Chocolate Chunk Cookies

A brown butter chocolate chunk cookie recipe that's tender, gooey, a little nutty and it finished off with sea salt.

Belula July 13, 2016 July 21, 2020
Overhead shot of the baked cookies with one of the cookies broken in half

One of my favorite treats ever. When I was 20 years old, I spent a summer working at the Aspen Skiing Company in Colorado. I used to work just in front of Paradise Bakery. This bakery made the best chocolate chip cookies on the planet, and because I worked just across the street I knew exactly when they had freshly baked ones out! I have been obsessed ever since with chocolate chunk cookies ever since. This recipe is close to my heart, I have been making it for a long time, changing it and perfecting it over the years. Hope you enjoy it!

45° shot of one broken chocolate chunk cookie on a plate

What are chocolate chunk cookies?

Chocolate chunk cookies use real chocolate chopped instead of chocolate chips. This gives the cookie extra chocolate flavor and that chocolate melting in your mouth you look for in a chocolate chip cookie.

This recipe calls for brown butter and adds sea salt after baking to enhance the flavors.

How to make chocolate chunk cookies?

Making this chocolate chunk cookie recipe is easy. They key to success is the quality of chocolate you use and chilling the raw dough before baking.

There are 3 big steps you need to follow:

  • Brown the butter. Important not to burn the butter in this step! It will give your cookies and extra nutty flavor.
  • Whisk the butter/sugar and subsequently add the egg until you obtain a smooth mixture.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients, followed by the chocolate chunks.

Your cookie dough is now ready to be scooped and baked!

Overhead shot of the ingredients for the chocolate chunk cookies

How to bake brown butter chocolate chunk cookies?

  • First scoop 12 cookies onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Note: make sure you leave enough space in between the cookies, as they expand during baking. If you have a small baking tray/oven (my case) make sure to bake in batches!
  • Secondly chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Bake at 180°C/360F until golden. Approximately 17 minutes.
45° shot of the cookie dough in a bowl and the cookies on a baking tray
45° shot of a hand scooping the cookie dough
45° shot of a hand scooping the cookie dough

Gooey vs. Crunchy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The baking time will be defined by your personal preference. Do you prefer your cookies gooey? Or would you rather have them crunchy?

If you are going for soft center, gooey cookies I recommend you under bake them slightly. Don't forget that they will become a little harder once they cool off.

On the other hand, if crunchy is your thing, bake until golden!

90° shot of 2 hands holding 3 cookies

Sea salt or no sea salt, that is question

I like to sprinkle the cookies with a pinch of fleur de sel or maldon salt (flaky salt) before serving them. Salt enhances the flavours and I love the combination with the chocolate chunks.

Once again, this is completely up to you. I do recommend having this chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt.

90° shot of a hand sprinkling salt onto one cookie

How to brown butter for chocolate chunk cookies?

Brown butter has a nutty flavour and smell that will leave your kitchen smelling fantastic! To brown butter:

  • Cut the butter into small pieces.
  • Melt over medium/low heat.
  • Observe: at the beginning you will notice big bubbles of boing butter, that make a loud noise. As the butter changes colour, the bubbles become smaller and smaller.
  • Once the noise and bubbles subside, brown butter is ready. And your kitchen should be smelling heavenly!
Overhead closeup shot of one chocolate chunk cookie
The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

Servings: 12 cookies
Nutrition: 194 cal
Cuisine: American


  • Brown Butter 150 g
  • Sugar 190 g
  • Eggs 1
  • All-purpose Flour 210 g
  • Salt 5 g
  • Baking Powder 3 g
  • Chocolate 200 g
  • Fleur de sel (or Maldon salt, optional)


  • 1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • 2. Weight your ingredients and using a knife chop the chocolate into small chunks.
  • 3. Melt and brown the butter over medium heat. Set aside and let cool down.
  • 4. Whisk the sugar and the brown butter until until it has gained volume and changed colour and consistency.
  • 5. Add the egg and whisk until the mixture is smooth and pale yellow.
  • 6. Fold in the dry (sifted) dry ingredients.
  • 7. Add the chocolate chunks and mix to incorporate into the batter.
  • 8. Using and ice cream spoon, scoop 12 balls of cookie dough onto the baking tray lined with parchment paper. If using a small tray, you must bake the cookies in two batches. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 9. Bake until golden. About 17 minutes.
  • 10. Let the chocolate chunk cookies cool down on a wire rack.
  • 11. Sprinkle with fleur de sel or maldon salt flakes before serving (optional but strongly recommended).
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Gladys bain July 14, 2016

Me encanto tu comentario dixit chip cookie recipe "that is to die for "( que es para morirse!!!) sounds like Ramon Writes, dont know if you ever heard of Ramon. He wrote in Bs.As. Herald, and used to translate straight from spanish, and was really funny! If I find the book I'll send you and article so you can have good laugh!!! Congrats on marriage, glad youve settled down, and all the best!! Recipe sounds very good, will make on weekend!!! I will have to cook only a few and freeze the rest!!!! Tks for sharing!

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