Banana, Butterscotch, Browned Butter Cookies

We have had a lot of "snow days" this winter and in our house that means baking, crafts, and movies. On a recent snow day, we experimented by creating this new cookie recipe to make use of an over-ripe banana and Simon's beloved butterscotch. (Seriously, he is a butterscotch monster. He would do just about anything for a couple butterscotch chips.) The cookies were light and delicious, and were loved by the whole family. 

For all my fellow fans of The Office, writing the title of this recipe (with all the B words) made me think of the episode where Jim does an imitation of Dwight, and says "Beets, Bears, Battlestar Gallactica" For all those who didn't watch The Office, go ahead watch that YouTube clip or just continue thinking I am crazy.

1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1/2 C mashed ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C butterscotch chips

Cut butter into pieces and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly. It will foam, then begin to darken. Watch carefully as the butter turns brown, and some little brown flecks can be seen at the bottom of the pot. The butter will begin to have a nutty smell. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.

Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg, mashed banana, and vanilla. Beat until smooth again. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet mixture and mix well. Fold in butterscotch chips. Drop by spoonfuls on to a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350` for 12-15 minutes.

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