Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies First thing–I entered my daughter into a beautiful baby contest. Yes, I’m one of those mothers…Anyways, the winner of this small contest gets a free photography session with a super talented girl named Callie. I love her style and we desperately need family photos. SO, click here and simply like the photo of Brooke on Facebook! {She’s the 1st photo on the 2nd line.} Thanks! :)

Now, is there anything better than chocolate or butter? I submit that there is not. Well, maybe brown butter and dark chocolate. These cookies are simply regular chocolate chip cookies made with a few fancy ingredients. Brown butter cranks up the nutty flavor and dark chocolate makes these healthy!

HAHA…ya right. If only that were true.

Anyways, these are as simple as making any cookie and taste phenomenal fresh out of the oven. One of my husbands new favorites! Here’s how I made them:

Start with 1/2 cup butter in a small pot on the stove over medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted, start swirling the pan until it turns a golden amber color. And, lets pretend you know what this is supposed to look like and forget the fact that I used a dark pan to demonstrate brown butter. Like you’re going to see brown butter in a black pan. Duh. Stupid me.

cookies 1

Remove from the heat and pour right into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mine was a little foamy so you can’t tell that mine is golden brown, but I promise it is! cookies 2

Into your butter, pour in some shu-gah cookies 3

and some brown shu-gah and give it a stir. cookies 4

Next, pour in some vanilla.  cookies 5

And an egg. I’ve gotten into the habit of cracking my eggs into a separate bowl/container/measuring cup first before pouring it into my mixer cause you never know when you’ll get a bad egg. Seriously–you all should do it. If you don’t, you’ve clearly never gotten a bad egg. {And bad eggs=nasty, throw up in your mouth a little grossness.} cookies 6

Mix these ingredients up until nice and smooth.  cookies 7

Add in some flour cookies 8

baking powder, cookies 9

and baking soda. Stir it up until just combined. cookies 10

Now, chop up some chocolate. Mmmmm….I love dark chocolate. cookies 11

Stir the chocolate in by hand cause you want those chunks to stay in tact. cookies 12

Throw some spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes–basically you want the edges lightly golden and the centers still soft. cookies 13

After a few minutes cooling on the baking sheet, transfer to a cooling rack. I highly highly recommend eating these warm with lots of milk! Get ready to live, my friends. cookies 14

These make such a great dessert or snack. And, they pack up nicely to deliver to friends. Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies 2

Hello ooey gooey chocolate. How are you? Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies 3 We loved these and hope you all do too! Happy hump day! :) [/donotprint]

Other recipes you might like:
Triple Chocolate Brown Butter Cookies from Bran Appetit
Brown Butter Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker
Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies from The Novice Chef
Browned Butter Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Recipe Girl

Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen cookies


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 oz. semi sweet dark chocolate, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat and set aside. Place butter into small pot over medium heat. After butter has melted, start swirling pot gently until it starts to brown and become fragrant. Once the butter is a golden amber color, take off the heat and pour into the bowl of a mixer. Pour in sugar and brown sugar. Stir. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape sides and stir again. Pour in all dry ingredients and stir slowly. Scrape sides and mix again briefly. Stir in chocolate chunks and stir by hand. Scoop by the teaspoon into pans and bake 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack. Serve.

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56 Responses to “Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    That last pic with that huge HUNK of melty chocolate…oh.boy.

    These look awesome!


  2. #
    Kelly — January 11, 2012 at 7:13 am

    These looks delicious and so easy! I always crack my eggs in a separate container. One Christmas I was making Christmas cakes and needed 10 eggs. I think it was my 6th egg that was spoiled. I am sooooo glad I was not putting them all together in the same bowl or cracking them into my batter.


  3. #
    Kathryn — January 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I always find it so hard to take pictures of cookies but you really nailed it here! I could definitely eat a couple of these for breakfast right now!


  4. #
    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} — January 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

    It’s so nice to go back to the classics once in a while, isn’t it? I’ve been thinking good ol’ chocolate cake is on my horizon. In the meantime, these might do the trick!


  5. #
    Blog is the New Black — January 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    MUST MAKE brown butter cookies…


  6. #
    Katrina — January 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Brown butter makes my world go ’round!


  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    ahhhh no you didn’t! but you did. these look amazing!! what a great chocolate chip cookie but even better that it’s with brown butter!!! mmmmm


  8. #
    Erin — January 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Yum! I have been craving some good chocolate chip cookies recently…I’m going to have to try these! :)


  9. #
    Lacey Wilcox — January 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh my gosh…your recipes are SO BAAAAAD for a pregnant woman first thing in the morning. All I’m going to be able to think about now are brown butter dark chocolate cookies. Wow…

    Do you think you could substitute some wheat flour in these??


  10. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — January 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Chunks! The giant oozy chunks of chocolate are so essential in a good cookie. Mm mm good.


  11. #
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — January 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    These look delicious! I need to get on the brown butter train.


  12. #
    Cookbook Queen — January 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    What’s not to love about these? Headed over to vote now!!


  13. #
    Erin — January 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I liked the photo of your daughter! You should’ve had a photo with her holding one of these cookies, no one would ever be able to compete with those two combined!


  14. #
    Bev Weidner — January 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Uh, I’d eat these!


  15. #
    Whitney — January 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    OMG. YUM. I want to dip one in my coffee right nowwww. Cookies for breakfast is totally acceptable!


  16. #
    Mary @ Bake Break — January 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    These look so good!! Thanks for the teaser on twitter a few days ago, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this post!


  17. #
    cassie — January 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Liked!! Both Brooke and the cookies. Yum! :)


  18. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Oh gosh.. brown butter and and chocolate chip cookies is just about the closest thing to heaven!


