browned butter sage sourdough chocolate chip cookies

During my senior year in college, I started Michelle's cookie-gram.  Gourmet cookies were care packaged to students with a custom note from the sender.  This doesn't seem a big deal these days, but back in the early eighties, with no internet, flowers were usually sent as gifts until they were able to send a cookie-gram!  This browned butter sage sourdough chocolate chip cookies recipe is inspired by my original creation.  I did a side-by-side taste test with some friends.  Those who tasted the two cookies preferred these so here is the recipe, my 2022 cookie just in time for the Holidays and New Year!

Tips for making browned butter sage sourdough chocolate chip cookies

Sourdough.

Sourdough discard is ideal for these cookies.  Do not use a levain that has been recently mixed as this results in bits of tough dough that is scattered throughout the batter. Sourdough in raw cookie dough is still active and continues to break down the gluten in the flour.  If the cookie dough is left in the refrigerator, over time, the sourdough will break down the carbohydrates and the cookies will not rise as well.  To avoid this from happening, leftover cookie dough made with sourdough needs to be frozen.  

Browned sage butter.

Chiffonade the sage either with a very sharp knife or a pair of herb scissors.

herb cutter makes chopping herbs easy

herb cutter.

Browned butter has a unique and more intense nutty, butter taste.  One of my daughters thought that browned butter is bought in the grocery store. Hmm...nope! Browned butter is achieved by heating butter to a point where the milk solids separate and fall to the bottom of the pan.  The heated pan caramelizes the solids and evaporates some of the water, producing a nutty and more intense butter flavor.  For this recipe, add the sage to the butter and allow to brown.  Constantly stir the butter over medium heat to ensure that the solids are browned evenly and do not burn. This may take 5-8 minutes while the butter bubbles and the water evaporates. Separate the butter from the sage leaves. The sage leaves will be used as a garnish and to intensify the earthiness of this complex cookie taste.

Heat butter with chiffonade sage leaves

Heat butter with chiffonade sage leaves

Cook butter until browned.

Cook butter until browned and sage flavor is infused into liquid.

Cookie dough.

Using a paddle on a stand mixer, beat the cookie dough until light and fluffy.  

Combine room temperature with other ingredients.

Combine room temperature starter with other ingredients.

Beat until light and fluffy.

Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Add the flour after the butter, sugar mixture is light and airy.  When the ingrdients are thoroughly combined, fold in the chocolate chips.

Combine chocolate chips into cookie batter.

Combine chocolate chips into cookie batter.

At this point, the cookie batter is too soft to mold.  The dough requires refrigeration for 24 hours.  This allows the sourdough to work and the dough to harden.  Once the cookie dough has hardened in the refrigerator, the color will have darkened and the dough will be stiff.

Refrigerate cookie batter overnight.

Refrigerate browned butter, sage sourdough chocolate chip batter overnight. Batter will harden and be more manageable to scoop.

Use a cookie scoop to make cookie balls. Flatten the balls slightly to form discs.  Using the crisp, chiffonade sage leaves, press in a few pieces to the top for an extra burst of buttery sage flavor!

Flatten cookie batter balls into discs.

Flatten cookie dough balls into discs.

Add crisp sage and press into cookie dough.

Add crisp sage leaves and press into cookie dough.

Storing browned butter sage sourdough chocolate chip cookies

As mentioned above, the sourdough in these browned butter sage sourdough chocolate chip cookies dough will continue to consume the carbohydrate over time and the result will be very flat cookies.  To prevent this from happening, freeze the cookie dough discs on the cookie sheet.  Once frozen, place them in a freezer bag and bake as needed.  Enjoy and let me know what you think of these sophisticated chocolate chip cookies!

Bake or freeze cookie dough.

Bake or freeze cookie dough.

Browned butter sage cookies

Browned butter sage cookies

browned butter sage sourdough chocolate chip cookies

BROWNED BUTTER SAGE SOURDOUGH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Michelle Sam
A sophisticated and delicious cookie with a browned butter flavor and a hint of sage earthiness. A winner when compared to a traditional chocolate chip cookie!
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
resting 1 day
Total Time 1 day 32 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 202 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 227 g unsalted butter
  • 215 g brown sugar
  • 150 g granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 120 g sourdough starter 100% hydration. Discard can be used.
  • 240 g all-purpose flour
  • 60 g whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 255 g chocolate chips
  • 5 g fresh sage

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan (no dark interior), heat the butter over medium low heat.
    227 g unsalted butter
  • Chiffonade (cut into thin strips) sage leaves
  • Add the sage leaves to the saucepan and allow the sage to infuse into the butter.
    5 g fresh sage
    Heat butter with chiffonade sage leaves
  • Heat until the butter bubbles and begins to brown. This should take about 5-8 minutes depending on the heat.
    Cook butter until browned.
  • Remove the sage leaves when crisp.
  • Once the butter turns golden brown, , immediately pour the mixture into the mixing bowl of the stand mixer and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
    240 g all-purpose flour, 60 g whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda
  • When the butter has cooled to room temperature in the stand mixer bowl, add both the sugars, eggs, vanilla and sourdough starter.
    215 g brown sugar, 150 g granulated white sugar, 2 eggs, 120 g sourdough starter, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    Combine room temperature with other ingredients.
  • With the paddle attachment, beat at medium speed for 2 minutes until light and airy.
    Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
    Add the flour mixture to the batter.
  • Remove bowl from stand mixer.
  • Add the chocolate chips and incorporate into the batter with a wooden spoon.
    255 g chocolate chips
    Combine chocolate chips into cookie batter.
  • Refrigerate for 24-48 hours for the sourdough to do it's thing and the butter to firm up.
    Refrigerate cookie batter overnight.
  • Use a cookie scoop, spoon cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat and slightly flatten into thick discs.
    Flatten cookie batter balls into discs.
  • Add and depress crisp sage leaves to the top of the cookies.
    Add crisp sage and press into cookie dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 325° F. Bake for 12 minutes
  • Freeze unbaked cookie batter for future use.
    Bake or freeze cookie dough.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 135mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 205IUCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mgNet Carbohydrates: 27g
Keyword browned butter sage sourdough chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookies, sourdough cookies, sourdough discard recipes, sourdough discards
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