Chocolate chip cookies were a household staple when I was growing up. Not store-bought chocolate chip cookies. But homemade cookies, from the recipe on the back of the yellow chip bag, made with butter. Kinda crunchy and kinda chewy at the same time.
It wasn’t just my mom who made them. My great-grandmother made them, and kept them in the freezer. My grandmother made them too, but she was cheap and used shortening. But given a choice between shortening and no cookies, we kids chose somewhat lousier cookies.
My current favorite cookie recipe is King Arthur Flour’s Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies. I tweak the recipe a bit, going with regular flour and skipping the butterscotch flavor.
You could say chocolate chip cookies are in my blood. I was looking forward to these, wondering what Rose would do to make cookies special.
Browned butter and rest.
I’ve seen some different versions of chocolate chip cookies, different variations for soft, crunchy, thin, etc. cookies. But I never saw browned butter as a variation.
I used Finlandia butter in these, since I can get 7 oz for 99 cents! It’s cheaper than regular butter! So there was more actual butterfat in the butter, and there may have been more brown bits.
It’s a revelation. It adds a subtle nutty flavor to the cookies, beyond even the toasted walnuts. The texture was light and even cakey, with a crunchy bottom.
A rest in the fridge was a little surprise, but yes, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt says the same thing. And he is another big food geek.
These really were good chocolate chip cookies. Straight out of the oven and soft chips? Some very good cookies.
Would I make these again? Absolutely. But I would double the recipe. Because 20 are not nearly enough!
This post is part of the Alpha Bakers bake-along. It’s an online project where a group of food bloggers bake our way through The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.
Most of the recipes made during this project will not be shared. If you see something amazing and want to know about the recipe please let me know. You might want to get the book for yourself, or at least check it out from your local library before deciding.