Recipe: Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
The first day of school. So many warm memories. One of my favorite ones is when my brother and I would step off the school bus and race down the driveway into the house, so happy to be home! Mom would have a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies waiting for us. Nothing has or will smell or taste any better — especially when accompanied with a cold glass of milk. I hope you will try this variation on a traditional recipe. The browned butter and sea salt is a winning combination.
Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, whisked
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Optional: ½ cup chopped nuts of your choice
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, stirring constantly until the butter passes the foamy phase and becomes a deep amber color. Remove from heat, pour into a separate bowl to stop the browning process, and allow butter to cool for 30 minutes.
While butter is cooling, heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.
To cooled butter, add brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla extract, and stir to combine. Pour into bowl with flour mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on low until dough forms and ingredients are well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Optional: If you would like to add nuts, stir in at the same time you add chocolate chips.
Using a medium (2-tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop dough 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until edges are lightly golden.
Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Last year, Sandy Bradley was named The Greatest Baker in an international competition involving more than 20,000 entrants. Each month, she shares some of the magic behind her crown with AY About You. Find her on Facebook.