I actually baked these with the intention of getting them up on the blog for the feast of St. Nicholas--December 6th; a day we like to honor in our home. However, in spite of good intentions, it never happened. I have a collection of Father Christmases (aka St. Nicholas) and have always celebrated this particular day with high regard. His reputation as a bringer of gifts is known world-wide. In Europe, especially Germany and Poland, boys dress as bishops begging alms for the poor. In the Ukraine, children wait for St. Nicholas to come and put a present under their pillows...provided they have been good. In the Netherlands, Dutch children put out a clog filled with hay and a carrot for Sinterklaas' horse. In the United States, one custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day is children leaving their shoes in the foyer in hopes that he will place some coins on the soles...typical of our Capitalism values:-)!
Brown Butter Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
14 T (1 stick + 6T) unsalted butter, browned
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 extra large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup room temperature water
1 cup + 2T King Arthur all-purpose flour (plain flour)
3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium heat until he foams and browns...about 7 - 9 minutes.