Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect thick, chewy chocolate chip cookies that are made even better with the unique flavor of browned butter. These are the BEST tasting cookies EVER!

Browned Butter is a special ingredient that makes every sweet a little bit more special. Try it in these other recipes, Browned Butter Snickerdoodles, Brown Butter M&M Cookies, and Maple Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Browned butter chocolate chip cookies, chewy, thick and incredible.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Brown butter just makes every cookie recipe better. It gives them a caramelly, nutty flavor that is to die for! Combined with chocolate and a chewy soft center. These will reinvent your chocolate chip cookie forever.

I think that this might just be the best cookie recipe that I have tried! I like when cookie recipes stay soft and chewy after you bake them for days after. They were perfect! I know that you will love them too!

Brown Butter Cookie Ingredients

They cookies take a classic favorite to a whole new level!

  • Butter: Use unsalted butter
  • Flour: All purpose will work
  • Baking Soda: The leavening agent
  • Coarse Sea Salt: Creates pockets of saltiness
  • Brown Sugar: Light or dark will both work
  • Sugar: White granulated
  • Egg: Make sure the Egg is large
  • Egg Yolk: Adds extra moisture
  • Vanilla: Adds classic sweetness and flavor
  • Plain Yogurt: Creates the essential moisture lost by browning the butter.
  • Chocolate Chips: Semi sweet, dark, milk, chunk or a mixture of chocolate works

How to Bake Brown Buttered Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing better than a gooey chewy warm out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. Brown butter just makes every cookie recipe better. They were perfect

  1. Butter: Cut the butter in piece and place in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisking constantly allow the butter to brown. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp.
  2. Mix: Whisk the flour, baking soda, and sea salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine: In a mixer combine sugars and brown butter, blend until smooth. Add in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla and yogurt
  4. Fold: Next fold in the flour mixture into the wet. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Chill: Cover and place in refrigerate for at least 30 min.
  6. Bake: On a baking sheet lined with parchment scoop the dough out by tablespoons about 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 min. in a 350 degree oven.

Making the perfect browned butter chocolate chip cookie

How to Make Brown Butter Successfully

Browning butter is quite simple but you do have to be careful you don’t burn it. Make it on the stovetop and wait for the nutty aroma to fill your home.

  • Light colored pan: If you have it, use a light colored pan. This will help you see when the butter is browned. This will help you tell the difference between browned and burnt.
  • Stir: Continue to stir as it melts and watch as it turns to an amber color and smells nutty. Then it’s done.
  • Remove: To keep it from continuing to cook, quickly remove from heat and pour into a heat-proof bowl. Make sure to scrape all the dark brown bits from the bottom. Those are the flavor makers.
  • Moisture: When you brown butter, you get incredible flavor but you do lose moisture. That’s why adding yogurt, or milk is necessary.

Browned butter chocolate chip cookies are thick, chewy and amazing.

Tips for the Best Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Chill: It is so important to chill cookie dough. It ensures a thicker cookie and a more intense flavor. It will also heighten the buttery caramel flavor of the browned butter.
  • Nuts: Add chopped nuts for added texture.
  • Sea Salt: The sea salt creates these pockets of saltiness that balances the sweetness, you can add up to 1 teaspoon of the sea salt.
  • Yogurt: Seems weird but it’s necessary since the browned butter loses moisture, so this replaces it.
  • Storage: Keep cookies in a fresh in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Freeze: You can freeze precooked cookie dough for cookies later. Just roll out and freeze for 30 min. Then transfer to a freezer safe bag, they’ll keep for up to 3 months.
  • Freeze Cooked Cookies:  Cool completely then place in a freezer safe bag and keep for up to 3 months.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that are thick chewy and amazing.

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.20 from 5 votes
Perfect chocolate chip cookies are made even better with brown butter!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt I used Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips I used jumbo


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the butter in pieces and place in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisking frequently allow the butter to brown. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside,
  • In your mixer, combine sugars and brown butter. Blend until smooth. Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and yogurt.
  • Next, mix in the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips until incorporated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • On a non-stick baking sheet, or lined with parchment paper, scoop the dough out by tablespoons about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake until golden brown in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.



Updated on October 27, 2020
Originally Posted on July 28, 2013


Serves: 24

Calories212kcal (11%)Carbohydrates26g (9%)Protein2g (4%)Fat11g (17%)Saturated Fat7g (35%)Cholesterol36mg (12%)Sodium118mg (5%)Potassium72mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar16g (18%)Vitamin A261IU (5%)Calcium19mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cookie recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 1 star
    I’ve been baking for 15 years and my cookies come out delicious each time. I decided to switch it up and try this recipe and my cookies were flat and absolutely destroyed. I don’t know how all of you got perfect cookies. I even chilled them for 4 hours.

  2. 5 stars
    These were amazing! I’ve browned butter on accident before but this was the first time I did it on purpose! Game. Changer!!

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