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A new Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A new Chocolate Chip Cookie



I just received my annual 2009 hard back cook book from Cooks Illustrated. I do get the magazine all year long, yet there is something so satisfying about having them all in one place, neatly bound and easy to find.

I was perusing the pages when I found a recipe for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. Aren't all chocolate chip cookies "perfect"? Most are, however these are pretty darn good. What makes this recipe unique is the use of melted, brown butter. This gives the cookie a very nutty taste even before all the ingredients are mixed together. Also, this recipe is mixed by hand, with a whisk. Once the butter and sugars are mixed, the batter has to rest then re-mixed, rest again, then a final mix with the whisk and it is ready to add the remainder of the ingredients.

The batter was really, really good. A true sign that the cookie is going to be even better.

I whipped these up in minutes. My house smells good and my kids will be happy when they walk in the door from school today.


Avoid using a nonstick skillet to brown the butter; the dark color of the nonstick coating makes it difficult to gauge when the butter is browned. Use fresh, moist brown sugar instead of hardened brown sugar, which will make the cookies dry. This recipe works with light brown sugar, but the cookies will be less full-flavored

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)
1/2teaspoon baking soda
14tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)
1/2cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
3/4cups packed dark brown sugar (5 1/4 ounces) (see note)
1teaspoon table salt
2teaspoons vanilla extract
1large egg
1large egg yolk
1 1/4cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks (see note)
3/4cup chopped pecan or walnuts, toasted (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large (18- by 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

  2. 2. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.

  3. 3. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using), giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.

  4. 4. Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches.)

  5. 5. Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

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2 Comments:

Blogger NikiTheo said...

I've used melted butter before, but not browned butter. Definitely gonna try that!

November 16, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Whitney said...

MMMM yum I love brown butter. Putting these on my list of things to bake. I love chocolate chip cookies and enjoy whenever people play around with the classic! Thanks!

November 19, 2009 at 3:32 PM  

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