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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 Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something 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.

42 comments on “Browned Butter Brownies”

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

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

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

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

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

  6. 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. Alright! I’m going to save it!

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

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

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

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

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

  14. 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. I love browned butter treats and this one looks fantastic!

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

  17. 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!

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  20. 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!

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  22. 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!

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

  25. 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.

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  30. 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!!!!!!!

  31. 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?

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

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

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