Brown Butter Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies From Scratch

brown butter sea salt chocolate chip cookies from scratch
Using brown butter instead of vegetable oil or plain butter places your cookies in another level. I've seen the pins and recipes on Pinterest and tried some of them here and there. The results have been amazing.

Is Brown Butter Better For Cookies?

When it comes to cookies, brown butter gives them a delicious carmel-butterscotch flavor and nutty aroma. This happens when you melt the butter and let heat evaporate its water content, leaving you with toasty carmel when mixed with cookie ingredients.

How to make Brown Butter Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies From Scratch?

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp fleur de sel sea salt flakes


Brown the butter---

1) In a medium-sized skillet, melt butter over medium heat while stirring. Once fully melted, continue to stir. There should be lots of froth, just keep on stirring.

2) By stirring, the butter becomes golden brown while not getting burnt. Once golden brown, remove from heat and pour butter into a mixing bowl, preferably pyrex. Set aside and allow to cool until bowl is cool enough to touch. This should take 20-30 minutes.

Prepare wet mixture---

3) Add brown sugar and granulated sugar into the brown butter bowl. Mix well.

4) Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Continue to mix until well-blended. Set aside.

Prepare dry mixture---

5) In a separate mixing bowl, add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well.

Prepare cookie dough---

6) Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture bowl while stirring. Continue to do so until you get a well-mixed dough.

7) Add chocolate chips and fold them into the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. You can chill them for days if you prefer. Try experimenting in the future.

Bake the cookies---

8) Preheat oven to 350 deg F for at least 10-15 minutes before baking.

9) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop chilled dough and roll them into a ball with your palms.

10) Place each ball 2 inches apart from each other and edges to give room. The cookie will spread out as it bakes. For a standard-size baking pan, you should be able to place 6 balls of dough comfortably.

11) Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle sea salt on top of each cookie.

12) Allow to cool to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!