Brown Butter Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sea salt caramel chocolate chip cookies made with brown butter. This cookie is DELICIOUS.

As I have mentioned before, I LOVE dessert, but my husband does not. However, he does like cookies. So, whenever I’m wanting some dessert around the house, I like to make cookies since I can say “look what I made for your lunches this week!”, all the while knowing that wasn’t why I really made them. Today was one of those days that I wanted some cookies. Well, that and now that I’m writing a blog about cooking, I suppose I have to make a point of actually cooking and photographing it. Plus, cookies work really well as bribes for my son … “if you use the potty all day today, you can have a cookie”. But back to making the cookies ….  a few years ago I made a cake that used brown butter. It was probably the most delicious thing I had ever tasted. I was angry that no one had ever told me about browning butter before. And realized that I had just opened a door to make dessert and any other food with butter even more delicious. Last Christmas I made some caramel & chocolate chips cookies that were good, but I thought today “I can make them even better”. So, I browned so butter, changed some things here and there, and voila! This cookie is amazing. Really, really amazing.

For most drop cookies, I strongly believe in using an air bake cookie sheet, silicone baking mat, and cookie scoop (all affiliate links). The air bake sheet helps the bottoms not to brown too much (it seriously makes cookies all the softer and better), the mats also help not to brown the bottoms and make it easy to remove the cookies, and scoop makes it easy to have equally sized and round cookies.
sea salt caramel chocolate chip cookies

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Brown Butter Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sea salt caramel chocolate chip cookies made with brown butter. THE best cookie.
Servings: 4 dozen
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar gently packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup caramel chips plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Melt butter in small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter turns amber in color and has a nutty smell, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to dish and place in fridge until butter thickens through, at least 2 hours.
    brown butter on stove
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. After butter has thickened, use mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy.
    hardened brown butter
  4. Add milk, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extra to butter. Mix under smooth.
  5. In medium sized bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch.
  6. Slow beat flour mixture into butter mixture.
  7. Stir in 3/4 cup of caramel chips and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  8. Optional: Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. If you do, your cookies will be a bit thicker. I personally prefer more flat cookies.
  9. Scoop dough onto 1 inch balls on prepared sheet. Place a few chips into the top of each ball of dough (this makes them look pretty after they've baked).
  10. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of sea salt on top of each cookie (1/4 teaspoon is all you will need for ALL the cookies).
  11. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until tops are golden.
    sea salt caramel chocolate chip
Recipe Notes



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