Cookies are actually pretty simple and quick to make and I made these into 2 flavors using the same base recipe, which is actually easier than you might think.
I planned to make cookies this week because my grandma just happened to hand me a package of white chocolate chips and a package of macadamia nuts. *hint hint* She's looking for some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. However, not so shockingly, I was feeling some dark chocolate butterscotch cookies. So, naturally, I made both types, using the one recipe.
So here's the recipe(s):
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, optional
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts, optional
1/4 dark chocolate chips, optional
1/4 butterscotch chips, optional
Preheat oven to 325ºF.
In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside for later.
Take half of butter and place in a pan and melt. Once melted allow the butter to brown until it reaches a darker color, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Cut other half of butter into cubes and place into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the cooled brown butter and mix on medium speed until combined.
Add both sugars to bowl and cream together.
Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
Slowly add in flour mixture one spoonful at a time until fully incorporated.
If you want to make both kinds of cookies - Divide dough between two bowls. Add white chocolate and macadamia nuts to one half and dark. chocolate and butterscotch chips to the other. If you just want to make one kind, double the amount of chocolate and nuts and mix into dough.
Scoop out tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough and place on a prepared cookie sheet spaced to allow for spreading.
Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes until slightly brown on the bottom and edges.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
Photos of the process: