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I think I was in another world when I thought of these cookies, but I decided to merge ingredients into a chocolate chip cookie recipe that would help to bring out more flavor in the chocolate. What I ended up with was brown butter, pears, melted white chocolate, finely chopped almonds and nutmeg.
Place the butter and pears in a skillet over high heat. Stir and cook until the butter begins to smell nutty and look caramelized. Then remove pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes. Once it’s cooled a bit put the mixture into your food processor and puree it..
Pour the browned pear butter into a plastic container and place it in the freezer until the butter sets, about a half hour. It shouldn’t be frozen solid at this point, just set.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the browned pear butter and the sugar. Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla. Set aside.
In a food processor chop the almonds until they are very finely chopped and the size of crumbs. Add the almonds to the butter and egg mixture and turn the mixer on low until combined. Add the melted white chocolate with the mixer on. Then add the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg and stir to combine. Finally, briefly stir in the chocolate chunks, both milk and bittersweet.
Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Portion out the dough into 2-tablespoon-sized portions per cookie and place them on the baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between the cookies. This should make 15 cookies.
Bake for 25 minutes, swapping the position of the pans halfway through, or until the cookies are browned and the middles don’t sink in when you touch them. Cool the cookies on a cooling rack. Enjoy!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!