Recipe: Billie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ve never made a chocolate chip cookie quite like this, with melted butter, brown sugar only and even Kahlua — it’s no wonder these are a Baked by Billie customer favorite.

Billie-Jo Cochran

“People follow me for my chocolate chip cookies,” said baker Billie-Jo Cochran, founder of Baked by Billie custom bakery. She developed this no-mixer recipe through lots of experimenting and testing.

“It has come a long way.”

Cochran, a Fuquay-Varina resident, started her special-order bake shop five years ago, whipping up in special event catering, custom cakes, cupcakes and donuts.

“I have been baking since I was a child. I have memories of standing on a chair and helping my mom bake roll-out sugar cookies, banana bread … I was always in the kitchen with her,” she said.

“I learned to adapt recipes, take family recipes and then make them all my own.”

Billie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 36 cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Kahlua, optional
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips (or other good-quality chocolate chips)


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter until slightly brown. You will smell a nutty aroma. Let the butter cool for five minutes.
  2. Whisk in brown sugar. Add vanilla and Kahlua, and whisk until combined.
  3. Whisk in room temperature eggs one at a time; make sure each one is incorporated.
  4. In a large bowl whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  5. Refrigerate dough for two hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a small scoop, place cookies two inches apart on a cookie tray, bake for 9-11 minutes.
  7. Place the tray on a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool for five minutes before removing from the tray.

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