Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thyme Infused Browned Butter are a fun and delicious twist on a classic cookie. Thick, chewy and craggy, these cookies will make everyone’s day! Keep reading to see what other drop cookies the Creative Cookie Exchange came up with this month!
Much like my Rosemary Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt, I am asking you to give these a try before rejecting the idea out of hand (yes Mom I am talking to you!). Dark chocolate works really well with a lot of herbs–and given how well it goes with mint, this really should not surprise us. It also just makes for a fun change; when you try these cookies, do not expect them to be better than traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies–but do expect them to be fantastic. The classic is pretty much the classic for a reason. But if you bake a lot, like I do, variety quickly becomes the spice of life. And these are fun and delicious.
A friend from collage was visiting for one evening recently with her family–we had not seen each other since before my kids were born! (See when I moved to Pittsburgh, suddenly I became geographically convenient to visit.) I made Bun Bo Shao–and frankly should have taken the time to update my photos and recipe, but I was too busy updating myself with how my friend was doing. Anyhoo, for dessert I made these Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thyme Infused Browned Butter, and people, they were a hit. I had kids in there begging for seconds and even thirds (we moms drew the line after seconds). So if you are worried the thyme is too jarring, worry no longer. The only person to reject these was my brother–whom I told about the thyme before giving him a cookie. I will let you draw your own conclusion there!
- 1 cup (126 g) AP flour
- 3/4 cup (96 g) white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1 t salt
- 14 T (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter
- 4-6 sprigs (less for longer more for shorter) of thyme
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 t vanilla
- 1 T molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
- coarse or flaky sea salt for sprinkling
Whisk together flours, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan or skillet. Add the thyme and brown the butter while whisking constantly. When it is a deep reddish brown--but not at all burned--and fragrant with a nutty caramel scent, pour the butter into a large mixing bowl through a fine mesh sieve.
Whisk the sugars into the melted butter. Whisk briskly until they incorporate nicely--i.e., there are no pools of butter on the surface when you stop. This could take 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in the egg and egg yolk, one at a time. Whisk in the vanilla and molasses.
Switch to a rubber spatula, and slowly stir in the flour mixture. When it is nearly, but not quite, mixed in, add the chocolate chips, and continue to stir and fold until it is completely incorporated together.
Cover the dough with something airtight and refrigerate at least overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Using a cookie dough scoop or an ice cream scoop of medium size, scoop the cookies onto the prepared tray, 6 per sheet. I was aiming for 2 heaping tablespoons of dough per cookie. Sprinkle the cookies with coarse or flaky sea salt and bake until golden brown but still a little soft, about 11-13 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cookies individually to a cooling rack.
We are kicking it old school this September with Drop Cookies! Keep reading to see what craggy and chewy masterpieces everyone came up with…
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Banana Walnut Cookies by Upstate Ramblings
- Brown Sugar Bacon Cookies by Food Lust People Love
- Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thyme Infused Browned Butter by The Spiced Life
- Chocolate-Toffee Crinkle Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Morning Glory Breakfast Cookies by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Old Fashioned Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies by Oven Delights
- Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies by 2 Cookin Mamas
- Peanut Butter Graham Cookies (with Tallow!) by What Smells so Good?
- Pumpkin Spice Mocha Crinkle Cookies by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Reese’s Pieces Cookies by A Baker’s House
- Salted Caramel Nutella Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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