Brown Butter, Peanut Butter, and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter, Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

So um, in the interest of not burying the lede or anything, but these are some seriously BOMB cookies that are about to rock your world. Let’s talk about all the amazing things going on here: peanut butter, sea salt, chocolate chips, and BROWN BUTTER.

Brown butter, huh? The same stuff I used to make my butternut squash risotto extra special? You betcha. Brown butter is the stuff of gods, I tell you- with a nutty, luscious flavor and gorgeous dark amber color, this little addition truly transformed what were already incredible cookies into something outside of this planetary system!

Brown Butter, Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

I mean just look at that OOZING GOODNESS!

Here’s how to make them:

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Brown Butter, Peanut Butter, and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  • 1¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter at room temperature
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • sea salt for sprinkling

  1. Start out by making the brown butter. In a small pan, heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Stirring often, keep cooking until the butter takes on a nice deep brown color, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl (or stand mixer bowl) and allow to cool slightly.
  2. To the mixing bowl, add the peanut butter and mix until incorporated well with the brown butter. Add both the sugars and mix again. Add the egg and vanilla, and continue to mix until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed. Increase the speed to medium, mixing until everything just comes together. Add the chocolate chips and stir in. Chill cookie dough for a half hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF. Using a cookie scoop, two spoons, or your hands, make balls of dough about 2 tbsp big and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with a pinch of sea salt. Bake for 9 minutes, remove from the oven, and let sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool.

I adaptedย this recipe I found over at my pal Kayle’s blog, Cooking Actress, via the original recipe over at Ambitious Kitchen.

(Yes, I might have just posted a recipe from Kayle last week. Yes, maybe she and I are culinary soulmates.)

Brown Butter, Peanut Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

These were gone in 2 days. Like, 2.5 dozen of them. I am not ashamed!

Happy baking ๐Ÿ™‚

17 thoughts on “Brown Butter, Peanut Butter, and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. There is so much wonderful going in this cookie and there is no shame, I’m surprised you even got to baking them. I’d probably eat half the dough. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yeah I’m not sure why they came out so much smaller and didn’t spread out as much as yours- I didn’t have any greek yogurt so I cut that part out… wondering if that made a difference? I also used regular peanut butter from the jar, which may have binded the dough together a bit more.

  2. My Doctor wants me to cut out sweets for a while but I am going to eat the s#%t out of these when I get the green light!

  3. This recipe looks great but I don’t have any chocolate chips. Can I skip that ingredient or will it mess the cookie up?

      1. sweet thanks! I’m going to make these for someone who is crazy for peanut butter cookies. I’m pretty excited to try these as well because brown butter+sea salt is a match made in heaven!

  4. So..Just wanted to stop by and say that this recipe was a BIG hit! Everyone loved them. They were SUPER soft and chewy and spread nicely. I added a pinch more better and sea salt. And I also added in some organic honey. I used chunky peanut butter because that was all I had but they were amazing! These are the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had! Thanks so much!

  5. These are hands down the best cookie I’ve ever had, and I’m a woman obsessed with cookies. My sis is friends with your friend, and she made them this past weekend. I can’t stop talking about them and can’t wait to make them myself. Well done, and THANK YOU for such an amazing dessert!

      1. Rachel- I have been meaning to tell you how happy I am that you like the cookies! Are you Em Schneider’s sister? Emily Hahn was telling me she made them! I hope your double date is FABULOUS and thanks again for letting me know you like them!! I need to make another batch soon….

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