Saturday, January 26, 2013

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie!
I guess I should preface this recipe with a note that for the first 5 years of my cooking life I could not make a chocolate chip cookie to save my LIFE.  Seriously, they are supposed to be simple, right?  At 10 I could make dinner for my family (it was edible, most of the time), but I could not make a stupid cookie.  I practiced and practiced until I had an "aha" moment and realized that when you bake you HAVE to follow directions.  I am not so great at following directions, crazy since I am a teacher :)  I love this recipe because you melt and brown the butter.  I do not have to remember to set butter out to make them, that annoys me with other recipes.  I also love it because you can mix it by hand and do not have to dirty your mixer.  It is the the perfect combo of sweet, salty, and chocolate.  Hope you love them as much as my family does.

Each recipe yields 16 large cookies.  Do not make them smaller because the texture will not be quite right. All of the pictures below are from a double batch (one is never enough).  I have also started making this with "white" whole wheat flour, so that I can bump the fiber.  They are just as delicious, but a smidge healthier.

On another note, this recipe is based off a "Cooks Illustrated" recipe with some variations to my tastes.