Clarified Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Chocolate chip cookies with soft centers and crisp edges.
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.8 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rumford baking powder**
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup clarified butter or 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2.7 oz (1/3 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups extra dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Have ready a couple of ungreased cookie sheets.
  2. In a bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  3. In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the clarified butter (or shortening and regular butter until creamy. Add both sugars and continue beat just until blended. Add egg and vanilla and beat just until blended. By hand, stir in the flour mixture. When blended, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts (if using).
  4. Scoop up measuring tablespoons of dough and arrange on the baking sheets spacing about 2 ½ inches apart. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 10-14 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
**I've become really loyal to Rumford brand. It doesn't have the same metallic aftertaste as some of the others.

About the clarified butter, I'm not an expert and recommend you read a tutorial if you've never done it. For this recipe, you’ll need to start with a stick (1/2 cup 4 ounces) of unsalted butter to make 1/3 cup (2.3 ounces) clarified. Melt the butter over medium heat until it milk solids come to the top. Reduce heat. Being careful not to let the butter brown, skim the white foam off the top with a spoon. Pour the clear butter into a bowl and let it cool completely. If you’ve accidentally browned it you can pour it through a sieve or let it drip through a coffee filter (or cheesecloth if you have one) to trap the brown particles.
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