One unassuming weekday morning, I logged into my regular email. Waiting in my inbox was a message from a friend containing a link with this caption: “I mean…come on!”. The link was to a post from Ambitious Kitchen, featuring a cookie recipe with a name so outrageous that I nearly fell out of my chair: Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. Chocolate chip cookies made with brown butter, then stuffed with Nutella, then baked, then finished with a flourish of course sea salt. Oh no she didn’t! As luck would have it, I had nearly every ingredient in the recipe on hand, so there was nothing left to do but buy some chocolate chip morsels and recreate this decadent dessert. This one looked just too good not to try.
When I reached for the Nutella in my pantry, I stumbled upon a half-eaten bottle of Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter. In case you aren’t familiar, speculoos is the traditional Belgian wafer cookie — that’s flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger — transformed into a smooth spread resembling peanut butter in color and texture. (A few years ago we shared cookie and bread recipes that featured Tamarin, which is based off this popular, sweet spread.) I smiled and knew half of these stuffed cookies were going to be filled with cookie butter for a fall-inspired twist.
Even though not much was changed from the original recipe, I was excited to post this dish on the blog mainly because of its use of brown butter. You may remember back to the Brown Butter Chronicles, where our adoration for brown butter was first expressed — if you click back you’ll also find a few more tips on cooking with brown butter. Additionally, check out our Brown Butter Pumpkin Muffin recipe from couple years ago for another wonderful brown butter treat perfect for October — it should be noted that these muffins are one of my favorite recipes in our Rolodex. Make these stuffed treasures, nonetheless. Chrystal and I guarantee you’ll have a hit resting in your hands.
Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
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