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Apr 2, 2015

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip, Caramel, and Sea Salt Cookies

owned Butter Chocolate Chip, Caramel, and Sea Salt Cookies

These browned butter chocolate chip, caramel, and sea salt cookies are not only gooey when they first come out of the oven, they stay gooey even after they have cooled. They're pretty magical.

"Browned butter?" you ask!

Instead of creaming the butter and sugar as you would for most chocolate chip cookie recipes, you actually boil the butter until it is golden brown. You have to watch very carefully when you do this, because the butter can quickly turn black... and you'll have to start over.

owned Butter Chocolate Chip, Caramel, and Sea Salt Cookies

As you brown the butter, the water evaporates, and the wonderful buttery flavor gets even more concentrated.

The cookies are filled with chopped semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate chips, and caramel bits. Finally, they are sprinkled with flaked sea salt.

They are slightly under baked, producing an amazingly gooey center (P.S. for those of you who are squeamish about bite marks on food photos, I promise, this view is not of bite marks! No teeth were used to produce this photo).

owned Butter Chocolate Chip, Caramel, and Sea Salt Cookies

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip, Caramel, and Sea Salt Cookies


14 T (200g) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/2 C (100g) white sugar
3/4 C (150 g) packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp fine sea salt (table salt will do)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 C (255 g) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 C (135 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 C (135 g) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C (75 g) caramel bits
Flaked sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Place the butter into light colored frying or saute pan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium high heat. When the butter begins to boil, pay very close attention. When the butter starts to turn golden brown, after about 3 to 5 minutes, immediately remove it from the heat and pour it into a large bowl. 
  2. Add the white sugar, brown sugar, fine sea salt, and vanilla. Whisk until the mixture cools somewhat.
  3. Add the egg and egg yolk, and whisk for about 2 minutes, until the mixture begins to lighten in color. 
  4. Fold in the flour and baking soda until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate, chips, and caramel pieces. Do not over mix. 
  5. Divide the dough into golf ball sized pieces, about 70 grams each. My dough yielded 14 cookies. Shape the dough pieces into balls, place them on a plate, and sprinkle them with sea salt. 
  6. Cover the dough balls with plastic, and refrigerate over night. 
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F with a rack in the middle of the oven. 
  8. Line two baking sheets with parchment and place the cookie balls about 2 inches apart on each sheet. 
  9. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 8 to 12 minutes (it took 12 minutes in my case). Do not over cook. 
  10. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack. 
This recipe is adapted from the amazing bread book Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking - Make Awesome Bread - Share the Loaves. Yes, a bread book! And a very good one. 

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  1. I would've never thought of browning butter! Does it make the cookies more buttery - maybe shortbread-y in taste?

    1. It kind of adds a richness to the flavor of the cookies, or sort of a nuttiness. Not really shortbread-y. =)

  2. Love the idea of using browned butter!

  3. Yum, these look SO good! Just pinned the recipe for later.

    1. You will love them. And people will love you for making these!

  4. Replies
    1. Sea salt is my weakness... paired with sweets, it's amazing.

  5. That looks gooey and delicious! Can I have some, pretty please? :)

  6. I could swear I left a comment yesterday, but maybe old age is getting to me faster than I thought...

    I made a cookie using browned butter maybe a couple of years ago, I need to compare the recipe, I am almost sure it was a Secret Recipe assignment. I remember that the taste was spectacular, now I want to try your version...

    1. There are a couple of them out there since America's Test Kitchen did it. This one is adapted from Josey Baker's Bread book, which I think you have!

  7. YUM’d! This looks delicious. A definite must try! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

    Life With Lorelai


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