Joy’s Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


I know what moms like.

It’s not difficult.  Moms like some peace and quiet.  Moms like it when you pick up after yourself.  They like when you call them just because.  They like when you have a good and stable job (I’m told).


In my mind, moms like planting perennials and picking up the sticks that fall off the trees in the front yard.  They like cleaning out the attic and doing back exercises on the living room floor, also cozy nightgowns and eggs benedict.  Moms like nudging and puttering, in general.  Or maybe that’s just my mother?


It’s a fact that all moms like warm chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven and laced with brown butter and dark chocolate.  Especially when they didn’t have to make them.

This is Joy The Baker’s recipe.  Girl knows her cookies.  These have crisp outer cookie shells and soft, gooey insides.  They’re rich in flavor and comfort and love.  Like moms.  Let’s connect the dots this Sunday!  If nothing else, your mom deserves a cookie.


Joy’s Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe from from Joy The Baker


  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • coarse sea salt, to sprinkle on top


Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Place half the butter (8 tablespoons) in a medium skillet. Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling it in the pan occasionally. It’ll foam and froth as it cooks, and start to crackle and pop. Once the crackling stops, keep a close eye on the melted butter, continuing to swirl the pan often. The butter will start to smell nutty, and brown bits will form in the bottom. Once the bits are amber brown (about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or so after the sizzling stops), remove the butter from the burner and immediately pour it into a small bowl, bits and all. This will stop the butter from cooking and burning.  Allow it to cool for 20 minutes.

Beat the remaining 1/2 cup butter with the brown sugar for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth.

Beat in the vanilla extract and molasses.

Pour the cooled brown butter into the bowl, along with the granulated sugar. Beat for 2 minutes, until smooth; the mixture will lighten in color and become fluffy.

Add the egg and egg yolk, and beat for one minute more.

Add the flour, salt, and baking soda, beating on low speed just until everything is incorporated.

Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips and pecans and finish incorporating all of the dry flour bits into the dough.

Scoop the dough onto a piece of parchment paper, waxed paper, or plastic wrap. Flatten it slightly into a thick disk, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. About 15 minutes before you’re ready to begin baking, place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat your oven to 350°F.

Scoop the dough in 2 tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave about 2″ between the cookies; they’ll spread as they bake.

Sprinkle the cookies with sea salt, to taste — as much or as little as you like.

Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and allow them to rest on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before moving them.

Serve warm; or cool completely, and store airtight at room temperature for several days. For longer storage, wrap well and freeze.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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