Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: about 25 large cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 25 hours 25 minutes

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with huge flavor and soft yet chewy, ooey gooey texture. These were a HUGE hit!

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies - these were a HUGE hit!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Possibly the most flavorful chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted. The combination of the nutty brown butter, the rich sweetness of the dark brown sugar, and the caramel-y toffee is INSANELY good.
Texture: These cookies are big, thick, chewy, ooey, and gooey. Seriously perfect.
Ease: More involved than your standard chocolate chip cookie recipe. There’s the browning of the butter and letting the dough chill for at least 24 hours. This is not an instant gratification cookie recipe unless you’ve got a stockpile of dough balls in the freezer that you can bake off at anytime like I do.
Appearance: Absolutely mouthwatering.
Pros: Fantastic chocolate chip cookies that your family and friends will adore.
Cons: A little extra work involved, but I promise it’s completely worthwhile.
Would I make this again? Oh yes. Once my freezer stockpile runs out I plan on keeping a steady supply of these cookies coming out of my kitchen.

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have I got a cookie recipe for you today!! I know you guys love cookie recipes, so sometimes I just sit around dreaming up new ways to improve the chocolate chip cookie. If you’ve seen my Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies series, that’s probably not surprising behavior. This Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is kind of a mouthful to say, but when you actually have a mouthful of one of these cookies I think you’re going to love me. These are one of the most flavorful chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted, and the texture is absolutely perfect. You NEED to try this recipe. If your friends and family are anything like mine, they will thank you and ask for the recipe!

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe Notes:

This recipe was carefully written to create ultra flavorful cookies with a super thick, chewy, and gooey texture. The egg yolk, bread flour, and extra dose of brown sugar all help create that perfect chewy texture. You can use only all-purpose flour if you must, but it won’t be as good. Also, this recipe calls for DARK brown sugar which helps amplify that butterscotch flavor. Again, you can use light brown sugar but it won’t be quite as awesome. Lastly, there is a 24 hour chilling period in the refrigerator which further improves the flavor and texture. If you can’t wait that long, chill at least until slightly firmed since the browned butter will make the dough a little too loose and warm to go into the oven immediately. Lastly, these are big cookies which is just the way I like them. I use my favorite OXO 3-tablespoon cookie scoop, but feel free to scoop smaller portions of dough for smaller cookies, just shave about 2 minutes or so off the baking time.

Big Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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How to make
Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe By Tessa Arias, Handle the Heat
Yield: about 25 large cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 hours 25 minutes


  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.6 ounces or 187 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces or 127 grams) bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup English toffee bits, such as Heath
  • Directions

    In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Swirling the pan occasionally, continue to cook the butter. It should become foamy with audible cracking and popping noises. Once the crackling stops, continue to swirl the pan until the butter develops a nutty aroma and brown bits start to form at the bottom. Once the bits are amber in color, about 2 to 3 minutes after the popping stops, remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes to room temperature.

    In a medium bowl combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

    With an electric mixer, beat the cooled butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, yolk, and vanilla, beating until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and toffee bits. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours.

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.

    Let dough sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop. Divide the dough into 3-tablespoon sized balls and drop onto prepared baking sheets. At this point you can freeze the dough balls until hard then transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking as directed.

    Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

    About Tessa...

    Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    41 Responses to “Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies”

    1. #
      Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 14, 2014 at 3:27 am

      You had me at browned butter….then you said toffee and chocolate chip cookies and my taste buds fell off my head. These look PERFECT Tess! Pinned!

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        Tessa — July 14, 2014 at 7:44 am

        Haha! Thanks!

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      Rella — July 14, 2014 at 5:25 am

      Hi Tessa!
      These cookies look amazing! I love toffee flavor as well as really soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges. I will definitely plan on making these soon. One question, would making these cookies smaller interfere with the overall texture of these cookies? Typically, I haven’t had an issue with this as long as I decrease the baking time, but just wanted to be sure since that texture looks like one of the best parts about these cookies! I also appreciate your detailed instructions on how to brown the butter, including the cooling time! Other recipes I’ve noticed just say to brown the butter and that’s it.
      Also, I love your chocolate chip cookie guide! I’ve always wanted to do that but never had enough people to consume all those cookies! Your results are really interesting though and helpful!

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        Tessa — July 14, 2014 at 7:44 am

        It might change the texture a little but it should be just fine. Thanks!! Glad you like the guide 🙂

    3. #
      Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 14, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Holy cookie wow! Can you just box some up for me? 😉

      • #
        Tessa — July 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

        You are only one state over! 😉

    4. #
      Gaby — July 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      I need about a dozen of these just for me!

    5. #
      Jodee Weiland — July 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      I need these cookies in my life…chocolate chip with toffee…wow! Thanks for sharing!

    6. #
      Thalia @ butter and brioche — July 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      yum! these look divine.. love brown butter cookies.

    7. #
      Rachel Cooks — July 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      These look phenomenal, Tessa!

