Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies

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I love cookie season!!!!!!!

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This is cookie season right? Let’s go with it. It’s basically the only thing I like about winter.

I just love the variety of it all. Cake it great but you can’t eat 4 slices of different cakes without someone raising some concern for your well being. But eat 4 cookies, eh not so horrible.

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So that is exactly why I was so excited for the First Annual Cookie Carnival from Secret Recipe Club. I’ve had so much fun with my monthly Secret Recipe Club posts the I knew this cookie themed post would be a blast. It’s just a blast to try a new recipe, especially cookies.

I was given Kates’s blog, A Spoonful of Thyme. I checked out her recipe index, which boasted plenty of cookie recipes. I checked them all out but the one that caught my eye was her Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies.

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I made browned butter recently and now I want to browned butter all the things. So I was gavitated to this recipe. Plus, Kate kinda put up a challenge for the recipe as she felt it could use some tweaking as it wasn’t as sweet as she preferred and a bit to dry. Of course, I wanted to give it a try then. I figured I would play around with it, like I do with more recipes anyway, and see what resulted.

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I amped up the butter amount from 1 1/2 sticks to 2 sticks since she thought they were too dry. Plus, instead of browning both sticks up butter I would just brown 1 stick and cream the other stick of butter with the sugar, before adding in the browned butter. That would keep great browned butter flavor, but lighten up the texture.

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Next I added more sugar to the original recipe. I noticed the recipe called for 1/2 Cup of browned sugar, but most cookie recipes I see use more so I added some more granulated sugar to help sweeten things up.

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While I didn’t have the bakery cookies that inspired Kate to make her own, I can say that these are kick butt cookies. They are buttery, tender, crumbly, and totally amped up from the seat salt sprinkled on top.

I brought these into my office to share and they were a huge hit. I would love it for Kate to try out how I adapted her recipe and see what she thinks of it.

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Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies

Makes 3 dozen cookies


  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 Cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoonp vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling


  1. Using 1 stick of butter, make the browned butter following these directions. Let cool.
  2. Cream the other stick of butter with the brown sugar and vanilla extract. When that is light anf fluffy, pour the brown butterand mix to incorporate again.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and the baking soda.  Add to the butter and sugar mixture and mix. The dough will be slightly crumbly.
  4. Roll the cookies into 1″ balls and sprinkle with sea salt.  Press the top of the cookies lightly- to shape and help the salt stick. Let chill for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325° F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper/silpat. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until  golden brown.  Overcooking will make them dry and crumbly. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes prior to removing.

Adapted from A Spoonful of Thyme


 There are TONS of Secret Recipe Club members posting cookie recipes today. Check them out!!!


12 thoughts on “Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies

  1. Kate says:

    I am happy that you played with this recipe and were able to create a cookie that you liked. The originals are so darn good that I have to walk across the street from the bakery….I dare not get too close to the door!

    I will definitely try your version and see what happens… looks as though good things will be happening!


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