The Best Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Who can resist the allure of a delicious chocolate chip cookie? This recipe takes it up a notch with the magic of browned butter, adding an incredible flavor to these cookies that will surely blow your mind! Picture this: thick, gooey, and nutty goodness. The browned butter infuses a rich caramel taste, while sea salt flakes provide the perfect touch of saltiness to balance it all out.

The Best Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 6


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour level, not heaping – Remove 2 tablespoons *see note.
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup melted browned butter approximately 14 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate bar chopped into chunks
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Maldon salt flakes for garnish


  • Make the browned butter (see note below) or re-melt if already made. Mix in instant espresso and set aside for about 20 minutes to infuse and cool.
  • In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, mix browned butter, brown sugar, light brown sugar, and white sugar until well blended.
  • Add 1 egg, beat for 1-2 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla extract, beat for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add dry ingredients to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Gently stir in chocolate chunks and chocolate chips.
  • Scoop out about 1/3 cup of dough, roll into balls, and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate if time allows.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove dough from the fridge and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes until edges are golden brown. Avoid overbaking.
  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with Maldon salt or your favorite flaky sea salt!


*How to make browned butter:*
  • Cut butter into cubes.
  • Melt in a pan over medium heat, whisking continuously.
  • Once melted and foamy, with a nutty aroma and brown specs, remove from heat.
  • Use immediately or store until ready to bake.
*Flour Note:*
  • After measuring 2 leveled cups, remove 2 tablespoons of flour.

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