The BEST Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These brown butter chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy in the center, crispy on the edges and loaded with pools of melted bitter-sweet chocolate that compliments the sweetness of the cookies so well! Try it, and you’ll surely be coming back for more!

brown butter chocolate chip cookies

About The Recipe

What make this chocolate chip cookie recipe different from the rest? The brown butter of course! It give a rich and nutty flavor to the cookies, which combined with the chocolate just tastes DIVINE! If you’ve never browned butter before you should know that it’s super easy and makes everything tastes soo much more delicious.

This brown butter chocolate chip cookies recipe has the perfect balance of chewy, soft, gooey, crispy. sweetness and bitterness. I found that many recipes out there just used way too much sugar, and on top of that they would add lot’s of chocolate, which makes delicious cookies, but you would not be able to eat more than one. But this recipe has the perfect amount of sweetness combined with the perfect textures!

The BEST part about this recipe is that it’s super duper easy, no mixer required and can be made in minutes. The ingredients are also very basic and easy to find.

What You Need To Make This Recipe

Butter: use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in your cookies. The butter does not have to be room temperature, because we’re going to melt it anyway.

Egg: use at room temperature for the best results.

Sugars: using more brown sugar than white sugar makes these cookies moist and chewy. Dark brown sugar is best, but light brown sugar will work as well.

Flour: I’ve only made these brown butter chocolate chip cookies using regular all purpose flour.

Chocolate: The secret to gooey chocolate chunk cookies is to use a chocolate bar that’s roughly chopped instead of chocolate chips. I used dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bitter-sweet) as it balances the sweetness of the cookies. You could also milk chocolate or just chocolate chips.

How To Make Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Step 1: Brown the butter, this will take 5-8 minutes, keep the heat on medium or low. Transfer into a bowl and let it cool for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Add the sugars, egg and vanilla extract into the cooled brown butter and mix.

Step 3: Sift in the dry ingredients and fold until almost combined.

Step 4: Add in the chocolate chunks and fold together until fully combined (save some for the top). Avoid overmixing. Cover and chill for 20-30 minutes.

Step 5: Scoop the cookie dough on to a prepared baking tray using a cookie scoop or spoon, leave at 2 inches of space between each cookie ball. Add some more chocolate chunks to the top and bake in an over preheated at 180 °C / 350 °F for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Once baked let the cookies cool completely before serving.

Storing / Freezing The Cookies

Store the brown butter chocolate chip cookies an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week.

To freeze the cookie dough: scoop the cookie dough on to a baking tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for 2 hours. Then transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature and bake as usual.

To freeze baked cookies: wrap the baked brown butter chocolate chunk cookies in a layer of aluminum foil then store in a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature and microwave for 30 second to warm up the cookie if you’d like.

Pro Tips

  • When browning the butter it’s important to be patient, do not leave it unattended, because when the butter does star to brown it does very quickly, so it can burn easily.
  • Don’t overbake the cookies, when the cook time is over the cookies will look undone, that’s exactly how they should look. The cookies will finish cooking while they sit on the baking tray for a few minutes.
  • Measure you flour correctly! Adding too much or too little flour will change the texture of the cookies dramatically. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it off using the back of the spoon.
  •  Chilling the cookie dough is mandatory in this recipe otherwise the cookies will spread way too much. Cold dough results in a thicker cookie, so make sure to chill the dough for at least 20 minutes or even up to an hour.
  • Top the warm baked cookies with some flaky sea salt for and extra kick of flavor!
  • If you have a convection oven (oven with a fan setting), reduce the temperature by 20 degrees.
Brown butter chocolate chip cookies

FAQ’s

Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the cookie dough 2-3 days ahead, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it. It might be a little hard when it comes out of the fridge, so let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften it up a bit. Then shape and bake them the same way.

Can I use a different type of chocolate?

Yes you could, but I recommend that you don’t use milk or white chocolate for this cookie recipe because it will become way too sweet. The bitterness of the dark chocolate(or chips) balances the sweetness of the cookies which results in the perfect brown butter chocolate chip cookie! But if you prefer milk chocolate than do that, it’s totally up to you.

Do I have to wait for the brown butter to cool down before adding the rest of the ingredients?

Yes, this step is crucial, I found that using hot brown butter makes the cookies too crispy and cause the cookies to spread too much. So don’t skip this step.

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Recipe Card

The BEST Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These brown butter chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy in the center, crispy on the edges and loaded with pools of melted bitter-sweet chocolate that compliments the sweetness of the cookies so well! Try it, and you’ll surely be coming back for more!

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 14 min

Chill Time: 30 min

Total Time: 54 min

Course: Dessert

Servings: 11-12 cookies

Calories: 41kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (113g)
  • 1 large egg, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (118g)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour (156g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate, chopped/chips (100g)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan melt and brown the butter on medium heat. This will take 5-8 minutes. Transfer to a medium sized bowl and let it cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In the bowl with the cooled brown butter add, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  3. Sift in all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold using a spatula until almost combined.
  4. Add in the chopped chocolate (or chips), save some chocolate for the top, fold until fully combined. Cover and chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 °C / 350 °F. Line two baking trays with parchment. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the cookie dough on to the prepared baking tray with at least 2 inches of space between each cookie. Add the remining chocolate on top.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, the edges should has slightly browned. Let the cookies on the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 240.87kcal

Total Fat: 11.75g

Carbs: 31.54g

Protein: 2.58g

Sodium: 102.35mg

Sugars: 19.41g

Fiber: 1.02g


** Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more. **

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