Butterscotch Cookies With Burnt Butter Icing

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by mainecooncat

My grandmother ALWAYS had these cookies waiting when we came to visit. One bite and I am back in her kitchen. The icing is great on other things too...brownies, cake, graham crackers... it all tastes great!

Top Review by ladydae

I won't give a rating since I only used this recipe for the icing. This tasted really amazing. However, not sure if I did something wrong or if more/different instruction is needed. All was going well until I started adding water. Then the butter started separating and it wouldn't combine properly again until partly solidified in the fridge. Maybe milk would have been better, with its fat base? Or maybe the water needs to be added slowly in droplets?

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cookies.
  2. Cream butter.
  3. Add sugar and eggs, cream together.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. Add to sugar mixture with sour cream and vanilla.
  6. Blend in nuts.
  7. Chill until firm enough to drop onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 10-15 minutes at 400°.
  9. When cool, ice with.
  10. Burnt Butter Icing.
  11. Melt butter until golden brown.
  12. Blend in confedtioner's sugar and vanilla.
  13. Stir in 1-2 T hot water until icing spreads smoothly.
  14. This amount of icing is enough to frost about 30 cookies.

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