Browned Butter Smells Glorious

*Drum roll* Welcome to the first recipe of 2012. 

Have you guys ever browned butter? It’s the best scent you’ll smell. 

Forget Febreeze, just brown some butter and place it around your house. Your guests will never want to leave. I will even go as far as to say it smells better than melting marshmallows on the stovetop for rice krispies. 

Browned butter has a note of caramel and toffee and toasted pecans. It smells glorrriousss. I almost wanted to drink an entire bowl.

If you made new years resolution to avoid sweets, make an exception for these browned butter chocolate chip cookies. The browned butter turned the classic CCC into an even better cookie with a deep caramelly flavour. You will not regret breaking your resolutions for one of these babies. 

Brown Buttered Chocolate Chip Cookies

note: my dough was a bit crumbly, probably because I used whole wheat flour. Also I think some of my butter evaporated, which reduced the amount of fat for tenderizing the cookies. 


1 c butter, at room temp
1/2 c white sugar
1 3/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 c chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (you can use more if you please)

How To

1. Cut the butter into large pieces and place them in a skillet over medium heat.

2. Melt the butter and stir from time to time. Keep the butter on the skillet until it reaches a nice brown colour and smells ohh sooo good like toasted nuts. 

3. Once you reach that point, take the skillet off the heat and pour the butter into a bowl to refrigerate until it becomes solid again.

4. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking and salt (if using).

5. In another bowl, cream the solidified browned butter and both sugars together until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating the egg completely before adding the next egg.

6. Then splash in the vanilla and stir. 

7. Slowly add in the flour mixture. If you want softer cookies, do not overmix or else you will end up with tough cookies from the gluten.

8. Stir in the chocolate chips. 

9. Let the dough rest by refrigerating it for at least 30 mins.

10. Scoop the dough onto baking sheets and bake the cookies for 11-13 mins. I baked mine for 11 mins. Let cool slightly on baking sheet then transfer to cooling rack or stomach. 

source: adapted from The Little Red House

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19 thoughts on “Browned Butter Smells Glorious

  1. Alexandra says:

    These pictures just made me die. The visual yumminess of the cookies plus the description of browned butter smell=heaven!! 😀

  2. I’m a big fan of browned butter too and there is definitely no better way to use it than in chocolate chip cookies. I hope you’ll come by and link them up to this week’s Sweets for a Saturday.

  3. Valerie says:

    If it were possible (and legal), I would marry brown butter…and cheat on it occasionally with chocolate chip cookies. 😀

    These look Amazing! I wish I could grab one right through the screen.

  4. Patty says:

    oooh Chocolate chip are my weakness!! I can indulge by looking at these pictures. Definitely going to try this recipe out soon!

  5. Pat says:

    They look wonderful I can smell the chocolate chips now. Pat

  6. Betsy says:

    I love browned butter! I’s wonderful. I must try this recipe!

  7. Brittany says:

    YUM YUM YUM!! You always make me drool!!

  8. Charissa says:

    These pics had me drooling! And your profile picture is SOOO cute! Love it!

  9. Oh yeah. Browned butter chocolate chip cookies make the world go round. It’s insane.

  10. Thanks so much for such a sweet comment on my blog! I love yours too 🙂 And yes-my name is pronounced kay-lee, good guess! I get a lot of mispronunciations (kayla, kylee, kale, etc.) lol. Looking forward to following your blog and reading more 🙂

  11. well these sound amazing, but you know I always hated the smell of melting butter. I must be crazy! But I would do it for these cookies.

  12. Juliana says:

    I came across your recipe from Sweets for a Saturday, and I just love browned butter just as much as you do. It is truly heavenly. And I have an obsession for cookies as well. On my blog, I have a quest to perfect my gourmet chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I just love it. Please check it out!! Can’t wait to see what else you have to share 🙂


  13. Amy Sue says:

    These looks absolutely divine! I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  14. […] that I’ve ever come to finding my favourite CCC was the cook’s illustrated recipe and a browned butter ccc recipe. Those were good recipes and they satisfied my undying craving for CCCs… but then I came […]

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