I have a major personality flaw. Well, I have more than one but we won’t get into the others today. The one I’m talking about right now is my inability to let things alone. I am that person who when being sarcastic, always has to say that one last sentence that gets people wanting to look for cement shoes for me. I’m that person that when a joke goes flat, will be standing there saying “no, no, let me explain it to you! It’s funny! Really, it is!”. I’m also that person who, once I’ve made a recipe, then has to make it about 463 times more in different variations just because I love to play around with recipes and put my own stamp on it. I guess that’s one reason I’m a food blogger, huh?. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it’s a case of I should have left well enough alone.
Today it was a definite case of “it works”. Oh…my…gosh…did it work. Now, contrary to what one would think, I’m not a huge cookie person. I prefer my sweets to be floating in a puddle of cream and maybe even have fruit in them. I know, I know, I just shocked a bunch of you. I LOVE sweets, don’t get me wrong but creaminess (aka fat lol) and fruit put together tend to do it for me more than cookies. But there are times I like something a little homey, a little old fashioned, a little…well…cookieish.Â So yesterday, on my Facebook Page, I mentioned that I was making These cookies. Well, I never got to them yesterday and this is a good thing because overnight, I got the inspiration to try to make them a bit different. My husband, who is my favorite person ever, was my inspiration. He LOVES German Chocolate Cake and I make it (or buy it) for him every year on his birthday. So I decided to make these Browned Butter cookies in a way that mimics the flavors in his favorite cake. And since I love the chocolate/coconut flavor combo myself, I am kind of in love with these cookies myself. The dough alone was fantastic lol. I kept snagging bits of it from the bowl. The nutty taste of the browned butter, the chocolate, the crispy toasted coconut, the caramel… oh my *drools*
You know the drill…
Browned Butter German Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned to a golden brown color & cooled
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 12 ounce bag semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I actually used more like 3 cups because I had a partial bag opened that I wanted to use up so extra wouldn’t go amiss 🙂 )
- 1 1/4 cup sweetened coconut, toasted, 1/4 cup set aside
- 25 Kraft Caramels,
- 1/4 cup heavy cream or half & half
- To brown the butter, in a medium saucepan, over medium heat melt the butter. Let cook,stirring frequently, until it turns a golden brown color. This can take anywhere from five to ten minutes. It will sputter and spit a lot at first then that will stop. Do NOT walk away from this as it can go from yellowish butter to burnt garbage very quickly.
- Pour the browned butter into a large bowl and let cool.
- When cool, pour both kinds of sugar into the bowl with the butter. Beat until well mixed.
- Add in the egg and egg yolk, then pour in the vanilla, coconut flavoring and the cream. Beat on low speed until well mixed.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and at slow speed (unless you want to be covered in flying flour), mix until you have a cohesive cookie dough.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and one cup of the toasted coconut.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.. Spray the cookie sheet with baking spray before lining it if using the parchment paper.
- Scoop the cookies up and place about 2 inches apart on the lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 until golden brown on the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes.
- Let cool for a minute on the sheet then transfer over to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- When the cookies are cool, make the caramel drizzle.Â Unwrap your caramels and put them into a bowl. A cereal sized bowl is sufficient. Pour the cream over the top. Then microwave at 70% power for 30 second intervals until the caramel is melted and bubbly. Stir well to mix. Be careful… there is nothing as fun as scraping out a bowl of hardened burnt caramel because you didn’t watch carefully. Please don’t ask how I know this.
- Drizzle each cookie with some of the caramel and while it’s still gooey, sprinkle some of the reserved toasted coconut over each one.
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Dear browned butter,
I love you and you make everything better.
Did you know that if you put the words Browned Butter in the search box in Pinterest, you could be in browned butter heaven quite easily? You gotta try it! 😀
These look soooo good! I love special little cookies like this. When the batter is good enough to eat, you know it’s a win 😉