Brown Butter Oatmeal Chunk Cookies.
I like cookies.
I like chocolate.
I just, uh… sort of love brown butter.
I don’t really like oatmeal… unless it’s in cookies with chocolate and brown butter.
I like things that taste a lot like chocolate chip oatmeal cookies but aren’t chocolate chip oatmeal cookies at all. But whatever.
Huh. This just seems like it’s going to work out perfectly.
Why yes… I will accept this rose.
I mean, these cookies seriously are TOTALLY different than other oatmeal cookies because of the brown butter. Just look at the specks in the dough. Just smell them. Just eat them!
They are diverse in so many ways.
But we all know I’ve talked ’til I’m blue in the face about how much brown butter improves, well… life in general. So the depth of flavor in these cookies? The caramelness, the toffeeness, the butterness? It’s life ending. And totally worth it.
Brown Butter Oatmeal Chunk Cookies
[adapted from my chewy oatmeal chocolate chips]
makes about 15-18 cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cups rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chunks
optional: 1- 2 tablespoons milk, if dough is crumbly
Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add butter. Whisking constantly, cook butter until bubbly and until small brown bits appear on the bottom of the pan – about 5-6 minutes. Watch closely and immediately remove the butter from the heat, whisking for an additional 30 seconds or so. Set aside and let cool COMPLETELY. Note: It does not need to solidfy at all, but it should not be warm to the touch.
In a bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, oats and cinnamon, mixing, then set aside.
Once butter has cooled, add to a large bowl. Whisk in sugars, stirring until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla, whisking until smooth once again. Slowly begin to stir in dry ingredients, using your hands if necessary (I always do) to bring dough together. If you find that the dough still won’t come together, add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time (I rarely have to do this.) Fold in chocolate chips, distributing them evenly. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using an ice cream scoop or your hands, form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet, then bake for 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms and edges are golden. Let cool before serving. [/donotprint]
I’m currently holed up inside that gooey chewy bite up there. [/donotprint]
212 Comments on “Brown Butter Oatmeal Chunk Cookies.”
@)(#@)*$)@#(*$ These look so gooey and chewy – I’m in love. But what I’m not in love with is Courtney and Ben. Gag me.
I’m really getting into oat meal cookies – this recipe sounds perfect for my next cookie fix! Pictures look great – as always! Those thick chocolate chunks… yum!
Dam, now thats what I call an oatmeal cookie! Looks fabulous!!!
Deeelicious! I’ve made a few cookie and bar recipes with browned butter. It always adds such great flavor! The chocolate chunks in these are making my mouth water…
oh my, these look incredible! I’m about to start licking the screen! Okay, i keep hearing about brown butter- I think this should be how I try it! :)
i am of the opinion that you can never have too many oatmeal/chocolate chip cookie recipes. and besides, like you said, this one involves brown butter. totally different.
Ohh these look glorious! Love browned butter in cookies!
These kind of look like cookie perfection! Pretty sure I’d take down that whole batch:-)
Definitely my favourite way to eat oatmeal. They look so delicious and chewy and perfect. Yes please!
Mmmmm, fat cookies. I love plump, chunky cookies. (Too bad they resemble my thighs)
Gotta love a good, chewy, cookie. Yum!
jessica!! i recently made brown butter choc chip cookies (w/ heath bar toffee crunch..yum) and i adoreeeeeee using brown butter in recipes. i cannot stop professing my love for browned butter.. it is seriously recipe changing……. well, actually LIFE changing! obbb-sessed.
Hi Jessica! What brand of chocolates did you use? :) Thanks!
The Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chunks!
Since every cookie recipe I’ve tried of yours has turned out delicious, I’m sure these would be amazing! Keep those cookie recipes coming! ;)
They are so tall and delicious looking! YUM!
Chocolate chunks are far superior to chips in cookies. I’m starting to think that brown butter is far superior to regular butter too! I’m going to have to give these a try :D
That looks like an awesome cookie! Now I want one! :D
These look wonderful. I love oats and chocolate and butter and really love all three together! I’ve never made a browned butter cookie before – but I have chocolate chunks in my cabinet right now and I think that’s a sign. Don’t you?
Time to Cue the Jaws Music….
