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These brown butter chocolate chip cookies are thick and chewy. Loaded up with toffee bits and pretzels to create the perfect blend of sweet and salty to satisfy any craving!

Overhead of brown butter chocolate chip cookies with pretzels.


Why we love these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies…

  • Brown Butter: taking the time to brown the butter for this recipe really adds an extra layer of flavoring, giving a rich, nutty, luxurious taste to the cookie.
  • Sweet & Salty: thanks to adding some pretzels to the cookie we get a nice salty and sweet flavoring that is purely addicting.
  • Adaptable: these are Kitchen Sink cookies, meaning you can load them up with everything but the kitchen sink, similar to our Cowboy Cookies! So choose your favorite cookie add-ins and get baking!


Ingredients needed to make Brown Butter Kitchen Sink Cookies laid out on the counter.

Notes on Ingredients:

  • Flour: this recipe has been tested using All purpose flour.
  • Sugar: a combination of white and brown is used to balance sweetness with moisture.
  • Chocolate Chips: Semi sweet are called for in the recipe. You can also purchase chocolate baking bars and chop them up to use in the cookies.
  • Toffee & Pretzels: ideas of fillings, additional filling options are included below.

How to Make (step-by-step):

How to make brown butter cookies, showing browing butter then whisking with sugar.
  1. Brown the butter: add the butter to a small saucepan and heat over low heat until butter is a rich golden color and has a rich nutty fragrance.
  2. Combine the cooled off browned butter with sugars and mix together until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet, the flour, salt, baking soda. Mix until cookie dough forms.
  4. Fold the add-ins into the cookie dough: chocolate chips, pretzels, and toffee bits.
How to make Brown Butter Cookies, showing the dough after dry ingredients mixed with wet, then adding the fillings of chocolate chips, toffee and pretzels.
  1. Use a cookie scoop to spoon the dough into equal portions and place on a prepared baking sheet.
  2. Bake the cookies until golden. Let them cool on the baking pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Cookie dough scooped and on a large baking sheet with parchment paper, then after being baked.


  • Chilling: Chill the cookie dough to make the cookies fluffier, they won’t spread as much when the dough starts out cold. Due to the butter being melted, the dough is very soft when first mixed together.
  • Fillings: these cookies can be easily adapted and you can add whatever fillings you want. Some ideas include: white chocolate chips, caramel, butterscotch chips, potato chips, coconut, nuts.
  • Toppings: Add extra chocolate chips and pretzels to the dough once scooped onto the cookie sheet, this helps make the top of the cookie pretty!
Brown butter chocolate chip cookies cooling.

Brown Butter Kitchen Sink Cookies: FAQ

What are kitchen sink cookies made of?

This phrase refers to a cookie that is loaded with everything, ”but the kitchen sink”. You can put whatever you want in these cookies as a filling. Popular options include: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, toffee, pretzels, caramel, butterscotch, coconut, and potato chips.

What does Brown butter do to cookies?

Browning butter is the process of separating the milk solids in the butter using heat, then toasting those solids when they sink to the bottom of the pan. This creates a wonderful browned coloring and a deep, rich, nutty flavor that transfers to your cookies! It’s that secret, extra pop of flavor that adds to your baked goods.

Brown Butter Kitchen Sink Cookies Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Serene
These brown butter chocolate chip cookies are loaded with toffee bits and pretzels creating the perfect blend of sweet and salty to satisfy any craving!
Overhead of brown butter chocolate chip cookies with pretzels.


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 large egg
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup toffee bits
  • ¼ chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup pretzel sticks crushed


  • Place butter in small saucepan and cook over medium heat until a golden brown color with a nutty smell. Set aside and allow to cool.
  • Add sugars to mixing bowl, pour in the cooled brown butter and mix until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, mix on low speed until combined.
  • In medium size bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix on low speed until dough is just combined. Fold in the toffee, chocolate chips and pretzel pieces.
  • Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare baking sheet with baking spray or parchment paper. Spoon dough onto the cookie sheet using a cookie scoop or tablespoon.
  • Bake for approximately 8 minutes or until golden on edges.
  • Remove from the oven and let cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to cool on a wire rack.



  • Store the cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for 4-5 days. 
  • Freeze cookie dough in scoops, place scoops of dough on a baking sheet, then freeze overnight. The next day, remove the frozen scoops of dough from the pan and store in a freeze safe container for up to 3 months. Can be baked from frozen, increase bake time to 9-10 minutes or until edges are golden. 


Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe first published December 8, 2017. Updated December 8, 2022 with new images. Recipe is unchanged.

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  1. Took this to a cookie swap and they were a big hit!! Sometime I put a little sprinkle of coarse salt on top to counter the sweetness, but overall a total winner.