Saturday, April 9, 2016

Brown Butter Coffee Cookies with Caramel and Chocolate

WHOA. You guys, oh my god it has been SUCH a long, sad break since I've last posted on here. I'll refrain from going into too much detail because once I start talking about school and life, I know I will not shut up about it and write 5 pages and bore you all to death. I'll probably actually dedicate my next entire post to just that revealing all the juicy news and gossip in my life. Haha just kidding all I do is go to school and study now and my life is actually really boring :'(

I thought, what better way to start back up than with the tastiest brown butter cookie recipe EVER? I know it's Spring time and I should be concentrating on eating healthier for summer time and all, but It's been fricken' snowing here in Chicago off and on and all I want is to eat comfort food and be sad about this crazy weather. Who else has snow going on in April? Mother Nature's a real bitch trickster isn't she?

Ok so these cookies are ridiculous. I've actually never made brown butter before but always heard of how wonderful it was so I thought i'd give it a shot. Not only is it super easy, it smells AMAZING and it really elevates the flavor of these cookies. It has a nutty, sweet, complex flavor and this sounds stupid but it smells really buttery... Hahaha ok I KNOW it's butter but brown butter becomes more buttery somehow. Don't ask me how, just make it yourself to see what I mean! :) Also, there's a nice, subtle coffee flavor to tone down the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel. Basically this recipe has everything delicious in it so how could it ever turn out bad?

Brown butter chocolate chip caramel cookies


You Will Need: 

  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules (2 tablespoons = 4 Starbucks Via/Foldgers packets!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I actually omitted this entirely)
  • 1 cup caramel bits (recommended, but I used these cut into tiny squares) 
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter starts to foam, start whisking continuously. The butter will start to darken to a nice golden brown and become fragrant. Once you start seeing little brown bits at the bottom of the pan forming, remove from heat immediately and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool. (How to with pictures here
  2. Mix together flour, baking soda, instant coffee and and salt into a bowl and set aside. 
  3. Cream the butter, eggs and sugars together until well combined. Add vanilla and eggs and mix. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and caramel chunks. Refridgerate dough for 30mins-1 hour. 
  4. Drop 1.5 tablespoons of the cookie dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. Devour cookies
  5. Devour all the cookies immediately and wonder why you've never made brown butter cookies before (optional) 

Cookies with brown butter

There you have it! I apologize that I don't have any more process shots making these cookies. I made this dough before class one day and had to bolt out the door to catch my train! These cookies are chewy, flavorful, salty and sweet with a nice crisp exterior. Please let me know if you make them for yourself! Hope everyone is doing really really well and I promise to catch up soon :)