I know the title of this post boasts a lofty claim, but believe me when I say the following chocolate chip cookie recipe will blow your mind.  My daughter found it on Tasty.co and begged me to make it over the weekend, which I did, and my life was changed.  Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic. 😉  I’m actually not a major dessert person so the fact that I’m raving about these cookies and can’t stop thinking/talking about/eating them proves that they’re something special.  The secret ingredient is twofold: browned butter AND bread flour (the bread flour makes them thicker and more decadent because of its higher protein content).  Guys, these two small changes change everything!  Browned butter and bread flour take ordinary chocolate chip cookies to another (addictive) level and it’s so good I couldn’t help but share.

Photo by thealisonhoward.com

Ingredients (yields 18 – 24):

  • 1 cup bread flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or 1½ teaspoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks
  • 2 tablespoons water, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground coffee or espresso
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Directions (My notes are italicized):

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a medium or large saucepan, add the butter and melt over medium heat. The larger the pan you use, the quicker the process will be!
  3. Bring the butter to a boil, stirring frequently. As the water begins to boil out of the butter, the milk solids in the butter will separate, sink to the bottom, and begin to toast and brown. As this begins to happen, make sure to stir constantly so the butter browns evenly. It may become quite foamy, splatter a bit, and be difficult to see, so keep a close eye on it, removing from heat and continuing to stir if it starts to foam over.
  4. Once the butter has turned a nice nutty brown, remove from the heat and pour into a large liquid measuring cup to stop the cooking. Allow it to cool down for a minute or two, give it a stir, and carefully add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the butter to bring it back up to 1 cup (240 ml) of liquid.
  5. Set aside to cool to room temperature. To help speed this process up, you can place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. You want to make sure the butter is still liquid when you’re adding it to the dough later on, so make sure to remove after 15 minutes. (The key is to make sure the butter is room temperature, otherwise your cookies will be greasy.)
  6. In a large bowl, add the sugars, vanilla, coffee/espresso powder, and cooled brown butter. Cream together with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add the egg and yolk and beat until incorporated.
  8. Add the dry ingredients, about ⅓ of the mixture at a time, and beat between additions until just incorporated. It’s okay for there to be a bit of unmixed flour on the edge of bowl, this will be incorporated in the next step.
  9. Using a wooden spoon, fold the chocolate chips and dark chocolate chunks into the dough.
  10. Scoop the cookies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in 3-tablespoon-sized mounds. (I did one large tablespoon size to make smaller cookies.)
  11. For optimal flavor, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or, even better, overnight. (We made a few as soon as we mixed the batter because we’re highly impatient, but refrigerated the rest of the dough.  They are WAY BETTER baked off the next day!!)
  12. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  13. Evenly space the dough 3 inches (8 cm) apart from one another on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  14. Bake in a preheated oven for 12-14 minutes.
  15. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Enjoy! xo