The BEST Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Homemade browned butter chocolate chip cookies are made in one saucepan! This perfect chocolate chip cookie has a rich buttery toffee flavor. This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe.
MJ's Top Secret Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
I may have been blogging here at Modern Honey for months now but that doesn't mean that I still don't have some tricks up my sleeve. If you have been following me, you know very well that I have been baking cookies before I was out of diapers.
Today I am sharing with you one of my signature cookies that I have been baking up in my kitchen since 2003. When my kids were little, they would beg for cookies every single day (smart kids, I tell you). Obviously, they knew their mama's weakness and I happily obliged.
There wasn't an ingredient I wouldn't try adding to my cookies or a method that I would rule out. I wanted to try them all so I vividly remember the first time I made these saucepan chocolate chip cookies. Since I didn't own a KitchenAid or Bosch mixer, I had to get creative and that's why I tried using a saucepan.
I was blown away and to this day, I believe they are the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
Tips and Tricks for making the Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- Everything is mixed in one saucepan. You melt the butter over low heat and that creates a toffee, caramel, browned butter flavor. No mixer required and everything is mixed together by hand. Working those arm muscles, baby!
- Using Dark Brown Sugar instead of light creates a richer cookie with a chewier texture. Adding white sugar creates those crispy edges.
- Using 1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk works magic on the texture of these cookies. Egg whites can dry out baked goods so we focus on the creamy egg yolk. #winning
- A mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chunks keeps you on your toes. The semi-sweet brings a depth of chocolate flavor and the milk chocolate makes the cookie sweet and creamy. Trader Joe's makes killer chocolate bars called Pound Plus Bars and can be easily cut into chunks. It melts so beautifully in these cookies.
- A touch of sea salt or fleur de sel flakes take these to another level. It's that combination of salty + sweet that keeps you coming back for more. It cuts the sweetness of the chocolate chip cookie just enough to get you hooked.
These cookies are going to knock your socks off! I am going to share all of my top secret tips for making the best saucepan chocolate chip cookies!
How to make Top Secret Saucepan Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- Make sure the butter is completely melted. It needs to be melted but don't let it boil or the liquid will start to evaporate. It's important to get the butter hot and melted before adding the sugars so they can completely dissolve.
- Add the sugars while the butter is hot and stir for at least 2-3 minutes until it looks glossy and smooth.
- Let the butter-sugar mixture chill for at least 5-7 minutes in the refrigerator before adding the egg and egg yolk or you will end up with cooked eggs! No bueno.
- Make sure the dough is cool enough (by placing a clean finger into the dough to check temperature) before adding the chocolate or you will end up with brownies. 🙂
Do you know what makes a cookie even better? Chill the dough.
Why is it important to chill cookie dough?
- Chilling the dough for at least 24 hours helps the ingredients to incorporate. The gluten which is developed by mixing the dough, is relaxed while the dough rests, which creates a more tender cookie. The moisture in the dough is absorbed by the dry ingredients, which helps to dissolve the sugar, and causes extra caramelization.
- If you chill the dough for at least 24-36 hours, the flavors have had time to really develop and you end up with a chocolate chip cookie with a caramel, toffee flavor, a chewier texture, and crispier edges.
- If you do chill the cookie dough, keep in mind that you need to wrap the cookie dough tightly so the cold air of the refrigerator doesn't dry it out. After it is done chilling, it will be slightly crumbly because much of the liquid has been incorporated. Using your hands, press the mixture firmly together and roll into balls.
Your patience will pay off in the end product.
If you can't wait and want cookies NOW, then go ahead and bake them. MJ's Top Secret Cookies will still be out of this world.
The best brown butter chocolate chip cookie recipe. A perfect saucepan chocolate chip cookie!
I have named this baked goodness the MJ's Top Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies for a number of reasons:
A. MJ is what my husband loves to call me. It's much shorter than calling me Melissa Janet.
B. It is top secret for a reason. Most cookies are made with almost the same ingredients so it's the little tweaks here and there that set them apart. These have been one of my go-to recipes for almost 14 years for a reason.
You are going to fall hook, line, and sinker for these cookies.
If you want a sweet and salty cookie, sprinkle with sea salt for extra flavor. I love to use salt because it cuts some of the sweetness and is such a perfect combination.
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If you live in Arizona like me, we have a little monsoon weather going on which means rain in the middle of summer. In my book...Rain = Cookies so start baking MJ's Top Secret Cookies. I can't wait to hear what you think of them!
