Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

You haven’t had a chocolate chip cookie until you’ve had these. These are truly the best I’ve ever tasted, and I’ve tasted a lot of chocolate chip cookies. I spent a significant amount of time doing research and testing different recipes before falling on this one. This recipe produces a crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, melt-in-your-mouth, incredibly flavorful–I could go on, but you get the picture–cookie. So what’s the secret? Browned butter.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

In this recipe, I brown half of the butter used, while keeping the other half at room temperature. There are a few reasons why I do this. First, I found that only browning half the butter still gives the cookies an stand-out browned butter flavor. Second, browning only half the butter saves time in a number of ways. The browned butter, once placed in the fridge, takes less time to become solid again–about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, you can cream the room temperature butter, sugar and brown sugar.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also use dark brown sugar in this recipe to give the cookies an even deeper toffee flavor. You can substitute the dark brown sugar with light brown sugar if necessary. Recipes that I’ve tried in the past call for more vanilla than I use in this recipe (1 teaspoon); I prefer when the flavor of the browned butter is what comes through the most, with a hint of vanilla to enhance the taste, instead of biting into a hunk of overpowering vanilla with each bite.

Try to chill the dough overnight if possible. This allows time for all of the ingredients to really come together and greatly enhances the flavor of the final product. If you don’t have time to do this, at least chill the dough for a couple of hours before baking. If you do not chill the dough, the browned butter will likely cause the cookies to spread much more than they should.

So, there you go! My secrets for the perfect chocolate chip cookies. Now, here’s the recipe.

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Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
You haven't had a chocolate chip cookie til you've had these.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place 1/2 cup of unsalted butter in a pan and heat it over medium heat. Continuously stir the butter until it turns a light brown color, then immediately remove from the heat and pour into a bowl. Place the bowl in the fridge so the butter can become solid again.
  2. Cream the other 1/2 cup of butter, dark brown sugar and granulated sugar together with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until well combined and light brown in color.
  3. Once solidified, remove the browned butter from the fridge and add to the stand mixture. Cream in the browned butter to the sugars and butter.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low speed. Mix until the dough just comes together and no more flour is visible.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least 2 hours (overnight is preferred).
  9. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Scoop and roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into balls and place on lined cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy with vanilla ice cream, a glass of milk, or just all by themselves!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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14 Replies to “Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I like that you switched it up using dark brown sugar, I am definitely going to give that a try! I am also a huge fan of your recipe serving converter! That is so fantastic for people to use that want to make different amount of cookies!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Hi Hayden! Thank you! Yes I think people find it very useful! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  2. My mouth is watering ! It’s cruel to post tempting pictures of cookies like that, they look so good I can almost smell them.

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Haha! You’ll just have to make them then! 😉

  3. These look sooooo good!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thanks so much Jennifer! They really are delicious–the brown butter gives them that extra boost of flavor!

  4. What a neat trick! I’ve never browned the butter before…I’ve been missing out on perfectly made chocolate chip cookies all my life! lol

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    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Yes the browned butter really makes the flavor outstanding! And only browning half the butter gives the same flavor but takes half the time! Let me know if you try the recipe! 🙂

  5. Awesome post.. Keep them coming

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you!!

  6. Yum love love love chocolate chip cookies. Gosh I want to eat yours. xx

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Let me know if you try them!! 🙂

  7. These look so yummy! I am going to save this recipe for later. I’m sure they will be a big hit in my house!

    1. michelle55436@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth!! Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

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