Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I finish class on Monday’s at 2 o’clock. I walk myself home and plop myself right down on the couch just in time to watch my three favorite shows on Food Network (Giada at Home, Barefoot Contessa, and Pioneer Women). It’s quite possibly my favorite part of the day.

Well, these cookies were a direct result of seeing Ree Drummond from Pioneer Women making them on the episode I watched. I thought to myself, “I have all the ingredients, I want a sweet treat, my friends love my baked goods…therefore, I’m making cookies.” And so it was decided. And since I’ve never used browned butter before, I was sold.

Now, I’ll write down the recipe here on my blog but honestly, The Pioneer Women has the recipe all nicely typed with pictures explaining detailing everything so clearly that I’ll just provide y’all with the link HERE.

But whatever recipe you refer to, these cookies are the bomb.com. Basically, they’re a simple update on the classic chocolate chip cookie and they are soooo chewy and melt-in-your-mouth. These babies rank up there as some of my favorite desserts (which is saying a lot).

IMG_6770 IMG_6768 IMG_6767_2Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 Sticks) Salted Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons (additional) All-purpose Flour (rounded Tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons (heaping) Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (or Chocolate Chunks)

The How To:

Melt a stick of butter over medium heat. Allow it to melt and then continue cooking it for 3 to 4 minutes, continually stirring with a spoon. The butter will bubble up and then turn a caramel/golden brown color. At this point, take it off the heat and transfer everything (even the brown solids at the bottom of the pan) to a heatproof bowl and allow it to cool COMPLETELY. For the other stick of butter, allow it to come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees*.

Cream the softened butter together with the brown sugar and regular sugar until it’s all fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and scrape the sides of the pan to make sure everything is all combined.

Now, pay attention. This next step is important: With the mixer on medium-low, very slowly drizzle in the cooled melted butter, making sure to add all the darker brown solids! MAKE SURE YOU POUR IT IN SLOWLY. Make sure everything is combined and then move to the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, coffee granules, baking soda and salt. Stir together and then add to the wet ingredients. Add in the chocolate chips. Taste the dough, let’s real, it’s the best part. Put the batter in the fridge for 15 minutes and then scoop out by the tablespoon. Then bake 9 minutes and oh my goodness, you’ve got yourself one heck of a cookie. I recomend serving it with some milk or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (maybe make an ice cream sandwich if you’re feeling extra naughty!).

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This or That: January

Shoe Party

Shoe Party

1. Sloths and sorority rush. 2 things I wouldn’t put together but my oh my, sorority rush as told by sloths is genius. And very accurate. 

2. I know that basically the whole world has these shoes in a number of colors but I’m still smitten with them. All black attacking is the way to go. 

3. How to chose the right bangs for you. From a person who has had bangs their entire life, I like this a lot. 

4. These are my signature cookies and if you make them, everyone will LOVE them. S’mores cookies, bam.

5. A little kid singing with Bruno Mars. Gets me every time! 

6. Went here for dinner the other day with my friend, Caroline. It’s the absolute best and I want to go back right now. Right. Now. 

7. Rain in the upcoming forecast here in Austin. Good thing I just got these babies (in military red) for Christmas! 

8. My recent go-to lunch spot in Dallas. I’m telling you, it’s delicious…go once and you’ll be hooked! 

9. Ummm, why am I just now finding out you can customize a pair of Ray-Bans? Have to protect my eyeballs…in style. 

10. Vogue’s 73 questions with Victoria Beckham. As if I couldn’t love her even more… 

Counter Cafe

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I went to lunch this afternoon at Counter Cafe. What I thought was going to be an average but tasty lunch proved to be so much more. I had heard/read tons of good things about Counter Cafe’s food but particularly, their hamburger. When I got it, all my expectations were blown away. Everyone, I kid you not this simple hamburger is one of my new top 5 favorite meals EVER. This medium-rare patty on a sourdough bun with cheddar cheese, bib lettuce, ketchup, bacon and jalapeños really made me the happiest girl on the planet. So simple yet so unbelievably delicious and juicy. The food gods were sure looking down on me today, that’s for sure.

Counter Cafe has weird hours (only open 7:30 am-4 pm!) so make sure you think about that when going! If you’re in Austin and haven’t been, get on over there! Their breakfast and everything else on the menu looks so good that you really couldn’t go wrong with anything. But as for me, I highly recommend the hamburger. I promise you’ll thank me.

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Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

The vote is in: Pantone’s Color of the Year is marsala. I’ll tell you right now I am not overwhelmed by excitement with this color but upon thinking about it more and more, I like it. Not love it (yet) but like it. I can see myself popping a bit of it into my wardrobe every now and then. Only time will tell!

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Be it a gown, a shoe, a nail polish, or a jacket, say hello to marsala!

Kazy’s Gourmet Sushi

My love affair with sushi started in high school when my best friend, Rachel, took me to go get Reikyu Sushi & Bar in Mockingbird Station here in Dallas. Ever since, I have absolutely loved it. When I came home for Christmas break, my dad and brother raved about this place called Kazy’s and said we just had to go. I didn’t know much about this place before going but when I arrived I was floored. Kazy’s Gourmet is one of my new favorite restaurants in Dallas.

It is more than just a restaurant, however. This is an unsuspecting place one drives by all the time in the side of the road but always ignores it, until now. Kazy’s is not only a Japanese market with a newly renovated area to eat, it is the wholesale provider for most Dallas area restaurants that serve sushi, sashimi, and all that jazz. So when you arrive, you are guaranteed to get the best of the best and it will, of course, be super fresh. Second best characteristic about Kazy’s: the prices. Everything is so cheap. You can get a wide variety of uniquely crafted rolls for $2 to $4 when the same rolls would be close to $12 in the restaurants. Bam. If that didn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Daddy, Davis, and I went for an afternoon lunch. We ordered a bit of everything to share and were so pleased when it all came out.

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If you’re in the Dallas area and want some delicious sushi, stop by Kazy’s (9256 Markville Dr. Dallas, TX 75243). Y’all, you won’t regret it!