It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. I know this because Pinterest is full of cute ideas for gifts, but also because I am a teacher myself. I have been getting emails every day this week from counselors and administrators thanking me for my work. Every ping in my inbox has been like a whisper in my ear: “You haven’t done anything for the boys’ teachers yet. You still haven’t done anything for the boys’ teachers?” So I finally got around to it on Thursday. Nothing like the last minute.
|browned butter with little bits of deliciousness|
I won’t do a step-by-step since Joy does a better job of that than I could on her website. This was my first time making browned butter for a recipe. I have to admit, it’s a bit nerve-wracking. The butter is burning! At one point, some butter popped out and smoked on the burner and Corbie asked, ‘Is this a fire danger, Mom?’ I kept thinking of an old episode of Friends where Rachel has been given the task of making dessert for Thanksgiving dinner (Rachel: ‘How do you know when the butter’s ready?’ Monica: ‘About two minutes before it looks like that.’) Worries aside, it worked out and does add a unique flavor to the cookies.
|obligatory picture of the helper with the chilled dough|
After browning and cooling the butter, you mix the dough up and then chill it for half an hour. One of the many things my son has learned this year at school is that one should not eat raw eggs. So whatever you do, do not eat this dough raw. Or, you know, hide from the eyes of your judgey five-year-old and sneak some while you’re pretending to wash dishes at the sink. Whatever.
After baking and cooling the cookies, I packed up a dozen for each teacher with a little tag. These are pretty much everything you could ask of a chocolate chip cookie: they’re substantial, crunchy and yet chewy, with a sweet/savory flavor that I loved. That said, they’re definitely more labor and time-intensive than your typical chocolate chip cookie recipe. The butter has to be browned, and then cooled. Then the dough has to be chilled before baking. Are they worth it? I won’t be making these for a random late night craving, but for someone you really love (or appreciate)? Worth it.