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Easy chocolate chip cookies made with salted browned butter. These brown butter sea salt chocolate chip cookies are so easy to make too. You don’t even need a mixer for these cookies or need to chill these brown butter cookies!
When it comes to cookies, chocolate chip reigns supreme. You agree right? So what could make a chocolate chip cookie even better. Use browned butter. Oh my word. Browned butter. And make it so I don’t have to chill the dough so we can all have cookies as soon as possible. Enter these cookies. Oh these glorious cookies.
This recipe actually comes from one of the many cookbooks I won. I have close to 100 cookbooks. Yes 100. There a few books that I use all the time and could not live without.
But what about the rest? Sometimes I feel like I buy them only to keep them shelved. And it’s such a shame! Because I know they are chock full of great recipes from great bakers and chefs. So lately, I’ve been wanting to dust them all off and pick a few recipes to highlight them for you. Like this cookie recipe!
This cookie recipe comes from the Cookies and Cups cookbook, a cookbook from Shelly, from the Cookies and Cups food blog. I baked her Nutella Brownies recently and fell in love with them. They were so fudgy and delicious and so simple to make as well! I knew I had to pick a few more simple scratch made recipes to share with you.
So of course after perusing them all I had to pick the cover recipe. Salty Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. I mean if they are the cover photo then you know the recipe has got to be out of this world. And when I saw you didn’t need to chill these even better. I adapted the recipe slightly and basically made them in the same pan I made the browned butter in to simplify matters.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- The FLAVOR – Whoa, adding browned salted butter to these cookies adds so much flavor and adds this extra toffee note that is SO good. Don’t skip it!
- No Mixer Needed – Because this is using melted butter in a sense, you don’t need to cream the butter and sugar first. So you can just mix this up with a spatula. Yes!!
- No Chilling Required! – Yes I’m a huge fan of chilling my cookie dough first, but let’s face it that means it takes longer to have cookies ready! And this recipe you don’t have to chill them so they can go from being mixed straight to oven.
Ingredients for this cookie recipe
- Salted butter – Yes, the cookbook called for salted. If you don’t have salted butter on hand and only unsalted, you would an extra teaspoon of salt. You can read more here about Unsalted Butter Vs. Salted Butter In Baking. And then butter will be getting browned on the stove, to really up the flavor!
- All-purpose flour – You will need just good old regular AP flour for this. But it’s important to measure your flour correctly. I recommend using a kitchen scale but if measuring by weight be sure to spoon the flour into your cup and level it off. Do not pack it down in. You can read more here about how to measure flour.
- Baking Soda – You will add a little baking soda to these cookies to help give them a little lift. Make sure your baking soda is active and not expired. You can always test it in a small bowl with lemon juice (or vinegar) to see if it bubbles. And don’t mix it up with baking powder! They aren’t the same. You can read more here about Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda.
- Salt – Wait, more salt? Yes a little extra salt for a little more flavor! I always use kosher salt because it has no additives and the best taste. You can read more here about the The Role Of Salt In Baking.
- Brown sugar – You will need light brown sugar, which will add moisture and wonderful caramel notes. And adding more brown sugar than white sugar will create a chewier cookie in the end. If measuring by volume, make sure to pack the brown sugar into your cup. If you have run out of brown sugar, you can always learn How To Make Brown Sugar at home!
- Granulated sugar – You will also need some granulated sugar as well. Having a higher ratio of brown sugar to white sugar as I think creates the best texture but also with cookies not spreading as much.
- Eggs – You will need two room temperature eggs to help bind the cookie dough together. To warm up your eggs quickly, place them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes before using them.
- Vanilla – Pure vanilla is always best!
- Chocolate chips – I used semi-sweet chocolate chips but you could use chunks, chips, or miniature as well for more chocolate in every bite – or try a combination!
How to make these browned butter chocolate chip cookies
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, then bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, swirl the pan constantly until the butter passes foamy phase and becomes a deep amber color. Remove from the heat and transfer the butter to a mixing bowl to cool slightly.
While the butter is cooling, preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the cooled butter and stir to combine.
Add in your flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir using a wooden spoon until the dough comes together and the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a medium (2-tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are lightly golden.
Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired sprinkle a small amount of flaked sea salt on top of the cookies as they are cooling. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Tips for Making These Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Measure flour carefully. You don’t want to over-measure. Use a kitchen scale for exact measurements, or use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup and level it off with a butter knife. Don’t pack the flour down.
- Don’t skip browning the butter! It adds so much flavor and is worth the extra steps. You can check out here on How To Brown Butter.
- Don’t overmix. As with all baking recipes, overmixing causes tough, dense dough. Mix until just combined.
