Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Infused with the wealthy, nutty taste of browned butter, loaded with semisweet chocolate, and topped with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, these brown butter chocolate chip cookies are positively gourmand. Recipe contains step-by-step information on brown butter and a how-to video!

The BEST Brown Butter Cookies

I virtually need to name these brown butter chocolate chip cookies my greatest chocolate chip cookies ever. They’re only a notch under my “worst” chocolate chip cookies (nothing can prime these life ruiners), so I feel calling them one of the best could be truthful.

Anyway, what actually units this recipe aside out of your commonplace chocolate chip cookie recipe is one key magical ingredient: brown butter. Brown butter (extra formally identified by its French identify: Buerre Noisette…fancy!), is just butter that’s been cooked till the entire water evaporates and the milk solids start to show brown.

The tip result’s a wealthy, flavorful butter with a nutty, toffee-like aroma. When utilized in baked items (particularly cookies, but in addition my butter pecan cake), it yields a buttery, wealthy, and flavorful finish product. And it’s completely wonderful in these chocolate chip cookies.

Overhead view of chocolate chip cookies made with brown butter on a metal cooling rack.

If the concept of cooking it on the stovetop till it’s completely browned (and never burnt!) sounds a bit intimidating, don’t panic! I’ve an in-depth submit on brown butter you may learn earlier than beginning, and I additionally cowl this intimately in my video under.

While you’re prepared, seize a saucepan and two sticks of (unsalted) butter, and put together your self for probably the most gourmand cookies you’ve ever tasted!

5 issues to like about this recipe:

  • No mixer wanted.
  • Simply half-hour of chilling.
  • Dough may be made prematurely and even frozen.
  • INCREDIBLE taste!

What You Want

Regardless of their gourmand taste, these brown butter chocolate chip cookies use fairly humble, on a regular basis substances. Right here’s what you want:

  • Brown butter. This takes simply minutes to make on the range! Word that you’ll want to let the butter cool after browning, which often takes about half-hour to an hour. It’s not vital for the butter to re-solidify, nevertheless it shouldn’t really feel heat to the contact.
  • Sugar. We’ll use a mix of brown and granulated sugar. Once more, you should wait till the butter has cooled earlier than including the sugars; in any other case, you possibly can find yourself melting the sugars and making a greasy, runny cookie dough that can unfold throughout your cookie sheet. So take the time to let your butter cool!
  • Eggs. We’d like all of our substances to be the identical temperature in order that they mix correctly. This implies our eggs and butter each have to be room temperature. I often set my eggs out the evening earlier than I’m going to be baking. Should you neglect to set yours out, learn my tip under!
  • Chocolate. I do know I name these brown butter chocolate chip cookies, however I truthfully choose to make use of chopped semisweet (and even darkish) chocolate bars. I do embody directions within the recipe for utilizing common chocolate chips, although!

SAM’S TIP: Should you are inclined to neglect to set out your eggs forward of time, learn my submit on rapidly convey eggs to room temperature! It’s a sport changer.

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the substances I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the submit!

Learn how to Make Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Brown the butter – Prepare dinner the butter over low/medium-low warmth, stirring continuously, till browned. The butter will foam, sizzle, and pop after melting, then as soon as the scorching stops, you’ll discover browning starting to happen on the underside of the pan. When you see loads of brown (not black!) bits, take away from warmth and permit to chill utterly.
  2. Stir collectively cooled butter and sugars till mixed.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and stir effectively.
  4. Mix the dry substances in a separate bowl, then step by step stir them into the moist substances.
  5. Stir within the chocolate, then cowl and chill the dough not less than half-hour. This step is obligatory!
  6. Roll 2 tablespoon-sized scoops between your palms earlier than inserting 2″ aside on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes–don’t over-bake!
  7. Take away from the oven, sprinkle with a contact of flaky sea salt, and let cool utterly on the baking sheets earlier than having fun with.

SAM’S TIP: Barely underbake your cookies! When they’re prepared to return out of the oven, the sides can be simply beginning to flip a light-weight golden brown, and the facilities should still look underdone. The cookies will end cooking exterior the oven on their cookie sheets. That is how I obtain delicate and chewy cookie perfection!

Continuously Requested Questions

Can I make the dough prematurely?

Browned butter chocolate chip cookie dough may be made as much as every week prematurely. Should you’d like to do that, simply retailer it in your fridge (in an hermetic container or tightly lined with plastic wrap) till prepared to make use of. The flavors will really develop much more because the dough sits.

