brown butter. BROWN BUTTER. This is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe and I'm guessing that after you try it, it's going to be yours too!!
So let's talk brown butter.
What is browned butter? Browned butter is melted butter that has been caramelized to create a salty and nutty flavor. The depth of flavor is achieved by evaporating the water out of the butter.
How do I make it? Browned butter is made by gently melting and cooking the butter until it is nice and caramelized. For detailed instructions head to this link https://www.landolakes.com/recipe/16716/browned-butter/
These cookies begin with browning the butter and then setting it aside to cool. I typically like to wait until the butter has set up again which takes an hour or two but if can't wait that long then you just need to wait until the butter has cooled and is not warm to the touch. Creaming the brown butter, softened butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together create a fluffy and aerated base to add our eggs and vanilla extract. To that we add in flour, leaveners, cornstarch, and salt.
Once the dough has formed you can add in chocolate chips- whatever your favorite is! I always freeze my dough before I bake it for two reasons: 1) letting the dough rest improves the flavor as all the ingredients get infused with the brown butter flavor 2) the cookies spread much less in the oven when baked from frozen which keeps them nice a doughy on the inside.
Pop them in the oven and bake them until they barely turn brown. The key here is under bake them slightly!
The result? A cookie with a crisp exterior (thanks to the melted brown butter) with an undeniably soft doughy inside. The nuttiness of the browned butter adds a salty flavor that pairs perfectly with the melted chocolate. Once you start browning butter for your chocolate chip cookies you will never go back.
This recipe is one step up from a "typical" chocolate chip cookie recipe as you have the added step of browning the butter plus the chill time. I promise it's worth it.
As always if you make them, let me know what you think!