Browned Butter Crinkle Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting


Looking for a new favorite cookie recipe? With these, I know I’ve found one of mine. This is a cookie that will melt in your mouth as you savor every last exciting flavor it has to offer. It’s loaded with decadent, rich, browned flavor (from not only the browned butter but the browned sugar of the caramel). I love the pairing of browned butter and caramel because they are both forms of browned ingredients. They just makes sense to go together don’t they? The coarse sea salt takes these to a whole new gourmet level. You get lots of sweet with a delicious sprinkle of the perfect amount of salty. These cookies are simply amazing all on their own (without the Salted Caramel Frosting) but the silky frosting just adds so many exciting flavor compliments to the cookie that they just shouldn’t to be made without it. Enjoy and share!


Browned Butter Crinkle Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup salted butter , diced into cubes
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar , for rolling cookies

Salted Caramel Frosting

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp caramel sauce or caramel ice cream topping (I used Hershey's)
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp coarse sea salt , divided


  1. Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook just until butter has browned, swirling occasionally (butter will go through stages, it will melt, then splatter a bit, then foam and golden bubbles will begin to appear in the center on the surface with little brown specs - this is when you want to remove it, don't burn it). Pour butter (and scrape out all of the browned butter with a rubber spatula) into a heat proof bowl. Allow butter to cool until just warm to the touch, about 20 - 25 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Add cooled butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and light-brown sugar to an electric stand mixer and mix until well blended. Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combine. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Scoop dough out 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time and form into balls (dough will seem a bit dry, I think this is due to using warm butter it seems to slightly begin the cooking process before baking), then pour 1/4 cup granulated sugar into a small bowl and roll balls in sugar to evenly coat. Place sugar coated dough balls onto a Silpat lined or greased baking sheet. Using the bottom of a flat measuring cup or drinking glass gently flatten each ball to 1/2 inch, then bake in preheated oven 9-11 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost each cookie with Salted Caramel Frosting and sprinkle each cookie evenly with a small pinch of sea salt immediately following (so the salt sticks before frosting sets). Store cookies in a single layer in an airtight container.

Salted Caramel Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using and electric hand mixer on low speed, whip together caramel sauce, butter and vanilla until pale and smooth about 1 minute. Add in powdered sugar and mix until well blended and smooth. Use coarse sea salt to sprinkle over frosted cookies.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Allison Barrett: These look divine! I’ll be making these for our daughters cheerleading bake sale. Thanks for sharing!

    Allison August 13, 2012 at 11:31am Reply

  • Anu: Looks great, love the frosting with salted caramel August 13, 2012 at 4:06pm Reply

  • The Cooking Actress: I LOOOOOOVE browned butter! Eeee! Gorgeous and looks absolutely perfect August 13, 2012 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Julie @ Table for Two: These look like they would definitely melt in your mouth and I’m sure the entire plateful would disappear almost instantly too! I love brown butter cookies and your added touch of salted caramel frosting is such a nice meld of flavors! August 13, 2012 at 4:55pm Reply

  • Some Lucky Dog: I can’t wait to make these! I know my sweet husband will LOVE them :) Thanks! August 13, 2012 at 11:06pm Reply

  • ally: these are pillowy-perfect clouds of perfection!
    xo August 14, 2012 at 8:17am Reply

  • Chloe: I love cookies! Definitely need to make these soon! :)

    Chloe August 14, 2012 at 12:18pm Reply

  • Laura: These look pretty much to die for. Can’t wait to make them AFTER my wedding in September so I can still fit in my dress :) August 14, 2012 at 2:32pm Reply

  • missbingham86: These are sooo cute!! Definitely going to try them! August 16, 2012 at 6:08pm Reply

  • kyp: Just made these. They take a little time to make but they are great. A great combination of browned butter, sugar and salt. A must make cookie. August 20, 2012 at 8:07pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: kyp – that’s great to hear, I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I do love the combination of flavors too, the browned butter almost gives it a lightly nutty flavor that I can’t get enough of. Thanks so much for your comment! August 21, 2012 at 6:37pm Reply

    • Reshma: Can you use unsalted butter? August 8, 2016 at 4:03pm Reply

  • Shan: I’m not sure I browned the butter correctly, but the cookie tastes awesome. Can’t wait to frost them! August 21, 2012 at 9:29pm Reply

