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Favorite Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Browned butter and brown sugar caramelly goodness, crispy edges, barely thick and soft centers, and melty little puddles of chocolate chips.

Do I say it all the time?

But for real, for REAL this time: THESE COOKIES ARE SO GOOD.

Browned butter and brown sugar caramelly goodness, crispy edges, barely thick and soft centers, melty little puddles of chocolate chips and sprinkles of just enough salt to cut the sweetness and make you feel like you could probably eat 5 of them.

My first favorite thing about these browned butter chocolate chip cookies is that they combine the best of both the thin-cookie and thick-cookie worlds with that satisfying little crunch around the edge AND underbaked centers that are thick enough to really sink your teeth into. Best. Of. Both. Worlds.

My second favorite thing about these cookies is that they also just shine, and I mean really shine, with rich, deep, caramelly flavor thanks to a whole lot of browned butter.

At this point in our internet’s recipe-rich history, I try to not add things just for the sake of adding them. Which is why, for a long time, I’ve just let our best soft chocolate chip cookies be our best, our only, our shining star of a chocolate chip cookie recipe.

You know I love those cookies. And I know you love those cookies.

So we have to both know it’s a big day when I’m willing to present a cookie recipe that is, I think, as good or even better for certain moments than our original favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Cookie ingredients on the counter

Ingredients For These Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make these beautiful, nutty, crispy-edged gems happen, you’ll have to gather up the usual chocolate chip cookie party guest list. It’s just going to be a slightly fancier party this time!

  • unsalted butter 
  • white & brown sugars
  • vanilla
  • eggs
  • flour, baking powder, salt
  • chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

How To Make Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

As mentioned, these are a little more involved. They require some tending to butter, some chill times, some extra willpower to not eat ALL the dough before baking. But beyond that, truly not too overly complicated.

  1. Brown the butter. Cut the butter into small pieces for even melting. Swirl in a pan over medium heat. It will get bubbly and then foamy – once the butter starts to turn golden brown (happens quickly!), remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool for a bit.
  2. Make the dough. You’ll get the cooled brown butter (make sure to scrape in all those golden brown bits!) and sugars going first. Then eggs and dry ingredients to that. Hold off on those chocolate chips!
  3. Let the dough rest! It will need to cool for a bit before you add the chocolate chips so they don’t melt. Once it’s fully cooled, add your choco chips and let the dough rest again to fully hydrate the flour and let that browned butter work its flavor magic.
  4. Scoop and bake! You know the drill. Edges cooked, middle a little soft and puffy.
  5. (Okay, let rest one more time 😬). Don’t be mad. But it lets those middles sink and get super dense and barely thick and everything is perfectly chewy-crisp. What a dream.
Mixed cookie batter with chocolate chip cookies

We have a lot of cookies on Pinch of Yum, but two of them (these brand new browned butter ones, and the original best soft chocolate chip cookies) are easily tied for being the best.

I feel it is my civic duty to give you a full breakdown cookie breakdown on each of these recipes and what makes each of them awesome in their own ways.

  • Browned butter chocolate chip cookies (these ones you’re looking at now): These cookies are a work of art. They have complex, rich flavor. They have more of that crispy-meets-soft-and-yummy texture. They are grown-up and almost-fancy. There is more effort required. And the reward is that there is more nuance to both the flavor and the texture. Making them is not overly complicated but it’s also not mindless. These are the cookies for when you need to impress, even if the only person you’re impressing is yourself on a Wednesday night. I feel this is a good time to let you know that this particular cookie dough tastes amazing. AMAZING. Next level. It’s where the browned butter flavor comes through the most. I’m not recommending eating raw cookie dough, I’m just saying, alright?
  • Best soft chocolate chip cookies (the original POY fave): These cookies are unfussy and uncomplicated. No fancy steps, no unusual ingredients, no chill time – just a small batch of chocolate chip cookies underbaked to soft, thick perfection. If I need a quick batch of cookies for friends coming over in an hour, these are the ones I’m making. They have less nuanced flavor than the browned butter cookies, and they’d be less likely to win a high-level baking contest, but depending on the moment, maybe that doesn’t matter. I made these recently and gave a few to our nanny and she texted me later that night to say they were the best cookies she’s ever had. Sometimes basic is best.

If I had to pick between the two… I wouldn’t!

I like them both at full 100% liking capacity, for different reasons. I like to have a cookie for each mood, know what I mean?

Baked cookies on a sheet pan

But since today is the day we’re sharing these browned butter beauties out into the world, today will be the day I say… make these ones.

The originals will still be there for you when you need them. Today is a day to go brown some butter and then experience the rush of sinking your teeth into that crispity edge with the underbaked, slightly thick, gooey, rich center. Treat. Your. Self.

Buttery, caramelly, salty, and chocolatey all in one.

You’re in for a real moment here.

Close up image of a cookie with melted chocolate chips

Watch How To Make This Recipe:

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: Frequently Asked Questions

My cookies turned out extra thick. Why?

