Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 (All-Butter Version)

I'm getting sick of chocolate chip cookie posts. I'm glad this is the last one. I love chocolate chip cookies, but enough is enough.

Some of you said that you'd never used coconut oil, or you couldn't find it, or you were allergic to coconut, regarding the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I created an all-butter version, almost identical to the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie (uses yeast). The difference with this cookie is that half of the butter is browned, and the remaining butter is stirred into the flour mixture. The browned butter adds a more complex flavor, and the additional butter kneaded into the cookie makes it slightly crumbly with buttery bursts of flavor.


Oh, wow, buttery bursts of flavor. I love that.

These freeze well, by the way. There's no way I could have eaten 4 dozen cookies in 3 days.
I mean, I could have, if I really wanted to...

I'm going to a cookie exchange next week. I've never been to one before. It kind of sounds like BS but I thought I'd give it a go. I have to come up with a cookie that nobody would dream of bringing. Possibly something with beer in it.


Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 All-Butter Version

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (Ghiradelli!)
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions:
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; continue to cook the butter, whisking frequently, until it starts to brown and foam, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour and baking soda; stir in yeast, salt and additional 1/4 cup butter, until combined.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat browned butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined and grainy, about 1 minute. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined; stir in chocolate chips and walnuts with a wooden spoon, until combined. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously butter a cookie sheet.

Drop 1/4 cup measures of dough onto cookie sheet, forming into large mounds, and bake at 375 degrees F, for 12-14 minutes, or until golden.
Cool for 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks.

Makes 16 large cookies


51 comments:

  1. Now that I have seen I can bake muffins, I should start with cookies and these seem fabulous to start with.
    My family is now claiming for sweet home made treats for breakfast and I have to do something about it :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beer batter cookies, you do know that if you do something like that, you'll have to deep fry it and sell it at fairs, right? I can see my cholesterol count now...I wouldn't be a bit surprised if you could see it from space.

    ReplyDelete
  3. No matter what you post it will always be delicious! Keep up the photos Em, they're looking mighty scrumptious!

    ReplyDelete
  4. These sound and look good. I've been to cookie exchanges and they are fun. They are usually held around the holidays....

    ReplyDelete
  5. Buahhhh!! Now I dont know which recipe choose Emiline!!! The two recipes are fabulous!! well I think I will try the two recipes, look so yummy!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. No worries. I will never be tired of chocolate chip cookies.

    I'm very excited to see what you will come up with for the cookie exchange.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I could totally eat a few dozen in 3 days!! :) Always on the lookout for a great "go-to" chocolate chip recipe - thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You might be sick of posting chocolate chip recipes but there look absolutely delicious... I'm bookmarking these babies.

    ReplyDelete
  9. yum!! that sounds like my perfect cookie right there!! i did a cookie exchange at work last year. i was semi-annoyed because i made these beautiful candy cane, white chocolate and dark chocolate cookies, and half of the other people brought pillsbury slice and bake! i wanted my cookies back!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sick of chocolate chip cookies? Say it ain't so!

    ReplyDelete
  11. This version looks perfect. I just can't imagine the yeast in there. Good luck with the beer cookies.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I for one am not tired of drooling over your chocolate chip cookies Emiline. Have fun at the cookie exchange too:D

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm so impressed with your creativity! Chocolate chip cookies seem like the most basic thing ever- but you have come up with all of these great ways to make it better!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think the beer cookie would be a new one, but wouldn't it bake out? Try the pumpkin? Or something off the wall like clove or something!

    ReplyDelete
  15. OK, these also look delicious. Is it possible I don't harbor any sort of discrimination when it comes to chocolate chip cookies? :)

    Also - I'm all over the cookies with beer in them. Definitely go with that. How about a beer/pretzel combo??

    ReplyDelete
  16. You know when I was trying to think of how to use apple lambic I was thinking of how good it would be in a snickerdoodle. Just an idea...

    I love the browned butter in your cookies--I bet that extra little flavor is just great.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow, those sound awesome. And I'm a sucker for anything with "all butter version" in the name. :) This is going to be the next batch of cookies I make.

    ReplyDelete
  18. interesting to knead the rest of the butter into the cookie dough. i must definitely give this a try some day because i've yet to find the perfect choc chip cookie recipe and by the looks of it, this is it!! mmmm..beautiful. x

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your triptic of chocolate chip cookies is intimidating.

    I've never perfected the CCC, but in case you ever need to know, my favorite is the hippie-dippy version that includes walnuts, oatmeal and raisins. Do they call that the Cowgirl Cookie in Branson, too?

    ReplyDelete
  20. "Buttery bursts of flavour", now I certainly won't argue with that statement (or sensation). What time's the sampling?

