These soft cookies have the same homey familiarity as the classic chocolate chip cookie but they also have a delicious twist. A slightly nutty confection dotted with dark chocolate chips highlights this cookie perfect for any time of the year.
Brown butter is actually incredibly easy to make and takes almost any dessert to the next level. Any person, no matter how bad their history in the kitchen is, can learn to make it. Simply put all you need to do is melt butter on the stove at medium heat and let it continue to cook until it darkens to a light amber color. The trick to making perfect brown butter is making sure to stir it constantly so that the milk solids do not stick to the bottom of the pan and burn, and watching it very closely because it takes only a few seconds to go from perfect to badly burnt. 😀
Why does the dough need to chill? Chilling the dough prevents the dough from spreading. It can also help the flavors of the brown butter and the walnuts to develop. Please, Please, let your dough chill for a little bit. It’s totally worth it!
In this recipe, I use 60% cacao dark chocolate chips, but feel free to use milk chocolate or semi-sweet if you prefer them over dark chocolate chips. While dark chocolate is a favorite at our house, you can use whatever chocolate you like best.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup Butter (226g)
- 1/2 cup Walnuts Roughly chopped
- 1 cup Brown Sugar (200g)
- 1/2 cup Sugar (104g)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2¾ cup All Purpose Flour (358g)
- 1½ tsp Baking Soda
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips
- Place the butter in a saucepan, and melt over medium heat. Stir as it continues to cook, do not allow the milk solids to stick to the bottom of the pan. Continue reducing the butter until it is a golden brown and gives off a slightly nutty aroma. Pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Mix the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla.
- Slowly pour the flour, baking soda, and salt into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chunks and the walnuts.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.Preheat the oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Scoop the cookies on to a greased sheet pan.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to brown on the bottoms. Allow the cookies to cool to a safe temperature before consuming far too many in one sitting. 😉