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They are basically the same recipe you find on the back of any bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, with a few small adjustments. And as we know, small adjustments take something ordinary and make them–secret weapons.
1. The first secret weapon is Brown Butter. It takes these cookies from “eh” to making people weak in their knees. Here’s how to do it.
In a medium sauce pan over low to medium heat, melt the butter until it progresses from bright yellow to a heavenly brown, rich nutty-smelling concoction. Take it off the heat to cool completely before using in your recipe. This brown butter can be stored in the refrigerator for later use as well.
2. We always need our secret weapon available, so the next “adjustment” is really just a super convenient one. Drag your flour, baking soda and salt out once. Portion these ingredients into ready-made little mixes for the next 5 times you make these cookies. Trust me you will. The counter will only get messy once and you have 4 more batches of cookies in the wings.
3. Next, get the rest of the usual ingredients. Vanilla, brown and white sugar, eggs. You also could package the white and brown sugars together in a plastic bag for a ready-made option. Then, most of this recipe will be done ahead of time.
As moms, the more we do ahead of time, the more we’ll stay ready. When kids (or you) want (need) these cookies, the faster you can get the house smelling like heaven the quicker everything gets better. I’m serious.
4. Mix sugars, cooled brown butter, eggs and vanilla.
5. Add dry ingredients. Then, add the chocolate chips of your choice.
6. Chill the dough. That’s right. Stick it in the fridge while you clean up the dirty dishes in your sink. Then, you’ll have some clean surfaces to work on for scooping the dough.
7. It’s time for scooping! You can use an ice cream scoop, cookie scoop or two teaspoons out of the utensil drawer–whatever you prefer.
I have never met anyone who wants small cookies, so really make luscious sized cookies, or don’t bother, I say.
I love Silpats and parchment paper. They make my life easier. Get big enough pans to accommodate both of these and you’ll be thanking yourself for years.
If you use two spoons, first spray them with cooking spray to make it even easier.
8. Give the cookies enough room next to each other.
9. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes. More or less depending on your preference.
10. You can slide the finished cookies onto a cooling rack while you keep them on Silpats or parchment paper.
11. Enjoy! By now, you should have a little company. Trust me. Go grab the milk.