The combination of brown butter and toasted pecans in these shortbread-inspired sugar cookies takes them to the next level of deliciousness. In just 20 minutes, you can have these delectable cookies on your table ready for devouring as an after-school treat or for a special occasion.
- Heat oven to 350°F. In 1-quart saucepan, cook butter over medium heat, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.
- In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add 2 tablespoons of the cooled butter, the pecans, flour and brown sugar; stir with spoon, or knead with hands until well mixed. (DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH AFTER COMBINING WITH FLOUR.) Shape dough into 28 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place 2 inches apart on large ungreased cookie sheets.
- Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir remaining cooled butter, powdered sugar and half-and-half until smooth, if necessary, adding 1/2 teaspoon half-and-half at a time until thin enough to drizzle. Pour into 1-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut off small corner of bag. Pipe onto cookies. Let stand about 1 hour or until drizzle is set. Store in airtight container.