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Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Clarified Butter

Clarified Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with soft centers and crisp edges.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword clarified butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 36
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (6.8 oz/190 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup clarified butter or 1/3 cup shortening (75 grams shortening)
  • 2.7 oz unsalted butter, room temperature (75 grams)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups extra dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted nuts optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Have ready a couple of ungreased cookie sheets.
  • In a bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the clarified butter (or shortening) and regular butter until creamy. Add both sugars and continue beat just until blended. Add egg and vanilla and beat just until blended. By hand, stir in the flour mixture. When blended, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts (if using).
  • Scoop up measuring tablespoons of dough and arrange on the baking sheets spacing about 2 ½ inches apart. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 10-14 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.


About the clarified butter, I'm not an expert and recommend you read a tutorial if you've never done it. For this recipe, you’ll need to start with a stick (1/2 cup 4 ounces) of unsalted butter to make 1/3 cup (2.3 ounces) clarified. Melt the butter over medium heat until its milk solids come to the top. Reduce heat. Being careful not to let the butter brown, skim the white foam off the top with a spoon. Pour the clear butter into a bowl and let it cool completely. If you’ve accidentally browned it you can pour it through a sieve or let it drip through a coffee filter (or cheesecloth if you have one) to trap the brown particles.