brown butter chocolate chip cookies arranged on a white platter

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These unique chocolate chip cookies are thick and chewy, loaded with chocolate chips, and have a deep caramelly flavor thanks to brown butter. Likely to become your go-to dark chocolate chip cookie recipe!

The hardest part of making this chocolate chip cookie recipe is trying not to eat all of the cookie dough before you bake them. But they are worth the wait! These drool-worthy cookies are thick and chewy, with slightly crisp edges, plump full of chocolate chips, with rich and nutty brown butter. I hope this becomes your favorite dark chocolate chip cookie recipe!

I always associate brown butter with eating popcorn in the summer as a kid. My small town had a popcorn stand in the liquor store parking lot, and my family and I would walk the mile or so uptown frequently to buy popcorn on warm summer nights. It always felt like an exciting event, and sometimes my sister and I would ask our parents if we could go without them. I’m not sure if the popcorn made it home on those particular outings; the enticing smell was overwhelming. I didn’t know it at the time, but this popcorn was bathed in brown butter and salt. Whoever made the popcorn must have been re-melting butter in the same pan so the leftover bits would brown and take on a yummy nutty flavor.

browned butter in a white bowl
close up of chocolate chip cookie dough in a silver bowl with white rubber spatula.

What Is Brown Butter?

If you haven’t had the pleasure of eating or making brown butter, you are in for a real treat with these cookies. Browning butter is the process of caramelizing the milk solids in butter, so it transforms the flavor into one that is more intense and slightly nutty (see picture above). If you think about the difference in taste between granulated sugar and caramel, it’s similar with butter and brown butter in that you are changing the flavor by enhancing it and making it richer, with caramel-like flavor notes. In French, instead of calling it brown butter, they call it “beurre noisette” or hazelnut butter. When you make it, your kitchen will smell absolutely incredible.

Brown butter has gained in popularity with chefs over the years, so more people are cooking and baking with it. This is a very good thing! It only takes a few minutes to make and you can store it in the refrigerator or freezer for later use. It can be used in sweet or savory preparations, so play around with it! It’s fun to use it when you want to enhance a dish or recipe and make it a bit more sophisticated. It would be incredible used in this Strawberry Cornmeal Cake and IS incredible in this Peach Crisp with Brown Butter Crumble.

two plates of brown butter chocolate chip cookies with more cookies on a baking sheet

How To Make Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Brown Butter

  • Brown the butter*: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, swirl the pot a few times and cook for several more minutes, until mixture starts to get foamy and becomes a deep amber color. Scrape the bottom of pan a few times to gather brown bits (this is a good sign!). Remove from heat and transfer to a heat-proof bowl. Chill until solid, 2-3 hours.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, sugars, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until combined, 2-3 minutes. Turn off mixer, scrape down sides of bowl, and mix again for 2 minutes. Mixture should be light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat for an additional 2 minutes until well incorporated.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed at first, and when flour is almost absorbed, mix on medium until just combined.
  • Remove bowl from stand mixer and, using a rubber spatula, mix in chocolate chips by hand.
  • Chill dough mixture for at least 2 hours or up to 48 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop or rolling by hand, place 1-tablespoon balls onto baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges become a light golden brown.
  • Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough arranged in five rows on a baking sheet
brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough arranged in five rows on a baking sheet

Recipe Notes and Helpful Tips

You can make the brown butter several days ahead of time. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before using so that you can properly cream it when it’s time to be mixed in.

If you brown the butter the same day as making the cookies, be sure to let it cool after you make it. You want butter that is room temperature. If it’s still warm when you use it, you could potentially cook the eggs and melt the chocolate chips – not a desired outcome!

At the end of the dough-mixing process, chill the dough for at least 2 hours. This prevents the cookies from becoming flattened discs when you bake them. It’s not a necessary step, but I recommend it.

More Cookie Recipe Ideas!

close up of inside of brown butter chocolate chip cookie on parchment paper

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brown butter chocolate chip cookies arranged on a white platter

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These unique chocolate chip cookies are thick and chewy, loaded with chocolate chips, and have a deep caramel-y flavor thanks to brown butter. Likely to become your go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups dark (60% or higher) chocolate chips
  • coarse sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Brown the butter*: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, swirl the pot a few times and cook for several more minutes, until mixture starts to get foamy and becomes a deep amber color. Scrape the bottom of pan a few times to gather brown bits (this is a good sign!). Remove from heat and transfer to a heat-proof bowl. Chill until solid, 2-3 hours.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, sugars, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until combined, 2-3 minutes. Turn off mixer, scrape down sides of bowl, and mix again for 2 minutes. Mixture should be light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat for an additional 2 minutes until well incorporated.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed at first, and when flour is almost absorbed, mix on medium until just combined.
  • Remove bowl from stand mixer and, using a rubber spatula, mix in chocolate chips by hand.
  • Chill dough mixture for at least 2 hours or up to 48 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop or rolling by hand, place 1-tablespoon balls onto baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges become a light golden brown.
  • Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*Can be done up to 2 days ahead of time. Store in refrigerator and when ready to use, bring to room temperature.
Keyword brown butter, chocolate chips, cookies

15 Comments

  1. Barbara J Haner

    5 stars
    OMG! The pictures of these cookies are amazing! It seems you can reach in and grab one to eat! I will be making these cookies!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! These cookies look absolutely scrumptious! Love using brown butter in baking.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m certain the only way to improve a chocolate chip cookie is by adding brown butter. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    It’s amazing how transformative brown butter can be. This is the most PERFECT chocolate chip cookie you’ll ever eat!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve actually never had brown butter, but running to the kitchen to try these out now!

  6. 5 stars
    Chocolate chip cookies are the best. I love the extra flavor from the browned butter in these

  7. Barbara J Haner

    5 stars
    I am making these again tomorrow! I don’t think I will ever make another chocolate chip cookie again! I plan on putting in the freezer so we have some for our road trip in June!

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