Brown Butter Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chip Cookies


Updated 11.25.21.

Have I mentioned I’m obsessed with brown butter cookies? If you’ve been religiously reading my posts (Nicole) you would know that I am. If you’re stumbling upon my web site for the first time, I’ll give you one piece of advice that will make your life so much better: try one of my brown butter cookie recipes. They will change your life.

Peanut butter and butterscotch make a great combo — especially in a brown butter cookie.


  • 1 c. browned butter, cold, cubed
  • 1 ¾ c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ¾ c. cake flour, scooped and leveled
  • 1 ½ c. flour, scooped and leveled
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 c. butterscotch chips


  1. In a medium-size pan, heat butter over medium-low heat, swirling the butter in the pan over the heat.
  2. Cook the butter continuing to swirl the butter around in the pan. The butter will foam and then slowly settle. The butter should be turning a golden color and you’ll see specks of brown forming. Remove from the heat. Poor into container and allow to solidify completely in the fridge.
  3. Preheat oven to 410 degrees. .
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix butter and brown sugar until incorporated. Add peanut butter,  vanilla and add the eggs, individually, mixing completely before adding the next ingredient.
  5. Add soda, salt, cornstarch and flours. Mix until just incorporated and then add butterscotch chips. Stir to combine..
  6. Make approximately 10 to 12 large balls of dough and place on light colored cookie sheets covered in parchment paper or Silpat. To do this, use a cookie scoop. I place two scoops of dough right on top of each other. You should have five to six cookies per cookie sheet. They do not spread out all that much but you don’t want the cookies to touch during the baking process.
  7. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown along the edges. For extra schnazzy cookies, dot them with additional chips  and Reese’s Pieces when they are fresh out of the oven. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets. If you can’t wait for them to cool completely before trying them (Levain serves their cookies warm!), allow to set at least 15 or 20 minutes before digging in.
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