Butter biscuits are delicious of course. But brown that butter and you’ll ramp the flavour up several notches. These brown butter biscuits are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. If you’re not fond of cardamom, swap it for another spice or just leave it out altogether.
When you fancy something sweet and don’t have a great deal of time to spare, biscuits or cookies are the perfect bake. They generally don’t take long to prepare and, more importantly, they don’t take long to cook.
Brown Butter Biscuits with Cardamom
Once you’ve browned the butter, these cardamom cookies really don’t take long to make at all. They’re also super delicious. Brown butter gives the biscuits lovely nutty notes. I’ve also used jaggery rather than sugar in this recipe which adds caramel tones. The two together work incredibly well.
I first tried this combination many years ago when I made brown butter cupcakes. If you can’t get hold of jaggery, you can use light muscovado sugar instead. The cardamom is optional, but I highly recommend it.
First off, brown the butter. Beat in the jaggery followed by the egg and ground cardamom seeds. Then stir in the flours. I’ve used half wholemeal and half plain. Finally, form the mixture into balls and roll in cardamom sugar before baking.
What’s Brown Butter?
Brown butter, also known as burnt butter or browned butter is a lot nicer than it sounds. It’s also very simple to make. You just need to melt unsalted butter in a pan. Then let it simmer slowly until it starts to turn golden and the solids drop to the bottom of the pan and go brown.
This process reduces the water content and makes the butter richer in flavour. You can then use it as is, or filter out the browned bits of butter and use the clarified butter alone.
The French name for brown butter sums it up very nicely. Beurre noisette, means “hazelnut butter” and nutty is just how it tastes. It’s a key ingredient in traditional madeleines as well as various pastries and sauces. I really like brown butter and I’ve used it a number of times. Specifically in these recipes for basbousa and blackberry & apple pancakes with brown buttered cobnuts.
Jaggery is one of the most natural and least harmful forms of sugar and is traditionally eaten on the Indian subcontinent. Natural cane juice is dehydrated and formed into blocks. It has a slightly fudgy texture and a unique caramel flavour. It is also high in minerals and has a much lower GI than refined sugar.
When I’m trying to reduce my sugar intake, I’ll often use rapadura or coconut sugar. I find these easier to get hold of than jaggery, but neither of them have those same delightful caramel notes.
Other Plain (ish) Biscuit Recipes You Might Like
- Chinese walnut cookies
- Chocolate mint cookies
- Cornish fairings
- Crunch cornflake biscuits
- Pistachio & rose biscuits
- Spelt snickerdoodles
- Vanilla almond cookies (vegan)
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Brown Butter Biscuits – The Recipe
Brown Butter Biscuits with Optional Cardamom
- 150 g unsalted butter
- 125 g jaggery or light muscovado sugar
- 3 cardamom pods – seeds removed and ground with a pestle and mortar (I used 2 drops Holy Lama cardamom spice drops)
- 1 egg
- 125 g wholemeal flour
- 125 g plain white flour
- 30 g golden caster sugar
- 3 cardamom pods – seeds removed and ground with a pestle and mortar
- Place the butter in a pan and simmer over a medium heat for about five minutes. The butter will foam up then become golden brown.Leave in a cool place to firm up a bit.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and jaggery (or sugar) together until well combined.
- Beat in the egg.
- Sieve in the flours and stir until just combined.
- Grind the cardamom seeds with the sugar and place into a bowl.
- Roll teaspoonfuls of the brown butter dough into balls, then coat in the cardamom sugar.
- Place well apart on a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 12 minutes at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4), or until golden.