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Browned Butter Brownies

Browned Butter Brownes are seriously the best brownies I've ever had! Super decadent, but I could still eat an entire pan. #brownies #recipe


These brownies literally rocked. my. world.

I’m dead serious. I have a “best” brownies recipe that I’ve been using since college. They’ve been my all-time favorite brownies for years! I’ve been meaning to put them up on the blog forever, but they just always seemed too basic, you know? Why would I ever post a brownies recipe that didn’t have Nutella in it? Or marshmallow cream? Or some combination of 8 zillion varieties of chocolate chips??

But around Thanksgiving time, I finally made a batch to photograph and post. …..but then I never got around to it.


I really, really was going to, I swear it. I even have a spot for it in my “Back to Basics” menu up top. See it? Right up there?

Then Coton Colors emailed me and asked me to review some of their super cute stuff (official review coming later this week), including one very gorgeous cookbook. So I decided to make the Browned Butter Brownies. For no other reason than it was the only dessert recipe in the book that I had all the ingredients for on that particular day.

ooohhhhhhhhmmmyyyyyygoosssshhhhhhhh. New favorite brownie. Right here. Seriously.

I even had to delete the photos of my old standby, because I could not, in good conscience, post them after trying these…

Browned Butter Brownies are SUPER amazing. They are super decadent, but I could still eat the whole pan! #brownies #recipe

The surprise element to this story is that I really, truly, deep down hate browned butter. Like… really. The flavor always just seems way to overwhelming to me. Like I’m not eating a Browned Butter Cookie  or whatever, I’m eating straight up just butter. And it’s burnt. And I’ve just wasted 5,000 calories.

I know it was kind of a big trend this year, but I just couldn’t ever hop on the bandwagon.

That being said, these brownies are completely and indescribably delicious. I mean really, really good. The browned butter doesn’t stand out in this recipe and try to hog the flavor spotlight. It’s an impressively good team player, and gives all of the other ingredients a flavor enhancing boost which utterly transforms these brownies into a magical and decadent treat you’ve never seen the likes of.

I promise!

Brownes Butter Brownies #cotoncolors #brownies recipe

Browned Butter Brownies


  • 2 1/2 sticks salted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish by spraying with non-stick cooking spray and lining with parchment paper (optional, but I like to do it so I can lift the brownies right out of the dish).
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Stir constantly until butter has reached a light brown color and little "bits" have formed.
  4. Pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and beat until smooth, almost creamy.
  5. Add the salt, water, and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition.
  6. Add the flour and chocolate chips and mix well. Batter will be VERY thick.
  7. Use a sturdy rubber spatula to spread batter in the 9x13 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cool, then cut into 2" squares to serve.


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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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42 Responses to “Browned Butter Brownies”

  1. Linda posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm (#)

    Wow! These look absolutely delicious! Did you add choc chip chunks to the recipe?

    • Ashton posted on January 8, 2013 at 12:34 am (#)

      Oh! Yes! I forgot that I made that little deviation in the recipe! I’ll add those now :)

    • Idit posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:43 am (#)

      I live in the middleeast where things are measured in grams…I can figure everything else out except the butter – what is 1 stick of butter? How many grams?
      Excited to try the recipe!
      Blessings ~

    • Ashton posted on February 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm (#)

      1 stick is 1/2 cup! So sorry, I will be editing that measurement soon!

  2. Heather @French Press posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:58 pm (#)

    these brownies look unbelievable – but I DO love brown butter in just about anything!
    pinning and making:)

  3. Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil posted on January 8, 2013 at 12:06 am (#)

    These look so good! I’m making these tomorrow!!!!! I can’t believe you don’t like brown butter;0)

  4. Lizy B posted on January 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm (#)

    These look relish! My husband loves brownies, can’t wait to surprise him with these!

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm (#)

    I am having such a big love affair with brown butter right now. I must try these.

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm (#)

    Oh my these look good. I’m always looking for the next “best” brownie recipe. I have a tried and true on my site, but doesn’t mean I won’t find a new one :)

  7. Shiloh Barkley posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm (#)

    Alright! I’m going to save it!

