Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Until then, enjoy the sweets, sweethearts.

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BROWN BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

A combination of some of my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipes with my own additions and tweaks.  While the recipe is on the classic side with simply chocolate chips and no walnuts or pecans, I dressed up the flavour with my favourite–buerre noisette.  In addition, a key aspect to these cookies’ enigmatic chewy yet light texture is the combination of bread and cake flours.  This has definitely become my family’s favourite, and I hope it will become yours too!

  • 245 grams / 2  cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 245 grams / 1 2/3 cups unbleached bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 110 grams / 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 225 grams / 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unrefined cane sugar
  • 110 grams / 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned and then cooled slightly
  • 280 grams / 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 200 grams / heaping cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt.  Stir to combine and set aside.

In the large bowl of your electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter with the unrefined cane sugar.  Beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 5 minutes.  Dump on the brown sugar and cooled brown butter and mix again until thicker and fluffy, another 5 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Beat to combine, about 2 minutes.  Dump in all the dry ingredients and combine on low until just combined, about 45-60 seconds.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a wooden spoon, mix in the chocolate chips.  Divide the dough into 2-3 portions and seal each portion in some plastic wrap (kind of flatten it out to make it like a disk) and chill in the fridge for 24-36 hours.

Once your dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and arrange the racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Using two spoons (or a small ice cream scoop), portion the chilled dough into heaping tablespoon portions.  Using your hands, shape them into spheres.  Arrange about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just beginning to turn golden.  Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Makes 36-48 cookies, depending on their size

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