Salted Brown Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Secret Recipe Club

by FoodBabbles on October 31, 2011

While having lunch recently with my friend Wendy, she was telling me about a recipe she had been working on for the Secret Recipe Club. The Secret Recipe Club?? I had to know more! I have my hands in quite a few food-related projects these days, but that didn’t matter I immediately knew I wanted in.

The Secret Recipe Club is a group of food bloggers who each month are assigned another person’s blog from the club but hush, mum’s the word on who you got… It is a “secret” recipe club after all. Next, we visit the blog to check out all their goodies and choose a recipe to make from their site. We can adapt it however we like and then write a post on it. We all post on the same day and get to see who got who. Sounded like fun to me!

For my first assignment, I was given the blog Fried Ice and Donut Holes. The author of this blog, Melissa is a teacher by profession but loves to bake and cook, all the while sharing that passion with all of us through her blog. After cruising around Melissa’s site for a bit I came upon a recipe for salted chocolate chip cookies. I’ve always been a fan of the whole salty/sweet combo so once I laid eyes on that recipe, I knew that was the route I wanted to go.

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of baking recipes that contain brown butter in the ingredient list. I love the flavor of brown butter in the savory dishes I cook. It just seems to add a level of complexity to the flavor profile of just about anything. I love how the butter takes on this nutty aromatic smell as it browns.ย So for my version of these cookies, I made mine with brown butter. I also added some shredded coconut cause I happened to have a bag sitting right at eye level as I was making the cookies and said “Sure! Why not?” and so in that went.

These cookies get finished off with a little pinch of sea salt that just takes them from yummy to over the top delicious. The recipe made a lotย of cookies… about 4 dozen or so. So if you’re not looking to feed an army you may want to cut the recipe in half. Fortunately, I happen to make these on the day before Mike was off to the firehouse. The next morning I sent him into work with several dozen cookies. Those cookies didn’t stand a chance! At lunch time he sent me a picture of the tray he took in… there were only 4 cookies left! Needless, to say the guys at the firehouse devoured them and they were a big hit. These are definitely a new favorite in our household as well.



Salted Brown Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Fried Ice and Donut Holes

4 stick of unsalted butter

2 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla

4 cups of flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus additional for sprinkling over cookies

12 ounce bag of chocolate chips

1 cup of shredded coconut flakes

– Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

– Place the 4 sticks of butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt, swirling gently. Once the butter has melted, it will start to boil and foam. Stir every now and then. Watch the butter carefully. (It can quickly go from brown butter to burned butter) The color will begin to change and little brown bits will form around the sides and on the bottom of the pan. Once the butter has turned a golden brown, remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.

– In a medium bowl, mix both sugars, the cooled brown butter, eggs, and vanilla.

– In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda.

– Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine until moistened.

– Fold in the chocolate chips and shredded coconut.

– Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet by rounded teaspoons. Sprinkle tops with just a pinch of fine sea salt and bake 9-11 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack.

– Enjoy!

PS… Don’t forget to go check out what the other members of the Secret Recipe Club were up to this month!

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Savannah McQueen October 31, 2011 at 8:08 am

OH these look magnificent. I can’t wait to try them.


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Savannah! Hope you enjoy them.


Ellen October 31, 2011 at 9:44 am

Hi! I just found you through the secret recipe club. Love your blog! I’m a new follower.

We would love to invite you over to visit our blog and link up to our weekly themed blog hop called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. This week’s theme is SWEET and SAVORY! We hope to see you there.



FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Ellen! I’m so glad you like my blog. Hope you come back and visit me again ๐Ÿ™‚


Rituparna October 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

Those cookies look delicious. The combination of salt & sweet do really enhance flavours to a different level.


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Thanks and I couldn’t agree more, Rituparna! I love sweet/salty combos. So delicious!


Barbara | Creative Culinary October 31, 2011 at 10:27 am

I recently made some chocolate chip cookies with browned butter and molasses and I think I finally found my true cookie nirvana so I can only imagine how good these cookies are Kate and wish I had a little (or big) plate of them with my coffee right here, right now!


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Thanks, Barb!! Yes, I remember seeing those chocolate chip cookies with browned butter and molasses. They sounded so good! This was my first time using browned butter in a baked good. I loved the flavor so I’ll definitely be doing it again.


Sara October 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

They look amazing I am so making this recipe.


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Sara!! Hope you enjoy them if you make them.


oureatinghabits October 31, 2011 at 11:06 am

These sound absolutly amazing!!


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm



amy @ fearless homemaker October 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

these sound great – good job on your first secret recipe club post! this month is my first month with the s.r.c., too, + i had a blast doing it. the recipe i chose wound up turning out great. you should check it out — it might look familiar to you. =)


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Hi Amy! Thanks for the compliment. I am headed over to your blog right this very second to see what you chose to make. Can’t wait to check it out!!


Lisa~~ October 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Welcome to the club and your cookies look wonderful, love the flavor combo.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ & ‘C’ SRC recipes this month: Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies and Thin Mint Irish Coffee.

Cook Lisa Cook


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for the welcome, Lisa! I will definitely go give your recipes a gander ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m sure they’re spectacular!


April @ Angel Foods Kitchen October 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Hi, First timer for the SRC too. We love chocolate chip cookies in my house and adding browned butter sounds delicious, so I’m looking forward to trying these.


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Hi April! Welcome to SRC. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it. Glad you liked my spin on this recipe.


Hezzi-D October 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm

These sound really yummy! I love cookies wih brown butter but I’ve never had them with coconut!


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Thanks Hezzi! They were pretty tasty ๐Ÿ™‚


Kirstin October 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm

YUM!!! sounds so good! My hubby would certainly balk at the added salt, but I think they sound kinda good! I think this whole SRC is so fun!!!! I keep checking the linkies to see who has my blog…haven’t see anything that looks familiar yet (C:


FoodBabbles October 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Kirstin! You could certainly omit the added salt on top and I assure you, they will still be delicious! Hope you found your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ If not, they’ll soon send out a “who had my blog” email list.


iamahoneybee October 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm

these sound so good. I love sweet things that have a bit of salt in there too!


bigbearswife November 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

mm they look super soft!

Great Recipe for Group D’s Reveal Day for Secret Recipe Club!


Melissa November 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I just checked out the SRC page and saw you had my blog. I’m so glad you liked these cookies. Your addition of the brown butter and coconut really sounds delicious. I may just have to re-make these cookies your way!


Candice November 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

Oh yum! I’m also in the SRC – great recipe you picked – sounds delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚


Kelly November 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

Wow these look absolutely delicious, what a great choice for SRC! Love your blog, so glad to be a new follower! xoxo


Shelby November 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Welcome to the SRC! The cookies would be right up my alley too and I love the addition of coconut!


FoodBabbles November 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Thanks Shelby! For the welcome and the recipe love ๐Ÿ™‚


Amanda @ foodfascinations November 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Brown butter, salt, and chocolate! This recipe is screaming my name. I’ll have to give this one a shot. Thanks for the inspiration! I always love a new take on chocolate chip cookies.


FoodBabbles November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

What a nice comment, Amanda! Glad you like my spin on these chocolate chip cookies


Erin January 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hello fellow SRC member these look great!


FoodBabbles January 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Hello there! Thanks for passing by and thanks for the comment!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

These cookies look and sound amazing! I love the idea of adding coocnut to the cookie!! Yum!


Katrina January 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Mmm, I love salty chocolate things and the added coconut sounds great in these!


FoodBabbles January 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Katrina! These cookies were dangerously delicious!


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