Thursday, February 07, 2013

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


How do you feel about browned butter? I don't have much experience with it, but when I saw this recipe for brown butter chocolate chip cookies yesterday, I decided to try it out.

I wasn't sure if browning the butter would be worth the trouble. I mean there's the melting of the butter, the swirling of the pan, the waiting forever (ok, like 8 minutes) for it to brown, and then the waiting even longer for it to cool in the fridge! Ah! I was feeling pretty impatient.

At last, the butter was ready and the rest of the recipe came together in a snap. The verdict: the cookies were delicious. Rich, chewy, and salty. I'm still not totally convinced that the browned butter makes them better than regular chocolate chip cookies, but would I make them again? Yes, in a heartbeat.

Also, why is it that I can spend all afternoon baking cookies, but the thought of cooking dinner for more than one minute makes me crazy. Alas, soup and bread for dinner it was. With lots of cookies for dessert.

9 comments:

  1. When I saw your post I was certain you had made the cookies Nate has been making, but when you commented that you were not sure that the browned butter made a difference then I knew it must have been a different recipe. YOU MUST DO THIS ONE. I am linking our blog, but it is from cooks illustrated. These cookies take a while to make, nate follows the directions exactly. And if you are at the house when he makes them he will bring the browned butter to you and make you smell it. The cookies? Well they taste sort of like they have toffee in them. I am not patient enough to do all the steps, but he is and they are so very good. I dare you to try them and blog about them. really!!! I need you to try them. AND....i cannot believe how skinny you are when you make all these treats! way to go!
    http://garnerfamilycookbook.blogspot.com/2012/10/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies-from.html

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  2. AND...on the subject of cookies. These are the good ones I make. I don't intend for you to blog about them or anything...just try them (one cookie lover to another). If I were there I'd make some for you. I accidentally added too much salt once when I was tripling the recipe. (bad math) and they were amazing. So if you make them change the salt to 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. If you do not like coconut then don't make these!!! (Jake won't eat them.)
    http://garnerfamilycookbook.blogspot.com/2010/03/grandma-andersons-best-cookies-in-world.html

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  3. I am going to have to try these. I recently made a rice krispie treat recipe with brown butter, and loved it. These sound yummy!

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  4. Oh and of course Nate will make these...the salt seems so yummy. 3 comments. yess...i am scatter brained.

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  5. I've been wanting to try a recipe with browned butter for some time. I just might have to try this one! Looks delicious. Oh, and I'm the same. Bake, yes! Cook, not so much . . . but I find I don't mind cooking so much when I plan my meals in advance, like two weeks.

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  6. I'm always comforted by the fact that you hate cooking dinner too, though I still don't quite internalize the difference between cooking and baking. They're all in the kitchen and require ingredient. Ugh! :) But I do so enjoy your blog and someday I will make 1 recipe off it. When I'm more grown up and mature. Ha.

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  7. mmmm these cookies sound divine:) And I alwsys love your recipes! Thanks girl!!

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  8. Elliott made some while we were in AZ and the dough reminded me of my favorite candy at See's. I liked the cookies as well. I was hooked but have never been able to recreate them the same way. So bummed.

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  9. I wonder if your patience with cookies is the equivalent of the ever-present space in a child's space for dessert even when they claim their full. Maybe those two phenomena are related??

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