One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the baking and treats that come along with it. I absolutely love to bake! Cookies, pies, cake, bread, you name it, I'm finding a way to incorporate it into my Christmas tradition. Of all these treats, the type I seem to bake the most around this time of year is cookies. Of course we're making cookies for Santa, but before we even round the corner of December 1st, my husband begins to get an itching for classic chocolate chip cookies. I've made a ton of chocolate chip cookie recipes in the past, and they all have been good in their own right. However, I don't think I've EVER, and I do mean EVER, had a chocolate chip cookie as good as Stove Top Kisses' Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie. It is big, flavorful, chocolatey, soft, gooey, delicious, and worth every second spent making it. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
I found this cookie recipe while browsing on YouTube. When I found this video, I was a new viewer of Stove Top Kisses but let me tell you that now, I am a faithful subscriber. She is a Southern Belle from my neck of the woods and she is cooking and conversing in a language that speaks to my soul. She is funny yall!!! I'm serious. I laughed and laughed at her colloquialisms and southern dialect. I felt right at home listening to her voice-over of the video. She sucked me in and I knew immediately that I had to try this cookie recipe. The addition of brown butter makes this cookie recipe different from others and "sopped-up" as she says (delicious). She provides very simple to follow instructions and with her lead, I was able to add some additions of my own. Below is a list of ingredients plus a brief description of the process I followed.
2 sticks butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt or table salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoon cornstarch
2 cups all purpose flour plus two tablespoons
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips ( plus more for topping )
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts ( plus more for topping )
Following her video (linked and embedded below), I first browned my butter until it took on a caramel color and nutty aroma. Next, I combined the sugars, eggs, extracts, and cooled brown butter. Next, I dumped in all of my dry ingredients including the chocolate chips but omitting the pecans. After combining by hand to avoid overmixing, I separated the dough into three parts. In one bowl, I kept the dough as is. This bowl went on to yield six plain chocolate chip cookies. In the second bowl, I added about a 1/3 cup of chopped pecans. This bowl yielded six chocolate chip pecan cookies. In the third and final bowl, I added 1/4 cup of chopped pecans and 1/4 cup of sweetened shredded coconut. Again, this bowl yielded six cookies as well. Other than the additions, I added a splash of butter extract to the batter for added flavor.
This recipe was so easy to follow and took minutes to put together. After allowing the dough to rest in the refrigerator for an hour, I scooped and froze a portion for later baking. I hope you all try this recipe out and head over to YouTube and subscribe to Stove Top Kisses if you like good Southern cooking. She is hilarious and I look forward to trying out more of her recipes. This cookie recipe is definitely being added to our December baking menu. What cookies or treats do you make every year? And if you're not a baker, what store-bought treats can you not go without?