For the last three days, the Alabama weather service has been warning us that Snowmageddon 2015 would be happening today. They've been warning us for three days so as not to have a repeat of Snowmageddon 2104. Which, by the way, the experts got completely wrong....they predicted any hazardous precipitation would occur well south of Birmingham and, in turn, sent our ONE salt truck in that direction so when it hit Bham the city was caught with their pants down and the entire population of the city was caught on ice covered roads. It seems they're going to get it wrong this time, too.....however, in the "good" way. But, I get it. The lack of proper snow removal equipment coupled with the massive amount of sheer panic that inflicts every native southerner at the mere suggestion of a dusting of snow is a great reason to advise people stay off the roads. Especially for the safety of myself and my fellow Yankees who grew up in this shit and know better to slam on our brakes every three seconds.
So yesterday, the Governor pre-declared a "state of emergency". All the schools are shut down, businesses closed, revenue and income lost.....all for a little rain. Safety first!! I'm just going to say thank you, Gov. B, because my trip to the gym this morning was traffic free!
And since everything is closed today, I made cookies! Smack-your-grandma-damn-delicious cookies. These were inspired by the Coffee Energy Bites I posted a few weeks ago and some other recipe I was drooling over the other day that started with browned butter. Yeah. Memory isn't what it used to be. Whatever.
I fell in love with the crunch the ground coffee added to those bites and everyone knows that browned butter makes everything better, so I decided to incorporate those two things into my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Yup it's the one on the back of the Nestle's package. Don't hate. I get major requests for my chocolate chip cookies!
These are devine.....the coffee and chocolate are the Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss of cookies, BFF's, and the browned butter gives them such a deeply satisfying nutty flavor, it's impossible to stop eating them. So I took the rest of them to my trainer this morning. He loves me.
So, if you're one of the lucky ones with the day off work because of little rain, stay home and make these!
Here's the recipe:
Browned Butter and Coffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies
adapted from Nestle's Toll House
(I always double this recipe)
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks butter), browned
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup uncooked coarsely ground coffee beans
12 oz pkg chocolate chunks
In a medium bowl, whisk together four, baking soda and salt until combined. Set aside.
Pour browned butter into large bowl (or bowl of stand mixer) and let cool for about 15 minutes (you don't want to cook the eggs!). Add both sugars and mix thoroughly, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing for about 1 minute after each. Mix in vanilla.
Slowly add in flour mixture until all combined. Add in ground coffee beans and chocolate chunks.
Refrigerate the dough at least 4-6 hours. It needs time to "set-up" because of the melted butter. If you try to bake the cookies immediately they'll spread into one giant blog. Trust me on this!
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F.Line a sheet pan with silpat or parchment paper and scoop cookies onto pan. I use a medium ice cream scoop. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on size of cookies and your oven!