I know you, cookie-dough-sneaker. Don’t be shy now. Here’s a recipe that skips that cumbersome baking step and just gets you the goods, stat. Plus: brown butter. God’s gift to mankind. 

Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough from The Food Charlatan

You know how when you move, all of your possessions seem totally frivolous? You just look around at all the billion things you have to pack and think, really, why do I need all this? I always end up throwing stuff away with reckless abandon.

And that, my friends, is how a dumpster diving expedition is begun.

On moving day, my mom held up 4 little pieces of metal that I didn’t recognize. She said, what are these? And I said, I don’t know, throw them away. GREAT IDEA KAREN.

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Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough from The Food Charlatan

A few days later we realized that they were the pegs that hold up the shelves on our bookshelf. And we also realized that trash day at my old house hadn’t come yet. Those 4 little pieces of metal that we needed to hold up our shelves were exactly where we had put them…and there was no reason we couldn’t get them.

It was actually kind of fun. Not the going-through-trash part, but seeing my old house torn up was kind of cool/weird. An investor bought our house, he’s going to flip it. The crew let me in to wash my hands after I found the pegs. (I found them!) The entire kitchen was gone already, just an empty room. So strange. (The carpet was still there. Maybe it will never die.)

Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough from The Food Charlatan

That night I told Eric my exciting dumpster diving story. “We found the pegs Eric! Now we can put our bookshelf together!”

“I have like 30 more of those exact pegs in my tool bag.”

I’m never moving again.

Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough from The Food Charlatan

This recipe is inspired by Center Cut Cook‘s awesome Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The first time I stumbled upon this post I spent way too much time scanning a few pages of the 556 comments, because they were literally making me laugh out loud.

You would not believe all the comments from people who were so glad to have finally found an egg-free cookie recipe but were totally disappointed when their cookies baked flat. Or people asking, “Can you make it without the flour?” “This recipe still isn’t safe because eating raw flour is dangerous.” (wha??) Or my favorite, “It just tasted like raw dough.” Who ARE these people??

Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough from The Food Charlatan
Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough from The Food Charlatan

I could seriously eat this whole batch with a spoon. I don’t really have any huge salmonella fears, but if all I want is dough anyway, why waste the egg. Plus it comes together in like 10 minutes, you can’t beat that! You could literally adjust the amounts on almost every ingredient, but don’t skip browning the butter!! It makes it. 


Edible Egg-free Brown Butter Cookie Dough

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
I know you, cookie-dough-sneaker. Don't be shy now. Here's a recipe that skips that cumbersome baking step and just gets you the goods, stat. Plus: brown butter. God's gift to mankind. 


  • 1/2 cup butter, 1 stick
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch more if you love salt
  • 3/4 cup flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, or replace with regular


  • Add the butter to a small pot. Turn the heat to medium. 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. Pour it into a mixing bowl to stop the cooking process.
  • Add both of the sugars and combine.
  • Add vanilla and milk and beat. Add the salt.
  • Let the mixture cool for a few minutes so you don’t melt your chocolate chips.
  • Add the flour and chocolate chips all at once. Beat to combine. Adjust to taste.
  • This recipe freezes great! If you store it in the fridge, you can add more milk if it has dried out.


This cookie dough is perfect with ice cream! Just don’t bake it. :)


Serving: 1cookie ball | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 156
Keyword: Browned Butter, cookie dough, egg free
Did you make this? I’d love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

I’m obsessed with brown butter desserts. This is not an apology:

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Browned Butter Blondies: I think this was the first recipe I ever browned butter for. A day in history guys.

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Soft Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Pecan Frosting:

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Nutella Stuffed Brown Butter Blondies: << one of the top recipes on The Food Charlatan!

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Viva la brown butter!

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  1. Fantastic recipe! I took this to an appetizer party as a dessert and people WENT TO TOWN on this. I served it in a pie plate to fancy it up. There was none leftover. 

    I stuck the batch in the freezer for a few minutes before adding the chocolate chips. It worked great. 

  2. Raw flour IS dangerous. It could have e.coli. You have to heat the flour to kill bacteria before you use it. I saw someone comment about being pregnant and eating this which is dangerous! You need to edit this recipe to bake the flour before using it.

  3. This recipe is a gem. The cookie dough is so rich and soft and melts in your mouth. The first batch I made ended up being *chocolate* cookie dough because the chocolate chips melted immediately, even though I followed the recipe and added them with the flour. The next time I let the mixture cool a little bit before finally adding the chocolate chips.

    1. I’m so glad you tried it out! And you are right, cooling is a good idea. I added that into the recipe. Thanks for your feedback!!

  4. Whenever I make cookies, I can’t keep from tasting the dough. It’s probably a lot safer to make it without eggs :)

  5. I picked the absolute most horrible day to start Weight Watchers again!!!!!!! LOL. I will try this amazing recipe in the future, when I feel I have my willpower back!

  6. Ok, I need this. I know you’re not supposed to eat cookies dough, but I do anyway, BUT now that I’m pregnant I really have to stay away from it, so this is perfect for me!!!

  7. I love eating cookie dough and never have cared about the raw eggs. This brown butter version looks awesome! I love your stories! You always make my day better!

  8. Karen, you are totally speaking my language with this brown butter cookie dough! I pretty much eat half the cookie dough before I bake it anyways, now I can just skip that whole step!

  9. This recipe is dangerous! I’d have to make a double batch just so I could sneak some from my husband! Love it!

  10. SO funny, I probably would have bought a new book shelf and then found the pegs :) but this cookie dough would make even dumpster diving worth it

  11. Haha, this is funny! That kind of sounds like the thing I would do – dumpster diving and Josh would already have what I need. Or the reading comments thing. Actually, last night we were talking about some waffles he made over the weekend which were amazing considering I don’t like waffles. But they kept coming out a little under done in the middle. I told him to go read the comments to see if any of the readers had made substitutes ( I think it was a food.com recipe) and he’s like,” thanks Chels. I’ve never read a blog before.” Well fine then, lol!

  12. Oh my god you’re killing me- this looks AMAZING! So moist and delicious, who doesn’t love cookie dough? Pinning!

  13. Dear Karen, I will def. have to make this recipe for my son Jonathan who is a senior in high school. Maybe for his birthday. For his lunch. Not long ago I was hunting and hunting in the fridge for a small tupperware full of leftover cookie dough to make cookies for the small group that was coming over that night. I never found it, thought I was going mad. Later found the empty tupperware in his lunch box….he was puzzled that I would be upset he had taken an entire batch of King Arthur chocolate chip cookie dough as a snack. So I had to make a new household rule… But perhaps I could make an exception with this yummy brown butter dough recipe and his upcoming birthday….

  14. I just laughed so hard…that is too funny about not actually having needed to go through the trash. And that terrible carpet! This looks amazing, and I love that photo of the browned butter. Really captures its ephemeral beauty.

  15. I am just like you Karen! When it comes to moving or cleaning, I’m all about throwing things away.. which isn’t always the best solution :)

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