Brown Butter Toffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies


Brown Butter Toffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies are so good that they may be addictive!

Yes, I’m still in Florida. Yes, I have another cookie recipe for you. And yes, I have professed my undying love to brown butter.

You guys. I have never ever tried brown butter until these cookies and oh my gawd. I don’t know what I’ve been missing. I love brown butter. I don’t even want to use regular butter in anything anymore. I love the nutty aroma that brown butter has and I love the way it makes everything taste. It’s just that much BETTAH!

No, but seriously, my entire apartment smelled amazing. I made these the weekend the in-laws were in town (I made a lot, didn’t I? haha) and they went into the city to do touristy stuff while I decided to stay back and bake for the blog. They came back and said the could smell the aroma in the hallway. I can imagine because my entire apartment smelt of brown butter and I could live like that for the rest of my life. Ok, someone go invent a Glade plug-in that’s brown butter scent. Or better yet, how about a candle? Mmmmm

Not only do I LOVE brown butter (now), I looooove toffee and chocolate chips. Seriously, this cookie It’s the ultimate cookie. The toffee and chocolate play SO well with the brown butter. You guys, you HAVE to make this. Not only because brown butter is the most amazing discovery ever, but because this cookie is to die for.

I hope y’all have a great weekend and go make these cookies! I’ll likely be nursing a sunburn since I’m so PALE.

Brown Butter Toffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins

The brown butter and toffee in this will make you swoon! It smells so good while you're making it and tastes even better!

Servings: 2 dozen
  • 1 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 14 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Heath toffee bits
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Whisk the flour and baking soda together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small skillet over medium high heat, melt 10 tbsp. of butter and continue cooking until the butter is a dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma. This will take about 1-3 minutes, but you'll need to constantly swirl the skillet and watch it otherwise it'll burn!
  4. Transfer the brown butter to a heatproof bowl and then stir in the remaining 4 tbsp. of butter into the hot butter until it's completely melted.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add both sugars, salt and vanilla. Pour in the butter and beat until well incorporated. Add the egg and egg yolk and mix until smooth, with no sugar lumps in it.
  6. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes then beat on high for 30 seconds. Repeat the process of resting and beating 2 more times until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  7. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined then stir in the chocolate chips and toffee chips by hand.
  8. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheet and arrange them about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are crispy and the inside is still soft.
  10. Let cookies sit on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2009



Posted on April 27, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 04/27/2012 at 6:05 am

    Oh yes, brown butter makes everything better. Especially cookies. Especially cookies with toffee and chocolate chips. Yum!

  2. 04/27/2012 at 6:11 am

    ooh Im with you! I luuurve brown buttah! I bet they really make these cookies that much better! We’re total cookie connoisseurs in our house…these will definitely be made!

  3. 04/27/2012 at 6:43 am

    These look amazingly delicious!!! :D

  4. 04/27/2012 at 7:05 am

    Oh Julie these sound amazing!

  5. 04/27/2012 at 7:10 am

    Yes PLEASE!

  6. 04/27/2012 at 8:12 am

    I still need to get on the brown butter wagon. I haven’t tried it yet but I really want to… and I want these cookies. Good grief talk about torture in the morning!

  7. 04/27/2012 at 9:07 am

    Mmmm, toffee brown butter brown sugar delicious?! I love when my apartment smells like baked goodness for hours (or days)–it’s the best. :)

  8. 04/27/2012 at 9:12 am

    These look dangerous!

  9. 04/27/2012 at 9:45 am

    I’ve always been intimidated by recipes that call for brown butter, really need to try! Those cooks look AMAZING! Mmmm….

  10. 04/27/2012 at 9:58 am

    I’m a sucker for anything with brown butter!

  11. 04/27/2012 at 10:28 am

    I always joke with my boyfriend that he’s never going to get anything made with real butter or eggs – ever again – because I can’t remember how to bake with either. I think I’ll have to brown some butter and surprise him with these little cookies sometime in the near future.

  12. 04/27/2012 at 10:30 am

    Brown butter glade plug-in? I want it! And I want these cookies. I’m a fool for brown butter!

