We met Joy the Baker!! Yep, it happened. She was in Seattle for a book signing for her new cookbook and Bette Jane and I went down to see her. She is as awesome, funny, and kind in person as she sounds when she writes on her blog. And she had the cutest outfit on. WANT.
Joy’s blog was one of the first ones I stumbled upon when I first was looking for recipes for things to bake for Mike’s care packages. Yes, making care packages is what got me started on baking. What attracted me to Joy’s blog were her witty posts and detailed and encouraging recipe directions. Also all the pretty colors and pictures on her page. This self-taught baker has taught me a lot. She walked me and Bette Jane through our first pie two summers ago. Being the rookies we were (are), it took us about 6 hours to make because we were so scared of ruining it. But it was totally delicious in the end.
She truly is great. I didn’t really realize it until I went to her book signing and learned about how she even got into the food business. See, she’s not a certified trained baker and she majored in English in college. She got her foot in the door just by going to interviews for baking positions and bringing a plate of brownies or cookies. Instead of having the interviewers see why she is qualified on paper, she showed them instead. Why the heck not?! And she said it worked like a charm. She wanted to do what she loves most, and she got there by just going for it.
Another thing Joy has taught me is to brown butter. This technique evaporates all the water out of butter and turns the fat solids into something wonderfully nutty. Seriously, it tastes nutty! And it smells fantastic. So in honor of Joy, I made her Brown Butter Chocolate Chip cookies, straight out of her new book! (Which I recommend you totally get. There are 100 recipes in there! Even a couple vegan ones in there, for you vegan followers.)
By the way. If you’ve been inspired by any blog, I wanna hear about it! Also, I apologize. I know Bette Jane has already posted a chocolate chip cookie recipe…
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Very slightly adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes
Makes ~30 cookies
- 2 sticks of butter (1 cup), softened
- 1 scant cup of white sugar
- 1 tsp of molasses
- 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 2 1/4 cups of flour (I accidentally added an extra 1/4 cup… it turned out okay)
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 ish cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts or pecans (optional)
- In a silver bottomed medium skillet, brown 1 stick of butter on medium heat. Basically, you melt the butter and swirl it around. You’ll hear some crackling–that’s the water leaving. When this stops and the butter starts to turn a chestnut-y brownish color, turn off the heat and remove the butter from the pan or else you’ll burn it! Let it cool.
- In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the other stick of butter and white sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 min. Then add in the vanilla and molasses until fully incorporated.
- Then added in the cooled brown butter and the brown sugar. Cream together until fluffy (2 min).
- Add in the egg +egg yolk and mix for another minute or so.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt, baking soda, and flour. Then add this into the stand mixer with the rest of the ingredients and mix on low until just combined (don’t over do it!).
- With a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips and nuts. Cover and let it rest in the fridge for 30 min while the oven preheats.
- Preheat the oven at 375 degrees, with the rack in the middle of the oven.
- Form small tablespoon sized balls of dough and bake them for 10-12 minutes. Mine started to brown at the top after 10 minutes so I took them out. They were perfectly chewy!