Monday, August 1, 2011

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite things ever is chocolate chip cookies. I can't get enough of them, and I have many chocolate chip recipes sitting in my recipe box. Usually by the time the cookies bake I don't eat much due to the fact that I've already eaten one too many spoonfuls of cookie dough. Mmm, it's my weakness. I stumbled upon a chocolate chip recipe that uses browned butter and I was curious to see what the difference was. I'll have to try the browned butter with one of my favorite cookie recipes to taste the real difference. You can use any chocolate chip recipe and brown your butter. It's very simple, you just have to baby sit your butter a little so that it doesn't burn! Let me tell you the way the butter smells is like dying and going to heaven. Well, my heaven that is! I went to make these and realized I didn't have enough sugar. I almost said forget it, but I really wanted cookies, and I had already browned my butter. Which smelled amazing! I decided to walk over to the Indian mart by my house and purchase some sugar. I figured it's not that far of a walk and maybe it'll help to take a small walk knowing I'll be eating loads of dough in a few minutes. I'm actually kind of glad I did go to the store because when I got home and I opened up my door, it was like the brown butter was inviting me in to smell all it's loveliness. I thought to myself, why can't they bottle this scent up and stick it in a candle? Probably because I'd be making cookies every day. Anyways, I urge you to make these. You can always just take your favorite cookie recipe and just brown the butter instead! Delish. 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (1 pound) semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Once butter has melted, cook butter until it has browned. Be careful not to burn your butter, this can happen fairly quick. When the butter has turned golden in color small flecks appear in the butter, and it has a nutty aroma, remove from heat and pour into a shallow dish. Chill in the fridge until it becomes solid. You want it to be soft, but not melted. If it becomes too hard, let it come back to room temperature before using.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Beat the brown butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium high speed with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Scrape the bowl and mix until incorporated. Add the vanilla.

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined on medium speed. Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.

Spoon dough by tablespoons onto the baking sheet, leaving 2 inches in between each cookie. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


Jennifer Zuri @ Aquascape Your Landscape said...

I'm curious. Could you taste a difference using browner butter? Did the cookies look any different?

BridgetB86 said...

Yes you can taste a difference. Not sure on looks because I used a new recipe. But I don't believe so.

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