Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies aren’t just soft and chewy, they’re also loaded with rich chocolate chunks and delicious sea salt! Ready in only 40 minutes, this quick and easy chocolate chip cookie recipe will quickly become the new family favorite.

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Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Please excuse my humble brag, but I honestly think these are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve made yet! They are super soft and buttery, loaded with rich chocolate chunks AND sprinkled with delicious sea salt. To say this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe is amazing would be an understatement!

OK, humble brag over. But seriously, I am just so excited to share my brown butter chocolate chip cookie recipe with you today! I made these just like my Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie, but instead of having one giant cookie, I portioned the dough out into 18 individual cookies and loaded it with chocolate chunks and sea salt.

These mouthwatering brown butter sea salt chocolate chip cookies take just 40 minutes to bake and turn out PERFECTLY — firm around the edges and wonderfully gooey with melted chocolate in the center. And trust me on the extra step of browning the butter, it really is the secret to success with this recipe. While melted butter adds extra chewiness, the extra step of browning adds a delightful toffee flavor.

six brown butter salted chocolate chips cookies on a cooking rack

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light or dark brown sugar (Make sure the sugar is soft and not hard!)
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • Sea salt for sprinkling on top, to taste

two hands pulling a gooey chocolate chunk cookie apart

How to Make Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Brown butter: Add 10 tablespoons of butter to a small saucepan. Heat over medium high heat and cook until butter is golden brown and bubbly. This takes about 5 minutes. Cut the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into cubes and add to a large bowl.
  2. Combine wet ingredients: Combine the melted butter with the cubed butter in the bowl and stir until melted together. Stir in both sugars, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Combine dry ingredients: In a separate medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch.
  4. Make batter: Fold in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two parts until incorporated. Be careful not to over mix! Fold in chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
  5. Allow cookies to rest / preheat oven: I let my cookie dough sit for 20 minutes to firm up a bit! While waiting for the dough to firm up, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Divide the cookie dough: Into 18 cookies and place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
  7. Bake: For 10 minutes or until golden brown. They still may look a bit soft in the middle, but that is totally fine!
  8. Cool & Serve: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve!

A Few Quick Tips for Making these Cookies

  • Bake one tray at a time. I know when you’re in a rush it’s tempting to throw several pans of cookies into the oven at once, but while this will save you some time, it won’t necessarily yield the delicious chocolate chip cookies you’re craving! It’s important to bake just one tray at a time so the cookies all bake evenly.
  • Let the cookie dough rest. Again, I know time is precious! But patience really is key when baking. I like to let my cookie dough rest for 20-30 minutes before putting them in the oven so that the dough has time to firm up. You can also make this dough ahead of time and either refrigerate or freeze for cooking later.
  • Don’t over work the dough. It’s important to mix all of your ingredients just until they are combined. The more you mix the dough, the more air gets into it which can prevent the cookies from rising. So unless you want super flat and crispy cookies, avoid over-mixing!

Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies

The best Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies aren't just soft and chewy, they're also loaded with rich chocolate chunks and delicious sea salt! Ready in only 40 minutes, this quick and easy chocolate chip cookie recipe will quickly become the new family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup light or dark brown sugar make sure the sugar is soft and not hard
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • sea salt for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  • Add 10 tablespoons of butter to a small saucepan. Heat over medium high heat and cook until butter is golden brown and bubbly. Takes about 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to a large bowl. Cut into cubes.
  • Add the melted butter to the cubed butter in the bowl and stir until melted.
  • Stir in both sugars, eggs and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and cornstarch.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two parts until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • I let my cookie dough sit for 20 minutes to firm up a bit.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees while you are waiting for your dough to firm up.
  • Divide dough into 18 cookies and place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. (They still may look a bit soft in the middle that is fine)
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Andes Mint Cookies, Baking, Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dessert

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

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  • Kathy Bradford

    These are such an improvement over the standard recipe on the yellow bag. The browned butter flavor really shines through and makes the dough much more than just a covering for chocolate chips. The adjusted proportions of brown to white sugar, the addition of the corn starch, and one less egg white make a subtle but wonderful difference in the texture. You are so right about pulling them out when they still look a bit soft in the middle. The chewy texture with crisp edges is just perfect!

    We wrapped some of the dough in plastic wrap in the shape of a log and stored it in the refrigerator for ten days. It was like having a reserve of gold that could just be pulled out and sliced for nearly instant hot cookies. In the time it took to heat the oven, the cookies were sliced and ready to bake. If it had lasted, the dough could have been frozen, but this was too good to stay around for long. We took them to a party, and people noticed the difference.

    It was nice to have a recipe that didn’t require a mixer or creamed butter and sugar, but the flavor was the best part!

  • nicolthepickle

    These were really good. I’m eating one right now. They’re a good, plain chocolate chip cookie, but a little better.
    I’m curious as to why I don’t just turn all the butter into brown butter?

    Also just a random public service announcement but if you’re a fan of brown butter. Better Homes and Gardens has a brown butter pie/tart that is amazing.

  • Hi!

    It is totally preference. You can brown all of the butter for a more intense flavor or a portion like I did.

    You will have to send me the link for the brown butter tart. I would love to try it!!

    Thanks,

    Kelley

  • Kathie Schrieber

    Not to call you out but this is COOKS ILLUSTRATED recipe. The ingredients are the exact same but their method is, I believe much better. The cooling process of the butter is their tried & true best way to do it. Try it😉! They’re the best!👍🏼

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