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.”
Hands-down my new favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe! This was my first time using brown butter, but it sure isn’t my last!
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YUM. i just ate one of these while it is still warm out of the oven. Great flavor, and I love how thick they are from chilling the dough first. The spice in these reminds me so much of a spicy oatmeal raisin cookie, but better (duh) with chic chips. I bet this recipe would be amazing without the cinnamon also to be more like a regular chocolate chip cookie, but with texture from the oats.
(Basically, another excuse to brown some butter. I wonder if they make a candle with that scent. So amazing!)
I always brown my butter when making rice crispy treats! That’s what dreams are made of!
The dough is chilling in the fridge at this very moment and I can already tell these will be AMAZING!! The dough is great, so the cookies will be even better. Thank you for the recipe!!!
Delish! I reduced the amount of cinnamon to 1tsp and it still had a strong flavor. I think next time I would add just a sprinkle for a hint of cinnamon. My batch also made quite a bit more cookies – I guess my balls were just a bit smaller.
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I was really excited to try these…but unfortunately they left me kind of disappointed. I guess they’re great if you like a crispier cookie, but I tend to only like soft in the middle kinds of cookies (even tried severely under baking them and they were still crispier than I would like)…the flavor also seemed sort of off to me, I think adding a bit more salt would help bring out the flavor of the chocolate chips a little more
K.S. I totally agree. I was really excited for these cookies and made them tonight. The texture of mine is fine (I had 1 1/2 – 2″ balls and baked for 11 minutes), but the taste is so bland. I know everyone’s tastes are different, so I wouldn’t want someone else to not make these based on my review, but for me I prefer my normal homemade chocolate chip cookies and day over these. They aren’t sweet enough or salty enough. I would probably use salted butter next time. The cinnamon also over powered the taste of anything else. Oh well, there are so many other great recipes on this blog, so on to the next! :)
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my aunt made these for easter brunch today and oh my god they are incredible. they were gone in 5 minutes flat because we couldn’t stop eating them. my family is obsessed with your blog!
I made these for a recent road trip. Gooey and delicious! Such a sophisticated chocolate chip-type cookie!
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These have such an incredible flavor. Mine got a little too crunchy on the outside, but the inside is so perfect…I can overlook it (I have the WORST oven). I can’t wait to make them again.
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I just made the dough for these puppies. I have absolutely no desire to cook it. Simply eat it straight out of the mixing bowl. So, for now.. The oven is off.
Just made these, & ohhh my are they delicious!!! I love the subtle cinnamon flavor :D
I just came across this site and tried this recipe over Father’s Day (my dad loves oatmeal cookies!) I doubled the recipe and made half the batch with chocolate chips and half without. They both turned out great- I made the cookies smaller than you said and they turned into the perfect bite size cookie!
Thank you- I’ve been eying some of these other recipes I can’t wait to try them out!
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I made these yesterday and my husband ate them all while I was asleep. I’m 9 months pregnant, so he shall die. And I’m making them again. Because they are the best cookies I’ve ever had in my entire life.
OMG I love this.
this cracked me up!!
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Is it ok if it is salted butter? It is all I have and I do not feel like going out lol :P
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Um, these are legit. So, good in fact, I just posted on my blog about ’em.
Make and eat these asap!
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OK, so you know how homemade cookies are kinda crunchy and not soft? Which, is fine because sometimes you want a crunchy cookie, but sometimes you want a soft one too. Here’s the deal. Put 1-2 tablespoons of corn starch in your batter, and they will stay nice and soft even after they have cooled. This is my secret ingredient in my widely requested chocolate chip cookies. Incidentally, I only ever make chocolate chip cookies. I can’t remember the last time I made a different type of cookie. A few years ago I think I made some russian tea cookies. I guess I tend to prefer a nice chocolate chip cookie when I want cookies. I like oatmeal raisin cookies too, but I am a sucker for chocolate so this recipe is right up my alley, maybe I will try it. I was just going to link you to a post on my blog with my cookie recipe but then I realized that I actually have NOT put it online yet. GASP. It looks like I need to make some cookies soon and put it online!
These were good. I really liked the brown butter. This was my first oatmeal cookie (I’m not a big fan of oatmeal in cookies, or cinnamon)…While they tasted good and probably tasted REALLY good to an oatmeal and cinnamon fan, next time I’d leave out those two ingredients. They were moist and chewy, turned out perfectly. I followed the recipe exactly.
Disappointed with this. :( It was not gooey or crunchy but ended up flat and big. I tried to make them puff back up half way baking, so that did the trick, but when I took a bite they tasted like cakes. :(
I should try this again next time. Also, this was too much cinnamon for me (I’ll omit them next time tho). Happy new year! :)
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Made these last night for a movie night for my two friends. I think between “testing the batter” then inhaling the cookies as they were coming out of the oven, there are only about 6 left oooppsss!!! Needless to say, they were delicious!!!
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I made these, and my whole family could not stop eating them! I added some peanut butter and also put half whole wheat and half all purpose.
I wrote about this on my blog, feel free to check it out if you want!
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