put it in a medium frying pan and let it melt. Once it’s melted, start whisking as the butter continues to cook. It’s bubble and foam. Don’t worry, keep whisking until butter turns a nice brown colour and smells nutty. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. While butter is cooling, make your speculoos truffles. Put half a cup of speculoos into a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 20 seconds. Remove from microwave and give it a quick stir. Add the powdered sugar. Scoop teaspoon sized balls onto cookie sheet. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and twiddle thumbs – butter takes a while to cool =p
  4. Combine butter and sugars. Then add eggs, vanilla, and greek yoghurt. Fold in dry ingredients.

And now you have a choice. It’s like one of of those create your own ending stories. Cookies or cookie cups?

If you want cookies…

  1. Let dough chill for at least an hour, maybe two. Or put it in the freezer for 30 or so minutes.
  2. Scoop out tablespoon balls of dough. Create an indent with your thumb in each one. Add speculoos truffle. Mould dough around truffle so it’s completely hidden inside the cookie to be.
  3. Bake at 160C (fan oven) for 12-14 minutes

If you want cookie cups…

  1. Let dough chill for a half hour. Fill cupcake tin with liners. Scoop a good dollop of dough in each cup. Add speculoos truffle.
  2. Bake at 160C (fan oven) for 12-14 minutes.
  3. Create glaze. Melt white chocolate and speculoos spread together. Mix and pour over still hot cups.
  4. Let cool and enjoy

So which are you: cookies or cookie cups?


One comment on “Brown Butter Speculoos Truffle Cookies

  1. Pingback: White Chocolate Speculoos Truffles | Doctorate Housewife

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