Brown Butter Cookies with Brookside Chocolate plus a Chocolate Tasting Kit

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My kitchen is full of chocolate…chocolate bars of all varieties, candies, kisses, even some leftover holiday fudge. It doesn’t tempt me in the least. Then I received a care package from Hershey’s with 3 varieties of their new Brookside Dark Chocolates…they’ve paired real fruit juice pieces with smooth, luscious chocolate: Açai with Blueberry, Pomegranate, and Goji with Raspberry. I ate one, then another, and then another. The next morning, I took a some samples to my knitting group…and one friend commented, as she tried all  the flavors, “These will fly off the shelves.” We couldn’t decide on a favorite…they all have a slight essence of fruit without compromising the chocolate flavor.  A few months back, I picked up some dried gogi berries at the market (you know how Dr. Oz is always touting their virtues)…and let me tell you, they’were nothing to write home about. I think I’ve found a new way to enjoy my exotic fruits..and get my fill of antioxidants in a most delicious way!

I wasn’t sure how these chocolates  would survive in the oven, but I just had to try adding them to one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie bases…the key is making the dough with brown butter. That pushes these WAY over the top.  My attempt at baking with these sweet treats worked perfectly…and I even got an email from one of the knitters, who sampled a cookie after her lunch, to let me know how tasty they were. I always like adding a few chocolate pieces to the warm cookies as a garnish…it makes for the prettiest results. I did have to make a few with chocolate disks…even though my youngest,  Nick, liked his taste of this gourmet chocolate, I was pushing the limit expecting him to embrace these in cookies. I’ll have to wait a few years for his palate to mature. So you have TWO ways to enjoy these chocolates…the healthy way…just a few out of the bag OR in these Brown Butter Cookies with Brookside Chocolate …where maybe the guilt won’t be quite as intense knowing you’re getting a good boost of antioxidants!

These chocolates are just starting to be seen locally…Target, Costco, Walmart, Kroger and even Amazon. You can contact Brookside via their website for retailers in your area. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how you can win your own chocolates and chocolate tasting kit!!!

Brown Butter Cookies with Brookside Chocolate~
Ingredients
  • 14 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • 1¼ cup Brookside Chocolates (may substitute chocolate chips or discs)
  • Extra chocolates for optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Melt 10 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium high heat till melted. Continue cooking for a couple more minutes till butter is golden brown with a nutty fragrance. Watch carefully so it does not burn. Pour into a heatproof bowl and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir till melted.
  3. Add sugars, then vanilla and mix till combined. Stir in egg and egg yolk. Add baking soda, salt and flour and mix till combined. Stir in chocolate.
  4. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie and roll into a ball. Place dough balls about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or till cookies are golden. Press 2 or 3 chocolate pieces into warm cookies to garnish. Cool on rack.
  5. Makes about 24 cookies.

I have an exciting offer for you! Brookside has agreed to send one lucky follower of my blog the same Chocolate Tasting Kit that they gave me…it includes 3 delicious bags of Brookside Chocolates, 2  beautiful Crate and Barrel glasses, the very cool Crate and Barrel serving dish pictured in the top 2 photos, a Crate and Barrel ceramic cheese board and knife, plus a couple extra surprises. Fill out the Rafflecopter prompts below to enter. This offer is good in the US only and will run till 5 PM on Monday, January 21.

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Disclosure: Hershey’s provided me these chocolates in a gift package. I was not compensated for writing a review and all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. I love brown butter cookies, these look wonderful with the delicious chocolate addition!

  2. I enjoy the fact that you garnish your chocolate chip cookies with more chocolate chips! We need to hang out more often! lol

    Brown butter is just a magical secret ingredient–love the warm, nutty undertones it gives to everything from pan-basted fish to, well, chocolate chip cookies!

  3. Wish I’m living in the good ol’ US of A ! lol Hershey’s , what about throwing some freebies in our side world ?! hee hee Just love the nutty aroma of browned butter . I’m sure these cookies taste like heaven :D

  4. Lizzy,
    I’ve never used browned butter in anything but I’m definitely going to try this cookie recipe. I’ll be adding the extra chocolate for garnish too – love the idea.
    This is a great giveaway.

  5. Vera Khule says:

    I eat it it as is – dark chocolate!

