Chocolate Chips

Simply Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sometimes a simple chocolate chip cookie is all I need to make everything right in the world again. There is something so warm and inviting about fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies. I love the taste, the chew, and how intoxicating my home smells when I make cookies. Every step of the baking process (including the eating part!) is completely comforting to me, like being wrapped in a warm blanket fresh from the dryer. I will make these cookies, specifically this recipe, until the day I die.

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The thing I’ve learned through baking batch after batch of cookies, is that every cookie spawns from the same basis recipe. If you mix sugar, butter, flour, leaveners (etc.) you end up with some type of cookie. Some recipes I’ve tried result in puffy cookies, others are crispy, and some are just plain… well, plain.

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Personally I love a chewier, golden cookie and I’ve found the perfect ingredient to make that happen every.single.time – melted, brown butter. I’ve had the best luck achieving this by using melted butter and if you let the butter brown, your cookies will taste as if you added caramel to them. Sooooooo yummy! I think this cookie recipe is pretty darn perfect but I’m always open to other learning differen baking tips. Share some of your own cookie tips in the comments below!

Simply Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simply Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12-ounces good-quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • Flaky sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a light-colored saucepan over the lowest heat possible. Swirl the pan occasionally to ensure the butter is cooking evenly. The butter should begin to foam. The butter will progress from a light yellow-brown color to golden-tan then a dark, deep nutty brown. When you smell a nutty aroma, your butter is browned. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a whisk. Set aside. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl and whisk in the sugars until all lumps are gone. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until just combined. Stir in the vanilla. Use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to stir in the dry ingredients until barely blended (do not over mix or you will have tough cookies!) Gently stir in the chocolate chunks.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for 5 minutes and then roll into 1 heaping tablespoon rounded discs and gently press each cookie into a bit of flaky sea salt (or you can lightly sprinkle sea salt on top and press the salt into the dough). You wont need much salt to make an impact. Arrange on the prepared pans leaving 3 inches between each cookie. Bake until the tops are cracked and lightly golden, 10-12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes, the move to a wire rack to cool completely.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/simply-delicious-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Recipe adapted from Seven Spoons and Cook’s Illustrated.

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Oatmeal Caramel Bars

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Hello friends!  It’s been too long.  Now that spring has arrived in full swing here, I have been a busy bee.  It’s like everyone has woken up from winter’s slumber.  Loads of visitors, grill outs, parties… it’s almost as if summer has already arrived.  I love this time of year!

Okay, back to these absolutely delectable bars.  I don’t even know where to begin with these!  They are ooey, gooey, chocolatey and chewy.  They are sweet with caramel and hearty with bits of oats.  These are completely addicting and dangerous.  You’ve been warned.

The process is relatively simple.  You create a layer of cookie/bar, par bake it, add a layer of gooey caramel then finish it with the second layer.  Bake, cut, and devour.  The second step is optional… you could just bake and devour but I try to have a bit of civility when it comes to these things.  Only when people are looking of course.

Oatmeal Caramel Bars

Ingredients

  • 32 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking pan lined with foil or parchment paper. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together the caramels and heavy cream, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the melted butter until well blended. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of pan. Reserve the rest.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Pour the caramel mixture over the top and then crumble the remaining crust mixture over everything. Use your hands to gently pat everything down.
  4. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is lightly toasted. Cool then cut into squares.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/oatmeal-caramel-bars/

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