    8. #
      Sophia — July 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Hi! i was wondering if i could use margarine in place of the butter?! These really do look amazing!

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        Tessa — July 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

        Unfortunately you cannot use margarine – it needs to be butter!

    9. #
      Tiana — July 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks for this wonderful recipe!
      I wanted to know if I can substitute all-purpose flour in place of bread flour.
      I realize, from your Ultimate Guide to CCC, that bread flour makes cookies thick and chewy, but would the cookies still be near perfect if I use only all-purpose flour?

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        Tessa — July 23, 2014 at 7:24 am

        They definitely won’t be as thick and chewy with AP flour but you’ll still get nice cookies.

    10. #
      Teresa — July 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Hi, these cookies look amazing. I am plannimg to try these soon. Could I substitute the AP flour and bread flour for 100% whole wheat flour?

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        Tessa — July 24, 2014 at 8:59 am

        You could, though I would recommend using white whole wheat flour instead for a more delicate wheat taste and texture.

    11. #
      Tiana — August 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      We don’t get toffee bits around here, but we do get regular chocolate bars with toffee bits inside, so I was wondering if I could chop up these bars to resemble chocolate chips and use them in place of the toffee bits and chocolate chips.

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        Tessa — August 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        You can use whatever kind of chips or chocolate you want!

    12. #
      Kristen — August 3, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Wow! These look like cookie perfection!

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        Tessa — August 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        Thanks so much 🙂

    13. #
      Bobbette — August 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

      When you use your frozen cookie dough do you let it thaw out first before baking?

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        Tessa — August 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

        I usually just take the dough out then preheat the oven. The colder the dough is the thicker the cookies will be.

    14. #
      Angie — August 13, 2014 at 7:14 am

      I made these cookies over the weekend and the flavor was outstanding! The only thing was that they baked up completely flat. I chilled them the 24 hours and even popped a batch into the freezer on the cookie sheet right before baking, the way I do with my sugar cookies. Same results. I really want them to look like YOUR cookies pictured above. These really are the best in flavor. So I’m wondering…. Could I put the browned butter in the fridge until it got hard again? I’ve never tried to solidify browned butter. What do you think?

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        Tessa — August 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

        What kind of baking sheet did you use? Did you grease the sheet at all?

    15. #
      Angie holland — August 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      I used a doughmakers sheet (regular large sheet with no sides and it is NOT non-stick). No grease at all and I used parchment paper for most batches and my silpat for one batch (those were too dark on the bottom).

    16. #
      macy — August 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Do you prefer these or your ultimate chocolate chip cookies? Why? I have tried the ultimate chocolate chip cookies and they were excellent. I am just wondering if I should try these cookies or stick with the ultimate chocolate chip cookies.

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        Tessa — August 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

        I like these cookies when I want to switch things up a bit – they are more flavorful than the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Try them out – you’ll like them!!

    17. #
      Rachel — September 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Could I freeze this cookie dough and just take out what I need whenever I feel like a cookie?

    18. #
      Debbie Thomson — April 2, 2015 at 10:37 am

      I’m getting ready to make these right now, but as I read through the directions I’m just a little confused. The directions state that at this point you can freeze the balls, then it continues with the directions to let them sit for 15 minutes at room temperature before baking. Is this applying to the freshly made dough or the frozen or both?

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        Tessa — April 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

        The freshly made dough would already be close to room temperature – that line is meant for frozen dough balls.

    19. #
      charissa — May 11, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Do you have to form the individual cookie balls before freezing? I have a small freezer and would prefer to freeze the whole plastic wrapped dough together as it takes up less space than a large plastic container. Then thaw and shape for later use. Will this change the texture and final bake result?

    20. #
      Paul — May 12, 2015 at 5:38 am

      These taste really really good!
      The only hard part is letting them sit in the fridge for a day.
      So I made 5 and ate them all in about 20 seconds, then put the rest of the dough in the fridge.

    21. #
      Tiere — July 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

      How would sifting the dry ingredients affect the recipe? I know some recipes require that to be done. I hope to make these soon! Thanks!

    22. #
      Shouldbefatmike — January 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Hello, I was wondering what I have to do to the recipe if I wanted to add oatmeal into the mix?

    23. #
      Catherine — February 25, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      How many inches apart do you place the cookie balls on the baking sheet

    24. #
      Catherine — February 25, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      How many inches apart do you place the cookie balls on the baking sheet

    25. #
      Hilary — April 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Where do you find bread flour? All I have seen are “mixes” which is bread flour already mixed with baking soda/powder

    26. #
      Chenai — June 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Delicious. I just made these (but only had all purpose flour), the chai tea sugar cookies, and your oatmeal cookie (I love raisins so used that instead of chocolate). Every single recipe turned out beautifully. Thank you for posting these recipes.

    27. #
      Tami — January 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      This is my first time visiting your site, and I love it! I have a question for you though, do you have any chocolate chip cookie recipes that can help me use up my bag of Rolos?

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