Gourmet Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The best chocolate chip cookies made with browned butter.


Gourmet Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted European butter, divided use
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate (65%) with cocao nibs
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted*

Melt 4 ounces of butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Stirring frequently, cook the butter for 4 minutes, or until it starts to brown and fizz; remove pan from heat.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Work the remaining 4 ounces of butter in, using a pastry blender or fingertips, until the mixture resembles pea-sized lumps.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together melted browned butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar, for 1 minute, or until well combined, and grainy. Beat in vanilla and eggs, until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually beat in flour mixture, until just combined. Stir in chopped chocolate and pecans, using a wooden spoon, until combined.
Cover dough; chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat large cookie sheets with cooking spray, or use your preferred greasing method.

Using a 1/3 cup measure, shape dough into large mounds and place mounds 2 inches apart on cookie sheets . Bake one sheet at a time, at 375 degrees F, for 14-15 minutes, or until light golden brown, and set. Cool 2 minutes on pan, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

*To toast pecans, place in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stirring frequently, cook for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant; cool.

Yield: 18 large cookies

48 comments on "Gourmet Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies"
  1. I like the new look. I need to try and revamp mine. I like my chocolate chip cookies almost undercooked. But not greasy. The last ones I made were a bit too greasy.

  2. I love the new layout Emiline...and the cookies look nice and chunky...perfect for dipping into a coffee...

  3. Nevrmind the chocolate, youse gots pecans in there...my favourite nut!

    Sorry, no project runway for me...catching up on Dexter.

  4. Now how about that??? I'd never considered the divided butter, one part melted, method...very good idea! Did you use dark brown or light brown sugar, and do you think it makes a diff?
    Oh, I want some now...all I've got are boxes of Girl Scout cookies (those little girls are really good retail mavens...they can spot a sucker at 10 paces)...!

  5. Well-lookie-here! I did some layout work on my blog today too. I like yours, something fresh. Ohhhh and these cookies!

  6. Did I ever tell you your my hero, lol.

    Seriously, this recipe sounds like a prize winner. Browned butter and butter kneaded in the dough?
    How could it not be awesome????

    I really have to try this method, thanks for the idea!!

  7. Those are some serious chocolate chip cookies!! Definitely gourmet!! And I'm rooting for Jillian - I can't stand Christian!

  8. I was eating a chocolate chip cookie the instant I opened your page. I like that. :-) Instant gratification! Haha.
    I like your new design, header and all. How do you do that? I don't have the beginning of a clue. I would bribe you with baskets full of chocolate and goodies for a design! Haha. Are you a pro?

  9. Those looks awesome! I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies!!!

  10. Those chocolate chip cookies look really good. I am still looking for my perfect chocolate chip cookies but it is a very tasty search. :)

  11. Yummo! BTW, love your site revamp. I am too technically untalented to do anything with mine.

  12. BooHoo I can't see your cookie for some reason!! aaack likely blogger..
    again, love the new look and I'm sure your photo is very enticing as much as your description of them are!

  13. Amy- Thanks! I guess the new look will have to do for now, because I don't feel like changing it anymore. I think I might add some new pictures or something.
    If you want help with anything (not that you need it) let me know.
    I like my cookies a little undercooked. Mmm.

    Peter G- Yes! Wow, I really like the way you think.

    Peter M- Pecans are my fav nut too.

    Catherine- I used light. I think dark might be even better! More flavor. We didn't get any GS's around here. Boo.

    Glamah- Thanks!

    Annie- I think it's a good idea, because you get little buttery bursts in every bite. Maybe I should sell these...

    Deborah- I know who won! I know who won!

    Zen- I like to think I'm a pro. But I'm not. I charge by the pecan if you want me to make you a header. :) Email me.

    Jessy- Thanks!

    Kevin- Thanks!

    Ben- Enjoy your snow.

    Cakelaw- It's not hard! I promise.

    Pixie- I uploaded the pics again. Hopefully they're working now.

  14. I like your new site a lot more and it also downloads faster.Well done!

    As for the chocolate chip cookies - my own recipe was not quite what I wanted, so I will definitely try yours next time.

  15. 1-i've seen plenty of chocolate chip cookies in my time, but yours look especially tempting

    2-good call on the project runway winner

    3-the new layout rocks

    4-i loved robert irvine and mourn his dismissal

  16. Emiline,your cookies are perfect, sweetie! I love the idea of using browned butter.
    Like you, I like my cookies crisp in the edges and soft in the middle.

  17. I forgot to say I really like the new template!

  18. I'm a freak of nature and do not care for chocolate chip cookies, but I think mine are pretty good, and of course they MUST have pecans! This recipe looks like a beauty though. Love the new look of the blog -- very professional looking.

  19. I love my chocolate chip cookies the same as well...although I am a milk chocolate kind of a gal most often:D These are bookmarked!!

