Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tigress' Christmas Cookie Cyber Party

When I first started following Tigress in a Jam and Tigress in a Pickle she had pictures posted of a vacation she was on.  The scenery looked very familiar and as it turned out it was right in my neighorhood on the Central Coast of California. We emailed each other when I won a wonderful book on jamming,"Mes Confitures" by Christine Ferrer from one of her give aways. 

Everyone who visits my little beach town describes where they were in relation to the "Brown Butter Cookie Company". Sure enough she stayed in the beautiful Cass House right next door. Who would have thought a girl from the Berkshires would end up in tiny Cayucos? 

The Brown Butter Cookie Company started as an ambitious upscale take-out and specialty food shop. I and my friends loved it but it gets pretty lonely in the winter months without the summer crowds.
Traci and Christa, the sisters that run it figured out they were selling a substantial amount of their cookies. Pretty soon Gourmet Magazine picked them up and the rest is history. Their website goes into details of their rise to success.
My neighbor had a few of us over for a Wassail and cookie party. She served the brown butter cookies that she made from a recipe someone gave to her. Now I have it and you will too!
This is the cookie that I am submitting for the "Cyber Cookie Party"
Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 c. brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
sea salt for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 325.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it starts to brown. It will smell nutty and you will see brown bits a the bottom of the pan.  Do not burn it or you will have to start over.  Pour browned butter into a bowl and stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl.  Add this flour mixture to the butter mixture. Stir until combined. Let cool to room temperature.  Scoop a Tablespoon of the dough* onto a parchment lined cookie sheet or use a "silpat".  Sprinkle with sea salt and lightly press into the top of the cookies.  Bake 15 min. or until lightly golden. They will dry out if overbaked.

I just found out that the source of this cookie recipe is
*If you want the cookies to look more like the original ones from the shop, roll them into balls and do not press down too hard.  They will be thicker. Either way they are super good!

The end of this story is that I totally missed this party...Thought my super Android cell phone would be able to log onto this site and I would be able to post it to Tigress's site while enjoying a beachside lunch with my girlfriend in Honolulu....wrong! Maybe she will have another fun cyber party. Aloha and Mele Kalikalmaka!