Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
"the most magical thing happens when you combine brown butter, chocolate, and salt ✨✨✨"
-- @jspiesy


Prep time 1hr 15mins
Cook time 20mins


  • 2 3/ 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/ 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/ 2 cups chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips


  • Step 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and corn starch. Set aside.

  • Step 2

    Add butter to a large saucepot and melt over medium heat. Once butter melts, continue to stir over low-medium heat. The butter will eventually start to foam--keep stirring to make sure it doesn't burn on the bottom of the pot. Keep on the heat until butter smells nutty and turns golden brown. Transfer to a large heat-proof bowl (browned milk solids included!) and stir in 2 tablespoons water. Let cool 5-10 minutes, then add granulated and brown sugars to butter.

  • Step 3

    Whisk thoroughly until light, smooth, and no clumps of sugar remain. Add egg, yolk, and vanilla to butter mixture. Whisk until smooth.

  • Step 4

    Add dry ingredients all at once and fold together until no dry streaks remain. Fold in chocolate. You can use any variety you like--I prefer to use a mix of different types (milk, dark, semi-sweet). Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill at least an hour.

  • Step 5

    When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF. Scoop dough into 2 tablespoon-size balls and place at least 2" apart on a parchment-lined sheet pan. You can make cookies larger using a 1/4-1/3 cup measuring cup– just be sure to add a few minutes to the baking time. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges are golden brown and the middle still looks soft.

  • Step 6

    Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.