Does anyone else celebrate half birthdays? Because when Ellie was going around telling everyone it was her half birthday the other day, the majority of the people she told looked at me like I was a little bit crazy.
Is it just us moms that will look for any excuse to bake something?
I’ve been wanting to try something with browned butter and one of the most logical (to me) choices seems to be chocolate chip cookies. After all, they are butter based anyway and it just makes sense that the slightly nutty flavor of browned butter would compliment the brown sugary sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie. So, while the kids were eating breakfast, I melted a stick of butter in a small sauce pan, whisking it constantly until it darkened in color and started smelling really good. Then I poured it into a ramekin and stuck it back into the fridge and went about my morning.
Later that day, I took the browned butter back out of the fridge with every intention of making cookies, but then I had to go and complicate things.
I made the cookie dough as I would usually, but I substituted Ener G Egg Replacer Powder for the egg, which is what I do when I intend to eat the dough raw. Then I rolled the dough into teeny tiny teaspoon sized balls, ate a whole bunch of them, and froze the rest. While they were freezing, I made a chocolate pound cake. No big deal. I used this recipe from Baker’s Royale. When the cake was completely cool, and the cookie dough was frozen, I sliced the chocolate cake into slices and used a small square cookie cutter to cut squares from each slice. Then I used a really small square to cut really small squares from the center of the small squares and I stuffed a ball of cookie dough into each really small square. Then I froze the whole mess over night.
The next morning, I made ANOTHER pound cake- this time using the vanilla cake version, also from Bakers Royale. I chose these recipes because they are basically the same, therefore I knew the consistencies would work together. (Also, I halved both recipes since I only needed one cakes worth.)
After mixing the dough, I poured half into my prepared pan, then tightly packed the cookie dough stuffed squares in a row down the center (not pictured are the extra balls of dough that I placed randomly along the sides). Then I poured the rest of the batter on top and baked it all.
Then I told my daughter that I baked her a half birthday cake.
After a small argument about whether or not presents are appropriate for a half birthday (they are not), we sliced up that cake.
And we ate it.
It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. Especially the next day when the flavors had a chance to sit and blend a little. I wouldn’t skip the step of browning the butter, the cake is so rich that it helps to prevent the flavor of the cookie dough from becoming lost in the rest of the cake. Also, don’t skip the freezing steps. That prevents the cookie dough from baking completely and keeps the chocolate cake from drying out.
Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Adapted from The New Basics Cookbook)
- 1 stick of butter , melted, browned, and rechilled, then softened
- 1/2 stick of butter softened
- 6 Tbsp light brown sugar
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Ener G Egg egg replacer powder dissolved in 2 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
- 1/2-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
(The original recipe calls for baking soda which I used when I made this, but I would have left it out if I had known from the beginning that I wasn’t going to make cookies from the dough.)
- Cream together the two butters and the two sugars.
- Add Ener G Egg and vanilla, mix until smooth.
- Add salt and flour. Mix until incorporated.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
This evolved into a half-birthday cake when I was going to cut the chocolate cake into hearts but couldn’t get a clean cut and still have room for the cookie dough. It was supposed to be a Valentines cake. Shhhhh. Please don’t tell Ellie.
Speaking of Ellie. She wants to blog. I guess she wants to be like her mommy (or see what the big deal is?) So, occasionally, I am going to let her pick out a recipe from one of her cook books. We’ll make it together. Then she will photograph (with my help) and write about it (all on her own). We may try our first post this weekend. Please be nice. She’s six… and a half.
I’ll be linking this post to Simply Sweets by Honeybee Simply Sweet Saturdays.