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Browned Butter Cookies for Grandparents Day

There’s a Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day, why not a day dedicated to the celebration of the wonderful grandparents in our life? And what better way to share that affection than with a batch of homemade cookies? Browned butter chocolate chip cookies, please.

In 1977 Senator Randolph introduced a joint resolution to the Senate requesting the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as ‘National Grandparents Day’, and in August 1978, then-president Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The statute cites the day’s purpose “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”.

As good an excuse to bake cookies as any, don’t you think?

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2-3/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (or half all-purpose, half whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-2 cups chocolate chips

In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat until melted. Keep cooking, swirling the pot occasionally, until it starts to turn brown and smell nutty. Remove it from the heat, pour it into a bowl (scrape out all the nice browned bits at the bottom) and stir in the sugars. This should cool it down somewhat, but wait a few minutes anyway before stirring in the eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir with a spatula until almost blended; add the chocolate chips and stir until the dough comes together. Refrigerate for at least an hour or two, or overnight.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Scoop out walnut-sized balls of dough and space them an inch or two apart on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or lined with parchment or a silpat mat. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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