Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 23 votes

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If you like chocolate chip cookies, you will die over these salty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re soft, chewy, and delicious!

brown butter chocolate chip cookie on a cooling wrack

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Cookies and Cups

When I got Shelly’s cookbook (from Cookies and Cups) in the mail last week, the first recipe that spoke to me was the beautiful chocolate chip cookies on the cover! And after thumbing through the entire cookbook with my 7-year old daughter and tagging every other recipe {courtesy of Brooke’s sweet tooth}, we found the recipe from the cover: Salty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

They’re not just CCC’s. They’re BBCCC’s. You’re welcome for that little abbreviation.

If you like chocolate chip cookies, you will die over salty brown butter chocolate chip cookies. They’re soft and chewy and delicious, but with that hint of nuttiness, you only can get from browning your butter.

Thanks, Shelly for the delicious recipe! I’m sure we’ll be making EVERY recipe in that beautiful book of yours 🙂 For all you readers, feel free to pick up a copy of Shelly’s cookbook here. Fat pants not included with your purchase.

brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough in a bowl

Main Ingredients Needed

You are going to find almost all of the same ingredients needed to make regular chocolate chip cookies in this list, which means you could probably make these brown butter chocolate chip cookies today! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter – for flavor and texture.
  • Sugar + Brown Sugar – both are used to sweeten but brown sugar helps keep the cookies soft.
  • Flour + Baking Soda – flour fills out the cookies while baking soda gives them some rise.
  • Eggs – for structure and texture.
  • Vanilla – use the pure stuff for the best flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips – I used half semi-sweet and half mini milk chocolate chips!
  • Sea Salt – this is used in the dough (opposed to on top of the dough) to offset all the sweet.

Other Add-Ins

If you are looking to customize these cookies, here are a couple of suggestions to get you started:

  • Chocolate: feel free to change out what kind of chocolate you use. Dark would be extra indulgent while white chocolate would lend its own types of goodness to these brown butter cookies.
  • Nuts: for even more nutty flavor try adding walnuts, pecans, almonds, or whatever other nuts you like!
  • Caramel: for some gooey-ness consider adding caramel bits to the dough!
  • Toffee: or for some crunchiness add some toffee bits.
brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough in a bowl

How to Brown Butter

Browning butter makes all the difference in these cookies. It brings a rich and nutty flavor to each bite that you can’t quite replicate with anything else.

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Bring to boil. Once it starts boiling, swirl the pan or mix constantly until the butter passes the foamy phase.
  3. After the butter foams you should start to see toasty milk solids at the bottom of your pan. The whole thing will have a golden/amber color.
  4. Take the pan off heat (brown butter can quickly turn into burnt butter). Pour into a large mixing bowl. Cool.
brown butter chocolate chip cookies on a cooling wrack

How to Make Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

For full details on how to make brown butter chocolate chip cookies see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Brown Butter

Brown butter and cool for about 20 minutes.

Step 2: Preheat + Prep

While butter is cooling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Dough

In a separate bowl, stir dry ingredients together to combine.

Add sugars, eggs, and vanilla to cooled butter and stir to combine. Pour flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir until dough comes together. Add in chocolate chips and stir again briefly to incorporate.

Step 3: Bake and Cool

Using a medium 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, drop the dough 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until edges are lightly golden.

Cool cookies on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

brown butter chocolate chip cookies on a white and yellow plate next to a glass of milk

Storing Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To keep cookies soft, store with a piece of plain white bread. This should regulate the moisture in the container.

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes to Try!

The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy!

5 from 23 votes

Salty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like chocolate chip cookies, you will die over Salty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re soft and chewy and delicious.
servings 30 cookies
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, then bring to boil. Once it starts boiling, swirl the pan constantly until the butter passes the foamy phase and becomes a deep amber color. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Cool 20 minutes.
  • While butter is cooling, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, stir dry ingredients together to combine.
  • Add sugars, eggs and vanilla to cooled butter and stir to combine. Pour flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until dough comes together. Add in chocolate chips and stir again briefly to incorporate.
  • Using a medium 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, drop the dough 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly golden.
  • Cool cookies 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  1. Catherine Smith

    I’ve pre-ordered her book, and I CANNOT WAIT!! I’m always so jealous that bloggers know each other and become such great friends. What a fantastic way to connect! Makes me want to start a blog because I feel I know so many of you!