And the brown butter strikes again!! These sound delicious, and THANK YOU for making them the chewy kind (not crispy)…. messy eaters like me appreciate this! ;)
Jessica, I am going to be putting on major weight since I found this site, every weekend I am now making sweets, and I really shouldn’t have them in my house :) Thank goodness I am training for a 5k! Can’t wait to try these!!!!!!! Thank you
You’ve done it again…with your crazy good photos and descriptive mastery: I must make these cookies!!!! Love ya!! Promise me you’ll never go on a hiatus. I’d be so sad and lonely…an possibly skinny ;)
Yeah, these have got to be good. Sea Salt, Browned Butter and Chocolate Chunks all in one place?
I just added the sea salt because I am a weirdo ;)
Yeah, these have got to be good. Browned Butter and Chocolate Chunks all in one place?
I love the texture of these- puffy and chewy!
my cookies are never this tall. maybe because i can’t wait long enough for the butter to cool completely? i seriously have no patience. i have wasted years of my life waiting for butter to soften, until you started doing melted butter cookies on here. now i waste time waiting for butter to cool. it’s a vicious cycle. why can’t there be a cookie recipe the calls for frozen butter? that’s what mine always is when i need to do ANYTHING.
Clearly it is time for me to look at the rest of your blog like the exerise routines because I have baked and devoured so many of your cookies recipes I am gaining a muffin top! :'(that they are so yummy!
I’m in love with how your cookies are always so chunky and thick looking (only a cookie would take that description as a compliment ;)) bring on as many as you like!
Oatmeal cookies are probably my favorite! I love them.
Wow…I love cookies! If you ever have to convince someone to like a cookie, then they are just weird. You can send me leftovers annnnny time!
Great. Now I’ll have another conversation with my boyfriend that goes like this: Michael-“Why do you have so many versions of the exact same thing?” Me-“They’re all different!!” Michael-“They’re not really” Me-“Yeah huhhhh!”…and…yes…that’s it. I’ll say it’s worth it.
This looks like my kind of cookie- puffy, chewy and chocolatety (is that a word?)! YUM!
You sold me at brown butter…which is my newest obsession. WOW
Bring on the quadrjiliionth and one recipe, because this looks amazing! :D
fact: chocolate chips + oatmeal > everything.
(if you can’t tell, I am awesome at math.)
OMG…I have actually made some like these before…w/o the big chunks of chocolate…what was I thinking? I must try the bigger chunks next time for sure!
You have already convinced me of the wonders of brown butter, but these are right up my alley. Right up! I’ve already made the other brown butter stuffed cookies, but these are totally different so I must make them immediately. And since the recipe only makes 15-18, there are fewer for me to consume. Doesn’t mean I won’t still eat them all, but it makes it better somehow, so thanks for that.
Oh my word! These look incredible. Question, do you ever get foam on the top of your butter when you brown it? I tried making it once and I got this weird foam layer on top.
Foam usually does appear when the butter first starts to bubble, but that is why you want to whisk the entire time! Mine usually goes away within a minute or two but I literally don’t stop whisking.
Uh…YUM! I’ve got just enough oatmeal left to make these…what a shame.
I am the biggest fan of THICK cookies. Dying over here with the thought of these….I love oatmeal cookies but never with raisins, only chocolate chips. Brown butterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……..
Seriously. I should not read blog posts before breakfast…because then all I want is cookies, cake, pies, and pasta. These look amazing. Like, I simply must make them for my littles during his fantabulous spring break.
I’ll take another oatmeal cookie recipe any day. Because there is BROWN BUTTER involved. Heaven!
I have never baked with brown butter! But these cookies look fantastic. I really need to bake some cookies this weekend it has been far to long since I have baked a batch! These look delicious as always!
Oh you must!
Mmmm…I love browned butter! This definitely makes oatmeal cookies a LOT more interesting. ;)
These seriously look phenomenal. Food network magazine did a whole thing on gnocchi with brown butter and it made me think of you the whole time! Haha.
I LOVE thick, chewy cookies like this!
Ok, I think my healthy New Year’s resolutions have gone on for just about enough time… Time for these cookies!!
This is my first comment on one of your posts but I just have to say, out of the 20+ food blogs I subscribe to, you are by far my favorite! Seriously, every recipe you post feels like you looked into my soul to see what my heart most desires to eat! I’m considering starting a “Julia and Juliet” type challenge and cook/bake my way through every one of your recipes. Thank you.
I love your brown butter addiction!! These look fantastic :D
The cookies look perfect!
I love how big those chocolate chunks are!