Better Than The Ultimate Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever



Hey world! Happy 2018! Though I'm not one to make resolutions, I do enjoy the excuse for a good thorough housecleaning and organizational purge. This includes cleaning up and re-organizing the accumulated stuff on my laptop, especially  the endless list that is my bookmarks file. I have been bookmarking my favorites long before the Pinterest era.

Each time that I've discovered a good cookie recipe for instance, I've bookmarked it, and for my own reference, I  usually name it something that will help me easily access it. My bookmark list includes:

BEST CHOCO CHIP RECIPE
OMG BEST CHOCO CHIP COOKIE RECIPE EVAAAR
BESTEST CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
THE BEST COOKIES EVER
ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
BEST CHEWY COOKIES
GOOEY DELICIOUS BEST EVER COOKIES
BEST COOKIES IN THE WORLD
... and so on.



I've noticed that there are a LOT of recipes on my list entitled BEST EVER. The thing is, every time I make something that is better than the last, it really does become the best ever. Then came a few weeks ago, when my husband forwarded me a recipe for "brown butter chocolate chip cookies with toffee bits and chocolate chunks." I knew immediately that I needed to try it. I wrote the recipe down with a few tweaks after the first test. Surprisingly, I did not name this recipe "Best Cookies Ever," because that would be a lie. They are BETTER than the BEST EVER! Since the Internet definitely needs ANOTHER recipe for chocolate chip cookies, after many requests, I've decided to share my secret with you today.

These crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, melt-in-your-mouth delicious cookies are definitely hard to beat.



Better than the Best
Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies
recipe adapted from Bon Apétit Magazine

1 cup salted butter
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate wafers, roughly chopped if large (also known as discs or pistoles)
1/2 cup chopped Skor bar or Heath bar or toffee bits (optional)
Flaky sea salt

In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking until butter begins to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to get all of those delicious brown bits. Allow to cool about one hour, until it begins to solidify. To speed up the cooling process, if you live in the current polar vortex that is Canada, cover the bowl and place outside for about 25 mins. (A freezer works equally well.)

Preheat oven to 375F. 

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream cooled butter with sugars until combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, chocolate & toffee bits (if using). Paddle just until incorporated. 

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
Use a small ice cream scoop to place cookie dough balls onto paper. Do NOT press down.
Leave at least an inch in between each cookie, as they will spread significantly!
Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt. 

Bake at 375F for about 9 minutes.
You'll notice each batch may take a little less time as your oven runs hot, so keep an eye out!

Allow to cool completely before enjoying.   

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