Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

brown butter chocolate chunk cookies

Brown butter is nothing fancy. It is simply butter that left home but was taken off the train before it reached the ghee station. After watching so many cooks and bakers talk and write about it, I thought I’d give it a shot. Using my old chocolate chip cookie recipe, I halved the butter and made brown butter. Another thing I altered was the brown sugar content. Instead of 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar, I switched the quantities of the two sugars for a more dark and caramel flavour.

brown butter chocolate chunk cookies

Another thing I discovered (I’m sure it’s nothing new), is that there’s a clear difference in the result of cookies when the dough is chilled compared to when it goes straight into the oven. The chilled dough cookies turned out puffier and with more body so to speak. Cookie dough that went straight into the oven yielded in flatter cookies. I love the flatter ones so it’s all good.

brown butter chocolate chunk cookies

brown butter chocolate chunk cookies

brown butter chocolate chunk cookies

Yield:

12  large cookies

Prep time:

15-18 mins

Baking time:

20 mins

Ingredients:

Flour – 1 cup

Butter – 1/2 cup at room temperature

Brown sugar – 1/2 cup

Granulated white sugar – 1/4 cup

Egg – 1/2 (whisk one in a small bowl and use half of it)

Vanilla – 1 tsp

Baking soda – 1 tsp

Chocolate – 1 cup roughly chopped

Method:

Heat 1/4 cup of the butter in a nonstick pan till you see it foaming up.

Lower the heat and let it turn brown in colour. Once the foaming stops, take it off the heat and transfer it into a small bowl. Let it cool completely.

Now preheat your oven at 180 degrees while you make the dough.

Beat the rest of the butter and brown sugar till they’re mixed well. It didn’t turn fluffy for me at this point so it’s alright.

Add the cooled brown butter and the regular sugar. Whisk for another minute.

In goes the egg and vanilla. Beat for another minute. Now it does turn fluffy.

Add the dry ingredients and the chocolate. Using a spatula bring them all together into a dough.

Scoop out spoonfuls on to a parchment sheet lined baking tray and bake for 20 mins at 180 degrees. Less time if you have a larger oven.

Take them out once done and let them cool completely. As they cool they set properly on the outside yet leaving the inside nice and chewy.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi,

    the brown sugar you have mentioned, is it the brown version of the granulated white sugar?

    The one I am using is more soft and has soft lumps. more like muscovado sugar. In this case do i heat it with butter as well?

    1. Yes, muscovado will do. And no, don’t heat it with the butter. Follow the recipe where you’re supposed to beat it with the remaining butter.

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