Recipe Review: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Handle the Heat

Original recipe here!

I’m a huge fan of recipes from Handle the Heat, and so last week I finally took the plunge and bought her cookbook. Why not give a little monetary support, right? I also was really interested in the promised science of cookie-making, and figured this would be an excellent book. The actual cookie recipes are a little basic (especially since I already have a Daily Cookie 365 Recipe cookbook), but I really enjoyed the cookie science portion!

And, of course, I decided to try the brown butter chocolate chip cookie recipe from the book to take to Easter lunch!

What I Changed: I, unfortunately, let my dark brown sugar get hard as a rock and I didn’t have enough time to soften it up, so I used 60 grams of dark brown sugar and the rest with light brown sugar. (Number one kitchen tip: get a digital scale! I feel like my baking has evolved to be so much better since I started baking with one!)

I also threw like, a mishmash of 5 different types of chocolate chips into this cookie recipe, because it was the literal dregs of chocolate chips at the bottom of my chocolate chip canister. (I buy whatever type is on sale, usually, so I had everything from chunks to wafers to mini chips in this canister!) I don’t think this actually made a difference, but it might to some people.

What I Would Change: I would most likely splurge on more uniform chocolate chips! My family raved about how good they tasted, but I’d love a more even ratio of chocolate wafers to chocolate chips in the cookies. Plus, I read in the book that chocolate chips don’t get as melty as other types of chocolate because of the preservatives used to keep them in the chip shape. I’ve got a lot of experimenting to do!

Does It Keep?: We ate almost all of them the day after I made them (I made them Saturday night for Sunday lunch), and they were all gone by Tuesday afternoon. The ones that were leftover kept very well, and tasted no different! They are a little chewier when they’re room temperature/cold, but I like cookies like that! Haven’t tried warming them up, but I can only imagine how good that would be!

Final Thoughts: A WORD OF WARNING: I let the cookie dough sit in the fridge for 24 hours, then let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes as the oven came to room temperature. I followed the recipe to the exact letter (with the exception of the dark brown sugar, as mentioned above), and the cookie dough was harder than concrete when I tried scooping it. I got literal welts on my hands trying to use my cookie scoop and BRUISED MY LEFT WRIST trying to get the cookie dough out! I had the bowl on the floor pinned between my knees in order to get leverage. It took me over 15 minutes to scoop 30 cookies. I have never, not once in my life, encountered cookie dough like this before. I even let it sit for a little longer and came back to it, but no matter how long I sat, it was like glue in the bottom of the bowl! My husband heard me cussing and came out to see what was going on, and even he couldn’t scoop the dough! IF YOU TRY THIS RECIPE, YOU MIGHT BE SCOOPING CONCRETE.

As a result of this, I was terrified that the cookies were going to turn out terrible. Imagine my absolute shock when they were not only edible, but they were some of the best cookies I’ve made. (I’ve tried a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes lately, for…reasons.) My mom said they were probably the best ones she’s ever had. I just can’t figure out why the dough came out so badly!

All that said, would I make it again? Most likely not. I’m giving this recipe 4/5 stars, because while the cookies were amazing, I don’t want to fight with the cookie dough again. There are so many other chocolate chip cookie recipes out there for me to try, and if this ends up being the best one I’ll come back, but I’m hoping it won’t. I bruised my wrist trying to get the dough out of the bowl! I’ve never hurt myself while baking before!

What is your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe? Have you ever had a cookie disaster? Let me know in the comments!

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