Brown Butter & Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 16, 2012

A Saturday afternoon of boredom turned into an afternoon of baking for friends. I had a few summer events to attend, so I decided to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I wanted something a little different from an ordinary chocolate chip cookie, so I decided to make a favorite recipe I had originally found onmy baking go-to blog, Picky Palate.

These chocolate chip cookies feature brown butter, the result of melting butter at a boiling temperature. The nutty flavor is a nice addition to these cookies and the pinch of sea salt makes for a great sweet and salty combo. If you're looking to impress some friends with a less-than-ordinary chocolate chip cookie, you have to try out this recipe. It passed my friends' taste tests with flying colors!

All of your cookie ingredients
Melt your butter
Butter will bubble & boil then brown bits will form
Once butter is brown, transfer to a bowl to cool
Add your sugars to a large mixing bowl
Pour in your brown butter
Add your eggs and vanilla and mix until combined
In a separate bowl, add your flour, baking soda and sea salt
Slowly add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix
The dough will be pretty thick
Pour in your chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon
Scoop dough by the tablespoon (I rolled mine by hand to get a rounder-shaped cookie)
Sprinkle tops of cookie dough with sea salt
Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes
These will brown pretty quickly so be sure to watch your bake time

Mmm...check out that sea salt
Enjoy with a large glass of milk!
Brown Butter & Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe via Picky Palate


2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (plus more for sprinkling)
One bag of chocolate chips


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.  Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat to melt.  Butter will foam, boil then little brown bits will start to form around sides and bottom of pan.  Once butter turns a golden brown remove from heat.
3. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
4. Place both sugars into a stand mixer or bowl with an electric hand mixer.  Add cooled brown butter and mix until well combined.
5. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until well combined.
6. Place flour, baking soda and sea salt into a large bowl.  Slowly add to wet ingredients then add in chocolate chips, mixing until just combined.
7. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet with a medium sized cookie scoop or tablespoon and sprinkle tops with additional sea salt.
8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

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