Browned butter makes everything better

 …even Step 1 studying. Fyi, Step 1 is basically the first step in medical board exams that allows you to move on from your preclinical years (end of M2) to your clinical rotations (M3-4). It also determines the rest of your future medical career, like where you match into for residency. I thank God that I’m not at that stage in my life yet, because I honestly don’t think I’m physically or emotionally ready for that yet. Imagine the ACT/SAT/MCAT/LSAT/GRE and any other standardized test you’ve ever taken but times a billion. Some of my older med friends are studying for it right now, and as an example to elucidate the torture of this period, I know a girl who has locked herself (plus suitcase, sleeping bag, pillow, and food rations) in one of the hospital study rooms for a couple weeks now and only leaves to take showers. A campus security guard actually asked if she was homeless because she was sleeping there.

Anyways, the point of this being that I made some Step 1 care packages which included possibly the best cookies I’ve ever made. They are adapted from this recipe (Joy is a straight up genius).

BROWNED BUTTER WALNUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (or more depending on your stress level) milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Heat half the butter (8 tbsp) in a small pan over medium heat (it will froth a little and crackle) until browned bits appear and a delicious, nutty aroma fills your kitchen. Cream remaining 8 tbsp of butter w brown sugar and vanilla. Add cooled brown butter with the granulated sugar and beat until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until mixed. Now remove your electric mixers (!) and use a spatula to incorporate the flour, salt, and baking soda. Lovingly fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts. We want to do this by hand so we don’t over mix the flour, which would result in disappointingly non-chewy/soft cookies (because ew who wants that?). Muster your courage and try not to eat all of the cookie dough; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F, scoop 2 tbsp-sized balls onto a lined baking sheet (mine made 28), sprinkle with coarse sea salt (optional), and bake for 12-15 minutes (depending on how soft you like your cookies – I like mine melty-soft so I only did 12). Let cool (or don’t and try them immeds from the pan). I save my old coffee bean bags specifically for storing/gifting cookies.  

 So how good are these cookies? Not trying to brag, but I’ll offer these testimonies as proof that you need these cookies in your life, stat.
“Those cookies are a wonder of the world. *cookie emoji* *globe emoji*”
“I will def have to ration these or else they’ll be gone in a day!”
“This is sooooooo yummy!!!! I love them!!!!!”
“Girl you need to open a Jenny’s Cookies branch or something. Honestly I am not playing, these are literally the best homemade cookies I’ve ever eaten.”

*brushes off shoulders*… point being, dear readers/friends, if you’re stuck in a windowless room studying for the hardest exam of your life, you’re having a rough/tough/bad day, or you’re just hangry for some cookies, take an hour break and make these beauties. Your soul will thank you.

xoxo,
J

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