- Don’t overbake. For that signature soft, chewy center with slightly crispy edges, you can’t bake the cookies too long. The centers should still look slightly soft when you take them out of the oven. They will continue cooking slightly on the cookie sheet.
How do you brown butter?
Let’s talk browned butter. These cookies are made with browned salted butter. If you want step by step photos you can click on how to make browned butter.
Browning butter is actually quite easy! You want to:
- Melt the butter (I do this over medium to medium high heat)
- Cook off the water. Continue to cook and stir the butter for about 2-3 minutes.
- Butter will begin to foam. (about 5 minutes in).
- The butter will turn to brown (and little bits may form on the bottom).
- Take it off the heat!
Do I need to brown the butter?
Using browned butter gives these cookies this amazing nutty and caramel flavor that only browned butter can make. I don’t normally use salted butter in my desserts, but I accidentally picked up a box of it at the store, so I knew it was fate that I had to make these cookies.
And you know what? Using salted butter in this recipe really balances out all the sweetness. So if you’re into that whole salty and sweet dessert thing- then make these!
Commonly Asked Cookie Questions
What Kind Of Chocolate Chips Should I Use?
I have been using and loving these Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They are just real chocolate with no added weird ingredients.
But if you can’t find these, I always recommend using a semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chip.
Can you freeze these cookies?
Yes! You can never have too many cookies on hand in the freezer. 😉
To freeze unbaked: Make and scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Freeze the cookies on the sheet until solid, then store in an air-tight zipper bag or container. Bake straight from frozen, just add 1-3 minutes of extra baking time.
To freeze baked: Cool baked cookies thoroughly, then freeze until solid. Store in an air-tight zipper bag or container. Thaw at room temperature or microwave for a few seconds to re-warm.
For a complete tutorial, be sure to read my post How To Freeze Cookie Dough
Why did my cookies spread so much?
If your cookies spread or got very flat, it is likely due to one of these 8 reasons. Try reading through the list to pinpoint the problem.
For this recipe in particular, it is important to start with room temperature butter (not too soft! See the notes in the recipe) and to measure the flour correctly to prevent flat cookies. You could also try refrigerating the dough a bit before baking if your cookies usually spread.
What flour is best for cookies?
If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between all-purpose, whole wheat, bread, and cake flour is, this Flour 101 guide can answer your questions! I also wrote a post about what flour is best for cookies, specifically. I tested all four main flour types and shared the results for each one, as well as shared tips for measuring flour correctly.
Why do my chocolate chip cookies get hard?
This could be because you overbaked the cookies. If the dough is too warm (remember that chilling time!) then it could cause them too spread too much resulting in a cookie that gets too thin and gets too crispy and hard.
Your oven temperature may also be too high. I recommend using an oven thermometer to ensure your oven is running at the correct temperature. Click here to read more about using your oven properly when baking.
More About This Cookbook, if you’re curious
- I love her voice in this cookbook. It’s like she is in the kitchen with me. Talking to me. Walking me through each recipe.
- Each recipe has a photo to go along with it. I mean she is a food blogger so it makes sense. But I hate cookbooks that have like 5 photos to it. And of course each photo is droolworthy, which I would expect no less.
- She starts with recipes “you need to nail” if you say you can bake- like the fudgiest brownies (I’ll take her word on that after I’ve tried these Nutella bad boys) and classic sugar cut-out cookies. Nail these recipes and sky’s the limit.
- There are desserts AND savory recipes. Yes it’s dessert first for this cookbook, and I’m a total fan of that. But even the biggest dessert fan (Me! That’s me!) needs a salty snack and a real meal now and then. You will find some amazing dinners (like garlic bread pasta, swoon!), salads that won’t make you feel like you’re dieting (BLT panzanella, mmhmm you heard right) and some sammies that are I’m seriously crushing on (french onion grilled cheese, ’nuff said).
More Cookie Recipes
- Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies
- Funfetti White Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Salted Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks, 226 g) salted butter
- 2 1/2 cups (300 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup ( 213 g) packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (99 g) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs whisked
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups 340 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- flaked sea salt (for sprinkling), optional
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, then bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, swirl the pan constantly until the butter passes foamy phase and becomes a deep amber color. Remove from the heat, and allow the butter to cool slightly.
- While the butter is cooling, preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the butter to a mixing bowl.
- To the butter, Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the cooled butter in the saucepan and stir to combine. Add in your flour, baking soda, and salt . Stir using a wooden spoon until the dough comes together and the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Using a medium (2-tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are lightly golden.
- Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired sprinkle a small amount of flaked sea salt on top of the cookies as they are cooling. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days