Normal life seems to have crept up on us after a decidedly not-normal summer. 
Our familiar routines are welcome in some ways. The structure of our days and weeks makes me feel grounded. Secure. But I do so the miss the freedom and excitement of the summer. This summer will be a summer that I will remember for the rest of my life. 

Autumn seems intent on making it clear that it’s time to move on. I am, somewhat foolishly, resisting wearing my coat for the moment because I know once I put it on, I won’t take it off until June and I’m just not ready to say goodbye to summer yet. Our food choices have become something of a cliché - toad in the hole, shepherd’s pie and apple crumble have all featured in the last week or so. Our appetites are clearly ready for the winter ahead of us.

On Sunday, I visited the Cake and Bake Show at Earl’s Court in London. A few weeks ago, I was at the same venue for an Olympic volleyball match. They seemed to be dismantling the volleyball court in the midst of the show; yet another reminder that this glorious summer is now ancient history. 
I’m not planning on writing much about the show (Sarah has written everything I could want to) but I was, as many other people seem to have been, disappointed by the lack of focus on baking and, perhaps more importantly in the context of this space, baking with real ingredients (and by real, I mean the polar opposite of this). 
I wish I could say that I came back from Cake and Bake Show on Sunday, cold, wet and somewhat jaded by the experience, and filled our flat with the heady aroma of brown butter and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Instead, I spent the afternoon curled up under a blanket watching a series of mindless DVDs which, in truth, wasn’t a bad way to pass the day. 
If I’d been more like the me I aspire to be though, I would have baked yet another batch of these cookies. This is my favourite cookie recipe at the moment. How could it not be? It has brown butter, a substantial amount of vanilla, a hint of salt and it uses whole wheat flour (although you’d never really know it). The coffee is Heston Blumenthal’s addition and I urge you not to skip it even if, like me, you’re not a coffee person; it adds an irresistible dimension of flavour.
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Brown butter chocolate chip cookies
Yield: Makes about 20 cookies
Ingredients
  • 115g (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 75g (1/3 cup) unrefined caster/granulated sugar
  • 90g (1/2 cup) light brown soft sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 175g (1 1/2 cups or 6 oz) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 110g (2/3 cup or 4 oz) chocolate chips
  • Sea salt for scattering on top (optional) 

Cooking Directions

  1. Put the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and cook until it starts to bubble and has turned a lovely golden brown colour. Take off the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda/baking soda, salt and coffee.
  3. When the butter has cooled, cream it together with the sugars until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again. As this isn’t a recipe for a cake, you don’t need to keep on beating forever – you just want everything all nicely mixed together. You can do it by hand if you want although I used my electric mixer.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients, followed by the chocolate chips.
  5. Chill the mixture in the fridge for any time between 30 minutes and 24 hours. I don’t have that much patience so my chilling time is normally closer to 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and prepare a couple of baking sheets with either greaseproof paper or a silicone mat.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop or a cookie scoop, place spoonfuls of the dough on the baking sheet and, if desired, scatter a little sea salt on top.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until the edges of the cookies just start to turn golden brown and are firm to the touch.
  9. Allow to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Disclosure: I was offered a press pass for the Cake & Bake Show which I was very grateful for, not least because it meant that I could skip the very lengthy queue to get into the venue. 

     
    33 Responses to "brown butter chocolate chip cookies"
    1. Emine says:

      the cake & bake show could have done with less commercial product advertising, not sure if im ever gonna use the chocolate flavour ‘snip & swirl’ icing they gave me!
      we left the show early and made our way to peggys, no queue there!
      cookies look warming & delicious!

    2. katherine says:

      Chocolate Flavour Cake Covering: grim. I did think its one saving grace was that it didn’t get a bloom like chocolate can. It seems not even that is true.
      The cookies on the other hand…

    3. Wow, chocolate chip cookies with brown butter and whole wheat flour?! Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    4. It is hard to adjust after summer’s leisurely days! These cookies make the reality oh so much sweeter. Can’t wait to try them!

    5. I am no stranger to the post-vacation blues. Hang in there! :) Or at the very least, eat some of these cookies. That always makes me feel better…

    6. Mmmm…I’ve been wanting to try making my chocolate chip cookies with brown butter sometime. These look delicious!!

    7. Brown butter is a great way to ease back into reality. These look wonderful Kathryn!

    8. Jenny @ BAKE says:

      These cookies look delicious! I’m glad I didn’t go to the show now, I was considering it a while back!

    9. Oh wow, these look amazing! I love brown butter in anything, so i know i’d love these!

    10. Emine says:

      I hate to admit to this, but I might have to reserve the flavoured cake covering for one of those rainy does when you’re desperate for a homemade cornflake crispy cupcake type thing – I’ll shy away from blogging on that day!

    11. Monet says:

      Nothing like homemade cookies to beat any and every commercial offering. I wish we had a bit more rain right now, as an afternoon of storms and browned butter sounds lovely. Thank you for sharing!

    12. Catherine says:

      These cookies look delicious! I will have to save this recipe and try it soon. You have a beautiful site. Please do visit soon.

      Blessings, Catherine
      http://www.livingthegourmet.blogspot.com

    13. Texanerin says:

      That stinks that the show wasn’t that good. I looked at the link for the chocolate flavored cake covering. Yuck.

      I’ve only used brown butter a few times and loved it. Never in cookies, though. These look amazing and I love that they’re whole wheat. Shocking, I know. ;)

    14. Brown butter wins my heart every time!

    15. mzrichee says:

      These cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to try out your recipe.

    16. I’ve got to muster up enough courage and try browning butter. Its on every blog now. This looks decadent, Kathryn :)

    17. I never thought of adding coffee to chocolate chip cookies but I can understand that it’s a great idea!

    18. Erin says:

      Yum yum yum. Also, that sounds so depressing…to watch them take down the Olympics. :(

    19. I didn’t make it to the C&B Show in the end but having read the blogs I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it that much anyway! Much better to stay tucked up inside with a big plateful of these – they look amazing :-)

    20. Elizabeth says:

      Brown butter makes everything delicious!

    21. Erin Lian says:

      I have the Good Food show in November to look forward to but I know what you mean it is hard to welcome Autumn… at least there is cake! <3

    22. A few of these cookies and a glass of milk seems like the proper cure for anything!

    23. Curling up under a blanket and watching DVDs is the best way to pass up the day, especially when these awesome cookies are involved.

    24. These look and sound so good!

    25. Ilan says:

      I wish you enjoyed the show more! Those cookies are looking awesome!

    26. Kimberley says:

      I love this seasonal transition …. it’s getting me back to habits and rituals, too, but I appreciate that. I’m so deep in my bubble of whole foods that I forget, sometimes, about a world like the one you allude to at that show. Hurrah for simple, beautiful cookies.

    27. I for some reason have been craving chocolate chip cookies this week. Maybe it’s the officiality of fall with the cooler mornings and what not. At least fall naturally brings the goodness of brown butter and a warm oven and cookies. I’ll take it.

    28. Just came back for another look, these are on my list to bake tomorrow.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Elizabeth

    29. Hey, really nice to meet you at FBC and discover your cute blog like this. I really like your colour scheme and the feel of it, cool site!

    30. Kathryn,

      I have made these delicious cookies twice in the last week! They are fabulous! I am writing a post about them tomorrow!

      Thank you for creating the cookie from my childhood, they make me smile each time I eat one, which has been a lot lately.

      Have a great week, Elizabeth

    31. tschuppi says:

      aawwwwh these cookies look amazing, thanks for the recipe… and even if summer is gone it comes certainly next year again ;)

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