Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like sweet and salty treats, you’ll fall in love with these Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies. These easy cookies are made with browned butter, chocolate chips and sea salt!

Five Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wondering what the heck Fleur de Sel is? Well, it’s simly a fancy French sea salt. No need to panic. If you can not find this gorgeous salt, you can substitute sea salt or even kosher salt and be just fine:)

A couple weeks ago, I was creating salted carmels that some of you may have caught on my Facebook page. That is when I picked up Fleur de Sel sea salt. I will warn you, it is a little pricey, but yowza it made the perfect salted caramels that you will see in the cookbook and it was the perfect touch to these chocolate chip cookies!

Have you ever made brown butter chocolate chip cookies? Well, if you haven’t do yourself a favor and do it… 🙂  It is much easier than you might think. The nutty aroma that comes from brown butter is really unbelievable and it makes a gorgeous buttery crisp yet chewy in the center cookie.

Hope you all enjoy!

A Tub Filled with Fleur de SelHere’s that gorgeous sea salt. Found mine at a local grocery store here in CA.

A Container of Fleur de SelA little closer look 🙂

How to Make These Sweet & Salty Cookies

Melting Butter on the StoveBrowning Butter on the StoveHere are the stages of browning butter….see below for the color you are looking for.

A Bowl of Browned ButterHere you have it. A nice golden brown with little bits that form at the bottom. Let the butter cool for a good 5 minutes before adding to the sugars. I’ve done it without waiting and it melts your chocolate chips if you don’t wait, which makes for a not as pretty cookie.

Adding Browned Butter to the Mixing BowlSo, you’ll add your brown butter right to your sugars. Make sure you add those little brown bits too, in the second picture. You’ll mix just like normal, but it will look much different that you are used to. Don’t panic 🙂  You’ll add your eggs and vanilla, mixing as usual.

A Half Teaspoon of Fleur de SelGet your dry ingredients ready. I add 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to the dough then I add a little on top.

Adding Flour to the Mixing BowlTime to mix. Add your chips right after the flour.

Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookie DoughHere’s your dough. Sneak a little bite. I can never pass up that opportunity 🙂

Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough BallsPretty little things aren’t they?

Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies Dough Balls on a Baking SheetDon’t be afraid to add a pinch of sea salt to the tops. It’s the perfect sweet and salty combo 🙂

Four Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip CookiesTa-da! Enjoy 🙂

A Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies on a Mug

A Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookie Next to Three Bowls

Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies on a Plate, On Top of Two Mugs & on a Napkin

Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like sweet and salty treats, you'll fall in love with these Brown Butter and Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies. These easy cookies are made with browned butter, chocolate chips and sea salt!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Oven


  • 2 sticks butter 1 cup
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Fleur de Sel or sea salt
  • 10 oz bag chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper
  • Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat, swirling pan to melt. Once melted watch carefully. Butter will foam, boil then little brown bits will start to form around sides and bottom of pan.
  • Once butter turns a golden brown and has a very nutty aroma, remove from heat. I transfer mine to a bowl so cooking stops. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Place both sugars into stand or electric mixer. Add brown butter and mix until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until well combined.
  • Place flour, baking soda and Fleur de Sel/sea salt into a large bowl. Slowly add to wet ingredients then add in chocolate chips, mixing until just combined.
  • Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet with a medium sized cookie scoop and sprinkle tops with additional Fleur de Sel/sea salt. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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92 Responses
  1. Bee

    I never make non-brown-buttered chocolate chip cookies anymore, I just will never go back! The cookie dough, also, is the BEST cookie dough I’ve ever had. I’ve had to stop myself from inhaling an entire bowl pre-baking. The salt worries me though… I’m more of a sweet than savory gal myself 🙂

  2. Heather

    Within hours of reading this post, I was baking these cookies! I just finished eating one – YUM! I have tried a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes and this is my favorite – BY FAR! And they look beautiful!

  3. Jessica

    These look wonderful! I have been following your blog for months now and I am so inspired! You are so creative and I have made some of your recipes and they do not disappoint. 🙂

    I am finally looking into purchasing a Kitchenaid Mixer – any suggestions on what series to get?

  4. Kathy - Panini Happy

    I can just taste those now – amazing. Still need to get one of those cookie scoops…

  5. Lucy @ The Sweet Touch

    These look tasty! I recently made my first batch of browned butter cc cookies, so good!

    And any sweet/salty combo is a winner in my book!

  6. Jenn

    I love browned butter & am a big sweet & salty fan – so I must make these cookies. 🙂 Where did you get the cute measuring cups in the last photo?

  7. Marci

    So i love love your website!! Although lately you are killing me with all these amazing sweets!! 🙂 I have gestational diabetes and every post makes my mouth water and makes me desire all things sugary again!! Your an awesome cook. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

    1. Jenny

      Oh Marci,
      I am so sorry about your gestational diabetes! I’ve had friends with that and it does not sound fun at all! Hope you are doing well, and best of luck to you!!

  8. Liz

    Yum, Jenny! I’m with you on the brown butter – I think it takes regular chocolate chip cookies from good to great!

  9. Lindsay

    Wow!! I will definitely be trying those. I love your LA cookie, so I know these will be good. It looks like you used milk chocolate chips?

  10. Beth

    I wonder which chocolate chips would be tastiest with these, milk chocolate or semi-sweet. It’s probably a matter of personal preference, but anyone have an opinion to share? Which did you use, Jenny? Thanks! I love browned butter.

    1. Jenny

      HI Beth,
      I used milk chocolate for this recipe, but semi sweet would be great too. I like them both 🙂

  11. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo

    Is there anything more beautiful than browned butter? These cookies look amazing. I just picked up some sea salt (in Feb, does time fly that quickly?) when I was back home in New Hampshire – this looks like a great way to use it!!

  12. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    These are absolutely gorgeous. Anything sweet with a bit of salt added is just perfection 🙂 Love your idea to use the browned butter!

  13. Stacey W.

    Those look amazing so now I’m adding that special salt to my list and I hope I can find it. Also, I’m loving those super cute measuring cups in the pictures. Where did you find those?

    1. Jenny

      Hi Stacey, I found those at Pier 1 Imports a year or so ago. Haven’t been there in a while, but it’s worth a look 🙂 They were only about 12 bucks for the whole set. I Love them!

  14. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Brown butter makes everything better & that is all there is to it. These cookies look amazing & I love the addition of fleur de sel 🙂

  15. EatLiveRun

    now you’re speaking my language—love that sweet and savory! These are beautiful, Jenny!

  16. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    Ohhh…. These sound so fancy and delicious too! By the way congrats on the whole cookbook thing! So happy for you and can’t wait to check it out!

  17. brandi@BranAppetit

    I LOVE fleur de sel! so delicious, and I love that the little flakes show up on everything you add it to.

  18. Lori @ Recipegirl

    I love salty chocolate chip cookies. A must make! I had to giggle at your last post- your ugly chocolate chip cookie story. So funny!

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    Oh Jenny, these look amazing! So soft and moist, I can just tell the from the pics! Mmmm, good!

    Thanks for the step by step of the butter. Probably a PITA for you to upload but thank you b/c now I know just how brown is browned (darker than I would have thought) so thank you for that tutorial 🙂

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    i JUST got a huge bag of fleur de sel as a gift yesterday (guess that means i’m pretty loved!) and i am making these immediately. perfect!

  21. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I am loving cookies with a salty bite these days! I need to get my hands on some good Fleur de Sel

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