  20. Like the new look. And Christian won! Super fierce.

  21. These cookies look heavenly! I myself love chocolate chip cookies that are chewy...and I have recently decided I much prefer the mini chocolate chips in them...not sure why, they just taste better to me. ;-)

  22. Mmmm,
    Chocolate Chip cookies are the greatest! I was just talking about making a batch last night and using coconut oil in place of the butter. My sis said they are to die for. So, that'll be next on my list. After that I'll have to try yours, because they look fab!

    Love the new look here!!

  23. Your description of the perfect chocolate chip cookie sounds just like mine. I can't wait to give your recipe a try!

  24. I love the chewy fat cookies! I could feed on yorus everyday, except that they'd make me "fat"!! hehehe!

    btw, I'd feel glad if you could participate in my WBB-Balanced Breakfasts event this month! details on my blog's sidebar:)

  25. You really must stop being so prolific. I can't keep up. There is no way I can find the time to make all of these delicious recipes unless we get a lot more snow or I get sick!

    I like the new look. The page loads much faster now.

  26. Nothing beats choc chip cookies on a snow day. I did at first think your post was titled Gourmet Fat Free cookies, which got me very excited and muttering 'no way no way no WAY'. There wasn't any way, really, was there? :)

  27. I like the new look! Good call on the show last night (it was the first time I've ever seen the show!) And, um, those cookies look amazing.

  28. now THAT'S a great cookie!! yum!!

    my family and I LOVE 'Project Runway' - hooray for Christian!! he totally deserved that honor!! so fierce :0)

  29. I'm so making cookies tomorrow, everyone's doing it and now I'm craving them!

  30. Yay! My baby boy Christian totally won - we knew he would! Those cookies are looking goooood. :P

  31. Those cookies look awesome. I've had a streak of recipes that don't float my boat.

    Great job on your Project Runway prediction! I agree that he was the right person to win. Hope he's having a nice vaca.

  32. Go check your myspace. I would've left the link here, but it just gave me the option for an html code.

  33. I guess everyone likes the new layout. Well, good.

    AS Grace- I don't like Robert Irvine. He takes steroids and he's mean.

    Jenny- I've got to try the coconut oil. I saw some at the store and was tempted to buy it.

    Ahh. It's late and I need to sleep.

  34. i dig the new look! very cool.

    this sounds like a great recipe. the cookie your describe as your favorite sounds pretty much like my ideal.

  35. Emiline, how did you get two columns of stuff on the right? I changed the look of my blog a couple weeks ago. I do like how easy it was to do, and that it lets you add stuff so super easy!

    You cookies look to die for, but boo hoo, I can't eat wheat so I can't have them. I may try your recipe using some gluten free flour to see how it turns out. If I do, I'll come back and let you know.

  36. good prediction, and those cookies look INCREDIBLE!!!!

  37. Your blog looks so modern and cool, just like you!

    Why oh why all these machinations with the butter? That's fascinating. What does it do to add it to the flour? Were you just playing and you wanted to do something different or does adding the butter to the flour make the cookie crisper? Have you ever in the history of the world heard of adding butter to flour? Only for choux pastry I think and that's the other way around.

    You are a rebel AND a revolutionary and I want answers!

  38. Emile, your new header looks great so do your cookies. I made some pecan cookies the other day but I've still some more to make yours. They look great.

  39. Emiline,

    Delicious, I must try this recipe some day!

    Have a great day, Margot

  40. These cookies look like the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. This photo makes me want to start baking tonight.

    When you start packaging and selling them let me know


  41. Great new layout! Can't ever have too many chocolate chip cookies recipes!

  42. i like the new look! and those cookies don't look half bad either ;)

  43. I'm so loving the idea of being 46 in your comments. w00t! You go, girl! And these cookies are sounding lovely. I've been in the mood for some, but know that if I make them, there better be somebody else around...And we love project runway. I knew C. would win. He deserved to. Yes, he was fierce!

  44. well, i made the cookies and they are beyond words. so freaking good!!!! aaaaaaaa!!! butter and crispy but chewy on the inside. good add with the pecans.

    made even better by the fact that i haven't had a cookie, not one, in a year and a half. that was when i moved out of the u.s., and all we have here where i am is european style butter, which made my tollhouse recipe cookies spread to the edges of the pan. i've been seriously craving cookies lately, so i googled "baking with european butter" and came up with this.

    girl, you're amazing. you saved my life here. : ) for real, i think these ARE the best cookies i've ever made, or eaten for that matter. we decided to leave the dough in the fridge and scoop off bits whenever we wanted a couple of cookies, so that way they'd always be warm.

  45. Sarah- I'm so happy that you liked the cookies! I was totally serious about them being really good. I want to make them again!

  46. I think you might be surprised at the difference in these cookies if you chill them for 24 hours prior to portioning and baking them. The results are a much tender crumb, yet still a great cookie for "dunking".