Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies: Spotlight on The Messy Baker

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies

So-you guys remember my girl Jennie, right? She's The Messy Baker. She's amazeballs
 (that's her catchphrase!)

Jennie is cool, hilarious, and makes some of the tastiest food you've evah seen!

She and I have been sponsoring each other, and now it's time for another spotlight post!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies

For this post, I wanted to make a recipe from her fabulous blog.
And could I pass up a post entitled "The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies...Ever!" ??

Jennie described them thusly:
"...these really are the best chocolate chips cookies I’ve ever sunk my teeth into. How do I know this? Because I’ve baked and tested several different recipes and this is the only one that bakes up soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. I call that cookie perfection. They’re so good that I’ve been eating them around the clock." 
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies

With a ringing endorsement like that-I HAD to make these!
I just made a couple teensy tweaks.

The recipe already called for melted butter so I was like "Um...let's brown that butter!" because I'm obviously addicted and need help (no I don't, no one should ever quit browned butter). And then I was like "Oooh let's toast the pecans!" And then I went "No salt in the recipe? Let's just sprinkle a smidge on top of there" and voila! Cookies made. And I must say-they totally live up to the hype! We ate these cookies up in record time. Michael COULD NOT stop eating them. He was totally in love with them. And he admitted, "You're right...browned butter makes everything better." THESE COOKIES HAVE WROUGHT A MIRACLE! MIRACLE COOKIES I TELL YOU!  These cookies are chewy and crisp and full of the amazing flavors of the chocolate, pecans, and wonderousness of the cookie (just enhanced a bit with the browned butter :P).
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies

The fact that Jennie came up with this recipe is just a perfect example for how in awe of her I am.

She's like a rock star. And these cookies are delicious masterpieces. Michael proclaimed them to be one of his favorite cookie recipes I've ever made, and I agree!! You should go look and see all the other great things Jennie has to offer:

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies
  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted.
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Optional: Kosher/sea salt, to taste
  • Toast pecans, set aside.
  • Brown butter: in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 10 tbsp. butter then whisk constantly as it foams up and eventually little brown bits form at the bottom (should take around 5 minutes), and immediately remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl and allow to cool.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl whisk flour and baking soda together.
  • In the large bowl whisk cooled browned butter with the sugars. Then, whisk in the vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk.
  • Fold dry ingredients into the large bowl until just incorporated. Then fold in the chocolate chips and toasted pecans (may need to use your hands).
  • Using your favorite cookie scoop drop cookie dough onto cookie sheets, leaving ample space between. 
  • If desired, sprinkle salt on top of each dough mound.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies
  • Store cookie dough in refrigerator between batches.
  • Bake 13-15 minutes until the edges are a light golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip & Pecan Cookies
Good to the very...last...bite.
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