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Browned and Tan Cookies

If you are looking for a cookie chock full of flavor and chips this is the one for you! Browned butter deepens the flavor and butterscotch chips and toffee bits add a little ‘tan’ to the mix.

Browned and Tan Cookies


2 sticks of unsalted butter

1 1/2c. all purpose flour

1c. bread flour

1tsp. baking soda

1tsp. baking powder

dash of sea salt

1/2c. of granulated sugar

1 1/4c. dark brown sugar packed

2 large eggs PLUS 1 egg yolk, at room temperature

2tsp. vanilla

1 1/4c. dark chocolate chips

3/4c. butterscotch chips

1c. Heath Bits O’ Brickle Toffee Bits



  1. Brown the butter: To make brown butter, start melting butter over medium heat. Use a pan with a light-colored bottom so you can keep track of the color. Swirl the pan occasionally to be sure the butter is cooking evenly. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam. The color will progress from lemony-yellow to golden-tan to, finally, a toasty-brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and transfer the browned butter into a heat-proof bowl, making sure to get all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ยบF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. With an electric mixer, beat the cooled butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, yolk, and vanilla, beating until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chips and toffee bits.
  5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop drop cookie dough on to sheets, 2-3″ spacing in between.
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes, or just until golden brown.
  8. Let cool 2 minutes on sheets, then remove to cooling racks.


Updated: February 27, 2017 — 6:27 am


  1. These look scrumptious! I’ll get the ingredients at the same time as I get the ingredients for the Oreo cake!

    1. Yes do it! They freeze great too, and taste wonderful right out of the freezer.

  2. There is no end to stuff I love that I can’t eat or that I shouldn’t eat. For example, my husband would love these as a post-surgery treat, but he’s diabetic so I can’t even make them. But for kids that come over? Yes. Pinning.

    1. That is a shame your husband can’t eat them, but perhaps a blessing too! That would definitely help me keep the ‘winter weight’ off.

  3. With butterscotch my husband would absolutely delight in these! I once made him butterscotch fudge he that he loved, but have never thought of doing it in something so simple as a cookie. And I bet the taste of chocolate levels out the rich butterscotch! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. It does Jess! And throwing in the toffee bits gives it really nice balance.

  4. Plus even their name reminds me of summer!

  5. Yummy yummy yummy! I’m not very good at baking but I’ll attempt these ๐Ÿ˜ŠHave pinned (and shared on my other social media sites too ๐Ÿ˜Š)

  6. Those look delish! I haven’t baked cookies for a long time now, much to my teenage son’s chagrin. You’ve inspired me!

    1. Your son will give you many hugs, I promise!

  7. Wow, looks yummy! Love choc chip cookies with all the trimmings.

  8. These look amazing! I love cookies and should home bake them more. Don’t think I have ever browned butter (at least not deliberately)!

    1. Browning butter is really easy the hardest part is being patient. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Homemade cookies are such a treat! Thanks for this recipe!! I may have to get right on this!

  10. These look divine! I can practically smell them cooking as I read through the recipe and look at the pictures. YUM!

    1. The browned butter really adds to the yummy smell!

  11. THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!! Pinning to make when I am next on school break. I LOVE butterscotch!!!

    1. Let me know how they come out Stacey!

  12. Yes please these look delicious. Pinning and sharing

  13. You are always making the most delicious things!! Can’t wait to try making these! Yum!

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