Happy Baking! xo
Incredible cookie recipe wow!!!!!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Lover
I don't usually comment on a recipe, but I have to say something about this one. It is not only my favorite cookie recipe because it's so good, but you make this cookie in one saucepan, folks! There is no mess. I can whip it up in a few minutes. And it is delicious. This is a genius recipe!!!
I have been making a version of these for several years, and they are a hit! These are the ingredients I add in addition to what you listed:
- two tablespoons of Maxwell House International Vanilla Caramel latte powder
- three ice cubes to browned butter, which I actually bring to a froth twice until the butter turns nut brown.
- chopped walnuts
Either way, hands down the best recipe!
Heidi I love each of these mix ins! This cookie recipe is a base, add in whatever you like and make it your own. Thanks for trying out my recipe, I am so glad that you like it!
Hi MJ, I have just come across your site & have already printed off 3 of your low fat recipes, but then spotted the 'Top Secret Choc Chip Cookies' (out goes the low fat, ha ha).
I wanted to ask if it makes any difference using salted or unsalted butter?
By the way, your site is incredible!
Hi Mike! Sorry for the late reply, I am just seeing this! Salted vs unsalted butter doesn’t make too much of a difference. I have found that unsalted butter is usually fresher (since salt is used as a preservative) but both will be fine. If you use salted, you could decrease the amount of salt you put in to about 1/4 a teaspoon. Hope this helps!
Hi, I love these cookies. I was wondering if it is better to let the cookies come to room temperature before baking or to bake them straight from the refrigerator?
Hi Linda! I would bake these cookies straight from the refrigerator. The chilled dough won’t spread as much on the pan as the room temperature dough does. Good luck, I hope that you like it!
These are excellent! I halved the recipe and decreased the sugar a smidge. I used enjoy life chocolate chips and some toasted pecans. I chilled for 8 hours and baked a few at 350, crispy chewy perfection. Next time, after chilling another 24h, I baked at 325 and they were softer still with chew. Either way, delicious! The ONLY critique I have is your directions/ingredients. The description says browned butter but nowhere else does it say to actually brown the butter, just to melt the butter. I did lightly brown the butter and loved the flavor it added but not sure if this skews other people’s reviews who only melted and not browned. I had no issues with overspreading, also pan banged with one batch. Great recipe!
Omg! What an amazing recipe! I’ve been looking for a good cookie recipe and I finally found it! Thanks so much for sharing ????
Thanks for the recipe. Was craving chocolate chip cookies last night so I made these. They were good. Was hoping for something a bit more unique in flavor (like the toffee flavor referenced) but didnt quite achieve that.
Would love to make these cookies today but I do not have chocolate chunks.. can I add more chocolate chips and if so, how many??
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Hey, MJ. Thanks for the insights. My cookies are not flattening out as in photos. Followed recipe to a T. I did use gluten free flour buts a good, name brand. I’m at sea level so-cal. Thanks for any insights.
Hi MJ; these are by far my favorite BB Choc Chip Cookies & I've made them tons. However lately when I take the dough out the next day they are more crumbly. I’m wrapping them tightly & even put them in Tupperware with the lid on to ensure they don’t dry out. What am I doing wrong? Help please! Thx!
My, my, my!!! Did I say my?! Lol! I'm actually a oatmeal cookie kinda girl but Omg were these cookies delicious!!!! I wish I could comment on what they're like the next day...but since there weren't any left, I can't. I'll try next time.
Now, bc of the virus I had to make a substitution and bc I was so anxious to make these I added 2 eggs instead of 1 egg and 1 yoke...I also added 1 c of chopped pecans.
I only had light brown sugar so I used that plus 2 T of molasses. I was also only able to refrigerate them for 1-1/2hrs. I just couldn't wait any longer. I was out of plastic wrap so I used a ziplock bag instead which was fine. (I was hesitant at first bc I thought the dough would stick to the sides but bc of the butter nothing stuck and it was really easy to work the dough to get it to room temperature.
All in all, they came out perfectly and I'm actually making another batch now!
I make a lot of chocolate chip cookies. This is my go to cookie now. They taste like Panera. Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle.
The greatest compliment I can give is this: When I wanted to be a blessing to the children of our church and make chocolate chip cookies for them, the first place I thought of was Modern Honey. This cookie recipe did not disappoint. So instead of my smile alone, I submit to you the smiles of 30 children who loved every crumb!
Do you suggest baking cookies on parchment or silicone baking mats? Thanks.
I love the flavor of these cookies! I’ve made them several times but they seem to get hard the next day. What am I doing wrong? Does it make a difference if I make them larger or smaller? Help please!
Loved this recipe and your dedication to finding the best cookie recipes! Thank you!!