This is because of the flour. It’s really important to get the right amount of flour here, which is why I’m going to recommend that you take the time to spoon your flour into your measuring cups and level them with a knife. That is not something I typically recommend because I don’t have the patience for it – but here, it really does matter! An over-floured cookie will be too thick and won’t get the crispy edge. Watch the video to see the consistency of the dough that we’re going for – I find that it’s easier to go by the feel than by exact measurements since there are so many variables that can affect how much flour you’ll need.

I measured my butter, but I ended up with less after I browned it. Why?

If you brown the butter for longer than 5 minutes, it’ll start to lose moisture which will affect your butter  / flour ratios. I like to transfer my butter to a glass measuring cup after I brown it to make sure I still have very close to 1 cup of butter. If you have less, it’s fine, they’ll still turn out, you just want to scale back on the flour by 1-2 tablespoons if you lost a little of that moisture.

I see little flecks of brown in my butter. Is that normal?

Yes! The browned butter will have flecks of brown in it – those are the browned milk solids and they hold all the yummy flavor, so be sure to really scrape your pan down so you get to use all of them!

How do I store leftover dough?

This makes a very large batch of cookies! If you don’t need all of the cookies at once, here’s what I recommend: split the dough into thirds. One third of it should fit onto one large cookie sheet, so you can bake that immediately. Then store the other two thirds in their own containers and either refrigerate (up to 5 days) or freeze (up to three months) and you’ve got two more fresh batches sometime in the future! You can also freeze the rolled balls or the baked cookies, both with great results.

Do I need to make any changes to this recipe if I live at a high altitude?

From a reader: Due to altitude, I typically add extra flour to get the correct thickness, so for this recipe, I anticipated needing to add about 3-4T extra flour. My browned butter measured about 2 tablespoons shy of 1 cup in liquid form, and I ended up needing to add almost 1/2 cup extra flour and refrigerated as instructed.

Source notes: I was first inspired to make this type of fancier chocolate chip cookie by the browned butter cookie recipe in Sarah Kieffer’s book 100 Cookies, which, by the way, is a super fun cookbook for people who love to bake! This was the tutorial I used for learning how to properly brown butter from America’s Test Kitchen, and I also read up quite extensively through the comments section of this Bon Appetit recipe for tips from people who love making cookies with brown butter!

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Favorite Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2530 cookies 1x

Description

Favorite Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! Browned butter and brown sugar caramelly goodness, crispy edges, barely thick and soft centers, and melty little puddles of chocolate chips.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour (see notes! if you like a thicker cookie, use 2 3/4 cup flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Brown the butter: Cut the butter into small pieces for even melting. Melt the butter in a wide stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Swirl the pan a few times as the butter melts. It will get bubbly and then foamy – use a heat-proof spatula to scrape the butter across the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. You’ll see the butter start to turn golden brown very quickly, and you’ll be able to smell it (yum). When it is a nice golden brown color, remove from heat and transfer to a cool bowl or glass measuring cup, being careful not to burn it. The whole process should take about 5 minutes. Let the butter cool for another 5-10 minutes while you measure and prep everything else.
  2. Add the butter, sugars, and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs and beat for 1-2 minutes until shiny and smooth. 
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined into a dense, shiny dough. Let the dough cool for 15-20 minutes (if you add the chocolate chips now, they will melt).
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips or chunks (sometimes it helps to do this by hand). Let the dough rest for another 20-30 minutes. This helps hydrate the flour and carry the browned butter flavor farther in the cookies.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll or scoop your cookie dough into 3-tablespoon balls onto a baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes, until the edges look cooked but the middles are still slightly soft and puffy. 
  7. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest for 15-20 minutes. I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW this is very hard. But as they rest, the middles are going to sink down and kind of densify the middle, so you get that crispy exterior with the barely-thick, underbaked center.

Equipment

  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate chip cookies, browned butter cookies, browned butter chocolate chip cookies, easy cookie recipe

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    Ellie

    These cookies were pretty good. A little too thick and fluffy for my tastes (I did measure with a spoon like the notes said), but they had decent flavor. The main problem I had was that I live in a very dry environment, and usually I add more liquid than a recipe calls for to compensate if a dough turns out too dry, but I wasn’t sure how to do that in this recipe because there aren’t many wet ingredients, and the dough came out very crumbly. It was hard to form balls that would stay together, especially with the chocolate chips that did not want to stick to the dough. What would you recommend next time I try this recipe?






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    Jessica

    My favorite go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe! The browned butter adds so much flavor. They’re the best! Thank you!

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    Carma

    Ok, tasted them and they are bland.
    The cookies on the promo are misleading and prob not from this recipe.
    I feel duped.

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    Carma

    I think the baking powder is 1 time over the line.
    Mine came out like puffballs, which is not my preferred cookie type.
    I haven’t tasted them yet, but I bet they are cakey.
    The dough’s flavor was good though, so.






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    Daniela

    Hi! I’ve made these cookies a few times now but mine are more dome shaped and don’t go flat. What am I doing wrong? They rise a lot and don’t sink down really and I feel they are not spreading enough. They taste great though but are more cakey






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      Carma

      I bet you anything it’s the dang baking powder.