  6. You had me at browned butter!! Those cookies look so good. Browned butter was a staple when I was growing up – it was poured over mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, and especially on pop corn. I have carried on the tradition – nothing is better than butter, especially browned butter!

  7. Chocolate doesn’t resist too much in my house:), Your cookies are looking goooood…. mmmm

  8. Omgosh… chocolate and pomegranates… I love them!! The thought of them in a cookie.. divine. :)

  9. Yum .. you had me at brown butter then you go and add chocolate … loooove!

  10. Brown butter cookies are my new favorite! These look scrumptious with all the lovely wrinkles and folds! I would love to try the Dark Chocolate Pomegranate!

  11. Well that was easy to enter through email as I am not on Facebook.
    To be honest I have never sampled brown butter cookies but they look yummy!

  12. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win this excellent prize. To answer your question, I like to eat chocolate any way I can: Right out of the wrapper or baked into brownies, cookies, cakes, or anything else!

  13. I’ve had these chocolates Liz, and you are right, they are incredible. What a nice way to use them too. Glad they survived the oven, the cookies look and sound amazing.

  14. Hmmm. Beurre noisette – I can taste these cookies from Paris just by the sound and look of them, Liz. Fabulous!

  15. Love the article and recipe. Thanks for sharing Liz,

  16. Oh my!!! I have been hooked on the chocolate pomegranates for over a year now. And now you put them into these gorgeous cookies! Shame, shame. I really want to taste the other flavors also. YUM!! Did I say addictive? Susan

  17. I’ve not heard of Brookside chocolates – the pomegranate variety looks interesting. As do your brown butter cookies! Really nice recipe – thanks so much.

  18. Even though I am refined sugar-free, chocolate is one thing I will make an exception for if it is very high in cocoa solids. I have even found some sugar-free chocolate which is quite acceptable. I love the look of those lumps of chocolate in your cookies.
    By the way, I don’t receive notification of your posts any more except through Google+.

  19. A kitchen filled with chocolate sounds like my kind of kitchen! Lucky you getting chocolate in the mail…the only thing I get is textbooks! Haha. These cookies look so delicious, especially with the added bonus of brown butter. I can’t wait to see those new chocolates one the shelves.

  20. Mmmm chocolate.

    Mmm…cookies.

    MMM BROWNED BUTTER!!!

  21. What a delicious post!

  22. There would never be a way for me to be on a diet if I lived with you!OMG my fav these looks scrumptious!

  23. Hi Lizzy,

    Nice of you to organize this giveaway. Hope that I can win this.

    Zoe

  24. I would kill for one of these gorgeous cookies right now :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  25. I have tried the acai blueberry – LOVE them! and these cookies? yes please!

  26. A kitchen full of chocolate sounds like my idea of heaven!

  27. What a fun twist on traditional cc cookies Lizzy and the brown butter ……. why is that one simple step so amazing? I’ll take Nick’s share please!

  28. I’m amazed the cookies didn’t spread during baking… I want to try this recipe. Will let you know how it comes out :)

  29. Aw, wish I could enter this gorgeous Giveaway :< Good luck to all!

  30. Your cookies are gorgeous and I can’t wait to try the browned butter in cookies, especially with chocolate.

  31. I think I’ve seen this when I’ve wandered down the chocolate aisle, Pom and chocolate sound pretty good to me and paired with a browned butter cookie, I really can’t say no.

  32. A better question is how do I NOT each chocolate. I love it plain, in cookies, in hot chocolate, in cake, ice cream … you name it! And those cookies look GREAT.

  33. Those are some delicious looking cookies, Liz! I have never done the browned butter thing, but I’m feeling very inspired to give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. the cookies sounds great and I will be checking my Costco for the chocolate

  35. Just FYI – Brookside link does not show where they are available

  36. Love this!! Bookmarked and your banana bread too. You’re a star you are you are!

  37. I like dark chocolate with a cup of coffee

  38. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i like milk chocolate just out of the bag.

  39. in a chocolate cake

  40. Chocolate is best in liquid form – I love hot cocoa and chocolate milk. But that doesn’t mean I’ll turn up my nose at a chewable kind…

  41. Just saw these chocolates at the grocery store yesterday and talked myself out of getting them, but I SO want to try them. And in cookies–YES!

  42. I like to eat chocolate by itself.

  43. I like to eat chocolate in cookies.

  44. Straight from the bags! :P

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