Brown Butter Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Brown Butter Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies (sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt no less) are the cat’s meow. The bomb dignity. The goods. The best damn cookies I’ve ever made.
I wish cereal was a complete meal.
I wish my kids would stop growing up so darn quick.
I hate that I burn so easily.
I wish that I made more time to do nothing.
I really, really love chocolate chip cookies.
Cold cereal is my kryptonite. It’s my comfort food and was totally my pregnancy jam. I haven’t had a box of Raisin Bran in ages and after buying a box last month, it’s been my lunch and/or dinner more than I’d care to admit the past few weeks. It’s just so darn good. With cold, whole milk…seriously my favorite. I just wish I wasn’t hungry like an hour later. And I could do without the sugar rush. Oh well. Like I said, it’s so darn good.
My boys and I played outside in the yard most of yesterday and I couldn’t help but notice how quickly they’re growing. It’s crazy that I see them every day and yet I don’t always see them, you know? It was like being hit with a stick. I was struck at not only how they’re growing physically but the way they interact with one another and they’re observations of the world around them. It was so so grown up. Of course I’m so proud of them and I know growing up is part of the plan but I couldn’t help but get a little melancholy. I would stop time if I could. It’s going so fast.
Because we played outside most of the afternoon, my cheeks and arms got a little red. It’s just not fair. I had sunblock on and everything. As much as I wish I would tan, it’s never going to happen. I go from white to pink to red. I’m really good about wearing sunblock (though I wasn’t as a kid) but I still fantasize about getting a real tan. #it’snevergoingtohappen
Do you ever feel like you’re on a hamster wheel? Running in circles but not really going anywhere? Yeah, me too. And it finally caught up with me. I had to make a conscious effort to plan nothing this week. It sounds weird but it’s the only way I can slow down. I’ve had so much on my plate the last few months, they’ve flown by in a whirlwind and I’m left feeling like half myself. I purposefully said no to a handful of engagements this week so I could do nothing. I might even be that mom who drops her kids off at school in pj’s and no bra. Forget about a shower.
Brown Butter Espresso Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Yield: 36 cookies 1x
Brown butter and espresso powder cookie dough studded with dark chocolate chunks. The ultimate sophisticated chocolate chip cookie!
- 16 tablespoons (1 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + more for sprinkling
- 4 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 3 Hershey’s Special Dark bars)
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to foam and turn brown on the bottom of the saucepan. Stir the butter to prevent burning and remove from heat and soon as the butter gives off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a bowl to prevent burning. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, espresso powder and salt; set aside.
- With an electric mixer, mix the cooled butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and yogurt until thoroughly combined. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat on low-speed just until combined. Stir in the chopped chocolate.
- At this point you can refrigerate the dough for an hour or so as it makes the cookies spread less but honestly, you don’t have to. I’ve done it both ways with great success!
- Drop dough by the heaping tablespoon onto a lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with a bit of seat salt if desired.
- Bake the cookies 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Cool the cookies on the sheets for 3-5 minutes. Remove the cookies from the baking sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- These cookies freeze beautifully or can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
This recipe was adjusted for my high altitude kitchen. If you don’t need to adjust, increase baking soda to 1 1/2 teaspoons, decrease vanilla extract to 2 teaspoons and increase brown sugar to 1 1/2 cups.
They look awesome! As well, anything with espresso is a plus in my book! Thanks!
I love the depth the espresso powder adds to the cookies!
I agree! Cookies make everything better! Can’t wait to try these!
Cookie cure all!
Wait…cereal isn’t a complete meal?
Time is flying by! I say we slow down what we can and savor time and these cookies!
Wish we could meet at the park and have a cup of joe and catch up! Miss you!
These sound FABULOUS! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite!
My favorite too. Perfect with a cup of afternoon tea!
These cookies look delicious! like the espresso powder addition, very nice!
It gives the cookies so much flavor and paired with the dark chocolate… amazing!
These are pretty much my cat’s meow as well. Since they have espresso in them can we call them breakfast cookies?
Anddd cereal will forever be my kryptonite.
Add these cookies to a bowl of cereal and we’ll call it breakfast!
Oh, these cookies! Everything from the brown butter to the chocolate chunks to the espresso powder to the sea salt is calling my name. I’m on day 1 of a 3-day juice cleanse right now (ugh), but I’m going to make these as a treat after I’m finished!
Good luck on the cleanse! I just finished up a 21 day one!!
Even when the kids are grown they will always come home for chocolate chip cookies. These sound fabulous!
Good to know because I can’t imagine them ever leaving!
Sounds these on social media today and I had to come tell you how amazing they look!! And I’m sure they tasted even better! On another note – I too an a cereal addict. I try not to eat processed foods but cereal is one that’s hard for me to cut. And I guarantee that I burn more than you do!
I’m with you! Cereal is my achilles heel when it comes to processed foods!
These cookies look even better than they sound, Kelley!! There are few things better in life than a great chocolate chip cookies….especially when the involve brown butter, espresso and sea salt 🙂
It’s the ultimate trifecta!!
Omfg these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had and trust me when I say I have tried many recipes!!!!
I took my butter pretty far because I love brown butter and I threw in a small handful of white chocolate chips in addition addition the 150g of chocolate chips just because. Mine took almost double the time to cook (not sure why) but they turned out exceptional. the coffee flavour was just a hint but my God it really added another level! 10/10 will definitely make again!!!