Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fabulous Everyday Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • If you are like me than you are often in search of a new recipe to try, especially if it is for chocolate chip cookies, the more chips and chunks the better. I came across this great recipe from Baker By Nature and thought I would try them for Valentine's gifts. 

  • What I love about the cookies is that they get a crispy crust on the outside like a meringue, and stay soft and gooey on the inside with a nutty, buttery taste and an an abundance of chocolate. 

  • Everyday Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Recipe from Baker By Nature

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • 15 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Flaky sea salt for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or Silphat lines and set aside. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt; set aside.
Place 8 tablespoons of butter in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat and cook for about 2 minutes - stirring almost constantly - until the butter has browned. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 7 tablespoons of butter; whisk until completely smooth. Place the bowl in the refrigerator or freezer and bring the butter back to room temperature. (The butter is at room temperature when you press a finger into the top and it makes a slight indentation.) 
Once the butter is at room temperature, add the sugars and the vanilla to the browned butter and whisk until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes. Then add the eggs and beat quickly - for only about 30 seconds - until they're just combined. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, then beat the eggs for another 30 seconds. Gently fold in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, stirring only until the flour begins to disappear. Do not over mix  Fold in all chocolate chips.
Roll dough into 3 tablespoon sized balls (they should be big; almost a 1/4 cup), then place on prepared sheet and sprinkle with a little sea salt.  Place baking sheets in preheated 375 oven and bake for 11-14 minutes, or until golden at the edges but still soft in the middle. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes on the sheet before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely.

What will you be making for a Valentine's day treat for yourself or to share with family and friends? Cookies are the perfect treat because you can eat a few or more than a few and give some aways too!


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