  8. Bonnie @ Uncommon posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm (#)

    Oh…stop it! These look absolutely incredible and so moist!! Pinning!!

  9. Charlotte Moore posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm (#)

    No way I could justify using that much butter and sugar with only one cup flour. Wow!!!

    • Ashton posted on January 9, 2013 at 11:56 am (#)

      Insane, right?? But SOOOO amazing. I ate one and sent the rest to work with my husband!

  10. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm (#)

    Those look so insanely rich and decadent. And they have browned butter, which might be the best baking ingredient ever. YUM!

  11. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm (#)

    Holy heck Ashton! What was that we were just texting about? Diet-schmiet.

    • Ashton posted on January 9, 2013 at 11:54 am (#)

      I know, right?? You can see where I have trouble :)

  12. Ala posted on January 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm (#)

    Geez louise and good goggles, girl! Brown butter in a brownie sounds like a fantastic idea; you must’ve been ahead of your time if you’ve been making these for a while. I can’t wait to use this base recipe for the Twix brownies I’m prepping to make–thank you for sharing!

  13. Angie C posted on January 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm (#)

    Pinned it- clearly it’s not on my diet, but I’m going to make it anyway :)

  14. Holly Lefevre posted on January 9, 2013 at 1:22 am (#)

    I need to have company over to try this out..I LOVE brownies way to much to have an entire pan alone with me.

  15. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on January 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm (#)

    I love browned butter treats and this one looks fantastic!

  16. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on January 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm (#)

    Love just about anything with brown butter. And I am a huge sucker for brownies, so these have my name all over them!

  17. KimC posted on January 10, 2013 at 12:57 am (#)

    These look like a recipe I have…minus the chocolate chunks, add a layer of browned butter buttercream and top with a layer of bittersweet chocolate. A million calories per bite, I’m sure, but ohmygoodness amazing!

  18. Holly Waterfall posted on January 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm (#)

    Oh man – those chooclate chunks are just calling to me. I was pretty sure I had mastered brownies and have the absolute best (I may be biased), but these absolutely deserve a shot. Will be pinning and trying soon!

  19. Bridgette posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm (#)

    I made these tonight and they were so rich and creamy. I loved them! I hearby swear to never use brownie box mix EVER again! MU family loved them and I’m taking the rest to work tomorrow to share with my students and other teacher friends! Thanks!

  20. Claudette Pilon posted on February 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm (#)

    Must try very soon they look so so good thanks for sharing

  21. Katie posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm (#)

    I added 1/2 a cup of milk chocolate and 1/2 a cup of white chocolate chips to these, along with the semi-sweet chips… um, these things are like crack.

  22. Noelle posted on February 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm (#)

    O My Gaawwwddd!!!!!!! These look absolutely amazing! My mom isn’t the biggest fan of chocolate but she loves brown butter cookies. Hmm I’m absolutely going to make these today! Furst question how many bars do you think this will make and are your sure its 2 1/2 sticks?? Can I use less than that?? thanks!!!!!!!

    • Ashton posted on February 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm (#)

      It’s definitely 2 1/2 sticks! You could try using less, but I haven’t so I don’t know how it would go :) This makes a 9×13 pan

  23. Echo posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:25 am (#)

    I had made this today. When baking,the butter emit from the batter and became a layer of oil on top of the cake. I had pour and absorb the excess oil and continue to bake,yet it still emit. Yet, the Brownies still success. I had cut to try a bit,it looks moist yet not soft. Do you know why the butter emit from the cake?

    • Ashton posted on June 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm (#)

      Hm… my only thought is that maybe you used a type of margarine or butter “spread” instead of real butter… Do you know exactly what you used?

    • Echo posted on June 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm (#)

      I am using this butter, The brownies still taste good. Will try again.

  24. Joanne Gaw posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:37 am (#)

    do you have to cool down the melted butter before mixing other ingredients in?

    • Ashton posted on July 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm (#)

      Nope! :)

  25. Christian Johansen posted on February 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm (#)

    Any chance of getting this recipe in metric? Pretty please?


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