(20 crafty days of christmas) browned butter and sea salt chocolate chip cookies

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My sister-in-law brought these cookies to Thanksgiving this year, and they were a total hit! She doubled the recipe and not one of these cookies was left! These are the BEST chocolate chip cookies that you may ever eat. You start with browned butter – which might sound intimidating to you if you aren’t savvy in the kitchen, but don’t worry! It’s totally easy to make – add in other ingredients you probably already have on hand, and top it all off with sea salt. The browned butter makes these cookies taste of caramel, makes them rich, and makes them melt in your mouth. The sea salt makes all of the flavors pop. Try them and see what you  think!

Browned Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 325.

Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until the butter starts to brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

In a large bowl or using a stand mixer, mix together the butter and sugars. Mix in the egg, yolk, and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. If the dough is really crumbly and not coming together you can add a teaspoon of milk. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Divide the dough into 18 balls. Break each ball into two pieces. Place one half on a lightly greased baking sheet, then place the other half on top of the first half. This makes your cookies big and fat!

Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges. The middles of the cookies will still be soft. Let cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes.

Looking for more holiday treats? Check out my Cream Cheese Mints, Amaretto Truffles, Two Ingredient, No Bake Oreo Truffles, and my Candy Popcorn.

Natalie is a wife, mom of a six-year-old son and four-year-old twin girls, wannabe foodie, lover of wine, and of all things social media. She is the author of Mommy of a Monster and Twins, her personal blog where she writes honestly about the good, bad, and ugly of parenting. She also works as a freelance writer and social media manager. You’ll find her tweeting as @NatalieHoage, pinning more recipes than she can ever possibly try, and sharing funny and usually inappropriate Ecards on her Facebook page.


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