It’s my birthday and I want cookies. For weeks I had been planning to make a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and beautiful green flowers with gold foil treatments. After a long week, I realized I just wanted a buttery soft, and chewy classic cookie with a few special add-ins so that’s what I made. I adapted this Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies recipe from the Mall Cookie recipe which calls for chilling time, however with this cookie we’re using brown butter and a little more flour to cut the chill time and enhance that rich buttery flavor. This cookie is perfect for anyone who doesn’t really bake but wants to master a delicious cookie for all occasions. Its soft center, crispy edges, and vanilla-butter flavor is very reminiscent of birthday cake and be decorated any way you desire.
How to make Chocolate Chip Birthday Cookies
Brown 1 and 1/2 sticks of the butter in a small saucepan on medium-low, whisking continuously until the butter begins to brown and begins to smell nutty. The butter will start to foam and then brown leaving small bits in the bottom of the pan. Be careful not to let it burn, it’s done when it starts to smell like caramel and has an amber color. Once it’s done, pour the brown butter into a heatproof bowl and add in the remaining 1/2 stick of butter and mix it in until it melts. Place the melted butter in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to cool.
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the sugars, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and browned butter to a large bowl and mix well until everything is combined. Add in the flour and baking soda and stir until there are no streaks of flour. Mix in the pecans, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Once the dough forms, roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. The cookies will be a pale golden brown when finished baking. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them continue baking on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a plate or cooling rack.