Needless to say in case your dough has chilled for longer than half-hour, it would possible be fairly agency if you go to scoop it. If it’s too tough to scoop, simply let it sit at room temperature for 10-Quarter-hour so it may possibly soften a bit.

Why are my cookies flat?

The most definitely trigger is your butter being too heat if you added your sugars. The nice and cozy butter can soften the sugars and depart you with a greasy, messy cookie dough that can unfold like loopy. Sadly there isn’t a strategy to repair this (even chilling the dough received’t assist 😞). That is why it’s very vital to let your butter cool earlier than transferring ahead with the recipe!

Alternatively, in case your cookies aren’t flattening out in any respect, you could have over-measured your flour. I can’t stress sufficient how useful it’s to make use of a kitchen scale!

Can I omit the cornstarch?

You could possibly, however your cookies received’t be as delicate in case you do. They can even unfold a bit extra with out the cornstarch.

I’d love to listen to how you want these in comparison with my “worst” chocolate chip cookies!

Take pleasure in!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! Should you do this recipe, make sure you tag me on Instagram, and you can too discover me on YouTube and Facebook

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Infused with the wealthy, nutty taste of browned butter, semisweet chocolate, and flaky sea salt, these brown butter chocolate chip cookies are positively gourmand. Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: Cookies, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 12 minutes

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 20 cookies

Energy: 302kcal

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Learn how to Brown Butter (it’s simple!)³

  • Place butter in a medium-sized saucepan (ideally a light-weight coloured one–it will make it simpler to inform as soon as your butter has browned) and soften the butter over low/medium-low warmth. 

    1 cup (225 g) unsalted butter

  • As soon as melted, improve stovetop warmth to simply above medium warmth.

  • Swirl and scrape the perimeters of the pan continuously with a wood spoon or heatproof spatula – butter will foam and pop. As soon as the this noise slows, it is best to discover brown bits starting to type on the underside.

  • When you discover browning (and also you odor that lovely nutty aroma of browned butter), take away from warmth rapidly and pour into a big, heatproof bowl.

  • Permit butter to chill at room temperature till not heat to the contact earlier than continuing with the recipe.

Cookie Dough

  • As soon as your butter has cooled, add sugars and stir effectively.

    1 cup (200 g) gentle or darkish brown sugar¹, ⅔ cup (135 g) white sugar

  • Add eggs and vanilla extract and stir till dough is uniform.

    2 massive eggs, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk collectively flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

    2 ¾ cups (340 g) all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Progressively add the flour combination to butter combination, stirring till substances are utterly mixed.

  • Add chocolate and stir effectively in order that chocolate is effectively distributed by way of the batter.

    10 oz (285 g) semisweet chocolate²

  • Cowl cookie dough bowl with plastic wrap and chill within the fridge for not less than half-hour. 

  • About Quarter-hour earlier than dough has completed chilling/earlier than you might be able to bake, preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

  • As soon as dough has completed chilling scoop by about 2 Tablespoon-sized parts. Gently roll the dough between your palms so that you’ve got a spherical ball, then place cookie dough not less than 2″ aside on ready cookie sheet.

  • Bake on 350F (175C) for 10-12 minutes or till edges are simply starting to show golden brown (cookies ought to nonetheless be fairly delicate if you take away them from the oven, and will even seem barely underbaked in middle).

  • Let cookies cool for a few minute then sprinkle evenly with flaky sea salt. Permit cookies to chill utterly on baking sheet earlier than eradicating, then take pleasure in!

    flaky sea salt for sprinkling



I like to make use of half gentle and half darkish brown sugar, simply because I often have each available and just like the mix. Both selection will work high-quality on this recipe, although. Cookies made with gentle brown sugar can be lighter in coloration, cookies made with darkish brown sugar can be darker in coloration and barely richer in taste.


You may substitute chocolate chips as a substitute, you’d want about 1 ¾ cups chocolate chips.

³Brown Butter Word

Should you’ve by no means browned butter earlier than and are nervous concerning the course of, be sure to look at my video under so you may see precisely how I do it. 


Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as every week.


Serving: 1cookie | Energy: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fats: 15g | Saturated Fats: 9g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

Dietary data is predicated on third-party calculations and must be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.

I initially revealed this recipe Might 2017. Publish improved and up to date July 2023, recipe stays the identical.