Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve had this recipe saved for a long time. I have so many chocolate chip cookie recipes and I like them all. I just could never find the time (or have the need) for another chocolate chip cookie recipe. Last week I made my Dad a great cake for his birthday and had some leftover Peanut M&Ms. Tadd wanted me to make cookies in my new oven and use the M&Ms. I looked at my usual chocolate chip cookie recipe and realized that I didn’t have enough eggs. I found this recipe and I had everything on hand.

These cookies are awesome. The flavor from the browned butter gave the cookie a new dimension. It was a nutty, caramel flavor. The cookies were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I really liked these cookies. I think the M&Ms were a little big for the cookie. I am looking forward to making these again with regular chocolate chips. These might be my favorite chocolate chip cookie (for now).

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Cook’s Illustrated May/June 2009
(Printable Recipe)

1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 ¾ sticks)
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspooons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional)

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

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, 1-3 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.

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 for 3 minutes, then whish 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.

Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use a #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. 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, 10-14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

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