These cookies are an explosion of flavor in your mouth. I feel a little bit like Guy Fieri for saying that… but it’s true!
I’ve taken every step to 10x the flavor of chocolate chip cookies so much that I think these are on a whole other playing field. I hope you’ll give this recipe a try soon!
The secret ingredient to these Butterscotch Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies is…. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels. They are absolute perfection. I was first turned onto them by Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking and have been in love ever since.
In addition to a cup of chocolate chips in this cookie recipe, I’ve added in two whole cups of these chocolate butterscotch caramels. The complex salty sweet flavor they add to an already flavorful cookie dough is insane. Your taste buds will love you for it!
However, if you can’t get these specific candies, you can also use Rolo candies. Think of the Trader Joe’s candies as a classier more refined version of Rolos. If you’re going the Rolo route, I’d reccomend you add a sprinkling of flaked sea salt to the top of each cookie dough ball before baking.
Browning the butter adds a rich toasted nutty flavor to these cookies and really just pushes them over the edge. If you’ve never browned butter before, not to worry. Just follow the recipe instructions closely and don’t walk away from the pan. The butter can go from perfectly brown to burnt real fast.
Do I have to use bread flour?
The bread flour has a higher protein percentage, which helps create a chewier texture in these cookies. It’s definitely worth picking up a bag at the store if you don’t have any on hand. However, if you don’t have any you can use only all-purpose flour, the cookies just won’t be as chewy.
By the way, the egg yolk in this recipe also adds chewiness and richness!
Do I need to chill the dough?
The 24 hour chilling period is absolutely worth the wait. You can actually chill the dough for up to 72 hours, just make sure it’s in an airtight container. Think of this chilling period like marinating. All the flavors intensify and since the flour absorbs moisture from the dough during this time, the texture of the cookies becomes thicker and chewier. After the dough is chilled, just let it sit at room temperature until it’s warm enough to scoop.
If you don’t want to wait that long, or maybe just want to bake off a few cookies asap, then simply chill the dough until it’s firmed up enough to scoop. The cookies won’t be quite as perfect, but they’ll still be delicious.
Scooping the dough
I find that by baking off large chocolate chip cookies you can achieve a MUCH better texture than smaller cookies. I use my large 3-tablespoon cookie scoop to do this. You can use the more standard 1 1/2-tablespoon scoop instead if you prefer, just shave off about 3 minutes from the baking time.