Sea Salt and Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you're looking for the best recipe for Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, this is it. They're crispy at their edges, soft inside and have the most delicious nutty, caramel flavor. They are everything a chocolate chip cookie should be.
Remember back when I was told you I was eating WAY too many cookies? These brown butter cookies are to blame. I wanted so badly to call this post The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever, cause it is. But … I already have a cookie recipe called that. That one's been downgraded. THIS is the best recipe ever.
I want to tell you guys all about how amazing these are, but all I can think right now is, “Why don't I have one of these in my hand (mouth!) right now?” It's distracting.
The edges are perfectly crisp and yet the middle is deliciously soft. The caramel-y flavor will knock your socks off, as will the flaky sea salt sprinkled on top. When my handsome man took his first bite he said, “There's so much butter in here.” (He's right.) Then with every other bite he took until all the cookies were gone he declared that they are the best cookies he's ever had.
I'll take it. 🙂
Here's me with brown butter chocolate chip cookies under my nails:
Here's my handsome man with chocolate on his hands …
I can't stress how badly you guys need to make these cookies. And then call me over so I can help you eat them. The combo of the nutty brown butter with the big chocolate chunks and sea salt is so out of this world awesome.
There's only one problem with these cookies: they disappear fast. Lightening/ rocketship/ speeding bullet kind of fast. 🙂
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Sea Salt and Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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- 1 cup salted butter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 7 ounces chopped dark chocolate
- Flaky sea salt, for garnish (Maldon works great)
- Place the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Let it cook, swirling the pan a few times, for about 5 minutes, or until it smells roasted and is brown. I like it when the butter is very brown, just shy of burnt. If this is your first time browning butter, keep a close eye on it as it can go from brown to burnt very quickly. It will also foam up a lot so don't walk away from your stove.1 cup salted butter
- Transfer the brown butter to a heatproof bowl, making sure to scrape out all the tasty brown specks. Place the butter in your fridge for 20-30 minutes, or until it's solidified but still soft.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, sea salt and baking soda.2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda
- In a large bowl beat the eggs, granulated sugar, cold water and vanilla on high for 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar and the brown butter and beat until just combined. Add the flour all at once and beat until it just barely comes together, about 15 seconds. Stir through the chopped chocolate.2 large eggs, ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cold water, 2 teaspoons vanilla, ½ cup brown sugar, 7 ounces chopped dark chocolate
- Cover the batter with plastic wrap and place it in your fridge for at least 4 hours, or up to 4 days.
- When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Scoop the dough into balls using a small ice cream scoop, about 2 tablespoons. I like to place the smooth rounded edge of the ball (the part that was against the ice cream scoop) onto the baking sheet. This will give the tops of the cookies a little more texture. Place 6 balls of dough on each 13×11 inch baking sheet. Don't crowd the sheets … these cookies will spread a lot!
- Bake the cookies for 13-16 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway. When they come out of the oven immediately sprinkle them with a little Maldon sea salt.Flaky sea salt
Sounds like a great recipe – I started to make it and then noticed the 4 hours in the fridge wasn’t noted in the amount of time in the recipe ingredients list – adding that would be helpful,
Thank you for the suggestion! I’ll add that in now. 🙂
Congratulations Kristen, that is SO exciting!! I wouldn’t mind seeing a few cute baby pics…
and these cookies! They look incredible with the brown butter…and I can never go past gooey chocolate! <3
Thank you so much! I’ll be sure to share a pic or two of the little one once he or she decides it’s time to come into this world. 🙂
Congratulations! These cookies look amazing. Sea salt and chocolate…perfect. I’ve never made brown butter, so this is the perfect recipe to try!
You should definitely try your hand at making brown butter. It’s so good!!
Wow. That’s the great news indeed. Being pragnant at the age of 37 is really going to be fun, exciting I suppose. Congratulations.
Thank you! I am really excited about it. 🙂
That’s wonderful news! Congratulations. And photos of kids with food on their faces would always be welcome 🙂 Hope you have a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Thank you! I’ll make sure to sneak in a few photos. I know I do love seeing them, too. 🙂
Congratulations! The best thing about being pregnant is that you can eat more cookies! lol.
Ha ha that’s what I keep telling myself, too!
Congratulations !!! That is so cool 🙂 I am really happy for you guys 🙂 Hey, don’t stress cookie recipes are great.
I am so excited for you. You will just have to share the sex, the name and all that stuff 🙂
Love these cookies by the way…I am all into cookies lately…heck maybe i am pregnant hahaha ……
Oh I will for sure. I know I said no baby pics … but I know I’ll want to introduce the little one once he or she arrives. 🙂
Ha ha might want to take a test! My sweet tooth has gone through the roof since being pregnant. 😉
🙂 Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
Congratulations to you both! I am 53 and in my early 40’s when I felt I was really ready to have kids, I couldn’t, so I tell people now to not put it off. What an adventure you have ahead of you! Wishing you a wonderful, healthy pregnancy.
All the best!
It’s a cruel joke that nature played making us mature and grown up enough to want kids just when we can’t have them anymore. It’s the reason we decided to go for it now before it’s too late. Thank you so much for the well wishes. We’re both really looking forward to the adventure!
Yayyy! Congrats! I’m due with my very first little one right before you, at the end of May 🙂 exciting and terrifying at the same time isn’t it?
Also, these cookies look DELISH.
Congratulations to you, too!! I hear ya about it being exciting and terrifying. I’m lucky to have spent quite a bit of time with little ones before, but having to be responsible for one 24/7 for YEARS will be all new to me. 🙂
Congratulations !!! All the Best !!!!
Love your blog !!!
Thank you!! 🙂
Ahhh Congratulations!!!!! My little one turned 8 weeks today. No worries I don’t think ANYONE is ever truly “ready” for a baby. Thank goodness for Google and Amazon prime otherwise these last 8 weeks would have been so. much, harder. Last week he learned smiles and this week coos, you have so much fun and love to look forward to!
I’m totally excited to eat all these cookies :p
I can only imagine that Google and Amazon will become my new best friends … that and delivery Thai food. 🙂
It’s amazing how fast they grow. I remember being on your blog what seemed like yesterday and you said you just had your little guy!
Thank you!! 🙂
Congrats and what a beautiful photo! Love this recipe too!
Thank you so much!!
This recipe sounds divine! I’m excited to try it! Congratulations on your pregnancy! All the best for a safe, happy pregnancy, labor, & delivery. I’m a former L & D nurse & I hope you share a pic or 2 of your baby if you’re inclined to share ?.
It really is divine!
I’ll make sure to share a pic once the little one is born. 🙂
O my goodness!!!! Congratulations!!!!! I’m so excited for you xoxoxoxoxoxoxo Beautiful, beautiful! <3 This definitely calls for some cookie celebrating! xoxo
Thank you! And yes, let’s celebrate with cookies. 🙂