    ReplyDelete
  21. please make beer cookies and call them drunken cookies! i would love that haha

    and as soon as you said you couldn't eat 4 dozen cookies in 3 days, i was thinking in my head "okay, that's a big lie because i know i could do that." haha

    ReplyDelete
  22. That first picture looks like a chocolate filled ccc! In fact all pictures look amazing, I don't know if I should give credit to you as a photographer or as a baker for making such a good looking cookie. Well maybe a bit of both ;)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Embarrassing secret time... I don't think I've ever browned butter. But I have used coconut oil... so um maybe it's even Steven now :)

    You've done the beer with brownies before, so I totally think you can swing with cookies. I bet beer flavor with oats works well. Like a fellow grain brother thing.

    ReplyDelete
  24. all butter version? NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!

    -DTW
    [www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com]

    ReplyDelete
  25. You know I am not really a lover of sweet things but you tempt me everytime!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I should NEVER come here on an empty stomach. Those cookies are calling my name!

    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  27. I'm going to make you regret saying a cookie swap is BS. Be prepared for a barrage of mail in your inbox.

    BTW,We've perfected the cookie swap at UtHC, if you care to have a look.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I like the idea of the browned butter in this cookie, I think this is my favorite.

    ReplyDelete
  29. How absolutely exciting to see a cookie that is not at all like the rest! Wow, yeast in your chocolate chip cookies. I'm so excited to try these!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Love the combination of browned butter and regular butter. Great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Yum! I love all the chocolate-chip cookie posts, you can never have too many!

    ReplyDelete
  32. It looks so good though! How can you not like bursts of butter? I may have to make these for Ben...if he's nice... :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. i'm starting to rival paula deen in my obsessive use of butter. yep, this is my kind of cookie. too bad you're getting tired of them, cause i sure ain't. :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. All of your cookies look good!! I never get sick of chocolate chip!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Heeeeyyyyyy!

    I wasn't going to leave you a comment, but I realized you know I've been here anyway, so I might as well.

    ReplyDelete
  36. wow wow wow these really look so so good. No its not the keyboard whish is stuck it s my mouth open drooling for these cookies :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. I just made these today and they are soooo good! Thank you! I'm going to post a picture on our blog and link the recipe to your blog. I really want to try the version with coconut oil, my Mom just bought 3 gallons of it! Thanks again for this wonderful recipe.

    Esther DeL

    ReplyDelete
  38. Okay, forget the beer batter and the deep frying. I'm feeling bloated and unattractive right now.

    ReplyDelete
  39. those chocolate chips cookies may be the best-looking cookies i've seen...ever! And the recipe sounds absolutely irresistible-I love adding walnuts to them! Can't wait to try this :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. I am soooooooooooo curmudgeonly, but I'm just trying to learn. What is the yeast doing in there? When you mix it with the salt, doesn't that instantly kill it, so you're not getting any benefit from it?

    Your pictures are masterful as ever. They should hang in a museum.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Emiline... I made my first brownies!!!!!!!!! Soooooo easy :D

    Do you use a special mould? Since I don't have many I used the one that looks like a pudding shape. Any recommendations? I'll show them in my blog one of these days :D

    Also, since I know you "love" awards and you have a collection in your cupboard, come to my blog to pick a couple more ;D... sorry about that, girl!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Have you come to a decision as to which one is the perfect chocolate chip cookie? I think the last one will be my choice!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Yum- this cookie looks so good! I want to curl up with it and use it as a pillow!

    ReplyDelete
  44. I could never get tired of Chocolate Chip cookies! This one looks like my favorite of the bunch.

    ReplyDelete
  45. yes, put something freaky in the batch of cookies, like cocktail onions or capers, and convince people they are all the rage these days ... in the blogosphere that is.

    these look and sound awesome. i love the idea of brown butter.

    ReplyDelete
  46. I'm new here and very glad to have found you. Wonderful posts on the cookies. I agree with the tips wholeheartedly and the higher cooking temps-always works best for me.
    Gorgeous photos!

    ReplyDelete
  47. hmm i just realized your blog doesnt show up in my rss feed anymore! weird! good thing i just typed in the address to check! these are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Whenever I make all butter cookies, they tend to spread out a lot. I don't know why. But yours look perfect, and I love the sound of the browned butter in them!

    ReplyDelete
  49. I just finished my second one of these little gems for the evening. It's all I can do to not let myself go downstairs and eat the rest! I'm not sure which component makes these so superb but whatever it is, I'm in LOVE! I think the browned butter definitely plays a large role and I also used fine chocolate that I chopped instead of chocolate chips that adds to the delight. My husband thanks you and so do I for this great recipe. What does the yeast do? I didn't notice they were particularly tall from having risen. Just curious.

    ReplyDelete

Sup?