Ultra rich and calorically satisfying, these Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream are melt in your mouth divine.
It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want.
Now if you are a clever reader…you just may have picked up on a theme here. Perhaps BUTTER? I am the host this month and I picked a quirky film called Butter! I wanted as much butter possible in my contribution – in ingredients, taste and look. The result: this super rich Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream.
I just love hosting in this group and I am happy to say the film was overall pretty well received considering just how quirky it is. I first saw it in the fall as it was a selection from last year’s annual Food Film Marathon, a little annual thing I host with friends. The idea of a movie centering around butter sculpture was just too funny. Plus there is a lot of unexpected societal, sexual, religious, racial and political commentary which is kind of unexpected since the movie is about…butter. I was on the fence the first time I saw and I am happy I enjoyed it a bit more at my second screening.
Butter is the story of the overly competitive and socially ambitious Laura (Jennifer Garner) who takes over the spatula to compete in the annual Iowa State Fair butter sculpture competition because her husband Bob (Ty Burrell), winner for 15 years in a row, was asked to no compete anymore. Her biggest competition is the butter sculpting prodigy Destiny (Yara Shahidi), a ten-year-old black foster child just placed with a nice white family. The rest of the contestants are the vengeful stripper/prostitute Brooke (Olivia Wilde) that Bob hired but did not pay and the goofy butter fan Carol Ann (Kristen Schaal) who is hilarious. For good measure throw in Hugh Jackman as Boyd the used car salesman manipulated by Laura to her advantage. Who will win and dominate the butter world? Watch the movie to find out!
You probably think only Americans would even bother coming up with this art form. Well you would be wrong! Turns out the origins of butter carving are found in Tibetan Buddhism, where yak butter is mixed with flour and pigments, and then used to form intricate scenes and mandalas called tormas. These tormas are used in tantric rituals or as offerings.
So I wanted to maximize my butter recipe as much as I could. I did it in 3 parts:
- I decided on this American crumbly shortbread cookie from The Comfort of Cooking, which has only 3 ingredients in it: butter, flour and icing sugar. Basically there are just enough dry ingredients to make the butter solid enough to eat.
- I also decided to brown my butter first. Brown butter is a butter that has been cooked on low heat long enough for the milk solids to separate and brown in the pan. This gives a distinctive nutty taste, adding depth to the flavor of my shortbread.
- And I iced them with leftover Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from my lemon beach cupcakes. I added a few drops of yellow food coloring. I pipped it on the cookie to look like fancy restaurant butter. Yep I made butter look like butter!
For decoration I topped half the cookies with bee pollen granules. The shortbread cookies turned out amazing and so delectable. No way could I stick to just eating one. This was terrible news for my ‘eating better’ new diet because these babies add up to about 190 calories PER COOKIE! But so good….
Brown Butter Shortbread with Butter Buttercream
- 1 cup brown butter softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- yellow food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add flour and continue to mix until a soft dough ball forms (it's OK if it is a bit crumbly).
- Roll dough 1/3-inch thick on a surface dusted with powdered sugar with a well-dusted rolling pin. Cut into rounds or any shape you want and place on prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until cookies are pale golden brown. Let cool on baking sheets. Ice with buttercream.
Place just over 1 cup of butter in a small and and set heat to medium. Cook until the solids turn a little brown and a nutty smell comes up. Remove from heat and stir in pan until the solids are a bit browner. Pour butter in a dish and cool in fridge or freezer.
LOVE it! Thanks for hosting…and for the information about tormas. See you next month for #FoodNFlix.
You never know what one will find information wise lol so educational
Thanks for hosting! Love these shortbreads and I really and truly loved the film!
So glad you enjoyed the movie and thanks for the compliment
Mmmmm…butter! Thank yo so much for hosting!
My pleasure Amy, glad you liked the movie
Can’t go wrong with butter. Those look amazing. I would never have thought to add the bee pollen.
Butter rules and the bee pollen was a fun addition 🙂
I always wanted to try brown butter shortbread. I think I will do very soon – thanks for the reminder:)
Absolutely try it, so good!
There’s no way I could eat just one either! The perfect cookie for a movie called Butter. Your description really has me curious. I’m still looking for it. It wasn’t available on Netflix. Sounds like a fun movie!
Yeah i was sure I saw it on Netflix and I checked again, not there. Hope you find it somewhere and thanks for the comment.
Oh Yes! Butter and sugar and that too in triple doses! When I clicked over and the top photo opened up, my jaw dropped…this is gorgeous!
Thank you and quite the compliment from you with your amazing treats!
ha ha ha ha – I love it! I love that they’re even shaped like sticks of butter. The cookie looks so flaky (plus, browned butter!!!), and the frosting definitely looks like butter. And now I NEED to find some bee pollen granules. So fun – thanks for being our hostess this month!
I did not even think of the shape of the cookie looking like a stick of butter Heather, too funny. Always a pleasure to host!
Bonjour Evelyne and what a great recipe! I have the movie in hand and look forward to seeing it and participating soon! Thank you for hosting this month’s Food ‘n Flix! I wish I could come through the screen and try this right now!
Thanks Joanne and I cannot wait to see your recipe!
I just have to say thank you again for allowing me to view this film Evelyne. It was a wonderful film. And I can’t believe people carve with butter. But I can say it’s definitely a form of art that is beautiful.
Kia / The House of KTS
My pleasure K
Butter on butter on butter 😉 I am melting like butter over this!
Hi hi so sure, will scrape you up
I had no idea Tibetan Buddhists were into butter sculpture! Fun tidbit. And this is a fun dish — shortbread is a love of mine. This looks great. And I haven’t seen that movie — sounds like fun.
Yep who would have thought but I am sure they are less competitive lol.
This sounds so simple and delicious, Evelyne! Great recipe!
Thanks Erica, indeed easy and divine
These sound so good. I love shortbread cookies and with the brown butter I bet they’re exceptionally rich and delicious!
Browning the butter made a huge difference for sure Vicki.
So buttery and tempting! I have to check out that movie too.
Thanks Angie and yes a must see movie!
I know Evelyne. Most of mine got eaten tonight when I had guests over but I still have about 2000 calories worth calling my name LOL. Isn’t it funny how even though we both made short bread our recipes and cookies turned out so differently? Thanks for hosting this month.
Yes just shows how creative cooking can be, and both look so tempting.
Such a lovely recipe full of butter, I bet my taste buds will thank me for this 🙂
I know I’d love these super buttery gems!! I need to see that movie (I grew up in Iowa and have been to the Iowa State Fair numerous times :))
Let me know what you think when you see it Liz!
Hehe sometimes calories need to be damned and food enjoyed. I think these are one of those times! 😀