  19. #
    Marlene — January 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    The first words out of my mouth when I saw this post was, “oh, heck yes.”


  20. #
    JulieD — January 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    These look awesome! I keep wanting to try my hand at baking with brown butter!


  21. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’m convinced that the word “chunk” in any cookie makes immediately makes it 10 times better. Love the look of these!


  22. #
    Cathy Hodge Smith — January 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Wickedly good! I am already for them to melt in my mouth=]


  23. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Liked your daughter’s adorable photo and love these cookies!


  24. #
    Becky {Becky Bakes} — January 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    It’s been too long since I made chocolate chip cookies! These look delicious!


  25. #
    Carlos — January 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Wow, these cookies look amazingly good. I gotta try these … so, what is it that makes butter brown butter? Is it that it is heated and stirred? or is it that you add brown sugar? I would like to use brown butter in a chocolate chip cookie recipe I have so how do I make brown butter? Thanks.


  26. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    this is like, my entire life shoved into a cookie.


  27. #
    Diane — January 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    These look delicious!
    I “liked” Brooke :)


  28. #
    Jolene ( — January 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Mmmmm, I have never made brown butter, but I have been seeing it a lot lately. Perhaps I will make these cookies for the dinner party I am having this weekend!


  29. #
    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — January 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Your daughter is adorable! Beautiful! I “liked” her photo on Facebook :). And for the cookies, there’s nothing like a good Chocolate Chunk Cookie. Add brown butter and I’m in LOVE.


  30. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — January 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

    these pictures got me so hungry! Hahah I neeed chocolate now :)


  31. #
    beti — January 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

    they look so good! the chocolate pieces are way better than chocolate chips


  32. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — January 12, 2012 at 2:01 am

    There is still nothing better than a great chocolate chip cookie – these look and sound absolutely perfect. Your step-by-steps with the comments in between are my fave…I’m normally not a step-by-step person, but I actually want to read everything you have to say along the way :)


  33. #
    Karly — January 12, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I posted a recipe brown butter chocolate cookies today, too! Great minds… :)


    • Natalie — January 12th, 2012 @ 3:12 am

      I knew it! I think I saw yours earlier today, and thought I was having deja vu when I saw Lauren’s post. Another reason why I love you ladies :)


  34. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Ooey Gooey delicious chocolate is right! I would love a batch of these with a tall glass of milk to snack on now!


  35. #
    Natalie — January 12, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Are you ahead in that contest? If not, you should be. I was #102! I hope you get it! Good family photos (for free) are hard to come by.

    And I need one (8) of these cookies.


  36. #
    Living The Sweet Life — January 12, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Lauren Lauren Lauren – – ohh how you complete my life! What an amazing recipe, I literally want to eat each of your cookie pictures above :$


  37. #
    Jessica — January 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Mmmm…I don’t think I even make audible, understandable words when I’m on your site…just ignore me. And give me a napkin to wipe up my drool.


  38. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Yum, brown butter makes everything better!


  39. #
    CouponClippingCook — January 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Love that you made this recipe with brown butter. I’m going to have to try this for sure. The chocolate chunks look soooo good in your pictures too…ok…I think I’m totally craving this now.


  40. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Mmm. MMMMMMM! I bet the brown butter gives the cookies an even richer flavor–must try!


  41. #
    Michele — January 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing recipe! Made these this afternoon after seeing them on pinterest, like yesterday. One suggestion though, add salt. I added 1/4 tsp. and I don’t think it was enough. I think 1/2 tsp. would be better. But seriously, best ccc recipe EVER!


  42. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — January 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    They look and sound absolutely amazingly delicious!


  43. #
    Kelly — January 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

    This looks amazing! Also, have you heard the trick about how to tell if an egg is spoiled before you crack it? Just drop it in a cup of water. If it sinks, it’s fine; if it floats, it’s gone bad.

    Rotten eggs gross me out intensely, so it was such a great thing to learn.


  44. #
    Heidi Robinson — January 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    You should check out Rustic Pear Photography for pictures! She’s amazing and goes up to Hood River often to do pictures (I just know your Sister Brennan’s daughter-in-law, not sure if you live in HR too. Sis. Brennan told me about your site, she’s my old Young Woman leader). She’s great and reasonably priced!


  45. #
    Betty Ballard — August 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This recipe looks so good; but it did not work for me. I am sorry to be the only negative comment, but I made these cookies exactly as the recipe is written, and they do photograph beautifully; however, the recipe lacks salt; need to bake longer then 7-8 minutes. It took 18 minutes on 350 degrees in my over for them to even look done; never turned golden brown. When cooled, they were crispy. So, this is another Internet recipe for the trash, and I will make crumbs with the cookies to use for cream pie or cheese-cake crust. Here forward, I will use only tested recipes.


    • Lauren — August 16th, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

      Sorry to hear that Betty. Better luck next time!


  46. #
    Beth M — October 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    This is the perfect ccc rec I’ve been looking for! I’ve made it twice now and people love them! The second time I made it, I wanted a fall inspired cookie so I added dried cranberries and 1/8 ts ea of nutmeg, cinn and ginger and that was great too!


  47. #
    brandi — December 19, 2012 at 5:15 am

    love brown butter cookies! they’re so addictive :)


  48. #
    Jessica — December 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

    PLEASE mail me the leftovers! 😉


  49. #
    Ruth — April 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    These look delish!! Made the Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast bake that you posted for Easter brunch and it was a hit! Just curious – what kind of Kitchen Aid do you have?


    • Lauren — April 22nd, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

      I have a 7-qt. mixer.


  50. #
    Joy — November 8, 2014 at 3:03 am

    You gotta save me from myself! My hand somehow automatically reach for a cookie to pop into my mouth! How could I ever buy another cookie again and not compare to this????



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