Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies make a good thing even better by adding nutty brown butter to my classic chewy chocolate chip cookies. No chilling the dough needed!

For other ways to enjoy Chocolate Chip Cookies, try these Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies or Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies on a wire cooling rack.
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Why make Brown Butter Cookies

Brown butter is that little something-something that makes everything that much more delicious.

It’s such a simple trick—melt butter on the stovetop and keep cooking it until it’s fragrant and nutty.

Then, add it to recipes like brown butter snickerdoodles and rice krispie treats to give them an instant upgrade.

I’ve been testing this recipe over on my Instagram page and it’s been such a hit!

Here’s why you’ll love them:

  • They’re so easy! These brown butter chocolate chip cookies aren’t any more difficult than a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe (or these Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies). The only extra step is making the browned butter!
  • They’ve got that irresistible chewy texture we all love in chocolate chip cookies. 
  • No chilling the dough needed.
  • You just have to try them to see for yourself—these are the best chocolate chip cookies! Buttery, slightly nutty, with so much depth and rich flavor in every bite.

For a super thick cookie, be sure to give these world famous Levain Cookies a try soon.

Important Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make brown butter cookies.
  • Butter – Although I usually use unsalted butter for baking, this is a recipe where salted does work! Use what you have on hand!
  • Light brown sugar – This has a milder flavor than dark brown sugar, which is what we want here—it gives the brown butter flavor the chance to shine!
  • Vanilla extract – Use a high-quality pure vanilla extract or homemade vanilla extract.
  • All-purpose flourMeasure the flour by lightly spooning it into the measuring cups rather than scooping.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate – You can use chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or a coarsely chopped chocolate bar. I like to use chocolate bars because you get a nice mix of large and small pieces.
  • Flaked sea salt – This is optional, but really, it’s a must if you love sweet-and-salty treats! It really makes these cookies pop.

How to Make Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step by step photos showing how to make brown butter chocolate chip cookies.

PRO TIP: Before beginning, use our guide on how to brown butter for best tips and tricks!

Brown the Butter: In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Continue heating for about 5 minutes, swirling the pan gently. The butter will brown and begin to foam, then stop bubbling. Remove the pan from the heat.

Make the Cookie Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar. 
  • Beat for about 2 minutes with a paddle attachment. 
  • Add the vanilla and eggs and beat until well mixed.
  • Mix in the flour, salt, and baking soda until just combined. 
Step by step photos showing how to make cookie dough batter.

Add chocolate. Fold in the chopped chocolate bars.

Bake: Place the pans in the oven and bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired, then cool on a wire rack. 

Brown butter cookie broken in half.

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By: Aimee
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies make a good thing even better by adding nutty brown butter to my classic chewy chocolate chip cookies.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, see notes
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups chopped semi-sweet chocolate, see notes
  • 1 Tablespoon flaked sea salt, optional topping
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Brown the Butter

  • In a small saucepan, add butter and melt over low heat. Continue heating for about 5 minutes, swirling the pan gently to see the butter browning, without stirring.
  • The butter will beging to foam and stop bubbling. Remove from heat.

Make the Cookie Dough

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine browned butter with brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat for about 2 minutes with a paddle attachment, until fully blended. Add in vanilla and eggs and beat until well mixed.
  • Add flour, salt and baking soda JUST until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in chopped chocolate bars (saving a few bits to put on the tops of the cookies before baking, if desired).
  • Bake cookies in the preheated oven for about 12-14 minutes. The cookies will be darker because of the browned butter. Remove from oven and sprinkle with flaked sea salt, if desired. Remove and cool on a wire rack.


  • For all my tips and tricks on browning butter, check out this easy guide on how to brown butter. I love using salted butter for this recipe, but unsalted will work too.
  • Chop chocolate bars ahead of time. I used a total of 3 bars (4 ounce each). Just roughly chop the bars, and you’ll use all the fine bits that fall off with the knife plus the bigger pieces.
  • No need to chill the dough! But if you DO want to chill the dough, I recommend portioning the dough with a cookie scoop before chilling. Otherwise the dough is hard to work with. 
  • Store cookies in a an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.
  • Freeze baked cookies in a freezer safe, air tight container for up to 3 months. Or portion the cookie dough and freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months.
  • Recipe based off our favorite chocolate chip cookies. The browned butter adds a rich nutty caramel flavor!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks!


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 0.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Trans Fat: 0.001g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 175mg, Potassium: 38mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 20IU, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Posted on March 4, 2024

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