Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Springtime Chips

This post is part of an awesome link up with Weekend Potluck. I hope you enjoy all the great recipes that are shared this weekend! BrownButterOatmealChocolateChipCookiesWhat can I say?  Springtime is almost upon us and I’m feeling pink, and floral, and girly.  Not that I don’t feel girly in the winter but somehow spring just brings out my playful – silly – why do I need shoes anyway side.  I have been holding unto this recipe for Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies to share around Easter but I just can’t wait any longer.  I know, I know – all grown up but no self control.

So about the brown butter thing…  Have you noticed that every recipe on Pinterest has brown butter in it?  It has gotten to be so frequent I pretty much figured the doctor might proscribe it to fix my last cold.  Well, maybe not quite that bad but it sure is popular right now.

I’m never fast to jump on the popular band wagon but at this point I figured I had better try it before the wagon actually left town.  The process of making the butter brown really is a simple one of cooking it down a bit and essentially caramelizing it just a touch.  This gives the butter a delicious flavor that is sort of caramel flavored and nutty all at once.  It is not a strong flavor, but rather mild to delicate.  I’m not about to suggest you put it in anything that will hold still long enough but I have to admit it makes a mighty fine cookie!

NestleTollHouseSpringtime MorselsBecause it is almost springtime and I have been feeling my oats a bit, I could not resist picking up a bag of these to try in the cookies. They are pretty and festive but I’m a chocolate purist so It was not my favorite flavor.  Assuming you have been around the block a time or three you will know the pink and yellow “morsels” are not truly chocolate but rather a fake white chocolate type chip.  It is a personal choice here.  If you want to keep things festive but stick with chocolate you could always use a bag of Easter M&Ms instead.  I leave that choice fully in your capable hands!

One more thing – this is a riff off of my totally amazing recipe for Oatmeal Cookies.  The basic cookie is moist, chewy, and totally delectable.  You won’t be disappointed!  Make sure to leave me a comment and let me know how you like them, or even Tweet me a picture of your yummy cookies.  I always love to see how you make my recipes!

Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Springtime Chips
 
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Recipe type: Cookies / Dessert
Serves: 4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup salted butter, 2 sticks
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 bag 10oz-11oz favorite baking chips or M&Ms
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
Instructions
  1. Put the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. As the butter starts to melt swirl it occasionally to combine. When it is melted start to watch constantly - it can burn in moments. The butter will begin to boil and foam before it turns golden brown. As it cooks little brown bits will form. When the butter is golden brown and smells a little nutty / like caramel it is ready.
  2. Transfer the butter to a small bowl right away so the cooking will stop. Let it cool for at least 5 minutes before starting the cookie dough.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Add the white and brown sugar to a stand mixer. When the butter has cooled for 5 minutes, add it also and beat with a paddle until well combined.
  5. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  6. Add flour, rolled oats, baking soda, and salt. Beat until creamy. Add both kinds of chocolate and beat on low until incorporated.
  7. Use a 1oz cookie scoop to make balls. Place on baking sheets and bake until the edges are starting to turn golden and the tops are set. 9-11 minutes.
  8. Cool cookies and racks.

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12 thoughts on “Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Springtime Chips

  1. I wish I could tell you HOW MUCH I love this recipe…right down to those adorable colorful chips. I’m such a cookie monster…my mom always made an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie…and I’m wild about browned butter. AWE.SOME recipe. We are just delighted you shared this with us at Weekend Potluck, but we’d love it if you’d link back to the party within your post…it makes you eligible to be featured. Please come back soon…and enjoy a wonderful weekend. Can’t wait to see more of your lovely dishes.

    • Thank you so much! There were a little bit too yummy. Even my husband (who has less of a sweet tooth) could not stop munching them. I did include a link to the party at the top of the post above the photo. Is that the wrong location or link? I can move it within the post if need be. I’m brand new to link parties so I’m excited to get going.

      • Oh dear..I apologize for missing that linkup..normally we see them at the bottom of the post..but that’s fine. I guess I didn’t look hard enough. We are excited to have you join us and think you’ll discover you’ll get an increase in traffic because you’ve joined us. 😉 Have a great weekend and please do come again next week!!

  2. Happy Friday! I planned to get here to tell you I was featuring your lovely cookie recipe at Weekend Potluck…and you beat me to the punch. =) SO glad you came back again. Thanks much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thank you for organizing it! I am having a lot of fun. I do live in Mountain Time so I’m not sure I will always be able to join in but I hope to be a regular. Have a great weekend!

  3. These cookies were so easy and so delicious! I used all green M&Ms for upcoming St. Patty’s Day. Used so many M&Ms that I didn’t throw in the 1/2 Cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. YUMMMMMM!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Yeah! I’m so glad you liked them. The green M&Ms must have been beautiful. Now I want to make some that way! Great idea.

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