Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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Few things are as comforting as homemade oatmeal cookies. The cinnamon offers a warming spice to the wholesome oats, and substituting browned butter for softened butter adds an entirely new dimension of nuttiness and a golden color to the cookies.


1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them with butter or non-stick spray and set aside.

2. Place the sticks of butter in a stainless steel saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the butter frequently over the heat and wait for browned bits to form on the bottom of the pan. Watch closely that the butter doesn't burn. Once there is a fair amount of browning and the butter begins to smell nutty, remove the pan from the heat and pour the butter into a glass bowl to cool.

3. Add the cooled butter and the brown and white sugars to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and beat them together for about three minutes until creamed.

4. Add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar one at a time and mix thoroughly. Then, beat in the two percent milk and vanilla extract until well combined.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flower, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon.

6. On a low setting, slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. When the ingredients just barely incorporate, turn off the mixer. With a synthetic spatula, mix the old-fashioned rolled oats and chocolate chips or raisins (if using) into the cookie dough.

7. Using a scoop or large spoon, drop two-inch balls of dough onto the baking sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between them so they can spread.

8. Place the baking sheets in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes until they just begin to brown around the edges and still appear soft in the middle.

9. Take the cookies out of the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 large room-temperature eggs
  • 2 tablespoons two percent milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (optional)