Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe for brown butter chocolate chip cookies has been on my site for a few years and it is easily my most favorite. I bake these all the time. If I need a last minute treat for company, a yummy thank you gift, or if I have a hankering for something sweet, these cookies are the answer. I think it’s the only recipe I have committed to memory.

I baked a batch over the weekend and I thought I’d update the post, complete with new and improved pictures and weight measurements for the ingredients.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are ordinary and extraordinary all at the same time. Just my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe, but made with brown butter. It makes all the difference.

I have made one adjustment since this recipe was originally posted, however. I now sprinkle the cookie dough with coarse salt before putting them in the oven. Β It’s completely optional, but if you’re as big a fan of a sweet and salty combo as I am, you gotta give it a try.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfectly baked cookies every time

Pull cookies from the oven when the edges are golden brown and the tops are just starting to turn golden. Once out of the oven, leave the cookies on the sheet pan for a few minutes, where they’ll do a little more baking and setting up. After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely and you’ll have perfectly crisp cookies with a chewy center.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Not your everyday chocolate chip cookies, flavored with brown butter and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Yield: 2½ dozen cookies
  • 1 cup (236 grams) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • 1 cup (215 grams) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cup (300 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (1 lb, 450 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Coarse salt, for sprinkling (optional)
  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Once melted, continue to cook until it turns golden brown. Swirl the pan occasionally if needed so that it browns evenly. Watch it fairly closely, as it can go from brown to burned quickly. When the color has turned golden, small flecks speckle the butter, and it has a nutty aroma, remove from heat and poor into a shallow dish. Chill in the fridge until it becomes solid. You want it to be soft, but not melted. If it cool too hard, let it come back to room temperature before using.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. Beat the brown butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium high speed with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Add the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
  5. Spoon by the tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches in between each cookie. Sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

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62 Responses to Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Maria says:

    I have made ccc with brown butter and they are fabulous! Yours look perfect!

  2. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says:

    Yum! I want to try this with one of my favorite cookie recipes πŸ™‚

  3. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    I have been craving chocolate chip cookies like crazy lately, but I've never made them with brown butter… Mmmm! No time like the present to try, though. These look absolutely delicious!

  4. Kristi says:

    can't wait to try these Annalise! I'm craving chocolate chip cookies now.

  5. Holly says:

    I want to try one of these with a hot cup of coffee!!! YUM:)

  6. Mary says:

    Annalise, I love to read about the cookies you bake. These sound really wonderful. I love to visit here. The food and recipes you feature are just wonderful. I hope 2011 brings you a full measure of happiness. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  7. Eat. Laugh. Run. says:

    Brown butter is basically god's gift to bakers, it's like heaven! I've used it in both cake and blondies and it truly makes such a difference, your cookies look fantasticly delicious πŸ™‚

  8. Jackie says:

    Brown butter? Wow. I've got to try that! But this time make brown butter without burning it…

    Jax x

  9. Jennifurla says:

    I have some pudding that needs this as it's topping…lovely idea.

  10. Alicia says:

    I'm totally trying these! I've been craving a good chocolate chip cookie for a few weeks now.

  11. Diana Bauman says:

    Beautiful Annalise!

  12. Isabelle says:

    Oh yum! Browned butter is like bacon fat… it makes everything so much better. I think I may have to start making all my favourite baked goods with browned butter instead, now that I know it's a really straightforward substitution. πŸ™‚

  13. Christina of Form V Artisan says:

    Butter is better brown.

  14. warmvanillasugar says:

    I agree! Browned butter makes a waaaay better chocolate chip cookie!! Glad we agree πŸ™‚

  15. Janey says:

    Yum and genius!!

  16. Medifast Coupon says:

    Browning butter smells wonderful, so the addition of this taste into chocolate cookies is wonderful ! Great secret!

  17. Nicole@ The Dirty Oven says:

    Wow these look wonderful! Brown butter rules!

  18. Wilde in the Kitchen says:

    I'm on the browned butter band wagon! Everything is better with browned butter πŸ™‚ I made spritz cookies with browned butter, so much better than regular!

  19. Lovinlife says:

    Dear Annalise,
    I'm really happy to come across your blog… I love the photography, your writing, your recipes… gosh, you are good!

    I have tried numerous chocolate chip cookies recipe… I've found some good one, but have not found my perfect one..
    I can't wait to try out this recipe shared by you.. I was just wondering, between this chocolate chip recipe (which at that time, you said it was the best), may I know, which you prefer at this point? the one posted in 2008, or this new one that you have just shared? ^^
    Your earlier recipe :

  20. Jennifurla says:

    Hi, I used this recipe on my blog. Thanks so much, I used it as a topping on pudding. Everyone just loved it.

