When your father is 86 years old, you struggle to find a gift for Father’s Day that he will like/that is appropriate. After all, he always says “I have everything I need” and that is true. I, too, am finding myself needing and wanting far fewer “things” than in the past. Older, wiser, I don’t know. But what I do know is that if you bake it, they will like it!!
Baked goods are ALWAYS a great gift. This recipe is one that my daughter, Rebecca, created. She is a lover of browning butter and using it in many ways. This is a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, using brown butter. Don’t be intimidated, browning butter is easy, you just have to watch it so that it does not burn.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 and 3/4 cup (9.4 ounces) brown sugar (you can use part dark brown sugar for a more intense flavor)
12 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons milk
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg yolk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
To brown the butter:
In a large light-colored saucepan (so you can see the browning), melt the butter on medium heat. Watch it continually as the butter heats and begins to boil off its water content with a white foam. In about 2-3 minutes, the foam will begin to disappear and the butter will turn a lighter yellow color. Take the butter off the heat and put it into a large metal bowl. Place it in the freezer to cool while you measure the other ingredients.
Measure and combine in a small bowl:
1 teaspoon salt
2 and 1/2 cups (11.3 ounces) white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Take the large metal bowl out of the freezer. Mix in the whole egg and beat well into the butter. Mix in the egg yolk and beat well. Mix in the vanilla and beat well. Mix in the brown and white sugars and beat well.
Add the flour mixture and stir gently. (All of this can be done with a mixer or by hand)
Add 1 and 1/2 cup of the best chocolate chips you have (we like Guittard’s or Ghirardelli 60%) and stir gently.
Spoon the cookie dough onto a baking sheet covered with parchment. Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the cookies are just turning brown. Cool and serve or box them up for your favorite dad!