Sweet & Salty Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Holiday, Quick and Easy

These Brown butter chocolate chip cookies have a nutty, deep flavor. They’re made better by adding finely chopped walnuts to the dough. They’re chewy, butter, nutty and perfectly chocolate-y.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

Let’s dive into these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, shall we?

I put on Instagram a few weeks ago a question, “Do walnuts belong in chocolate chip cookies?!” I knew the question was divisive but I did it anyway! And boy, were the responses aggressive! People are incredibly opinionated about chocolate chip cookies, rightfully so.

Ingredient shot

Can I Add Walnuts to My Chocolate Chip Cookies

I did a poll on Instagram and asked readers if walnuts belonged in chocolate chip cookies. 60% of readers voted “Absolutely not!”

I felt attacked.

40% of readers voted “Yes, delicious!”  I say you should add whatever you want! I love walnuts.

How to Brown Butter

I’m not that precious about my chocolate chip cookies. And walnuts happen to be one of my favorite nut varieties! I like them. They can stay. They can sit with us.

If you’re in the “absolutely not” camp, don’t worry, this recipe allows you to leave them out completely.

Chilled cookie dough

Freezing cookie dough

What Does Brown Butter Do for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Browning the butter gives these chocolate chip cookies a nutty quality to them that isn’t all that distinguishable. It adds a depth of flavor that is hard to pin point. You don’t eat these cookies and think to yourself, “Oh this is brown butter!” Their flavor is more subtle. That caramel-like flavor that lives in these cookies goes SO well with sea salt. Yum.

Should You Brown Butter for Cookies

Let’s dive into browning butter for chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as browning butter. You see, when you brown butter, you cook the water out of the butter. Water in butter does a lot for baked goods. It adds moisture and steam.

For this recipe for brown butter chocolate chip cookies, we brown the butter and then we add a bit of water to the butter after it’s browned.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

How to Brown Butter

The cozy way to brown butter is to almost burn it. Almost. There are some applications where I just straight burn the butter and it’s delicious. The baked good doesn’t result in a burned butter flavor but a totally browned butter flavor. It’s rich, deep and nutty.

I take my melted butter pretty far. I do not allow lightly browned butter to be a part of my life in any way. So take it until it’s dark brown.

Should You Use Light Brown or Dark Brown Sugar for Chocolate Chip Cookies

I always use light brown sugar. The subtle molasses flavor makes for a more balanced cookie. I actually ONLY buy light brown sugar vs. dark brown sugar. Because I personally enjoy the flavor a bit more. In addition to light brown sugar, these cookies of course, also call for granulated sugar.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

Like all of my chocolate chip cookies, I love making a batch, scoop out dough balls and freeze half of it! If you’d like to learn how to freeze chocolate chip cookies, click right here!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.8 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serving Size: 2 dozen
Calories: 124kcal
Brown butter chocolate chip cookies are so gooey and nutty in flavor. They're made better with walnuts; if you disslike walnuts in your chocolate chip cookies, leave them out!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (we're going to melt it so it can be straight from the fridge)
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts , (from about 1/2 cup)


  • n a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. 
  • In medium saucepan, set over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Take out a silicon whisk and give the butter a stir. It will begin to foam up and bubble. Stirring frequently, allow it to keep going until it goes from a pale yellow color to a light brown color. Once it hits a light brown color, I like to give it a few more stirs just so I can monitor the color. This process happens quickly so don’t walk away! Keep stirring it until it goes from a light brown color to deep golden brown. Remove it from the heat and give it a few more stirs. I like to let it continue to cook until it’s dark brown. Immediately pour it into a large bowl. Whisk in the two teaspoons of water. Allow the brown butter to cool for about 10 minutes. (If you don’t do this, when you add the chocolate, it’ll melt.) 
  • Next, whisk in the sugars. And then, add the eggs and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Lastly, fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (if using). Stick in fridge for 1 hour to chill.  
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Scoop out 1 1/2-inch balls of dough and roll them between your palms; place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet spacing them 3 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough. These are best eaten warm with milk. 


To Make Ahead:
The cookie dough can be made, scooped out into dough balls and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bake them straight from the fridge. 
To Freeze Cookie Dough: 
I have this post right here that explains how to do so! 
Equipment and Tools:
OXO Medium Cookie Scoop | Baking Sheets | KitchenAid Stand-Up Mixer | Silicon Spatulas
Keywordbest chocolate chip cookies, brown butter, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip walnut cookies, christmas cookies, the holidays, walnuts
Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Patricia September 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    3 stars
    I love your cookie recipes but this one turned out a bit too sweet for my taste. The texture and the flavor of the brown butter is great though. How much could we reduce the sugar?

  • Reply christen June 26, 2020 at 7:17 am

    5 stars
    Combined this recipe with your oatmeal chocolate chip cooke recipe (which I have made as written a couple of times before and is a no-fail delicious experience). Holy smokes! Recommend!

  • Reply Betty March 18, 2020 at 9:19 am

    5 stars
    Definitely want to try this, but how much is a cup in grams? thanks!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 18, 2020 at 10:07 am

      what ingredient are you referring to? happy to help!

      • Reply Betty March 19, 2020 at 8:04 am

        flour, butter and sugar 🙂 thank you!

  • Reply Jo March 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    5 stars
    This is hands down the best choc chip cookie recipe. So full tasting, like something you’d get at a bakery. Fool proof. Absolutely Devine.

  • Reply Sara Z. January 15, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Hi Adrianna:

    The recipe says to roll the dough into 1 1/2” balls, but how many grams would each be? I want to try out your recipe really badly, and I want to make sure I get the proportions correct! : )

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 15, 2020 at 8:58 am

      The cookie scoop measure I use is about 2 ounces. So I converted that and it told me 56 grams!

  • Reply Allie January 3, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    5 stars
    Just made these and they’re SO. GOOD. OMG.

  • Reply Ruby October 27, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve made these cookies about 10 times since you posted this recipe. Already a family fave!

  • Reply Elizabeth October 3, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    5 stars
    My all time favorite chocolate chip cookies are from your recipe! I make them all the time and have bags in my freezer filled with them so that I can pop one in the oven any time. I cannot wait to try this recipe.

  • Reply Allison October 3, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Is that salt or sugar sprinkled on top in the picture?

  • Reply Linda October 1, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    5 stars
    Looks absolutely delish. Recipe calls for 2 teaspoons water but instructions say 2 TABLESPOONS. Which is correct?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 1, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      ahh you’re right. 2 teaspoons is correct (mistake fixed). that was from an earlier test when i tried 2 tablespoons and it was bit too much water.

  • Reply Meredith October 1, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Where’s the walnuts in the ingredients lists?

  • Reply Emily October 1, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I love love love walnuts and am with you in that they definitely belong in chocolate chip cookies! These sound good. Browned butter is an interesting concept.

  • Reply Kristina October 1, 2019 at 6:45 am

    These look amazing and I want to make them immediately. I don’t see the recipe though?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 1, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      that’s bc my internet connection hated me this morning lol. the recipe is up there! now, sorry about that!

  • Reply Shannon Skinner October 1, 2019 at 6:30 am

    These look absolutely amazing! There’s nothing that I love more than baking cookies on a lazy Sunday and these look perfect for just that x

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