Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (and I had a baby!)

This is my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe! I’ve been perfecting this recipe for years and finally have it exactly how I want it. Tender, soft, chewy cookies, with a huge flavor boost from browning the butter. Oh, and tons of chocolate chips. Duh. 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

We had a baby! Her name is Valentine!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Isn’t she so cute?? If you don’t think so, don’t tell me. Also, you’re wrong. She’s perfect!!

Charlotte thinks so too. I’ve never seen a kid more obsessed about anything. This is what she looks like pretty much all the time:

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Poor Truman developed croup a few days after she was born, so his introduction to being a big brother has consisted of, “Don’t cough on the baby!” “No, it’s NOT okay to put your fingers in her mouth!” Poor kid. He’s being a good sport about it.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Eric and I announced that she was born on Facebook at about the same time, and when I got more “likes” then he did, he was like “psshh…it’s cause you did the black and white.”

All the ups and downs of having a newborn are quickly coming back to us. The baby smell. The crying. The tiny hands and toes. The lack of sleep. The impossible expansion of your heart. There’s really nothing quite like it. We are so lucky!

Also, can I just tell you my favorite part about having a baby: it’s not being pregnant anymore. Can I get an amen.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

I could go on forever, but I promise I have a recipe for you today! It’s a classic. I’m embarrassed that it’s not on the blog, because I make these ALL the time. It’s slightly adapted from a recipe which years ago I called My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. But now that’s a lie. This one is my new favorite. I mean how can you argue with browned butter?

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

This stuff is where the magic happens, guys. It just adds this incredible layer of flavor that you don’t get in normal chocolate chip cookies. It’s not a different flavor; they still taste like buttery chocolate chip cookies. They just taste like the best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever had. So soft! So tender! So chocolate-y! So, so flavorful.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

These are BIG cookies. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to shape the dough. I shape the dough as shown above. It’s an oval, not a sphere, meaning they don’t spread quite as much, and you get a perfectly thick and chewy cookie. Chilling the dough also helps them keep their shape in the oven. Since we start the recipe with hot butter, you will have a warm cookie dough. (It’s delicious and I eat the stuff with a spoon. No apologies.) But warm cookie dough can’t go straight into the oven; you have to chill it. You can either throw it in the fridge for a couple hours, or shape the dough and freeze for half an hour. Either way works great.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

I almost never bake an entire batch of cookies. I make the dough, bake up a pan to eat right away, then shape the rest of the dough and freeze it in a ziplock. We almost always have frozen cookie dough in the freezer, shaped and ready to go. I don’t even thaw them before I bake, just throw them on the pan completely frozen and add 2-5 minutes to the normal bake time. It’s a dangerous habit, let me tell you. I’m always a 350 degree wait time away from warm chocolate chip cookies.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Let me know if you try these out! I hope you love them as much as I do. I’ll be back later this week with more Thanksgiving recipes! Have a great Monday everyone!

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (and I had a baby!)

Yield: Makes about 24 large cookies

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


  • 1 and 1/2 cups salted butter (3 sticks)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled*
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt**
  • 2 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus more to top cookies


  1. Add the butter to a medium pot or skillet, preferably one that is light in color (so you can see the color of the butter). Turn the heat to medium.
  2. Cook, stirring every 1-2 minutes with a wooden spoon. After a couple minutes, the butter will start to foam. Keep watching it. Eventually the butter will turn brown and you will see tiny brown specks. The smell will turn nutty. You might not be able to see the color under the foam very well, which is part of the reason you need to stir. Once it is brown and it looks silty at the bottom, it is done.
  3. Immediately pour the browned butter into a large bowl or stand mixer. Add the white sugar and brown sugar and beat well.
  4. With the beaters on, add the eggs. (If you don't have enough hands for this, then wait a few minutes to let the butter mixture cool so you don't curdle your eggs. Or you could beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them all at once.)
  5. Add the vanilla and stir.
  6. Add half the flour, but don't stir. Use a small spoon to stir the baking soda and salt into the flour, then beat the flour into the dough.
  7. Add the remaining flour and stir, but stop when the dough is still dry and you can still see flour.
  8. Add all the chocolate chips. Stir together just until the flour is incorporated. Do not over beat.
  9. At this point you need to chill the dough. You can cover the bowl and throw it in the fridge for 1-2 hours. (or up to 24 hours!) Or you can shape the dough as described below and freeze for 30 minutes (or refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.) Shape the dough and place it right on the pan if you have room in your freezer, otherwise put them in ziplocks to freeze them.***
  10. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.
  11. To shape the dough, use a 1/4 measuring cup. Form the dough into an egg shape (as opposed to a sphere). Place the dough on the prepared cookie sheets, with at least 2 inches between each cookie.
  12. Bake at 350 for about 11-14 minutes. Your bake time will depend on your method and length of chilling, so keep an eye on them so they don't get overdone.
  13. Take the cookies out when they are just barely starting to turn golden on top, and the centers are not shiny (or, if you like really soft cookies, a little shine is okay.)
  14. Immediately after taking them out of the oven, use your fingers to push several chocolate chips into the tops of each cookie.
  15. Let them set up on the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.
  16. Eat these cookies with milk!!


*You MUST spoon and level, or your cookies will be dry. Use a spoon to place the flour into the measuring cup, then run a knife across the top of the measuring cup to level it off. This is how to make sure you don't get too much flour by packing it.

