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. 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
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- 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
- In a seperate bowl mix the plain flour, coffee, baking powder and salt. Set aside
- 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
- 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
- On a large baking tray lined with parchment, drop well-spaced heaped tablespoons of the mix. You may have to do this in batches
- 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