  13. 04/27/2012 at 10:40 am

    Brown butter makes everything better. That is all. :)

  14. 04/27/2012 at 10:53 am

    I’m in for the glade plug in!

  15. 04/27/2012 at 11:09 am

    Brown butter is completely irresistible!! This is my favorite CCC recipe from CI, it makes the most delicious cookies! Yours look awesome :)

  16. 04/27/2012 at 11:24 am

    Brown butter… SOLD! Love this recipe Julie!

  17. 04/27/2012 at 11:34 am

    I love everything about these!!

  18. 04/27/2012 at 1:13 pm

    I’m so glad you finally got to try brown butter. AMAZING, right? You and I should team up and make the brown butter candle scent. We’d be millionaires! :)

  19. 04/27/2012 at 1:41 pm

    I would die if I got a brown butter candle!!!! Just die. It seriously is the best scent ever.

  20. 04/27/2012 at 3:30 pm

    Funny story. I made brown butter cookies. With chocolate chips. Was supposed to post today, but didn’t because I’m lazy/busy (you pick). We totes would’ve been post-twinsies. Also, brown butter I’m thinking a nice brown butter perfume is also in order.

  21. 04/27/2012 at 4:06 pm

    I really want to try these! Love brown butter!

  22. 04/27/2012 at 9:46 pm

    I just can’t get over how beautiful these cookies are!!! I’m making them very soon. :)

  23. 04/27/2012 at 11:09 pm

    i was SO going to make this. been urging myself to & since you`ve posted a recipe for it. gosh, i really need to make it soon, now don`t I? XP

    & i tried brown butter recently too! LOVE IT!!

  24. 04/28/2012 at 1:45 pm

    Basically, if a recipe calls for melted butter, my head automatically changes it to browned butter. Its a fantastic smelling compulsion.

  25. 04/28/2012 at 6:11 pm

    You make some pretty awesome cookies! I love toffee and with the brown butter and chocolate chips? Yummy!

  26. 04/28/2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’ll take a dozen of those, thank you. :)

  27. Kim
    04/28/2012 at 10:54 pm

    OK I have NEVER heard of brown butter, but I have to make these cookies now after reading all these posts. So what is it, do you make it? buy it?????????????????????? Thanks

    • 04/29/2012 at 4:59 am

      If you read the recipe, instructions on how to make brown butter is in there.

  28. 04/29/2012 at 1:33 am

    So funny, I made brown butter cookies yesterday and it was my first brown butter experience too – and yup, it was a good one :)

  29. 04/29/2012 at 6:40 pm

    Mmmm…I would swim in brown butter if I could. That stuff is heaven! This sounds like a brown-butterified version of my favorite cookie in my school’s dining hall, mm! Looks delightful.

  30. 04/30/2012 at 9:11 am

    Julie! I’ve made the same cookies (using a slightly different cookie base) with brown butter & heath bar toffee pieces. Aren’t they amazing? I am a firm believer in browning butter – i’ve used it so many times and every time i have taste testers ask me what my secret is! It really takes the cookies to a whole other level.

  31. 04/30/2012 at 12:17 pm

    I am loving all the brown butter cookies I’ve been seeing lately! I’m sure it adds a delicious nutty flavor and the addition of toffe makes them sound even more amazing!

  32. 05/01/2012 at 2:05 am

    love all of these things especially brown butter! can’t wait to make these this week and share at work!

  33. 05/01/2012 at 8:26 am

    yum, these sound amazing! might have to make a batch this afternoon, to distract me from getting back to real life after our vacation. =)

  34. 05/03/2012 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve never browned butter befoe and I’m reading all these fabulous recipes about browned butter! It’s gonna happen, and I think the first time will be when making these cookies! Drool.

  35. Rachel
    05/05/2012 at 9:36 pm

    I made these and they are delicious. I added some pecans which I liked a lot. My batch made three dozen. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

  36. Loretta
    07/25/2012 at 7:09 pm

    I just made these and they are incredible! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

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