Tuesday, January 8, 2013

salted browned butter cookies


a friend of mine always answers the question, "what's your favorite cookie?" with, "chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips."

huh?

i always thought this was crazy (WHY would you leave out the chocolate), until i made them for him once, and realized that this was, in fact, genius.

the cookie dough of a chocolate chip cookie is so good and perfectly buttery on its own, it really should be another cookie in its own right. but what to call these? "chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips" just doesn't have a ring to it.

well, for now, let's make these even better with browned butter and sea salt, and they shall be known as: salted browned butter cookies. amen.

salted browned butter cookies
makes about 24 cookies

you'll need:
8 tablespoons butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
about 1 tablespoon sea salt

preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until butter has browned. remove from heat and allow to cool a bit.

in a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. in the bowl of a stand mixer, mix cooled butter and sugars until well-combined. add the eggs and vanilla and mix. with the mixture running on low, gradually add the flour mixture until just combined.

using 2 spoons, drop cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt on top of each cookie. bake for 12 minutes, and enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. Cookies like that, I could eat them all the time cause I looooove butter :) Lovely!!

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    1. I'm with you on that!!! Thanks, Gabrielle! :)

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  2. I'm going to make these for church this Sunday!

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    1. Yay! I think you'll like them - they're not too sweet, but have a very rich flavor from the browned butter.

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  3. Ya know, I thought I was crazy that I preferred chocolate chip cookies without the chips! Sometimes I want the chocolate but sometimes I just wanna enjoy the cookie part! These are going to be deadly for me, LOL!

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    1. It was a revelation the first time I made them... now I think I prefer them without, too! And yes, these were dangerous around here... I had to drive them over to a friend's house to stop myself from eating, like, every single one. :)

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  4. These sound so yummy, I think I've seen the light.

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    1. Thanks, M&H! You gotta give it a try... plus, without the chocolate chips they're basically health food, right?

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  5. I made these this weekend and they are AMAZING!! Thank you so much :)

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you liked them!! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know! :)

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