Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy, brown butter chocolate chip cookies are mouth watering perfection! There is nothing better than these extra large, ooey gooey goodness.

What’s better than chocolate chip cookies? The best loved sweet treat to put you in a nostalgic mood and bring back all of the fond memories of childhood. Indulge those sweet reminiscences with these other classic goodies: Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies, Lucky Charms Bars, & Gooey Rice Krispie Treats.

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies

Taking Cookies to a New Level

Nothing says welcome home from a long day like a batch of warm cookies. My kids LOVE sitting down with a glass of milk and  some sweet morsels and telling me about their day. Fills the body and the soul.

Browning the butter takes these to the next level by creating a richer and nuttier flavor that is a great addition to just about any cookie recipe. If you have the time for it its a great flavor profile to mix in.

These cookies are quickly working their way up to the top of our favorite cookie list. Yes, we have a list of our favorite cookies! They’re crisp, chewy and loaded with gooey chocolate. A pinch of sea salt on top makes them even more amazing. There’s nothing better than freshly baked homemade cookies!

Cookie dough rolled in balls

How to Make Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ditch the mixer, and grab a whisk + spatula. For this recipe all you’ll need is a little elbow grease!

This particular recipe requires a bit more prep work/patience, but I promise you it’s worth it. You’ll brown some of the butter, whisk and wait for the sugar to dissolve, then fold in the dry ingredients and chocolate. 

Place 4 TB of butter in a large mixing bowl, set aside/

To brown the butter:

    • Melt 10 tablespoons butter over med-high heat in heavy bottomed saucepan. 
    • Whisk continuously until butter begins to sizzle
    • Butter will be golden brown with a nutty aroma
    • DO NOT let it burn!
    • Remove the heat and poor over the butter in the mixing bowl

Stir combined butters until melted. Combine with sugars, salt, and vanilla. Whisk in eggs and yolk until smooth (about 30 seconds). Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes.

Combine flour and baking soda in a separate bowl, set aside.

Whisk butter/sugar mixture for 30 seconds. Let stand 3 minutes.

Chop bittersweet chocolate into chunks, set aside.

Whisk butter/sugar mixture for 30 seconds. Let stand 3 minutes.

NOW stir in flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and chunks. Place six 3-tablespoon size balls on each parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt (if desired)

Bake one sheet at a time for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees – rotate sheet halfway through cooking.

Remove from oven and cool 2-3 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate chip cookies with brown butter

Storing Info + Tips

  • Use two scoops of dough to form an extra large ball. These are XL cookies after all.
  • If you want to make these a standard size, use a standard size scoop (1.5 tablespoons), place 1 dozen cookies on a sheet and bake them for 10-12 minutes.

Storing / Reheating: You should store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. If you would like to warm up the cookies you can pop them in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. 

Freezing: You can scoop (portion the dough out) and freeze it for up to 3 months in a Ziploc bag. Write the baking directions on it. Bake them for a few minutes longer than recommended. If you don’t want to bake all of the cookies right away, you can portion the dough out and when a cookie craving strikes, pull one or two balls of dough out and bake them! 

How long do they last? Homemade cookies should last about a week before drying out. 

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies recipe

Bake 6 cookies at a time, rotating the pan half way through. Mine took the full 14 minutes to get nice and crisp on the outsides and set in the centers. However, if you prefer softer cookies, bake them for 12 minutes. Once they’ve cooled, grab a big glass of milk and enjoy!

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XL Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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What's better than chocolate chip cookies? Fresh baked chewy XL browned butter chocolate chip cookies! They're the best!
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Yield: 12-14 cookies
Ingredients
  • 14 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
  • ¾ c. brown sugar, packed (dark brown works too)
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1¼ tsp. kosher sea salt (or 1 tsp. table salt)
  • 2½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 1 ¾ c. all-purpose flour (8¾ ounces)
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ c. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Place 4 tablespoons of butter in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
  3. In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan set over medium-high heat, add 10 tablespoons of butter. Heat until melted, about 2-3 minutes, then whisk constantly until the butter begins to sizzle, then foam. The butter will become golden brown with a nutty aroma. DO NOT LET IT BURN. Remove the heat and pour over the butter in the large mixing bowl. Stir until the butter is completely melted.
  4. Add sugars, salt, and vanilla, whisk until combined. Add the egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.
  6. Whisk the butter sugar mixture for 30 seconds. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, chop the bittersweet chocolate into chunks.
  8. Whisk the butter sugar mixture for 30 seconds. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes.
  9. Stir in flour mixture to the large bowl, mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and chunks.
  10. Create balls of dough that are approximately 3 tablespoons in size. Place six balls of dough on each sheet, sprinkle the tops with sea salt if desired.
  11. Place one sheet at a time in the oven and bake for 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheets for 2-3 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
-If you want to make these a standard size, use a standard size scoop (1.5 tablespoons), place 1 dozen cookies on a sheet and bake them for 10-12 minutes.
-You can scoop (portion the dough out) and freeze it for up to 3 months. Bake them for a few minutes longer than recommended.


Recipe source: adapted from America's Test Kitchen