Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • The BEST Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Soft, chewy and crispy around the edges. These cookies have the perfect caramel flavor and tons of chocolate!

    Cookies are my absolute favorite dessert. It doesn’t get better than a warm, gooey cookie with a cold glass of milk. These brown butter cookies are a favorite, as well as M&M cookies, oatmeal cookies, s’mores cookies, almond joy cookies and butterscotch cookies.

    stack of brown butter chocolate chip cookies on a wood table

    Brown butter cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite dessert in the world, so I’m excited to share another one of my favorite recipes. I mean, what’s not to love about crispy and chewy chocolate chip cookies?!

    These brown butter chocolate chip cookies are definitely a tie with my classic chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip pudding cookies. They’re more rich than your typical chocolate chip cookie and full of flavor! The brown butter has a rich caramely flavor. Everyone that tries these always tells me they are amazing and asks what is different about them. I tell them the brown butter!

    I’ve been testing this brown butter cookie recipe for several months now and have made these at least a dozen times, trying to get them just right. It was one big science experiment. I’d change one thing each time, such as the amount of salt or the way I melted the butter until they turned out just right. It was actually a lot of fun and yummy at the same time.

    brown butter cookie dough

    Why use brown butter?

    The #1 reason to use brown butter is the rich, caramely flavor it adds to desserts. By cooking it down, it gives the butter a deep, toasted nutty taste and adds way more flavor than regular butter. It’s perfect to use when making cookies and gives them the best dimension.

    If you’re wondering how to make brown butter, check out this easy step-by-step tutorial. It’s super simple and takes just 5 minutes to brown.

    bubbling brown butter in a turquoise dutch oven pan

    How to make brown butter chocolate chip cookies

    Preheat oven. To get started, preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with a baking mat or parchment paper. I love to use this perfect cookie baking mat. Set aside.

    Make brown butter. Melt 1 stick of room temperature unsalted butter in a pan over medium-heat. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, swirling the pan every so often. Once the butter has browned (the color will be amber golden and the aroma is nutty), remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Let chill for 5 minutes.

    TIP: Use a lighter colored pan to brown your butter so that you can easily see the change in color. If you use a darker pan, it’s difficult to see the color change and you may under cook or overcook your butter.

    making brown butter cookie dough with an electric mixer

    Make dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup softened butter, brown sugar and sugar. Mix for 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.

    Then add in the melted brown butter and mix until combined. Next stir in the eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

    Scoop and bake. Scoop cookie dough onto the prepared pan, about 2 inches a part. Bake until edges are golden brown (but center is still slightly doughy), about 7 to 9 minutes. Let cookies sit on the pan for about 2-3 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

    forming brown butter cookie dough into balls

     Baking tips

    • For an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to brown butter, click here.
    • Use a lighter colored pan to brown the butter, so you can easily see the color change.
    • For a thicker cookie, add 1-2 extra Tablespoons of flour and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
    • Use both chocolate chips and chocolate chunks! It gives the cookies the best dimension.
    • Add a couple of extra chocolate chips on top right before baking.
    • Let cookies sit on the pan for 2-3 minutes after removing from oven. They edges will continue to crisp, while the center stays soft and chewy.
    • Top with sea salt for the perfect sweet, salty and caramely flavor combination.

    brown butter chocolate chip cookies

    If you’re really looking for a sweet treat this summer, sandwich 2 brown butter cookies between a scoop of ice cream to make the perfect ice cream sandwich. You’re welcome. ;)

    Ah, nothing I love more than a really good, soft and chewy (while slightly crisp around the edges), warm DOUBLE chocolate chip cookie!

    More chocolate chip cookie goodness:

    The BEST Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies ...soft, chewy and slightly crispy around the edges. These have the perfect flavor and tons of chocolate!

    Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, brown butter cookies, cookies with brown butter
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 minutes
    Total Time: 28 minutes
    Servings: 36
    Calories: 186
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    The BEST Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft, chewy and slightly crispy around the edges. These cookies have the perfect caramel flavor and tons of chocolate!

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup unsalted butter , at room temp (2 sticks)
    • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
    • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with a baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
    • Melt 1 stick of the butter in a pan over medium-heat. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, swirling the pan every so often. Allow the butter to brown (when it turns an amber golden color and has a nutty aroma, it’s done). Remove from the heat and then pour into a bowl and chill for 5 minutes.
    • In a large bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup softened butter, brown sugar and sugar. Mix for 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. Then add in the melted brown butter and stir until combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    • Scoop cookie dough onto the prepared pan, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or just until the edges are golden brown, while the center is still slightly doughy. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the pan and then move to a cooling rack.
    • Enjoy with a cold class of milk!

    Notes

    • For an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to brown butter, click here.
    • Use a lighter colored pan to brown the butter, so that you can easily see the color change.
    • For a thicker cookie, add an extra Tablespoon or 2 of flour and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
    • Use both chocolate chips and chocolate chunks! It gives the cookies the best dimension.
    • Add a couple of extra chocolate chips on top right before baking.
    • Let cookies sit on the pan for 2-3 minutes after removing from oven. They edges will continue to crisp, while the center stays soft and chewy.
    • Top with sea salt for the perfect sweet, salty and caramely flavor combination.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 3.8% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 2.1% | Iron: 5.4%
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    My favorite way to make these buttery chocolate chip cookies is with half milk chocolate chips and half dark chocolate chunks. It adds the perfect flavor. You can never have too much chocolate, am I right?! ;) Don’t forget to enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

    brown butter cookies on a wood plank with a glass of milk

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