There's nothing like the smell of brown butter... Here, it is combined with nutmeg, rolled oats and dried cherries... These cookies have a wonderful consistency... chewy, yet crisp... and what a fantastic combination of flavours... My oh my these cookies!
(slightly adapted from the lovely Poires au Chocolat)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
120g brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
135g rolled oats
100g dried cherries (cranberries or raisins work, too)
Melt the butter in a wide pan. Keep heating and let it foam up. When the foam starts to reside, rusty brown flecks appear and it starts smelling fantastic, scrape the butter into a bowl to cool.
In another bowl, whisk the sugar, egg and vanilla together until smooth. In another bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg together. Once the brown butter is down to body temperature, whisk into the egg mix. Stir in the flour mixture until everything is combined. Then, add the oats and cherries. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge to chill for at least an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Scoop out tablespoonfuls of dough onto a sheet - leave a few inches gap between them. Place into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. They should be golden and crisp on the outside. Cool on a rack.
(You can also freeze the cookies, scoop tablespoonfuls of dough onto a sheet and freeze, then put into a bag the next day. If you bake them from the freezer, bake them for about 12 minutes.)