  • Dots-n-Stripes: I tried these out for the first time last night and I’m totally blown away! They’re amazing! This is my second time trying a browned butter recipe (the other was not one of yours) and this is the first time I’ve been successful :) It was *really* helpful for you to put the stages of the butter browning; I had no idea what I was looking for last time and I took it off too soon. Now I know what the big deal is when people talk about browned butter! September 4, 2012 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Shan and Dots-n-Stripes – if they taste awesome you must have browned the butter correctly =), isn’t browned butter just amazing? I’m glad you found the stages I listed helpful and I’m so happy you enjoyed! Thanks for the comments! September 5, 2012 at 10:09pm Reply

  • Katrina: Holy moly….. just made these and they’re fabulous! A lot easier to make than I thought and my husband and boys thought they were awesome. I have never browned butter and your directions made it super easy. Thanks for such a great recipe! September 9, 2012 at 2:55pm Reply

  • What a Dish!: Made these yesterday for a RS function- the ladies LOVED them!! So did my husband. For some reason, I had a hard time browning the butter, even though I’ve done it before. I finally just did half at a time and it worked almost instantly. I think too much butter at once was my problem. I used mostly squeezable dulce de leche and part Smucker’s caramel in the frosting- SO good! The sea salt really makes these- I tried one without it and they were good, but that tiny sprinkle of sea salt makes them beyond divine. Mine didn’t crackle as pretty as yours, but I think I didn’t wait for the butter to cool as much, so my dough wasn’t “dry” enough. But sill so good! September 14, 2012 at 8:09am Reply

  • Anonymous: thanks for posting.
    September 24, 2012 at 11:45pm Reply

  • ThisbeWhitney: These cookies turned out amazingly! They are good enough on their own, but the frosting makes them so much better. I love anything with brown butter and I actually had some of your caramel sauce leftover from another recipe, so it turned out well. Thanks for the great recipe!! October 29, 2012 at 7:38am Reply

  • Leslie: O…m…g! Best cookie ever! I didn’t have a jar of caramel and didn’t feel like going to the store so i made some and cooled it and it worked great! definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing : D December 2, 2012 at 5:39pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Roughly how many cookies per recipe? December 13, 2012 at 9:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think I got about 26 cookies. I hope you have a chance to make them =). December 14, 2012 at 10:34am Reply

  • Liz: These are INCREDIBLE!!! I drizzled salted caramel sauce on top (yeah like I needed some more fat on my cookie… but guess I did!!) They were AWESOME!!! December 20, 2012 at 8:24pm Reply

  • Sandi @ My Culinary Escapades: Salted carmel icing is one of my favorites. These look delicious. February 21, 2013 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Patty: I made these last night – wow! I adore salted caramel – I have a pudding I make with those flavors, so I knew I’d like them, but I think they’ve moved up to the top of my favorite cookie! Thank you! April 10, 2013 at 9:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Patty – that’s great to hear! Thanks so much for your comment! April 10, 2013 at 11:38am Reply

  • Karen: I like these a lot:

    But I want one that I don’t have to glaze, for I’m going to try yours today! May 1, 2013 at 12:49pm Reply

  • Summer: I just made these yesterday for a ladies night. Initially I thought they turned out dry and cakey so I put them in a tupperware hopping they would moisten up. I baked them for 9 minutes, but would check them at 8 and maybe pull them out then so they don’t over bake (in my oven). I let them sit in the sealed tupperware a couple of hours and then spread a thin layer of salted caramel sauce on top of the cookie and then frosted them. I also drizzled some extra sauce on top (my caramel sauce was in the refrigerator so it stayed nice and firm). My plate of cookies almost didn’t make it out the door because my family started gobbling them up and then I took them to the gathering and the ladies just loved them and ate every single one! They all commented on how delicious and amazing they were! I will be making them again :) August 23, 2013 at 9:03am Reply

  • Ashley: I made these last night and they were amazing. Seriously the best cookie I have ever had. Everyone else agreed! January 1, 2014 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Ashley! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! January 2, 2014 at 10:44pm Reply

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