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Flavorful browned butter and a punch of citrus flavor transform these browned butter shortbread cookies into a luscious springtime cookie that's a gorgeous addition to any cookie tray!
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Citrus Browned Butter Shortbread Cookies

Flavorful browned butter and a punch of citrus flavor transform these browned butter shortbread cookies into a luscious springtime cookie that's a gorgeous addition to any cookie tray!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 15 cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon half and half cream
  • Pinch of grated lemon, lime, or orange zest

Instructions

Cookies

  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat until a deep golden brown. Place browned butter in fridge or freezer to chill until completely solidified.
  • With an electric mixer, beat browned butter with sugar until completely creamed. Beat in zests, vanilla extract, milk, and flour until a soft dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour until completely cold.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/2-in thickness. Use a 3x1-in cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Place cookies 2-in apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies at 350F 12-15 minutes until edges begin to turn golden (if baking in batches, refrigerate un-baked cookies while first batch bakes--this dough needs to be kept cold!)
  • Cool cookies 10 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Glaze

  • In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients until thick and smooth. Dip cooled cookies in glaze and let stand 10 minutes to set before serving. Enjoy!