"Browned butter cookies, as you can imagine, are one of the most miraculous uses of browned butter there is" (Ree Drummond)
1 cup salted butter
1 cup, packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups + 2 tablespoons plain flour
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M's (optional)
1. Add 1/2 cup of butter to a heavy based frying pan over medium heat. Allow it to melt and bubble up for 3-4 minutes, swirling the pan to keep the butter moving around. When the butter is a medium golden brown remove the pan from the heat and pour the butter and any solids from the bottom of the pan into a heatproof bowl and set aside to cool.
2. Preheat the oven to 180C or the equivalent and line baking trays with baking parchment.
3. Cream the softened butter together with the brown sugar until combined and slightly paler in colour. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth, scraping the bowl if necessary to make sure everything is incorporated. I use my freestanding mixer for this, but it could easily be done by hand.
4. With the mixer on a medium-low speed, slowly drizzle in the cooled melted butter, making sure to add all the darker brown solids. Scrape the bowl the mix again for 20-30 seconds, until everything is combined.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, coffee granules, baking powder and salt. Stir together, then add it in 1/3 increments, mixing on low, until it's totally incorporated. Scrape the bowl and beat for a few more seconds. Stir in the chocolate chips & M&M's.
6. In batches, scoop the dough onto your lined baking trays (I use a small ice cream scoop which I dip in water first to prevent sticking). Press 2 to 3 additional M&M's on top if desired. Refrigerate scooped dough for 10 minutes
7. Pop the trays of cookie dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes then bake for around 10 minutes or until golden and just firm. Allow them to cool slightly on the tray before transferring to a cooling rack.
8. Serve the cookies with a big glass of cold milk for the ultimate US of A style treat!