Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Sharing my favorite chocolate chunk cookies today! These Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies are great for any and every occasion!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

There are some cookies you love and there are some cookies you are “in love” with. Let’s just say you are about to fall in love with these decadent morsels 🙂 Massive chocolate chunks inside a crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside chocolate cookie. The salted part is optional, but I highly recommend it! Really brings out the sweetness and chocolate aspect of the cookie  quite nicely. Enjoy friends! Oh and if you’ve never browned butter before, no worries, it’s a piece of cake. I have a few pictures that will help you along the way.

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Nothing off the wall here, just your basic cookie ingredients. I happen to enjoy using chocolate chunks which you can find in most grocery stores. Trader Joe’s has a great 1 pound bar of chocolate that I chop up for most of my cookies.

How To Make Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  2. Place butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt and swirl pan until butter is browned with brown bits stuck to the bottomo of the pan. Takes generally 5-8 minutes.
  3. Place sugars into stand mixer and add browned butter mixing to combine. Add egg, vanilla, mixing to combine then add flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder and chocolate chunks. Mix until combined then scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet, pressing cookies evenly, about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle tops with kosher salt if desired.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove and let cookies cool on rack for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Add your brown sugar to the ol’ mixer.

Some granulated sugar.

How To Brown Butter

Here’s where the brown butter comes in. Melt your stick of butter and watch it bubble like crazy for a good 5 or so minutes. You’ll want to swirl the pan occasionally and eventually those wonderful little browned bits will show up and the butter will turn a gorgeous brown color. Don’t let it go too dark, it burns quickly after this step 🙂 …..been there a number of times!

Add the brown butter to the sugars and use a rubber spatula to get as many of the browned bits from the pan as possible.

Once the brown butter and sugars are combined, mix in the egg and vanilla.

Dry ingredients up next.

Cocoa powder. Unsweetened please 🙂

Ahhh, almost ready.

Add those lovely chocolate chunks.

Ready to the baking sheet. Flatten, sprinkle with kosher salt and bake!

Oh yah!

Can you smell the chocolate?

Enjoy.

Brown Butter Salted Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Brown Butter Salted Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies are show stopping cookies perfect for any occasion!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings: 24
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 8
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Ingredients

  • 1 stick/1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  • Place butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt and swirl pan until butter is browned with brown bits stuck to the bottomo of the pan. Takes generally 5-8 minutes.
  • Place sugars into stand mixer and add browned butter mixing to combine. Add egg, vanilla, mixing to combine then add flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder and chocolate chunks. Mix until combined then scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet, pressing cookies evenly, about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle tops with kosher salt if desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove and let cookies cool on rack for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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48 Responses
  1. Meredith Brooks

    Made Yesterday. Very Good. But the dough was very “crumbly” so i had to add more browned butter & vanilla. The neighbors LOVED them:)

  2. Jessica Young

    What size of scoop do you use when you are making these?? It almost looks like an ice cream scoop but was just wondering so I make sure cooking time corelates with size of cookie. 🙂 Thanks –

  3. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    How can they not be perfect with those huge chunks of chocolate in them?? How do you always get such a perfect egg action shot?! So amazing! I cant wait to try these babies!

  4. nicole

    hey jenny, these look so nice and it sounds easy to make….so i will try these on saturday 🙂

    have a nice day!

    greetz from germany
    nic

  5. Lindsi Holm

    These look absolutely fabulous! I can’t wait to try them out.
    Your blog is such an inspiration. I love how every post is so visual.
    Love your recipes!

  6. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    As soon as I run through my TJ’s bar, I have to quickly replace it, so I totally get this! Love using chunks over chips in cookie recipes.

  7. Alyssa at Kitchen Cures

    These look insanely yummy! Did you use Dutch process or regular cocoa, and do you think either would work?

  8. Becky

    I’ve seen SO many recipes for brown butter this and that lately and salted cookies out the waazoo. I guess it’s a craze. Glad to see it done with straight chocolate though. I will give these a try! Most of the time I cannot tell the extra step of brown butter adds much more to baked goods. Now to pour it over ravioli or steamed veggies. That’s another thing! Thanks for the great photos – drooling now….

  9. Julie @ Table for Two

    woah baby! look at those HUGE chunks of chocolate. i would die for brown butter and chocolate in a cookie – yum yum!

  10. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Oh my lands, those look sensational! Suddenly feeling the cookie monster rising up within me…

  11. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    oh my goodness – I love everything about these! You are a cookie master 🙂

  12. tijuana (po' man meals)

    i have not had brown butter cookies yet. guess today is the day, huh? looks amazing!

  13. Valerie @ Pursuit of Sweetness

    Oh my lawd. The awesomeness of brown butter, salt, chocolate aside, I SERIOUSLY need to jump aboard the chocolate chunk bandwagon. AHHH.

  14. kelley {mountainmamacooks}

    AMAZING!!! I can see how you’d easily fall in love with these. They look amazing and are SO going on my baking list!!

  15. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    I love using browned butter and I have never tried a salted dark chocolate cookie! Sounds (and looks) delicious 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  16. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Browned butter can do no wrong – in cookies or in anything else. And I also love the TJ’s Pound Plus bars. For the money, those things can’t be beat! I use them tons! The cookies sound awesome, Jenny!

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