Brown Butter Blueberry Cookies

in Cookies, Desserts

Wasn’t 4th of July kind of a weirdo this year? I mean, in the middle of the week? How awkward. No long weekend. No weekend getaways. I wonder if 4th of July feels a little weird about itself.

Or maybe it’s all sorts of proud that it gave people an awesome little mid-week break. Who knows! I spent the good part of the morning in my pjs putting brown butter and blueberries in cookies so, for me, it was kind of perfect.

I’ve now realized that brown butter very rarely doesn’t have a place in edible things. It never fails at making things better. Never. I think we should talk about these cookies. I love them…a lot.

I started with one of my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes by Alton Brown. Two things make this recipe special: melted butter and bread flour.

The bread flour gives these cookies some height. And since some blueberries can be about three times the size as chocolate chip cookies, they definitely need the cookie dough space to do their thing. I imagine blueberries in flatter cookie being kind of a mess. The height is important!


If you’ve never browned butter before, it can kind of be a little scary. There’s a very fine line between nutty, brown and delicious and just burnt melted butter. I always tend to under brown the butter, stir it and then return it to the stove in thirty second increments until it’s perfect.

Ruining two sticks of butter is expensive, man!

I actually put the pan on the right back on the stove for about 30-40 seconds longer and it was perfect.

P.S. Don’t tell Alton Brown I told you this, but if you don’t have bread flour and don’t want to buy it, all-purpose will work, too. They’ll be flatter, not as chewy, less awesome, but still solid.

Fruit in cookies is my new jam–it’s major-major.

The nutty brown butter flavor paired with tart, oozy blueberries? BOOM BOOM POW. So special.

The blueberries in these cookies almost make them taste breakfast-like. Is this a breakfast cookie? Technically no, but who says you can’t have them for breakfast. YOU DO YOU!

Brown Butter Blueberry Cookies

Print this recipe!

2 1/4 cup bread flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup fresh blueberries

1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a medium skillet or saucepan over low heat. After a minute or so, the butter will begin to foam up and begin to make a crackling noise. Be sure to keep a close eye on it the entire time. At about the 2-3 minute mark, the butter’s hue will begin to change from yellow to a light brown. Once golden brown bits begin to form on the bottom of the skillet, turn off the heat and stir until the butter darkens slightly. Immediately transfer the brown butter to a medium bowl.

3. To the brown butter, add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed. Add the egg, egg yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract; mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Gently stir in the blueberries, being careful to not break them. Blueberry breakage will cause weird blue streaks throughout the dough, which will result in pretty scary looking dough.

4. Using a (2-ounce) cookie dough scooper, scoop dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (or plate), placing them close-ish together.  Transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator to chill for an hour.

5. Preheat the oven to 375F. Transfer 6 cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Repeat baking process until you’ve baked up all of the cookies. Cookies will last up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Yields 23 cookies (Using a 2-ounce ice cream scooper)

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Margherita July 5, 2012 at 12:50 am

Melting the butter makes this recipe a cinch, which is a good thing (at least for me and my limited baking skills!)
I do agree that white flour works as well but by using bread flour the results will be much much better.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

Alton B is my hero…love him. And these cookies too. And yes, what a weird year for the 4th on Wednesday and in San Diego, it was like 60F, windy, and cold. Tailgating, not 4th of July, kind of weather!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 5, 2012 at 3:15 am

Oh weird! I live in Canada so we didn’t get yesterday off – we had Monday off instead! I sure wish I had these cookies to bake. Browned butter makes my life!

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Adrianna July 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Oh did not know this! Cool!

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Emily @ She Makes and Bakes July 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

I have yet to put brown butter in my cookies, but I’m so on it now. Love this combo!

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robyn July 5, 2012 at 7:20 am

look delish! bookmarking!

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Jenn Beck July 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

These look like they’d be perfect with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast. I can’t wait to try the technique of bread flour for cookies. This opens up a new world of cookie eating possibilities.

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen July 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

I’m obsessed with that Alton Brown cookie recipe…best chocolate chip cookies EVER. I love the idea of blueberry cookies – so nice and summery!

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Winnie July 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

I am completely in love with the idea of putting brown butter and blueberries in these! ps I love bread flour in cookies. LOVE.

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

4th of July was super weird this year… I didn’t even do anything remotely 4th of July-ish — we had pizza and margaritas. ;) These cookies look great!

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Adrianna July 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I had pasta. ;)

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

Brown butter is the best and these cookies look amazing! I love the idea of fresh blueberries in cookies!

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Cat Davis - Food Family Finds July 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

I just added this to my must try recipes. They look so tasty.

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Stacey July 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thanks for the science lesson, chief! These are beautiful and you are brilliant! All morning I’ve been recovering from yesterday and stressing over my afternoon grocery trip… Shopping for two days is so rando! Know what makes it easier? Buying stuff for blueberry cookies. Antioxidants, people!

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Adrianna July 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

LOVE!

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laura @ glutton for nourishment July 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

yay! i have some blueberries that need to be used, and this looks perfect!

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

I’ve been wanting to try brown butter, and just waiting for the right recipe to come around… Hmmm, blueberries do sound quite summery!!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

Yep, brown butter is life-changing. These cookies – adorable! I love the blueberries in them. Yum!

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jennifurla July 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

These look oustanding.

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allie@sweetpotatobites.com July 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I love Alton Brown! His recipes are always awesome.

blueberries in cookies – great idea.

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Alexis @ There She Goes July 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

these cookies look so fluffy! they also look like they would be good for breakfast…with some coffee? that’s a balanced breakfast right?

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Adrianna July 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

totally balanced.

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dervla @ The Curator July 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

mmmmm! This is the perfect combo of fruit and sugar :)

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Cathy @ Noble Pig July 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

So adding blueberries to cookies didn’t make any sense until this moment and of course with brown butter. We are going blueberry picking this next week…so must try this!!

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Nik July 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

You’re the best. I’ve been putting blueberries in EVERYTHING this summer. I hadn’t thought of cookies yet. Good job, lady. Always making me think! I can’t wait to try these. And brown butter makes everything more awesome. Boom! You’re the best. ;)

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Emma July 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

How is it that everything you make is so beautiful and delicious-looking? I just picked myself up a batch of blueberries and opted for something a little more simple: blueberry yogurt popsicles. However, you and your recipes are an inspiration to me and I hope to one day be as successful as you are, both in the kitchen and with your blog. Thanks for doing what you do lady!

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gold account July 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

WOW…My twin granddaughters and I picked fresh blueberries from my yard and decided to try blueberry cookies…I am so glad I found this recipe, it is awesome, moist, yummy cookies. I’m making another batch now. Can you freeze these cookies? Now I don’t mind picking blueberries because I have a great recipe.

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Ali July 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Wow, those are some big and yummy-looking blueberries! It’s stwrbaerry season here in Maine, and I just went picking last night came home with two big bowls full of juicy strawberries. Nothing beats local produce, especially when you do the hard work of picking it yourself.Enjoy your bounty!

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