Monday, October 20, 2014

Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts

Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts
After my last attempt at caramel sauce in a chocolate chip cookie...I decided to try again. I was hopeful the caramel would be more noticeable. Good news: it was! Slightly. But it helped that I drizzled the cups with caramel too. And that I used browned butter...actually....browning butter is just helpful, period. Mmmmm...
Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts
Anyway, when I decided to make this recipe I realized that I was lacking in pretzels (which were what originally crusted these cups)--so instead I made little graham cracker crusts. Which meant these cookie cups taste a little s'moresy...ya know...minus the marshmallows...stay with me on this.
Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts
Cookie cups are great-you never have to worry about if they're going to rise correctly or spread too much or anything. They just bake up in their little muffin cups and you are guaranteed a thick, chewy, gooey cookie. Plus, now there's a whole world of putting a crust on your cookie. So it's like cookie + pie. Amazingness.
Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts
These cookies are perfectly portable yet soft and gooey on the insides. The browned butter adds that bit of depth, and the caramel drizzled on top with the salt adds that mmm mmm salty goodness to the sweet. The graham cracker crust is buttery and delightful and...chocolate chips...always our friends. They're crazy addictive and simply irresistible. Find out for yourselves, my friends!


Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts


Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts
Makes 12 cookie cups.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 stick (or 8 tbsp.) butter, browned + 1-2 tbsp. butter, melted (1 tbsp. if using homemade graham crackers, 2 if using store-bought)
  • 1/3 cup salted caramel + more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • Scant (which means just under) 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 
  • Extra sea salt or kosher salt, for sprinkling on top.
Preparation:
  • To brown the butter: In a small-medium (preferably light colored) saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter and whisk continuously as it foams and bubbles, until little brown bits form and it begins to turn amber. Immediately transfer to a large, heatproof, bowl (making sure to scrape in all the little brown bits). Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, and cornstarch together in a medium bowl.
  • Add 1/3 cup salted caramel and the sugars to the slightly cooled browned butter. Cream together for about a minute or 2, until fully combined.
  • Beat the egg, yolk, and vanilla into the butter mixture.
  • Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the rest.
  • Fold chocolate chips into the dough so they're evenly dispersed.
  • Cover the bowl and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. 
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. 
  • Mix together the graham cracker crumbs with the 1-2 tbsp. melted butter (you'll want them moistened but not soggy). Scoop 1 tbsp. moistened crumbs into each greased muffin cup and press down evenly (I used the bottom of a cup).
  • Scoop a heaping 2 tbsp. sized ball of chilled dough onto the top of each crumb bottom. Press down if you'd like (not a must, though).
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and somewhat set in the middle. Let sit in the pan to cool for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with some sea salt or kosher salt.
  • Either invert the pan onto a wire rack or large plate to remove cookie cups or run a knife around the edge of each cup and pop them out. Drizzle with salted caramel and serve! Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Browned Butter Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Graham Cracker Crusts
LOOKAT DAT CARAMEL
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