Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Megan on July 15, 2013

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies // take a megabite

I’m kinda the worst. I don’t always refill the ice cube trays. Sometimes when I put dish towels away in the cupboard I hurry and close the door before they fall out, setting myself out for future disaster. I keep leaving dishes in the sink for days and days. Saturday I went to the gym and did barely anything and then came home and ate a cookie. Sometimes on the weekend I get up eat breakfast and then take a nap. Sometimes in yoga I don’t stay in the lunge the whole time I’m supposed to. I hurry and stand up a little when the instructor turns around. Occasionally I bring coffee to work in a pint glass and it sloshes and spills the whole drive. Sometimes I eat the same thing for every meal in a day (cereal, tacos, eggs).

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies // take a megabite

But one thing I’m not the worst about is that, more often than not, in my freezer between my empty ice cube trays and frozen pizza dough there are cookies. Frozen for snacking. Because while I can no longer feel ok about stacking up 4 or 5 to eat in a row, I believe that having them on hand is a totally necessary.

I just can’t ever turn down another chocolate chip cookie remix. When I saw these on Top with Cinnamon, I knew I needed to try them! I still need to make them with herb infused butter, like Izy, but with vanilla bean infused butter they’re still quite tasty! And I’d never used browned butter in chocolate chip cookies before!

P.S. Making cookies totally redeems some of my being-the-worst tendencies. Pop by! Eat a frozen cookie, take a nap, finish off the ice!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies // take a megabite

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe adapted from Top With Cinnamon

Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped*
  • 10 T butter
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 3 T light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 t kosher salt or fleur de sel, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 egg
  • 7 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks

*Izy infused the butter with herbs! I need to try that next!

Directions:

  1. Place the butter and vanilla bean with seeds in a saucepan. Heat continuously on medium-low until it gets foamy, smells nutty, and turns a lovely amber color. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, soda, the sugars, and salt. Add the butter and mix until it looks clumpy, but has now flour patches. Add the egg and mix until combined. Add the chocolate and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or a heaping teaspoon scoop the dough and form into balls. The dough will be crumbly but will hold together when pressed. Place balls of dough on a platter. Cover with plastic wrap and chill between 1-72 hours.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 400F and line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper. Transfer dough balls to the prepared baking sheets leave an inch or so between each cookie. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned with set edges. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a little bit before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies // take a megabite

Knock knock.Who’s there?
Cookie. Cookie who?
Cookie doughn’t ya want to make these cookies?

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

dana July 15, 2013 at 12:45 am

wooooooowwwwhhooooooaaaaaa.

translation = FEED ME LIKE 13, STAT

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Megan July 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Sandwich nutella between these guys and it’s like one cookie, right?

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Erika July 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

Please t-shirt cannon me some of these cookies.. like 3 dozen..

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Megan July 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Consider them cannon-ed. :)

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Anna July 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

Oh my, those are all my favorite things. I’ll have to freeze some to save myself from eating ALL OF THEM immediately!

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Megan July 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Truth! I’m the same way. Cookie-sicles

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion July 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

Love these!

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Megan July 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thanks, Tracy!

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Amy | Club Narwhal July 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Brown butter is dairy’s greatest gift to the world (who am I kidding–cheese is dairy’s greatest gift to the world, but brown butter is a very close second). Add it to cookies with chocolate chips? Sold! These look fabulous!

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Megan July 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

haha Yes! I’m totally with you on that.

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Billy July 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm

knock knock
who’s there?
doncha
doncha who?
doncha wish your cookies were hot like these.

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Megan July 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

This comment made me smile so big, you best believe!

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Kelsey July 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

We had a browned butter dark chocolate bar in Portland this weekend. it was soooooo delicious. Browned butter for the (always and forever) win!

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Whoa. That sounds ridiculous. I want that!

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Izy July 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Freezer cookies = life essential.
Fo sho.
You totally deserve a cookie award, they look fabulousoh (and now I feel like I need to make them again with your addition of vanilla bean infused browned butter. Wait, hold up, actually I think I need to make EVERYTHING with vanilla bean infused browned butter.) Major snaps for you <3

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm

True that Izy! Let’s infuse all the butter!

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Nik July 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I could have written that first paragraph. We are part of the same tribe. But also, these cookies speak to me. You’re good people, Megs.

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I wish we were neighbz. Fo sho.

:)!

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Tieghan July 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

NEEEDD!! Must make. Love brown butter. YES!

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Now if only these had chocolate covered pretzels in them!

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life July 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Browned butter and cookie dough is always a good idea. Always.

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

They’re bffs in the ingredient world. Way to know it!

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Jayne July 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

It’s amazing how much flavour browned butter gives cookies. I bought be a pack of Famous Amos yesterday. Shoulda made some myself!

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Yes! It’s like caramelized butta!

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Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book July 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

My absolute favorite sweet tooth craving is chocolate chip cookies! I don’t usually have the patience for browning butter and then letting it cool enough to make the dough. I use vanilla bean paste for a cheaper alternative to vanilla beans.

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I love vanilla bean paste too! As long as you’ve got cookies in you’re life, that’s cool, right?

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe July 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Don’t even get me started on the amount of dirty dishes sitting in my sink right now. Please suggest that instead of washing those dirty dishes when I get home from work today, I should make these cookies. Please.

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Megan July 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

It’s just too hot to clean, ya know?

I need to start freezing cookie dough for baking on the quick!

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Nicole July 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Oh yes, these look fantastico! It’s important to be a most-prepared cookie maker! That’s a good life skill!

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Megan July 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

Thanks, Nicole! And fo realz!

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Jessica July 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Oh Megan, next time I make these it’s going to have to be a double, let’s be real – probably triple, batch. They were phenomenal!!!! I’m going to have a problem not making these every weekend. Thank you for sharing!

xoxo

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Alyssa April 3, 2014 at 5:01 am

I made these the other day. Before I even baked a single cookie, I went back and made a second batch. I could tell just from the batter that they were going to be amazing. And they were! Making another double batch right now ;)

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Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog July 28, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I’m eating one of these as I write this. I’m tempted to go back for cookie #2, but it’s almost 10:00 p.m.! Any-hoo, they’re awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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