Sea Salt and Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on July 12, 2012

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I almost didn’t have a post ready for today.

I almost just threw my hands up in the air, frustrated at my lack of time. Or rather my too-much-to-do-in the-little-time-that-I-have time.

Birthday party planning (where did this one-year old come from?). Cleaning the house for showings (new realtor, yay!). Freelance work (double yay!). Packing up our never-used-but-saving-for-a-bigger-house stuff (boo!). Laundry ( double boo!).

At some point during the day I manage to feed the two monsters and myself. Hubs, however, he’s been on his own most of the week.

Then suddenly, my brain woke up and I remember this recipe I had tucked away. I was saving it for, well, just such an occasion. When I don’t have time to make something new, or I can’t find my chicken scratch of a recipe for the lime vanilla bean cupcakes.

Or when I feel like slacking off. Not that that ever happens. Ahem.

So for this week’s Sweet Tooth Friday, I present to you chocolate. Sea salt. Browned butter. All combined into a neat little package.

Sea Salt and Browned ButterChocolate Chip Cookies Recipe by

Sea Salt and Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Sea salt and browned butter chocolate chip cookies, with just a tiny sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top.

Don’t be afraid of the sea salt. The sweet and salt combo just can’t be beat in this cookie. And browned butter? Seriously, every recipe should start with browned butter. That nutty, heavenly aroma, oh my. Is there anything better?

Sea Salt and Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe by

I think not. Except when you use it to make these cookies. Then, my friends, it gets better. Magical even.

Sea Salt and Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sea Salt and Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Browned butter chocolate chip cookies with a dash of sea salt.


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon slices
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. In a small pot melt the butter over medium heat, whisking occasionally. Once melted the butter will foam up, then subside. Continue cooking, whisking occasionally, until light brown specks form at the bottom of the pot and the butter has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and pour into a glass bowl. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the bread flour, sea salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the milk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, on medium speed cream together the browned butter and sugars for 2 minutes.
  5. On low speed, add in the egg mixture, mixing until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  6. Slowly stir in the flour mixture, mixing until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Chill the dough in the fridge overnight or up to 48 hours.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Line two cookie sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
  11. Place 1-inch balls about 2 inches apart on each pan. Flatten balls slightly. Sprinkle very lightly with course sea salt, don't over do it a little goes a long way.
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the pans half way through for evening browning.
  13. Cool slightly before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.


Adapted from The Chewy

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1 Aimee @ ShugarySweets July 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Alli, these cookies look amazing!!!

2 Heather@French Press July 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

those cookies even sound delicious! Browned butter – yum:)

3 Karyn July 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

those cookies sound interesting. I bet my hubster would love them.

Thanks for hosting. I hope you are enjoying your summer.

4 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Those are gorgeous! Thanks for the party!

5 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Sea salt and browned butter in one cookie…girl, that sounds absolutely amazing!!! Thanks so much for hosting! I hope your weekend is a little more relaxing for you:-)

6 Winnie July 13, 2012 at 12:46 am

I’m glad you posted these cookies – they look amazing!

Thanks for another party, and I hope you have a great weekend

7 Nicky @ Pînk Recipe Box July 13, 2012 at 5:41 am

Oh, yes! I’ve been meaning to try brown butter in a cookie recipe for ages. Now I have the perfect recipe! These look amazing.

8 tanya July 13, 2012 at 7:01 am

New follower! Those cookies look amazing! What a mom! Thanks for hosting!

9 The Blissful Baker July 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

Thanks for hosting! I linked up my Peanut Butter Batter Dip!

Check out all my healthy recipes, product reviews and giveaways @!

10 Nicole July 16, 2012 at 12:56 am

These cookies look so delicious. Now it’s 11:00pm – not a cookie in the house – and I am craving chocolate chip cookies! Visiting from Under the Table and dreaming linkup – have a wonderful week :)

11 Julie July 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I’ve been seriously craving something sweet like this, but to darn lazy to bake ; )! Would you please send me one they look delicious?

12 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies July 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

Wow, I LOVE browned butter in cookies! It gives such a lovely rich flavor. I can’t wait to try this!

13 Kathryn Griffin July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Oh, yummy! These look so good. I must try these!! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

14 Miz Helen July 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I just love Sea Salt and Chocolate, yummy cookie! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

15 Jeannie August 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

These cookies really sound so delicious! Pinning for future bakes:D Thanks for shaing!

16 Stephanie B August 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

These look wonderful!!
How much butter is 2 sticks?

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