Brown butter chocolate chunk cookies, oh yes these cookies taste as good as they sound. Very moreish, fudgy, chocolate packed cookies.
When I make cookies I normally pull out the stand mixer and cream my butter and sugar. During the day the loud whirr of my elderly Kenwood isn’t an issue. But when cookie cravings hit at 1am, and there aren’t any cookies in the house, pulling the Kenwood out to play would be just plain rude.
Why not indeed. On researching I discovered that many a fabulous cookie is made with melted instead of creamed butter. After an hour or so of researching my desire to make cookies disappeared, and instead I decided to hit the pillow.
By melting the butter you will end up with a denser, fudgier result. By browning the butter and using brown sugar you increase the fudge factor.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 150 grams butter unsalted
- 125 grams light brown sugar
- 100 grams raw caster sugar
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) vanilla bean paste
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 330 grams plain flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon bicarb soda
- 300 grams dark chocolate chopped
Pre-heat oven 170°C (325°F). Line two cookie baking trays with baking paper.
In a medium saucepan melt butter and bring to a strong simmer. The butter will start to form large bubbles, which will then turn into foam. Once this happens your butter has browned. Be careful not to burn your butter. Remove from stove.
In a large bowl place sugars, then pour in butter and mix well.
Add egg and egg yolk to butter and sugar mixture, mix until completely combined.
Sift in flour, add salt, bicarb and chocolate, mix well.
Roll dough into walnut sized balls, around ¼ cup of mixture. Place dough balls in fridge for 10 minutes before baking.
To bake, place balls on lined baking trays, around 6cm between then, and press down on top of the dough balls slightly.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Once cooked remove from oven and leave to cool on trays.
Makes approximately 20 cookies.
The other obvious bonus of using melted butter, you can be as quiet as a church mouse while making them. The only thing that will give the game away is the delightful smell of freshly baking cookies escaping your oven.
How do I like them compared to cookies using my normal method? I like them. They definitely will be kept in cookie making rotation. Especially when those late night cookie cravings hit.
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