Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The absolute BEST Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies! Gorgeously chewy with crinkly edges. Make these perfectly chewy cookies with the rich nuttiness of brown butter, the sweetness of toffee bits, and the indulgence of chocolate chips. YUM!

Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

If I were to choose one cookie for the rest of my life, it would be these: Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Browned butter is the base of these deliciously chewy cookies. Unlike creamed butter, browned butter is melted until nutty brown. The additional cooking creates a deep, fragrant, and nutty flavor. It also allows the cookies to bake up chewy with crinkly edges.

To make it extra special, add a combination of toffee bits and chocolate chips. Tiny toffee bits (also called Skor bits) melt into little pockets of gooey caramel. The bittersweet chocolate chips balance all the sweetness while adding just enough chocolate flavor. A sprinkle of flaky sea salt is the finishing touch!

A chewy, indulgent treat that’s irresistible! Is there anything better than crinkly, chewy cookies studded with toffee bits and chocolate chips?

I’ve made these for just about everyone (friends, family, teachers, mailman, neighbors, etc.), and everyone says the same thing: Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are the BEST cookies! Formerly known as The Perfect Cookie, this cookie recipe has withstood the test of time.

Ingredients:

  • Toffee (Skor) bits. Little caramel bits add texture and flavor. Toffee or Skor bits can be found in most grocery stores nowadays. They add caramel sweetness and melt down into little pockets of sticky toffee goodness. They add incredibly delicious flavor and chew. Like melted caramel sugar bits!
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Chips. Substitute with milk chocolate if you prefer sweeter.
  • Browned Butter. For deep, nutty flavor! And gorgeously chewy edges! Cooking the butter until the milk solids brown develops tons of toasty, nutty flavor. While browning the butter can seem like an extra step, it’s the KEY to deep flavor and that chewy, crispy texture. No cakey or bland cookies here!
  • Flour. Regular all-purpose flour works great.
  • Eggs. Adds chew and structure. Do not overbeat!
  • Baking Soda. For slight lift.
  • Brown Sugar. Deep, caramel-y flavor. The extra moisture in brown sugar also keeps the texture chewy.
  • White granulated sugar. Adds sweetness, chew, and structure.
  • Flaky Sea Salt. The perfect finishing touch! I use Maldon.

Instructions:

  1. Brown butter. Add butter to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the color changes from yellow to light brown. It should smell nutty and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Make batter. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, white sugar, and browned butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Whisk briefly to combine. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk again to combine.
  3. Add chocolate chips and toffee bits. Switch to a spatula and mix well.
  4. Bake. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Scoop batter onto the sheet pan, making sure there’s enough space for the cookies to spread. Bake at 375F for 7-10 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Transfer to cooling rack.

Watch how to make it:

PRO TIPS:

  • COOL THE BROWNED BUTTER. After the butter is browned, it’s very hot. Immediately adding eggs will inadvertently temper the eggs. Instead, set a timer and cool the butter for 10-15 minutes.
  • DO NOT USE A STAINLESS STEEL BOWL. I’ve learned the hard way — stainless steel prevents the brown butter from cooling correctly. The metal retains all the heat and accidentally tempers the eggs. Instead, use a ceramic, glass, plastic, or bamboo bowl.
  • USE PARCHMENT PAPER. The toffee bits are very sticky. Parchment paper will ensure that the cookies release easily. A silpat will also work but the cookies will not bake as crisp.
  • BAKE A LITTLE UNDER. These cookies taste best when a little undercooked. Pull them out of the oven when they are firm and crispy looking on the edges and soft in the middle. At first, they will look puffy. But they will collapse as they cool, leaving cracked tops and ripply edges.
  • ADD SALT AFTER BAKING. That way, the salt won’t melt and disappear while baking. Sprinkle immediately after removing them from the oven, so they will stick to the cookies with the residual heat.
raw brown butter chocolate chip cookie batter scoops on wax paper

Variations:

There’s two ways to bake these cookies: thin + crispy OR thick + chewy.

The difference lies in a very small detail: the amount of time the eggs are beaten.

  • For thin + crispy cookies, beat eggs until just combined.
  • For thick + chewy cookies, beat eggs for longer — about 30-60 seconds.

