Browned Butter Pan Shortbread With Glaze

"These are baked in a jelly-roll pan, sliced into desired shapes then drizzled with glaze, these cookies are AMAZING!!!!!"
photo by Engrossed photo by Engrossed
photo by Engrossed
photo by Engrossed photo by Engrossed
Ready In:
4 dozen




  • Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Prepare an ungreased 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
  • Melt 1 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; continue to cook stirring constantly and watching closely until the butter JUST starts to turn golden (about 4-6 minutes, the butter will get foamy and bubble!).
  • Remove from heat and refrigerate for 7-8 minutes.
  • In a large bowl combine the browned butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until well combined.
  • Reduce the speed to low and add in all-purpose flour and cake flour; beat until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press the dough into an ungreased jelly-roll pan.
  • Prick all over with fork.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until set but not too brown.
  • Cool 5 minutes.
  • While the dough is still hot, slice into squares, rectangles, diamonds or triangles using a sharp knife.
  • To make the glaze; in a heavy saucepan brown 3 tablespoons butter (this should take about 2-3 minutes) cool for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine the browned butter with all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the water; beat or whisk add in enough water to create desired glazing consistancy.
  • Drizzle over the COOLED shortbread.
  • Let stand for 30 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Margaret P.
    do you use salted or unsalted butter ?


  1. Marysdottir
    Really good shortbread. I skipped the glaze as I wanted something very simple and this was just the thing. The brown butter gives it a butterscotch flavour and the texture is smooth and almost flaky, almost crumbly. Thank you for posting this. Next time I'll try it with the glaze.
  2. pheasant farmer
    Perfect - just perfect. Make these delightful bites of goodness right away !!!
  3. Cookworm
    I can't believe I forgot to rate these. I looooooooooooove them! Easy, yummy. Enough said.
  4. Djs Eagles
    KITTENCAL, you did it again! This is my 2nd time to use this web-site and I now find myself looking for KITTENCAL recipes! I tried this recipe and it is a "jewel"! I followed everything just as the recipe calls for. When it came to the glaze however, I accidently splilled 6 Tablespoons of very hot Black Coffee, which I had just poured, into the glaze mix. I had not added the water yet. I checked the amount of coffee by adding Tbls.'s of coffee back into my cup. Then I stirred in the coffee, (since I didn't want to waste my glaze mix), tasted the glaze, and decided to add 1/8 teaspoon of orange extract. Since I now had extra glaze, I used a brush and painted it on until it was all gone. OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! Thank you KITTENCAL. Keep these recipes coming!
  5. GS9222
    Delicious! My husband could have eaten the entire pan of it! Was uncertain whether unsalted butter or salted butter was required. Very easy to make too.



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