This recipe for Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt are rich, indulgent, and absolutely over the top. Crispy, chewy, intensely flavored cookies that will definitely become your new favorite recipe.
I'm just gonna come out and say it. These are the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had: Brown butter chocolate chip cookies (with sea salt on top!) to be exact.
I know, I said the same thing when I first saw the recipe pop up in an e-mail from one of my favorite food bloggers, Joy the Baker. She's super rad, her blog is so fun to read, and her recipes are always unique and tasty. But these cookies though...
Chocolate chip cookies are an American classic. When made right- with good quality chocolate, real butter, crisp edges and a chewy middle- there seems little room for improvement. Right? There's a reason why the chocolate chip cookie has stood the test of time to become our favorite: Because its good. Really good.
But these cookies are better than good. I hedge at the word, but these cookies, man... these cookies are epic.
When I read Joy's post about these cookies, I knew I had to make them immediately. Luckily, I always keep the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies on hand, you know, for moments just like this.
But Joy's recipe calls for 1 stick of browned butter and 1 stick of regular softened butter. I thought, why only brown one stick of butter when you could bump up that brown butter flavor and brown both?
I mean, is there such a thing as too much brown butter?
That's a rhetorical question.
But if you answered yes, then, I'm sorry, but you're just wrong.
More brown butter. Always. Those are words to live by.
Joy also uses 3 different kinds of sugar in her recipe: brown, white, and molasses. That's just a lot of extra stuff to have to dig out of the cabinets. So in the name of laziness, I tested the recipe using only brown sugar, and had pretty damn good results (if I do say so myself).
Give these cookies a try, and I guarantee they will become your new go-to. If you can resist the urge to eat them all yourself, surprise your friends by randomly dropping off a few in their mailbox. You will totally make their day. And THAT will make you feel as good as these cookies taste. Promise.
These cookies- like all chocolate chip cookies- are best served warm, right out of the oven. BUT, I've found that if you cool them completely, you can use two cookies to sandwich a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream (like these ice cream sandwiches) in between. Place it back in the freezer to allow it to set up for about an hour before eating. Or if you're like me, you'll say "screw it," and let the ice cream drip down your arm as you shamelessly slurp it down. Either way, you win.