Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Is it worth it?

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Brown butter chocolate chip cookies have a richer and more intense flavor than the standard recipe. We recommend this extra step to make your next batch of cookies extraordinary!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Brown” butter. Recipes with this mysterious (at least in our house) ingredient are all over Pinterest. The question is…is it worth the extra effort to watch over a pan of butter to ensure it turns the perfect golden color?  We decided to splurge and find out…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Around here, the answer is definitely…yes! Take an up-close look at the deliciousness. A brown butter chocolate chip cookie has a decidedly richer and nuttier flavor than say, our perfect vegan chocolate chip cookies. There’s a place at the table for both. But, browning the butter gives these cookies a distinctive taste.

Why are we eating butter now?

Very recently, my youngest dd was given the all clear to eat dairy. All of a sudden recipes that were once out of reach are finding there way into our kitchen. This is one of those recipes. My eldest dd found Everyday Chocolate Chip Cookies by Baker by Nature  on Pinterest.  (I think the title initially caught her eye.) We tweaked it slightly by adding a little more flour to achieve a more cake-like cookie.

We also cooked them just a little more than necessary because they had egg in them. My youngest dd is allergic to eggs too. But, we are slowly introducing eggs in baked products. (Fingers crossed!)

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

So…just how do you “brown” butter?

  1. Cut the butter into evenly sized pieces so that the browning occurs evenly.
  2. Melt butter over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. After it melts, the liquid will begin to foam (evaporation!)
  4. Keep stirring and stirring so that the butter does not burn.
  5. It will slowly turn a dark amber color and bits may form at the bottom of the pan. It usually takes about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
  6. When the butter reaches the desired colored, remove it from the heat…immediately…so it does not burn.

Easy Peasy!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies get two thumbs up!

We refrigerated the dough for a couple of hours before baking. (Ok…we made a few right away. But, as usual, the ones that were refrigerated came out even better. 🙂 )

Now we see what all the fuss is about!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies have a richer and more intense flavor than the garden variety. We highly recommend this extra step to make your next batch of cookies extraordinary!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 169kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 15 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups regular-sized chocolate chips or 1 1/2 cups if they are mini-sized


  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Slice 8 Tablespoons of butter into pieces that are the same size, about 1 Tablespoon each.
  • Set the remainder of the butter aside.
  • To brown the butter, place sliced butter pieces (8 Tablespoons) into a medium-sized sauce pan and melt over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Continue stirring constantly as the butter begins to foam and eventually turns an amber color (about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.) The butter will begin to have a nutty smell and small bits may form at the bottom of the pan.
  • As soon as the butter is browned, remove it from the heat and add the rest of the butter to the pan. Stir to melt and combine the butters.
  • Add the sugars to the sauce pan and stir to thoroughly combine.
  • Add eggs and vanilla to the sauce pan and stir to thoroughly combine.
  • Pour sugar mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • For best results, allow cookie dough to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or overnight.)
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Roll approximately 2 Tablespoons of dough into smooth, round balls. (You can make them larger or smaller, as desired.)
  • Bake for about 12 minutes or until cookies just begin to brown around they edges. They will still be a little soft in the middle.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool further.


If you don't need 3 dozen cookies, freeze the dough in logs! Adapated from Baker by Nature


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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Brown Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies Recipe



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  1. So happy you found my recipe and gave it a try! Mmm… now I’m craving a cookie 🙂 xo

  2. I love adding brown butter to baked goods! Delicious!

  3. I’ve been seeing brown butter recipes a lot also lately. I tried some brown butter chocolate chip cookies lately (premade) and they were awesome. I’m going to try my hand at it myself.

  4. Yum! I too have seen these brown butter creations on Pinterest and they look amazing! I will have to try these cookies and make them for my husband’s office!

  5. OK, OK – you’ve convinced me Marjory! I have to try browned butter the next time I make chocolate chip cookies! Yours look especially good!!

  6. I can’t believe I still haven’t joined the browned butter movement! Time to change that. Your cookies look so delectable. I can’ get over how beautifully shiny they are!

  7. Ginny McMeans says

    Great idea and they look wonderful!

  8. Total believer of brown butter anything! I’ve made these cookies once before and they are amazing!

  9. YUM! These look incredible!

  10. I love brown butter, putting it in cookies is just a genius idea.

  11. We’re a nut free house, so I absolutely love the richer, “nutty” flavor that brown butter brings to a recipe.

  12. Brown butter makes everything amazing!

  13. Jessica @ Sweet Menu says

    Wow these cookies look fantastic! Never thought to make brown butter ones, but what a brilliant idea!

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