Brown butter chocolate chip cookies

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Truth: there is no such thing as too many chocolate chip cookies.

And even though I've written about both my classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and my Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies, it's time to add the third member of that triumvirate. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the fabulous Brown Butter Chocolate Chip cookies.

Brown butter makes everything better - amirite? And normally I don't put nuts in chocolate chip
cookies, but here the pecans set off the brown butter perfectly.

Chocolate chip cookies are one of the first things I remember baking as a little girl helping my mom in the kitchen. They were one of the first recipes I learned to bake as a young woman living on my own. They were always one of my favourite recipes to bake with my daughters when they were young. And even though I'm not really a chocoholic, I'll always have a special place in my heart for chocolate chip cookies. No matter which recipe I use.



Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted slightly from Joy the Baker)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter (first amount)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (second amount)
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp molasses
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

Brown 1/2 cup butter in a pot over medium heat. Once it has browned, pour it into a small bowl and let cool for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, cream remaining 1/2 cup of butter with brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract and molasses, and beat until incorporated.

Once the brown butter has cooled slightly, pour it (brown bits and all) into the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Add the sugar and beat for 2 minutes, until well-incorporated. Add the egg and egg yolk, and beat for 1 minute more.

Stop the mixer and scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure that everything is evenly mixed. Remove from mixer. Add the flour mixture and stir until the flour is just incorporated. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop dough by the two tablespoonful onto prepared sheets, leaving 2" of space between cookies.

Bake for 12 - 14 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven, let rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool.


22 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

I've never tried browned butter, but this sounds SO good! I'm betting it adds a caramel like flavour - and with the molasses? Sounds awesome!! Thanks!

Liz Berg said...

I had not made chocolate chip cookies in a long time, but today I did. I love adding brown butter to cookies---I need to try your recipe ASAP(sans pecans to avoid a revolt!)!

We Are Not Martha said...

Brown butter is sooo good and these cookies sound super delicious! I love the idea of the pecans, too!

Sues

Marta Greber said...

so true! the cookies look delicious.

Marta / What should I eat for breakfast today

Cakelaw said...

Browned butter does make everything better! These cookies look sooo good.

Monica said...

One can never ever have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes or try too many of them! I have heard a lot about these and I agree that your addition of nuts really compliments the brown butter!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Chocolate chip cookies always bring back wonderful memories for me too Beth, I bet these are delicious, have never browned butter before, will have to try. Pinned.

Amy said...

I love me some brown butter in cookies. It just gives them that extra special flavor. These look delicious!

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Angie Schneider said...

Browned butter, chocolate and pecans...what's not to love these cookies? They look divine!

That Girl said...

I really think browned butter is the way to go for cookies

Kayte said...

These look absolutely perfect. I think of all the cookies, Chocolate Chip are the absolute favorites of my guys as well...they never last long. I will try this recipe for them, thanks!

grace said...

oh, the glory of brown butter. it's amazing how much flavor it adds, and as a bonus, it's a DELICIOUS flavor! great cookies. :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Chocolate chips? Brown butter? Yes to both! Lovely cookies, and so nice for the holidays. Thanks!

Pam said...

Brown butter cookies are great and I always make a cookie using it for Christmas! Your cookies look delicious, I haven't made chocolate chip cookies for a while and need to after seeing this.

adina beck said...

Can you imagine that I have never made real chocolate chip cookies before? they are something so American and reading all the blogs I read, I have seen so many recipes already, but never made any. It is time to change that, I love the use of brown butter and pecans.

Juliana Levine said...

I love brown butter chocolate chips cookies, and you just reminded me that I have not had these for ages...yours look delicious Beth...I can almost taste them!
I hope you are having a fabulous week :)

handmade by amalia said...

I could have one right now with my coffee, they look like a real treat.
Amalia
xo

I Wilkerson said...

Ah yes--just in case we need one more reason to eat chocolate chip cookies! In case I don't get back again, have a wonderful holiday season, Beth!

lisa is cooking said...

I was convinced as soon as I read brown butter! The pecans sound perfect in them too.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

We all love chocolate chip cookies and if these were on a Christmas cookie platter, they might be the first cookie chosen. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day.

DMS said...

I love chocolate chip cookies. These sound like they would melt in my mouth. Delicious! Yum! :) Thanks for sharing.
~Jess

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