Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Until about 5 days ago, I thought “brown butter” was a crock of shit.

I hate to be crass, but let’s be honest, food bloggers are some of the best bullshitters I know.  Don’t worry, I’m include myself in that sweeping comment.

I mean really, we love to make basic things and give them a fancy name that hipsters will repin like crazy and drive traffic to our sites.

Examples:

Chocolate Pudding with Peanut Butter Mousse and Maple Candied Bacon = Chocolate Pudding with stuff sprinkled on it

Spinach-Quinoa-Peach Salad with Honey-Sage Vinaigrette= a salad with fruit and grains

You’re welcome.

I’m just calling it like it is.  And you know what hipsters love?

Butter.  Especially brown butter.

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So for a long time, I avoided anything with brown butter, because it just sounded sort of silly, but then on Friday I was bored and I needed to make dessert for the next day.  So I thought to myself, why not give it a shot?

At worst it, it’s still just a damn cookie.  At best, it’s an amazing cookie.

I won’t lie.  It’s a pretty amazing cookie.

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from Food and Wine

1 stick of butter
1 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips

In a pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Allow to brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, transfer to large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.  In the meantime, combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.

Once the butter has cooled, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add 1 egg at a time, then vanilla and continue to be beat for about a minute.  Add in flour mixture.  Mix until almost combined. Fold in chocolate chips until dough is just combined.

Place dough in the freezer while oven preheats to 350F.

Once oven has pre-heated, form dough into walnut sized balls.  Place on parchment paper-lined pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden around the edges.

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Remove from oven, leave on pan for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack until cool.  Then serve!  This recipe makes about 20-24 small ish cookies.  If you want larger cookies, bake longer and you’ll probably get about 10.

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So I’m going to go ahead and tell you that these are great.

I’m going to swallow my pride and admit I was wrong.  Brown butter is pretty tasty.  They weren’t lying when they said it gives it a nice nutty flavor.

Ok now be a hipster and…

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12 responses to “Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. allie@sweetpotatobites says :

    I’ll be honest, I never understood the “brown butter” hype either, but after looking at these cookies I might be changing my tune…

  2. bakingbea says :

    I can’t lie, I’ve been a brown butter lover ever since I tried some random cookie recipe with brown butter. I was like, what the heck is brown butter anyways?! But glad you like it too!

  3. Emily Dingmann (@nutritionisteat) says :

    I LOVE brown butter but have never tried it in cookies or baked goods. I might need to try…

  4. Elaine says :

    FoodPornDaily cookbook has a browned butter cookie recipe. Throw some crushed toffee in there, make a cookie log, slice and bake. : )

  5. clairekoelling says :

    I’m a horrible cook… but next time I have all my friends over… this recipe will be tried out! looks delicious!

  6. megbek says :

    This looks just scrumptious! Wow.

  7. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen says :

    Brown butter cookies are the best, it can’t be denied! Yours look totally delicious!

  8. juanitascocina says :

    I feel like the only proper response to this post is: “Isn’t browned butter the best shit ever?”

  9. sweetbakedlife says :

    Love anything with butter, any kind. These sound so good, I will have to try!

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