Brown butter mocha cookies

A few weeks ago at work, we had a bake-off.

Something about being a food blogger, which I’m sure Ashley will attest to, is the weird pressure when it comes to food. I have friends round for dinner at least once a month, and the PRESSURE to make something new and delicious each time is dizzying. I can’t just nip to Tesco and buy some sandwiches for a group picnic, I need to make scones and homemade jam. And when I’ve been at a new job, where they all know about my food blog, for a month and they have a bake off, I need to do something special.

This is the something special I made.

Brown butter mocha cookies

Brown butter mocha cookies. So that’s coffee and chocolate flavoured cookies with a brown butter base. Brown butter, if you’ve never had it before, is basically butter that you cook in a pan before adding it to the cookie mix. It’s got a taste that I can only describe as nutty – but whereas I do not like nuts, I LOVE brown butter. It also helps make the cookies gooey and delicious whilst still keeping nice and firm on the outside. Win-win. Despite having the reputation of being difficult, brown butter is pretty easy to make. I’ll do a video tutorial in a few weeks, but for now I recommend you just go for it.

And then on top of that delicious, complex brown butter you have chunks of milk chocolate and delicious coffee. One of my favourite combinations. I didn’t win the bake-off (someone else made Dhokla) but I DID get a new and amazing cookie recipe. I think this might even be one of my favourites.

To make about 24 cookies, you will need:

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 220g dark brown sugar
  • 290g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 200g of milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Whisk constantly until it turns a golden brown with little brown flecks. Pour into a mixing bowl to cool
  3. In a seperate bowl mix the plain flour, coffee, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  4. Add the sugar to the butter and, using an electric whisk, beat for five minutes. Add the egg and the yolk and the vanilla. Beat briefly until combined
  5. Using the mix on its lowest speed add the dry ingredients a little at a time until fully combines. Add the chocolate chips and stir
  6. On a large baking tray lined with parchment, drop well-spaced heaped tablespoons of the mix. You may have to do this in batches
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the edges are just starting to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven, leave to sit for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

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