Sun-Kissed Chocolate Chunk Cookies (with a Secret Ingredient!)

Article published at: Dec 13, 2023 Article author: Anthony Chase
Sun-Kissed Chocolate Chunk Cookies (with a Secret Ingredient!)
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Sun-Kissed Chocolate Chunk Cookies (with a Secret Ingredient!)

These cookies are bursting with flavor and surprisingly simple to make with just 8 ingredients. The secret ingredient? Browned butter, adding a nutty, caramel depth that will have everyone asking for the recipe!


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (160g) dark chocolate chunks (70% cacao recommended)


  1. Brown the butter: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter foams, then browns and smells nutty. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Cream butter and sugars: In a large bowl, cream together the browned butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. Dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Don't overmix!
  4. Fold in chocolate: Gently fold in the chocolate chunks until evenly distributed.
  5. Chill and bake: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared sheet, leaving space for spreading. Chill the dough balls for at least 30 minutes (this helps prevent spreading and ensures gooey centers).
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are just set. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • For extra caramel flavor, use brown butter made with dark brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with coarse sea salt before baking for a touch of salty sweetness.
  • Add a teaspoon of instant coffee to the dry ingredients for a deeper flavor.
  • These cookies are best enjoyed warm and fresh from the oven, but they store well at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Voila! You have a unique and delectable cookie recipe that's sure to impress, all thanks to the magic of browned butter. Enjoy!


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