      I saw it in the recipe and felt like it was going to be overkill, and sure enough.

      1 dozen cakeys.

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    Marisa

    These cookies will definitely be in our rotation! Do you have any recommendations for bake time for frozen dough? I made a whole recipe of dough, but my house is only my boyfriend and me so I did not bake them all right away.






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      Melanie

      I have good results baking straight from frozen if I drop the temperature to 325. In my oven they’re perfect baked for 15 minutes! (I scoop dough with the OXO ice cream scoop, which I think is 1/4 c)

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Hi Marisa! I’d add a minute or 2 to the bake time if baking from frozen!

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    Lauren

    Perfection! I made these for a gathering with friends and sent them home with not only cookies, but the recipe as well.

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    Ronna

    Could not wait for an excuse to make these. Found it tonight! They are insanely good!

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    Lindsay

    I never comment but I’ve made these twice in the last week and they are just insane! My new favorite chocolate chip cookies. Thank you!






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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      So glad you’re enjoying the cookies, Lindsay! Thanks for the comment!

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    Lexy

    These cookies are good BUT the Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies are still the best IMO and they take less time. Probably won’t make these ones again because those ones are so good and easy. Yummy cookies though 🤷🏼‍♀️






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    Margaret

    I’ve re-read the recipe and can’t find instruction for “sprinkles of just enough salt to cut the sweetness and make you feel like you could probably eat 5 of them.” I’m sure it’s super easy, but I’m not sure what kind of salt to use — and whether to sprinkle before or after baking. Can’t wait to bake these. Alas, I suspect the temptation to consume 5 is not dependent on the salt sprinkles 😊. Thanks!

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Hi Margaret! We like to sprinkle a bit of sea salt (flaked or coarse) over the cookies right after they come out of the oven.

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    Jordyn Block

    Made these after seeing your post today. I couldn’t resist. They turned out delicious. I only had big chocolate chips so the cookies were a little bigger, cookie like 3 extra mins and they turned out perfect 😍❤️






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    Erra

    These have great flavour (the browned butter really shines through!), but I find them far too sweet.






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    Khadeja Bryan

    I have never tried using browned butter to make my cookies, but these look delicious! I’m definitely going to try your recipe the next time I bake. By the way, thanks for adding video clips of each step. It really helps.
    Quick question, would you recommend substituting margarine for the butter?






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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Hi Khadeja! We’d definitely recommend using real butter in this recipe!

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    These cookies are so amazing that it’s impossible to eat just one!!! I did notice a typo that you might want to correct. In step 2 of the instructions, you state to “Add the butter, sugars, and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixture. Beat on medium high speed for 2-3 minutes.” I am relatively certain that you meant electric mixer and not electric mixture!!! LOL Sorry, but typos are my pet peeve. I hate when I make them. I’m sure you do too.






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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      We haven’t tested with GF flour, but we think it’d work out well!

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    Adri

    These look perfect! I would hate to mess with something perfect, but my husband likes coffee so I was thinking of adding instant espresso to the mix to give them that flavor.. Should I add it in with the flour?
    Thanks!

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    Rebecca

    I’ve made so many brown butter chocolate chip cookies in the past from varying recipes and have never had an issue before I made these. The flavor was fine, but the baseline amount of flour the recipe calls for is WAY too much. Like, not just a little bit too much – a lot too much. I put less flour in my dough than the recipe called for (and I always triple check my measurements and am VERY precise with my measurements) and it was still far too much flour, the cookies never flattened, and they came out super dry.

    I would also maybe suggest putting the note you have about flour in the actual recipe rather than before the recipe, or adding something into the actual recipe instructions that says to add the flour mixture bit by bit rather than all at once, just a thought. I know to do that from experience but I’m guessing a lot of people will just add in the amount of flour they see written in the ingredients list, which will make the cookies come out even more dry than they came out for me.






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      Meg

      I had a similar issue where the cookies never flattened and they were very crispy and dry. the flavor is good (I do suggest adding salt on top like in the photo even though it’s not listed in the recipe) I wish I knew what went wrong for them to not flatten and to stay so dry :/






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        Krista @ Pinch of Yum

        Hi Meg! Sorry to hear that your cookies didn’t flatten. How are you measuring your flour? Do you scoop it into the measuring cup or spoon it? We’d recommend spooning the flour next time!

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    Jamie

    My all-time favorite classic chocolate chip cookie recipe! It’s tried and true and always turns out perfectly when you follow the recipe. Grateful for this recipe which I have, and will continue to make, many many times!






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    Sabrina

    Hello,
    I used your metric converter but it doesn’t change the stucka of butter to grams.

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    Georgia Beglin

    Amazing!!! Best cookies I’ve EVER made!! My friends son had an egg allergy so we sub’d 2 super ripe bananas for the eggs and OMG – what a brilliant twist that worked fantastic! Thank you for this recipe – it’s my new go-to!






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    Sara

    AMAZING!! Making my second batch this week. So easy and THE BEST chocolate chip cookie ever.