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Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Cookies & a Bakesale!

I like to bake when life’s stresses get the best of me. Creaming, folding and mixing help to put me at ease and bring me to a happy place. When I smell the sweetness wafting from the oven, a smile comes over my face and I forget I had any problems.

I was having one such stressful day and needed a little baking break. Thinking of what I had available in my fridge and pantry, I searched my favorite food blogs for inspiration. The result was browned butter vanilla bean cookies made with sour cream.

These cookies have a pure vanilla flavor. There is an underlying nuttiness from the brown butter and a slight molasses note from the addition of brown sugar. The texture has a feathery and pillowy appeal while still maintaining a nice chew. Simple and quick to whip up, this cookie is pure comfort.

Go ahead eat your emotions, I won’t tell a soul.

Tomorrow is the first annual Food Bloggers Bakesale to raise money for Share Our Strenth. Food bloggers across the country will be holding back sales the help fight child hunger. The Los Angeles bakesale will be at Morel’s at the Grove Saturday, April 17, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at Morel’s French Bistro at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036. If you are in the area pick up some sweet treats and help end childhood hunger!

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  • Tangled Noodle
    April 16, 2010

    I'm definitely in a cookie frame of mind! The Food Bloggers Bake Sale sounds like a marvelous event – I don't think there's one here in MN, so perhaps I should consider volunteering for next year. Have a great time!

  • yutjangsah
    April 17, 2010

    Feathery chew buttery? Yumz.

  • Kalynn Campbell
    April 17, 2010

    I bought some at the Grove Bake sale today and I was NOT disappointed! They were so awesome, after eating the last one I found myself craving more, wishing I had bought a stock-pile of these yummy cookies. They were everything you described and more, thank you! I can't wait for the next bake sale!

  • Mary
    April 18, 2010

    These sounds so good. I hope your bake sale was successful. This is my first visit to your blog, I'll be back often. I stopped by just to say hello but was lured into reading many of your prior posts. I really like the food you feature here. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • baking is ideed a great way of de-stressing and yeah the other one is retail therapy hahaha.

    i was supposed to go to the Grove yesterday but plans were scrapped due to severe allergies… yeah i was excited to see other food bloggers in the area… oh well next time.

    i like the chewy goodness of your brown butter vanilla bean cookies…

  • Cinnamon-Girl
    April 18, 2010

    Baking makes me happy too! Everything about it is therapeutic. I love the sound of these cookies! So richly flavored – I love them!

  • Reeni
    April 18, 2010

    Baking makes me happy too! Everything about it is therapeutic. I love the sound of these cookies! So richly flavored – I love them!

  • jenntwentyten
    April 19, 2010

    thanks for the comment on my blog! clearly, we're of the same school that butter & sugar are the best cure for a hectic life. 🙂

  • Mary
    April 19, 2010

    Yum, these look like they belong in an ice cream sandwich pronto!

  • Esi
    April 19, 2010

    Add me to the list of people who bake when stressed! We missed you this weekend!!

  • Diana
    April 19, 2010

    What about drinking my emotions? Is that okay too? 😉

  • Olga @ MangoTomato
    April 25, 2010

    Hope the sale went well and you raised a lot of money for a great cause!

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