These cookies are scrumptiouslyumptious. They have nuts and I've never been a fan of a cookie with nuts but these are so good I didn't mind at all. I did make some without though and they are still really, really tasty! I found the recipe over at The Girl Who Ate Everything and I didn't change a thing. (She has much better pictures of these tasty morsels though if you wanna check them out.)
Heather’s World Famous Praline Cookies
by Heather Walker
2 cups browned butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans (reserve 1/3 cup for sprinkling on frosted cookies)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat stirring occasionally for 5-8 minutes or until deep brown with small flecks. Butter will melt, bubble, foam and then turn a deep brown, from the bottom up. Be careful at this point, it can burn quite easily once it has turned brown. Remove from heat. Take out ½ cup and set aside for frosting.
Beat slightly cooled remaining butter with brown sugar until it isn’t hot anymore. Add eggs, vanilla, soda, powder and salt. Beat thoroughly. Add flour and 2/3 cup chopped pecans.
Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes depending on size of cookie you scoop out. Small ones are better because this is a VERY rich cookie. Combine frosting ingredients and beat well. Spread over cooled cookies and sprinkle remaining chopped pecans on top. Makes 4-5 dozen.
½ cup reserved brown butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup hot water
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Frosting is thick but you can add a tad more hot water to make it spreadable if you need to.