Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Using irregular dark chocolate chunks and finishing with a sprinkle of flaky salt gives these cookies a significant upgrade. With the added touch of brown butter, all other chocolate chip cookies will probably be ruined for you — sorry ’bout that.

December 18, 2019


Ashley Fungone

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 11 min
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x



  • 227 grams (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 250 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 215 grams dark brown sugar
  • 73 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 216 grams chocolate chunks or wafers (preferably 72% cacao)
  • Flaky sea salt


  1. Cook butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until it foams, then browns, 5–8 minutes. Scrape into a large electric mixing bowl and let cool for about ten minutes.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, and kosher salt in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar to browned butter. Beat on medium speed until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add eggs and vanilla, increase mixer speed to medium-high, and beat until mixture lightens and begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low; add dry ingredients and beat just to combine. Mix in chocolate chunks with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, portion out balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover dough and let chill in fridge for 24 hours or up to three days.
  5. Preheat to 375°. Place cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing about 3″ apart. Do not flatten; cookies will spread as they bake. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes. The edges should be golden brown and crisp, while the centers stay soft (but not raw). Let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.


The longer your cookies chill, the tastier they’ll become. If you need to bake your cookies today, chill for 1 hour and continue with our baking instructions — they’ll still be pretty great.

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