The Musette: Chocolate chip brown butter cookies

Cookies are always a crowd-pleaser but how do you take them to the next level? Read on…….Cookies come in an infinite array of flavours and textures and are sure to put a smile on any guests’ faces. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic drop cookie (cookies dropped onto the pan from a spoon or scoop and then baked). These golden, rich, buttery cookies have the sweet contrast of dark bitter chocolate chips. Everyone should know how to make them. I’ve ramped up the original recipe here by browning the butter to give it an added level of rich, nutty flavour.

Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 360g (3 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt salt
  • 225g (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 115g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
  • 115g (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar
  • 100g (1/2 cup) golden caster sugar
  • 2 large organic eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g (1 3/4 cups) 70% cocoa bean dark (semi-sweet) chocolate, chopped 


1.Line two baking sheets with greaseproof (parchment) paper or silicone baking mats.

2. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium-size bowl.

3. Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. (Note: Using a light-coloured pan will help you to more easily see the colour of the butter as it browns.) The butter will begin to foam. Stir the butter consistently and cook until it is a dark amber color (darker browned butter is better for baked goods), about 6 minutes. Transfer the butter immediately to a separate bowl to prevent burning. Let it cool for 15 minutes.

4. In a large bowl, combine all the sugars, eggs, vanilla and browned butter. Add the flour mixture in two parts and mix until just combined. Do not overmix your dough. Fold the chocolate chips in gently.

5. Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop, large cookie scoop or large spoon and drop onto the prepared baking sheet 5 cm (2″) apart. Press down on the cookies lightly to flatten them a little bit.

6. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour on the cookie sheets. (Chilling the cookie dough before baking helps the cookies retain their shape when baked—no more flat cookies.)

7. You can also freeze the dough at this point and pull it out whenever you want cookies! Allow it to thaw on the cookie sheets for 15 minutes before baking.

8. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ fan160°C)/350°F/gas mark.

9. Remove the baking sheets from the refrigerator and sprinkle the cookies lightly with fleur de sel (optional). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until just cooked through. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool, before diving in!

40 Comments on “The Musette: Chocolate chip brown butter cookies

  1. I’m going to give this recipe a try. Knowing your culinary skill the way I do, {not at all}, I expect this to be a keeper. If I don’t screw it up.8>)
    The last time I cooked, I told my guests that chicken and veal were my specialties. Which one is this? Was the most asked question

    I’ll get back to you.

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  2. Although my days of baking from scratch are over, I enjoy others’ recipes. Your ingredients are a bit different than mine from years ago as is your method; however, the end result is same/similar. IMO home-made is the ‘best’ and no store-bought chocolate chip cookie will ever replace the Toll House ones made with ‘love’.

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  3. Dark chocolate does it for me, Sheree. 🙂 And I know what a musette is!! I remember in the 70’s when I was in Switzerland and planning to make chocolate chip cookies being amazed that there weren’t chocolate chips. I had to chop the chocolate as you do here. We have the luxury of dark chocolate chips here which is quite nice.


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  4. Looks delicious! Last fall when I made pumpkin cookies the recipe called for browning the butter and it made them even more decadent! It’s so easy, but adds so much flavor and makes the house smell so good.

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