Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I am always testing and changing flavors because I absolutely love to think about how something tastes and how it can be better. What flavors work together, the memories they evoke and unique ways they can be used fascinates me. Cookies are not rocket science, but baking, in general, does take a little scientific touch. These are the first cookies I’ve truly developed, sifting through, and pulling inspiration for recipes I love. They also happen to encompass two specific flavors I love: brown butter and butterscotch!

It goes without saying that these are amazing warm, cold, frozen (my personal favorite) or any way you like (I even love the dough). If you love layers of flavor, you will love these. And if you’re unsure, trust me, these are worth the bake. Enjoy!

Watch how to make these brown butter oatmeal cookies:

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter, cookie, homemade cookies, oatmeal
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Baking
Author: Kaleb


  • ½ cup brown butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips


  • Melt butter in a small kettle over medium heat. Once melted, the butter will begin to sizzle and foam. Continue cooking butter until foaming subsides and brown bits appear on the bottom of the kettle. After 5-7 minutes, the butter will turn a deep golden color and the butter will smell toasted ( I promise you will notice the nutty smell of the butter). Set aside and let the butter cool to room temperature and come back to a soft but solid state.
  • While the butter is cooling, toast the oats. Preheat oven to 350°F and spread oatmeal on a small baking sheet. Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes. You won’t see a change, but the oats will smell toasted! Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Once the butter has solidified, scrape into the bowl of an electric mixer. Cream butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until a little lighter and fluffy in texture. Add egg and beat to incorporate. With the mixer running, add baking soda, oats, salt, and finally flour. Mix to incorporate and finish with butterscotch chips.
  • Using a cookie scoop, make cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet (approximately 1 tablespoon each). Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 10-12 minutes. It is easy to over-bake cookies, so bake until the edges are just set but centers are soft. Remove from oven and leave on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes to finish baking. Then cool on a wire rack.


Serving: 1 cookie
Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies | The Gray Boxwood
Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

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  • This is my first recipe from your site. And thank you! I made this cookies last night and they were gone before the morning. It helps that I have two young adult boys in the house, but they were so good. I used salted butter for browning, added walnuts and used 1/2 spelt 1/2 white flour for my batch. And they were unbelievably good. The browning of the butter really did make the difference as did toasting the oats, as you suggested in your video. My next recipe will be the rhubarb muffins. Wish me luck!