Monday, September 8, 2014

Kayla's Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have always wanted to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. I was tasked with it even more so when I married Chad. Although my favorite cookies are snickerdoodles, Chad's favorites are none other than chocolate chip cookies. For me this posed a problem. I didn't have a good homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe and I had tried multiple ones through the years.

Well, before my bestie moved to Grenada, I had asked if I could get some of her cookie recipes from her. She had always had good cookies; from the banana cookies to her ginger snaps, it was heaven. They were perfect in taste and were always moist, even when she said they were burnt.

I wanted to make some cookies on Saturday and pulled out the little recipe book that she gave me before moving away. Low and behold, she had a chocolate chip cookie recipe in there. I decided to give it a try. I knew there was a high probability that they would be fantastic because they were from Kayla and her cookies, like stated before, were the best.

Boy was I right!

Kayla's Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 Cup butter
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Cup brown sugar
2 Large eggs (I only had medium eggs at the time and still used two. It worked just fine)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 Cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 Cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (Or just one full regular size bag... I think it is like 16oz or something like that. I can't think off the top of my head.)

1: Put both sticks of butter in a medium sized pan and over medium heat melt the butter. Once melted, continue to cook until it turns golden brown. Swirl the pan occasionally if needed so that it browns evenly. Watch it fairly closely, as it can go from brown to burned very quickly. When the color has turned golden, small flecks speckle the butter and it will have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and poor into a shallow dish (I just put it into the bowl I was going to mix the cookies in, so it took a bit longer to chill, but I didn't have to remove it and waste that dish. All about consolidation of dishes for me!). Chill in the fridge until it becomes solid. You want it to be soft, but melted. If it cools too much, let it come back to room temperature before using.

2: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (I skipped the parchment paper because I didn't have any and my baking sheets are "non stick".)

3: Once the butter has solidified but is not too hard, beat the brown butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium/high speed until light and creamy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Add the vanilla extract.

4: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients (I added it bit by bit so you don't have a flour cloud) until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.

5: Spoon by the tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches in-between each cookie. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes*. Let cool for 5 minutes on the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

*Now Kayla had left me a hint at the bottom of the page and I am so glad I read it before I started cooking. Here is the hint:

HINT: I usually whisk the butter while it is browning to make sure I'm watching it closely and to make sure it cooks evenly. I also think I bake for less time, closer to 8 minutes, so keep an eye on the first batch. =]

I loved the whisking idea. It really did make it easier to keep an eye on it so it didn't burn and it cooked evenly so I didn't have to swirl the pan occasionally like it says to in step one.

*I cooked my cookies for 8 minutes like her hint said and when I pulled them out, I already knew that if I cooked them any longer they would burn. I accidentally missed the timer on the last batch (only 3 cookies on a small pan, but still 3 is more than enough to mess up.) and the cookies cooked for closer to 9 minutes. When I pulled them out they had a darker coloring than the rest of the cookies and were much harder, in other words they were almost burned. :( So, definitely try 8 minutes as a cooking time! Of course every oven is different so watch the first batch as you cook them. Under cooking and then needing to put them in again is not nearly as bad as burning them and having no clue how long they really should cook right?

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. We gobbled these up way faster than we should have.

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