Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies

I don’t often buy store-bought cookies. All the homemade stuff makes that unnecessary. After we moved last month, however, I stayed out of the kitchen until we could get settled into the new place. During those days, I discovered Brooklyn’s own The Good Batch at a local market.

On impulse, I bought a package of their Brown Butter Salty cookies. These amazing cookies are a soft shortbread made with browned butter and topped with a pinch of salt. I was hooked immediately. So, I set out to make something similar.

Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies are simple cookies with big flavor. A must for sweet and salty fans! - Bake or Break

I decided to go the sugar cookie route. I’ve probably only made sugar cookies a handful of times in my baking life. They’ve never been all that appealing to me. But, these. These! These are way beyond sugar cookies.

First of all, they start out with browned butter, which is one of my favorite things. All that rich, nutty flavor takes an everyday sugar cookie and turns it into something truly special. Plus, they have that wonderful crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside thing going for them.

Browned butter and a sprinkling of salt make these Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies irresistible! - Bake or Break

With all the recipes I’ve shared over the last 6+ years, it’s difficult to make really big proclamations about a particular one. But, that’s exactly what I’m doing with these. I’m always a fan of sweet and salty, and these are quite possibly my new favorite realization of that.

Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 36 cookies

Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • coarse salt, for sprinkling tops of cookies


Place butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once butter melts and begins to foam, continue to cook until brown specks begin to appear beneath the foam. Butter will have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass bowl. Allow to cool.

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

Beat cooled butter, brown sugar, and sugar until combined. Add egg and vanilla, and mix well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined.

Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

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

Using about a tablespoonful of dough, roll into balls and place on prepared pans. Flatten each ball slightly. Sprinkle coarse salt on tops of cookies. (The amount of salt is a preference thing. I recommend just barely a pinch.)

Bake 12-15 minutes, or until edges of cookies are browned and centers are set. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5-10 minutes. Then, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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  1. vanillasugarblog October 15, 2012 Reply

    you know I love the salt addition!

  2. Caley October 15, 2012 Reply

    These sound awesome! I think I would be crazy and add butterscotch chips. 😉

  3. tracy {pale yellow} October 15, 2012 Reply

    What an excellent twist on a basic sugar cookie, I can’t wait to try!

  4. Kimberlee {SRK} October 15, 2012 Reply

    These sound heavenly. I will be trying them this week.

  5. Valerie October 15, 2012 Reply

    Sugar cookies are my weakness (one of many), and brown butter is my happy place. These cookies look amazing!!

  6. Maria October 16, 2012 Reply

    I have never tried brown butter…anything really…I know where have I been for the last years :) I think this is the recipe to ease me into the idea of brown butter and salt :)

  7. These look amazing! I love the browned butter twist on the classic sugar cookie!

  8. Joanna H. October 16, 2012 Reply

    Not only are these so pretty, they sound amazingly yummy!! Can’t wait to try them.

  9. Riley October 16, 2012 Reply

    I’m a sucker for browned butter! These look delicious!

  10. Lizzy October 18, 2012 Reply

    These were absolutely delicious! Though, mine didn’t turn out quite as pretty as yours for some reason.

  11. Courtney October 18, 2012 Reply

    These came out fantastic! My friends liked them because they’re a little different than the average cookie, and mentioned liking the salt, too. I rarely eat what I bake but these were too good to pass up! I added a few butterscotch chips to some and those got good reviews, too! Thanks for another great recipe!(^o^)

  12. Cathie October 19, 2012 Reply

    Wowza! These are on my weekend baking list. Can not WAIT to try.

  13. Jen October 29, 2012 Reply

    Just made these and they are fantastic! Love, love, love them. The salty and sweet is perfection :)

  14. Sarah October 31, 2012 Reply

    Making these today for a Halloween treat- I looooove salty-sweet, so I can’t wait to try them! :)

  15. Melissa January 6, 2013 Reply

    These look amazing!

  16. I was at the Food Blogger bake sale that Saturday (May 2013) and bought these cookies and ate every last one! My grand-daughter who accompanied me, didn’t want any, so…

    Really, really good! And soooo buttery!

    How did you all make out? Did you reach your goal?

    • jennifer May 14, 2013 Reply

      Hi, Donna! Thanks for buying the cookies! They are one of my favorites. We did reach our goal – over $3000!

  17. Robin September 25, 2013 Reply

    I made these today. All I can say is WOW!!! They are amazing!! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Kelsey November 25, 2013 Reply

    Wow, I am so impressed! I never make sugar cookies because I think of them as being quite boring. But these are incredible! I pulled a double batch out of the oven 15 mins ago and there are only 5 left! They were SO good. 😀

  19. Leslie March 12, 2014 Reply

    Found these through a food blog on tumblr, been dying to make them and I finally did today! Mine came out a bit darker (not overdone, though) and they are kind of flat? But perfect texture and taste!!! I took them one step further since I love salted caramel anything lately, and made caramel frosting for them which is amazing. I just left the salt off until they were frosted 😀

  20. Erin April 19, 2014 Reply

    Just a warning to anyone planning on cutting this recipe in half, you need a little bit more flour than you think. I ended up with thin and crispy cookies that were huge and spread out over the pan (not that I’m complaining, they were delicious).

  21. Jen May 9, 2014 Reply

    I was looking for a cookie that was primarily buttery and brown sugary and these were delicious! The flavor kind of reminds me of homemade carmels. The only thing I didn’t like was that the dough seemed too crumbly to easily roll into balls so maybe next time I may add an extra egg yolk.

  22. shannon July 18, 2014 Reply

    These are delicious!

  23. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 15, 2014 Reply

    Other than Oreos I cannot recall the last time I bought cookies. Seems like an insane idea when I have cookies coming out of my ears on a regular basis. These cookies look as lovely as they sound.

  24. Martine June 8, 2015 Reply

    at top of recipe you state prep time of 25 minutes, bake time of 10 minutes…but then later you say to bake for 12-15 minutes…

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      Jennifer McHenry June 8, 2015 Reply

      Thanks for pointing that out, Martine. The time in the directions is correct, and I’ll update the rest to reflect that.

  25. Dejana June 17, 2015 Reply

    I just made them and these are wonderfull. I made only half of the recepie and all gone after 5 min from the oven. Next time I’ll put more sea s. on the top. Thanks for the recepie. Ou, I forgot to mention that I eat all by myself… ha, ha

  26. Static January 11, 2016 Reply

    Wow. Not only are they pretty they are delish. I think I will sit the salt a little next time though. Thanks for this recipe. The browned butter is amazing.

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