Browned Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh chocolate chip cookies. There are SO MANY recipes out there for chocolate chip cookies. After growing up eating the Nestle Tollhouse recipe with only have the chips (my dad made us make them with half the chips – seriously!), I thought I had found the one with Alton Brown’s The Chewy.

But since finding that recipe, I’ve tried quite a few other chocolate chip cookie recipes (even some with bacon, molasses, and pretzels baked into them!). And there are still tons out there to try. Instead of settling for just one go-to recipe, I’ve opened my mind to trying as many as I feel intrigued by… I figure some day I’ll whip something up that takes my favorite aspects of a few different recipes to come up with an ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe. But until that day, I’ll keep trying new ones, and remaking old ones.

Every chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve tried has had something to love. This recipe is no exception. It’s similar to other recipes that I’ve made, since it uses melted butter. Instead of just melting the butter, you take the butter to it’s delicious nutty browned butter state. Browned butter will definitely be in my ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe.

The dough also rests in the fridge overnight. I love doing this with cookie dough for two reasons. One, it gives me a chance to whip up the batter one night and just cook the cookies the next day. Two, chilled cookie dough holds it’s shape better. So when you use a scoop you get nice round cookies, which I love.

These are BIG cookies. I used the ice cream scooper that I use to portion cupcakes. I’ve decided that I’m using that scooper for all cookies from now on.

I decided to add a sprinkling of sea salt just before baking them. I’m a firm believer the salt should be used to enhance flavors. Desserts are no exception to that rule. I actually forgot to sprinkle sea salt on the first tray, even though it was sitting on the counter. Hubby and I agreed the ones with sea salt were much much better. Even if you don’t try this recipe, I suggest trying a sprinkle of sea salt on your next batch of cookies.

I took these cookies to a party and they were a huge hit. This was no surprise. Hubby has always claimed that he’d rather eat cookie dough instead of a baked cookie. Not these puppies. He couldn’t keep his hands off of them.

One Year Ago: French Macarons – Chocolate with Espresso Buttercream and French Macarons – Hazelnut with Chocolate Ganache
Two Years Ago: White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Bars and Chocolate Almost Candy Bars
Three Years Ago: Crockpot Pulled Pork
Four Years Ago: Lemon Curd Cookies

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Browned Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Browned butter, cream cheese, and a sprinkling of sea salt take these chocolate chip cookies to the next level!

Yield: 2 dozen large cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips
sea salting, for sprinkling (optional)

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucepan until brown and set it aside to cool.

Cream the butter, cream cheese and both sugars together with an electric mixer until smooth.

Add the eggs and beat until combined.

Turn the mixer on low and mix in the flour, salt and baking soda until just combined.

Add the chocolate chips and mix until just incorporated.

Cover the dough and refrigerate until chilled, several hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a few trays with baking paper.

Roll 1/4 cup size balls of dough and place them on the trays. Flatten slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the edges are golden.

Recipe adapted from Becky Bakes

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15 Responses to “Browned Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — March 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I have my tried and true ATK version but I always love discovering new chocolate chip cookie recipes!

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    Elizabeth — March 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Brown butter makes everything better!

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    In and Around Town — March 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I am pretty boring with chocolate chip cookies and stick with the recipe on the back of the bag, but the size of these and the twist on ingredients makes me want to give these a go!

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    Mrs. Williams — March 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I use half the bag of chips too – I like them that way! :) I might have to give this one a shot – I really liked the brown butter oatmeal chocolate chip I made last week.

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    Judy — March 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love trying new ccc recipes also.  You don’t mention what the texture of the cookie is.  I like crispy edges and chewy centers, very hard to find.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Well, I know what’s happening with the half block of cream cheese in my fridge just waiting to be used up! Cookies are in my future, score. ;)

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    Colleen — March 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I love adding sea salt to chocolate things! I haven’t tried it on chocolate chip cookies, but it sounds delicious.

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    Carrie's Sweet Life — March 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    These look awesome, I am still searching for the perfect recipe!

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    PB and Peppers — March 31, 2012 at 7:05 am

    The cookies sound amazing!  I love the addition of cream cheese!  CC is my favorite cookie and I am terrified to make them because I have no self control.  I love the dough and I love the cookie!!  

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    Megan — April 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    These sound like they take the best components of all my favorite cookies (browned butter, a sprinkling of sea salt) and merge them together.

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — April 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I always stick with Tollhouse cookies. I need to open my eyes to the wide world of chocolate chip cookies varieties out there!

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    Courtney — April 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I made these today and they were fantastic–thanks for sharing the recipe! (*^_^*)

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    mega — May 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    aahh this is recipe that i looking for to make choco chip cookies… thank you for post it :)

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    Kaila — January 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Made these but didn’t know you have to refrigerate the dough prior to baking hope they come out okay!

    • beantownbaker — January 5th, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

      They should still turn out ok. They might spread a bit more than mine do. Let me know how they come out!

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