  21. Lucy says:

    Oh these look just perfect! Craving a brown butter fix now πŸ™‚

  22. Betsy says:

    Oh Goodness Gracious – I made these tonight (the oven is still cooling down as I type); I substituted walnuts and craisins for the chocolate chips, but otherwise followed your recipe to a T. THE BEST COOKIES TO EVER COME OUT OF MY KITCHEN without a doubt. πŸ™‚

  23. Erin says:

    I made these tonight, except that I used half semisweet/half milk chocolate chips… they were SO GOOD. Oh my gosh. My boyfriend and I were amazed when we bit into them. Definitely, definitely saving this recipe. In fact, he just said that we were going to have them at our wedding reception one day xD they're that good!

  24. Goddess of Baking says:

    wow these look soo good! I just made browned butter brownies and they were delicious too!

  25. Anonymous says:

    If heaven had a flavor, it would taste like these cookies!

  26. A. Verzello says:

    Annalise, these are incredible. I used Guittard milk chocolate chips, and the cookies that resulted were probably some of the best I've ever had. I loved the brown butter flavor so much, I browned the butter I put in my pancakes this morning. πŸ˜‰

  27. Debbie says:

    Another good recipe! I’ve been reading your blog for quite awhile and have never posted in the past… so, thank you!! I love your blog!

  28. I am making these today! cannot wait πŸ™‚ awesome recipe annalise!

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  30. Jacob says:

    Anybody got the measurements for this in grams or ounces?

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  32. Kathleen says:

    Do you have pinterest, I cannot find it. Would love to save your recipes with pinterest. thanks.

  33. These look and sound so delicious!

  34. Michaela says:

    Thank you so much for including the metric measurements!! This weekend will be cookie time!! πŸ˜‰

  35. These are gorgeous! They look perfectly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. What I wouldn’t give for one right now!

  36. Flavia says:

    I have started adding sea salt to the top of my chocolate chip cookies too. It’s such a delicious twist. Beautiful pictures!

  37. Sea salt on cookies is totally addicting, and brown butter makes everything better! These cookies sound so good, I may have to veer from my usual CCC recipe to try these out!

  38. Julia says:

    Yuuuuuuuuuum! I can’t wait to try this!

  39. These cookies look just beautiful!

  40. I am so tempted to make these today. They look like the perfect chocolate chip cookies.

  41. ec says:

    wow this look fab.

  42. natalie says:

    I adore this recipe. I stumbled upon it last year and since then it has become my favorite cookie recipe! We freeze the dough and eat cookies every night some weeks. They are wonderful! I’m going to have to try the salt!

  43. Csilla says:

    You made these cookies sound so good that I immediately started making them! They look so amazing! One thing though, I am using the metric measurements since I live in Europe and I didn’t check the amounts twice and used exactly the 115 grams for 1 cup. It looked suspicious to me that it’s too less then I realized that 1 cup butter is 226 grams. I thought, I’d let you know πŸ™‚ Also, I love your pictures!

  44. Alison Lewis says:

    these look amazing! Posting this on my facebook page!

  45. Slice says:

    Made these today and they came out perfectly–chewey centers, crispy edges, with a nice salty kick on top. I froze the dough balls to have warm cookies whenever we need a chocolate chip fix. Thank you for another great recipe.

  46. Stephanie says:

    I just made these and they came out great! I have had a hard time finding a chocolate chip recipe that didn’t leave the cookies coming out flat and these had the perfect shape and were delicious!

  47. Sarah says:

    I baked these cookies tonight and they were amazing! I added a pinch of cinnamon into the dry ingredients. Also, I realize that I want to use medium or dark brown sugar since that affects the color of the cookie. I baked the first batch a little too long so they came out crunchier than the other lighter but chewier batches. Live and learn. Thanks for this great post! Love the pics too.

  48. Kristen says:

    I have tried making brown butter chocolate chip cookies, but I live at high altitude, in Colorado and they never seem to turn out quite right. Do I need to make any adjustments to the recipe, or will this work at high altitude? I love brown butter everything!

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  50. Keri Sue says:

    I LOVE caramelly salty things and chocolate chip cookies. I am so happy I found this recipe. The cookie dough is the best thing ever. Serious self control needed to actually get some cookie dough into the oven! Thanks completely delicious lady.

  51. Sara says:

    my cookies came out flat πŸ™

    • Annalise says:

      Unfortunately, there are so many reasons and without being with you in your kitchen watching you make the cookies, I have no way of knowing for sure. If I had to guess though, I’d say it had to do with the temperature of the butter. Maybe it was too soft? Make sure the brown butter solidifies completely before moving on with the recipe. I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out!

  52. Zsofi says:

    yesterday i made them and they were PERFECT!! the whole family loves them, these are better than any other chocolate chip cookies that i’ve tried so far!! πŸ™‚

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  56. Angela says:

    how did you get the crackle tops?? I bake these all the time, but I think the 1tbsp makes for very small cookies–are the ones in the pictures the same size? what’s the size of the cookies after baking?

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