A small, minor difference that creates a vastly different cookie texture! You can see the difference in the batter below:

FAQ:

Where can I find Toffee (Skor) Bits?

Toffee or Skor bits (they are called both) can easily be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. Look in the chocolate chip section.

I buy the Hershey’s brand, which is labeled Chipits or Skor. FYI — they contain almond paste and are not nut-free.

Do these cookies freeze well?

Yes, these cookies freeze well. Simply scoop the raw cookie dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer. When completely frozen, transfer to a container. Keep in the freezer until ready to bake.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F (vs the usual 375F) and add an extra 2-4 minutes to compensate for the frozen dough. They won’t spread as much.

How do I store these cookies?

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies taste best on the day they are made. To store extras, keep them in a cookie tin — which is a round aluminum tin that can be found at the dollar store, baking store, and kitchen store. Airtight containers do not work — the texture changes completely.

You can also leave the cookies loosely covered, at room temperature. They will harden after 2-3 days, though.

If you can’t finish the cookies within 3 days, I recommend freezing the baked cookies. That’s the best way to keep their texture. When ready to eat, defrost at room temperature or briefly reheat in a 350F oven.

brown butter chocolate chip and toffee cookie on cooling sheet

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Brown Butter Toffe Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
The absolute BEST Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies! Gorgeously chewy with crinkly edges. Make these perfectly chewy and decadent cookies with the rich nuttiness of brown butter, the sweetness of toffee bits, and the indulgence of chocolate chips. YUM!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies (2 Tbsp each)
Calories 181 kcal

Equipment

  • Hand Mixer
  • Sheet Pans
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Scoop

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • Flaky sea salt (I use Maldon)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375F/190C and line sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • In a medium saucepan, brown the butter: cook over medium heat until the butter melts then turns caramel brown in color, about 5-7 minutes. The butter will foam and bubble. Stir often.
  • Transfer into a large bowl (I recommend plastic, glass, ceramic, or bamboo. DO NOT use a stainless steel for faster cooling). The brown butter will contain sediment that sinks to the bottom. Cool browned butter for 10-15 minutes, at room temperature.
  • Add brown sugar and sugar. With an electric hand mixer, beat on low speed until the sugars and butter have combined, about 1-2 minutes. It should look like muddy sand.
  • For thin + crispy cookies: add the vanilla and ROOM TEMPERATURE eggs and beat until just combined.
  • For thick + chewy cookies: add the vanilla and eggs (the eggs can be cold), one at a time, and beat until just combined. Then increase the hand mixer speed to medium and beat until lighter in color and thicker. This doesn't take long — an additional 30-60 seconds at most. Don't overmix!
  • Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix on low until just combined.
  • Switch to a hand held spatula. Add chocolate chips and toffee bits. Mix until fully combined. The cookie dough will look very moist.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto the sheet pan. For smaller cookies, use a medium cookie scoop which measures 2 Tbsp. For larger cookies, use a large cookie scoop which measures 3 Tbsp. Do not flatten as the cookies will spread on their own.
  • Bake until edges are golden brown and firm but the center is still soft, about 7-11 minutes. The cookies will be puffy when they first come out of the oven but will "collapse" as they cool. Sprinkle immediately with flaky sea salt.
  • Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool and enjoy.

Video

Notes

*1 I recommend a medium size saucepan to brown the butter. The greater surface area will allow the butter to brown faster (vs a small saucepan).  Also, do not use a teflon coated pan — the teflon coating interferes with browning the butter.
*7 Parchment paper is the key to easy removal of the cookies from the sheet pan. The toffee melts into sticky bits and sticks to the bottom of the sheet pan, making removing the cookies difficult.
***Toffee bits can be found in the baking aisle. I use Hershey’s toffee bits, also labeled Skor bits. FYI, they contain almond paste.
Toffee bits

Nutrition

Serving: 0gCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 253IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. Drop the mike…this recipe is the bomb!

  2. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe to the T. The cookies are superb and worth the extra step in browning the butter. Thank you for the recipe! I won’t be making chocolate chip cookies any other way. Can’t wait to try your other desserts.

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