**If you only have table salt, add just a little bit less.

***I often shape the dough and store it in a ziplock bag. Then I take a few cookies out whenever I get a craving, and put it in a preheated oven completely frozen. Follow instructions as usual, but add 2-5 minutes to the bake time.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies: << these are so perfect for Christmas!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan


Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: << These are perfect for when you need to cut calories but need a chocolate fix!

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan


Texas Cowboy Cookies: << These cookies have been so popular this fall! You will love them!

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan


My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies << It’s a lie. Today’s recipe is my new favorite. The two are quite similar, but those few changes make a big difference!

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies from


Other chocolate chip cookies recipes to check out!

Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Recipe Rebel
Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies from Yummy Healthy Easy
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Life Love and Sugar





  1. Karyl Friedman says

    Your family is beautiful. And your new little precious lady is gorgeous! Enjoy and be happy. I love all your recipes and have tried many. All yummy!

  2. Carla says

    How Wonderful!!! Baby Valentine is beautiful, but so is Charlotte and of course handsome Truman. Charlotte and Truman will be fantastic big sister and big brother. I have 4 (grown) children and 2 grandchildren. There is nothing more wonderful. The cookies look so delicious, I want to make them right now. It will happen sometime this week. Thank you so much for sharing. You’re not new at being a Mommy, but make sure you take time for you. That is a hard thing to do for Moms.

  3. Mary says

    Congratulations!! Valentine is just beautiful!! Those cookies look so good, gonna have to try them even though browning butter scares me!!

  4. Melissa Parish says

    Your baby girl is absolutely gorgeous!! Such a nice family. And I can’t WAIT to make these cookies, lol!! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  5. stephanie says

    congratulations! and she IS adorable. like, factually. an unbiased stranger on the internet says so! because not that i would ever EVER say out loud (even to myself when no one was home) that someone’s baby wasn’t cute, i mean…remember that seinfeld episode about the baby that…wasn’t cute? nevermind. she’s adorable and i’m so happy you’re all safe and sound and happy!

    and omg COOKIES.

  6. Karen H says

    Congrats guys!! She is so precious and beautiful!! Love her name too! Thank you for the cookies and all you do for us. You are awesome Karen! Prayers, love and Hugs!

  7. Kristine Gifford says

    Your cookies look amazing, Karen, as usual – if a person likes soft chewy cookies and not delicious amazing CRUNCHY cookies! When I come I will be making crunchy munchy cookies – just so you know. You have to take the good with the bad when your mother-in-law shows up to help with new babies.

    Counting the days . . . .

  8. Edith Weldon says

    Valentine is really so appropriate for how darling and cute, she is!!!! Congrats all around!
    Your kiddo’s look so pleased to see her too! Take it easy, if you can!
    You are indeed so blessed this holiday season!!

  9. says

    Your baby Valentine is perfect :) I can’t believe you posted right after you had a baby! But thanks for your sacrifice, because these cookies look BEYOND divine! I am totally making these! (And thanks for the tip about freezing them, too. Although I will have to find a deep, dark place in the freezer, or my husband will find them and eat them all frozen).
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  10. says

    EEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!!!!! She is absolutely positively without a doubt the most precious baby girl!! So excited for you and your entire family Karen!! I know it’ll take a while, but I really hope you’re able to get a little more sleep soon. :) And these cookies… I don’t know HOW you do it, but you always take the most gorgeous, oh so tempting photos of cookies! Your melty chips get me EVERY time!!
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  11. says

    Congratulations!!! Welcoming a new baby with warm chocolate chip cookies seems really fitting- I’m sure your daughter will be eating tons of these as she grows up :)

  12. Diane M. says

    Congratulations on the birth of your Cute baby girl and I Love her name!!!!!! All your children are beautiful! And the cookie recipe sounds delicious!!!!! You are truly Blessed!

    Diane M.

  13. Kristin says

    I love trying new recipes, even when it’s a recipe on a classic like chocolate chip cookies. But I have to admit that I’m always a little nervous trying cookie recipes, because so many of them, especially chocolate chip, turn our terribly. They’re usually terribly flat and spread out, and look really unappealing. I went into this with low expectations. I was absolutely ecstatic when I pulled the first cookie sheet out of the oven, and saw beautifully-rounded, perfectly thick cookies! When I made these, I was rather busy in the kitchen that day, so I allowed the brown butter to cool in the fridge for probably 30 minutes. Once the dough was made, I allowed the dough to chill for 30 minutes, then I rolled them into the oval-ish balls, and then I chilled them in the fridge for a couple days. Also, I just used my 2-Tbsp cookie scoop to measure out equal portions (instead of making larger cookies), and I baked them for 11 minutes. It yielded a little more than 4 dozen. These taste delicious AND look beautiful. Definite keeper! I am happy!!

    • says

      I’m so happy you liked the recipe Kristin! It’s true about never knowing if a cookie recipe is going to turn out. There are just SO many variables! But I’m glad this one worked out. Success!! Hooray! Thanks so much for coming back to comment :)

  14. Martrisha says

    As everyone is always trying to find that perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, this is it for me! The best recipe I’ve tried thus far! I will continue to make these. I used salted butter sticks so I don’t know if that’s why my butter didn’t brown or if I didn’t let it cook long enough, but that’s ok with me. Thanks for sharing and you have a beautiful family!

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