  2. Emily @ Life on Food

    Oh these cookies look fantastic. I want one now. Good thing the weekend is here and I can spending it baking.

  3. Maria

    5 stars
    These are OMG good! I have made countless chocolate chip cookies throughout the years and these are excellent. The brown butter, yikes, I forgot how good it is and even better in a cookie. So thanks Brooke for tagging these and thanks Lauren for sharing the recipe.

  4. Maggie Herron

    5 stars
    Best chocolate chip cookie ever! Seriously. Will have to make a second batch tomorrow to take to work. Thank you.

  5. shelly (cookies and cups)

    Did you use half mini chips?? That is the best idea EVERRRRRRRR!
    Also I love that you mixed chocolates. SO smart!

  6. Crystal

    OMG!! These cookies look so delicious! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and signature cookie, but I never thought of browning the butter…genius! My mouth is already watering. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  7. Sandy U

    Those cookies sound absolutely wonderful and I know my entire family will drool over these! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Chels

    I used to make cookies of all kind All The Time! But I’ve cut back big time. But Sunday evening, I needed cookies because I was feeling down… (we were expecting, but at the ultrasound we found out the baby didn’t make it). I made my 11 yr old daughter make some CCC’s from her Disney Princess cookbook and then my sister in law brought us dinner and more chocolate chip cookies and I’ve got cookies galore in my house and I’ve been enjoying one with my breakfast every morning, lol! But I love that this has brown butter in them. Mmm, I adore things with brown butter. It makes me weak in the knees and comforts my broken heart.

  9. Kate | HappyForks.com

    I am afraid I won’t be able to stop after eating reasonable amount of cookies. First I need to wait for an occasion for making them as a present or something similar. Otherwise this cookies are too dangerous 😉

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  11. Brenda Lehman

    Tried these today after finding this recipe as we are having company Sunday. The dough was very crumbly after mixing it in the mixer. I had to squeeze each cookie in my hand to make it stick together and then carfully shape them into a round shape on the pan. I couldn’t just use a cookie scoop and scoop them onto the pan or they would just crumble apart. Not like other cookie dough I’ve made. Not sure if I did something wrong or what?

  12. Kimmie

    5 stars
    Just made these tonight and they are DELICIOUS!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Might have to order the recipe book now!

  13. Gina

    5 stars
    I just made these tonight and they are fantastic.your directions were easy to follow and worked out perfectly. I love following you because your recipes never disappoint.

  14. Nicole Marson

    These cookies have two of my mos favorite things… 1. chocolate 2. sea salt YUMMMM! I’m whipping up a batch of these bad boys for Christmas Eve with the family 🙂

  15. Samantha Bjorgaard

    5 stars
    Between these cookies and your browned butter alfredo… my husband are obsessed with anything Lauren containing browned butter! So good!

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  20. Alexis Newville

    I just made these and shipped to my husband overseas. I’m excited to see how they hold up! They were delicious fresh out of the oven. Love the brown butter flavor 🙂

  21. Hailey Montoya

    5 stars
    I made these this weekend for a soup swap and they were a huge hit! The sea salt and browned butter definitely elevates it. Thank you!

  22. Erin

    5 stars
    Cookies are delicious!

    Maybe it’s just me, but I thought sugar was a dry ingredient, so I put sugar in with the flour- so I had to start over from that point once I read the next step. Maybe make that more clear for baking novices—- and yes I did read through the directions ahead of time, but while in the baking zone I forgot about the sugar going into the butter.

    These will definitely be made again.

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  24. Melissa Whittaker

    5 stars
    I thought these cookies would spread because of the already melted browned butter. But to my surprise, they came out perfectly. I used mini chocolate chips and a mini cookie scoop. Baked for 8 minutes exactly and left on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to the cooling rack. Love these brown butter chocolate chip cookies and will be making again soon!!!

  25. Becky

    5 stars
    I just made these and they are easily one of the best cookies I have ever made and I have made a lot of cookies! I’m so glad I found this recipe!! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  26. Nathalie

    5 stars
    I can’t thank you enough for adding the metric measurements. It’s really difficult for a non-American like myself to translate and calculate US measurements with only online guides. That’s the only reason I’ve never made anything by Cookies and Cups and wouldn’t buy her cookbook. These cookies are OUTSTANDING and I will make them again and again with your measurements! Thank you so much.

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