Browned Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

After 6+ years of baking and blogging, sometimes I think I’ve covered all the baking bases. Then, I realize that I’ve inexplicably ignored something so delicious that I set out to rectify that as soon as possible.

That’s the case with browned butter. How have I never done this? If you’re not familiar with the concept, browning butter creates a rich, nutty, amazing taste that is pretty hard to beat. It’s fairly simple to make browned butter. All you need is a saucepan, a spoon, and some butter.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies combine browned butter and chocolate with a hint of salt for a wonderful sweet and salty treat.

I decided to pair that browned butter deliciousness with some chocolate in these chocolate chip cookies. Recently, the good people of Lindt were kind enough to send me a sampling of their amazing chocolate. One of those goodies was their A Touch of Sea Salt Bar. I chopped up that salty dark chocolate goodness and stirred it into the batter along with some chocolate chunks.
Browned Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies are deliciously sweet and salty. A fantastic twist on traditional chocolate chip cookies!

I really liked having that salty chocolate stirred into the cookie dough. That means that some bites give you a little burst of saltiness. And that makes me quite happy.

For those of you who are big sweet-and-salty fans, you might like to sprinkle a little coarse salt on top of each cookie before baking them. If you’re less of a fan, then you can choose your saltiness level. Leave off the extra salt or, if you don’t want any extra saltiness, use all semisweet chocolate chips.

Browned Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: about 48 cookies

Browned Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for tops of cookies if desired
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chopped chocolate or chocolate chips*

Instructions

Place butter in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once butter melts and begins to foam, continue to cook until brown specks start to form on the bottom of the pan. Butter will have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass bowl to cool to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking pans with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until almost combined. Stir in chocolate.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. If desired, lightly sprinkle the top of each cookie with a little coarse salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 5-7 minutes. Then, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

*I used 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks and a 3.5 ounce bar of Lindt A Touch of Sea Salt dark chocolate.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2012/08/browned-butter-salted-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Disclosure: I was provided with products from Lindt. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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19 Comments

  1. Erin August 28, 2012 Reply

    These look amazing! I love Browned Butter.

    I learned how to make it by sight and mostly by smell from my bff’s mom. Originally she used it for Greek Spaghetti, but now I also pour it over Uncle Ben’s (90 second) Wild Rice, and add in chunks of feta cheese for a quick side dish!

  2. Jenny @ BAKE August 28, 2012 Reply

    I’ve only ever had savoury brown butter but I’d love to try it in a sweet treat like these! they look incredible!

  3. I love browned butter but I definitely don’t use it enough

  4. Riley August 28, 2012 Reply

    Chocolate and browned butter are an unbeatable combination! These look delicious!

  5. These sound freaking unreal! Browned butter anything is uh-mazing!

  6. Bakery Online Shop August 29, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for this awesome recipe. Looks great with the combination of chocolate with butter along with some chocolate chips. Been looking for this.

  7. dervla @ The Curator August 29, 2012 Reply

    Yum, haven’t baked with browned butter yet. Definitely going to give it a try.

  8. Angel August 31, 2012 Reply

    adding browned butter is such a nice way to tweak an old fashioned recipe!!! great idea thanks for sharing!

  9. You can also try chopped up pretzels for a salty and crunchy kick in your chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

  10. Brandie @ Spoon and Saucer September 12, 2012 Reply

    This is genius. I wonder why you didn’t chill the dough?

    • jennifer September 13, 2012 Reply

      Brandie, you can chill it if you’d like. Either way is fine if you let the butter cool.

  11. Christy October 6, 2012 Reply

    OH.. MY… GOSH!!! these are DELICIOUS!!! I just baked these and they are amazing.. its like a chocolate chip cookie on steroids . The saltiness, the sweetness, the crunch, the nuttiness of the browned butter.. this is definitely my new go-to cookie recipe. I only had salted butter in my fridge…so I omitted the salt on the tops, they were really delicious!

  12. Ali October 23, 2012 Reply

    Hi-
    I’ve made these and LOVE them. I just noticed though that it says 1 tablespoon vanilla. Is this right? I’ve been using a teaspoon…

  13. jennifer October 23, 2012 Reply

    Ali, it is 1 tablespoon, but 1 teaspoon is fine if it suits your taste.

  14. Ali October 25, 2012 Reply

    Bet I’ll love them even more with the additional vanilla. Thanks! Love your blog!
    ALi

  15. Meghan November 4, 2012 Reply

    Amazing! Made these yesterday. So easy. Love that I didn’t have to wait for the browned butter to harden into butter again and then resoften it as with some recipes. Great chocolate chip cookies with a little something extra.

    Thanks :)

  16. jo January 29, 2013 Reply

    alright…seriously…. can i just say…i made this and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! thanks for sharing :D

  17. Mariella October 3, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jennifer, are these cookies chewy or crispy? :)

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      jennifer October 3, 2013 Reply

      Hi, Mariella! These cookies are a little crisp on the outside and completely chewy on the inside.

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