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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

There are many reasons to eat a cookie.  Sometimes it's a pick-me-up cookie.  Work went long or that research paper that you put off is suddenly due next week(cough...don't look here...cough).  Other times it's a congratulatory cookie.  You ran your first fiver miler or finally finished that research paper after holing yourself up in the library with shoddy internet service so that you wouldn't spend half the time on Facebook.  

And then sometimes, you eat a cookie purely because it is Tuesday.  Or Wednesday.  Or any other day that you think, "A cookie right now?  Wouldn't hate it."

This is a cookie for all reasons.  All seasons.  And another word that rhymes with the other two.  An added bonus is that you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry!

Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

                            

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2  tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oats (not quick-cook)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chunks

Directions:

In a small sauce pan, heat the butter, whisking constantly until browned.  Remove the saucepan from heat and continue to whisk for an additional 30 seconds.  Set aside and let the butter cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats.  Set aside.

Once the butter has cooled, mix it with the two sugars until combined.  Mix in the egg and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture and combine with hands until a dough forms.  Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the edges and bottoms are golden brown.


48 comments:

  1. Ahh yes! Say no more! Cookie before I start writing my thesis, after I started my computer, before I REALLY start on the thesis, after I wasted another hour on the web ... etc. I love the ingredients: brown butter + oatmeal + chocolate chunks = happiness!

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    1. Ha, exactly!! And yes, these cookies are 100% happiness!

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  2. Brown butter adds such a wonderful flavor, doesn't it? This cookie looks delicious!

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  3. Umm...I could DRINK brown butter. These look amazing!

    - Maggie

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    1. Liz @ Tip Top ShapeApril 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Haha, that would be so unhealthy and delicious at the same time!! lol

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  4. Well now, these sound amazing! Every occasion calls for a cookie really :).

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  5. These look awesome, Liz! Now I have a new craving...

    PS Guess who just joined the blogging world...? ;)

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  6. you have no idea how badly I wish I could just reach thru the screen and grab one! these look SO good!

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  7. Thanks for the recipe - these look delicious and with cinnamon too - great!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

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  8. How many cookies does one batch make? They look amazing!

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  9. I just made a bunch of these for my coworkers, and they loved them! Great recipe!

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  10. I don't know what I did wrong but these were awful

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  11. Where in the recipe does it say when and where to add the chocolate chunks?

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    1. I would add them just after the flour.

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  12. What happens if you use quick oats?

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  13. I love this recipe. I always double the recipe to make more delicious cookies. I used quick oats bc that was all I hadthey turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  14. I didn't use oats! They turned out great. Also instead of using chocolate chunks, i used bakers chocolate and cut them into chunks myself. SO DELICIOUS!

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  15. I found this recipe through Listgirl's blog. I have a question:
    I tried to make the cookies but my cookies do not spread! They are still in the ball form shape prior to the oven. Can't figure out my mistake.
    Thanks!!
    Elizabeth

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  16. I think there might be a bit of a typo. I think it should read 1 tsp vanilla and 2 eggs. Might help with some of the spreading problems people are having.

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    1. Did itnworkmbetter with 2 eggs and 1tsp vanilla. I'm about to make them!?

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  17. I made these this afternoon with my mom. We followed the recipe closely except we didn't use cinnamon and we used quick bake oats and they were amazing. They kept their shape well and were crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside. My whole family loved them. It made two dozen. I will definitely make these again.

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  18. This is my first time to your blog, as I found your cookies via Pinterest. I'm sorry to be frank, but something has to be wrong with this recipe. It ended up being so crumbly...it looked like granola! I told myself to give the recipe the benefit of the doubt and bake at least one sheet. I couldn't even use my scoop to make the dough into balls. I had to hand-pack it into my scoop then try to get it out without crumbling. Some cookies held their shape when baked, others crumbled. I took the remaining dough and put it in a small casserole to see if it works better as a bar. That is in the oven now...we'll see how it turns out. Not sure what should be added, but it definitely needs more liquid! I am in Illinois, so altitude is not a factor.

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  19. I agree with Anonymous. My batch looks like granola mix and extremely dry with also no direction of when to add the chocolate morsels. I am in the middle of baking this and do not know what to do...

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  20. When your dough is too dry, try adding another egg and/or more butter. I find that when I am creaming the butter and sugars that the consistency should be very soft, like frosting. But, the one time I used browned butter, the consistency was too stiff, so I added an egg (in a recipe similar to this one), and it all turned out well. I've been making cookies for about 43 years and LOVE the browned butter instead of shortening--but it does change things a bit.

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  21. I love this recipe! I just made it two weeks ago, and now I am making it again. These cookies were a huge hit at work. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Also, for those who are having problems with the texture, the original recipe says to add 1-2 tablespoons of milk if the dough is too crumbly. I had to do that and they came out so perfect.

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  22. Just made these (they are still in the oven) and they are SOOO good! The browned buttter makes them delicious
    Mine not crumbly at all!
    Thanks for the recipe! (saw them on pinterest and have been dying to make them!)

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  23. what kind of flour do you use?

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  24. I just made these today and they are delicious!! No problem with the recipe for me. I did see where it didn't say when to add the chocolate chips, but if you've ever baked a batch of choc chip cookies, you know when to add them in! And then just try not to eat the batter raw!! I also added white choc chips because I had them on hand. Next time I'm going to add carmel bits... YUM!

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  25. I made these last week, and I was disappointed. The texture was great, but the flavor was a little off. I think it may have been the cinnamon (guess I'm not a big fan of cinnamon in my cookies). I didn't feel like I could taste the brown butter once they were baked, either. The dough, though, was fantastic!

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  26. WOW. I pinned these a while ago, and just made them- they turned out beautifully and are GREAT! I'll definitely be making them again. Thanks! :)

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  27. Hi just found this recipe via Pinterest and cant wait to make them! Just wondering though, it says "not quick cook" refering to the oatmeal however its all I have.Im wondering why it says this, does it change the cookie consistency/flavor? If I go ahead and use quick cook oats, will they not turn out or should I make any adjustments if I do? Thanks!

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  28. Could not wait to make these but after reading the comments I don't think aI'll waste my time and ingredients!

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  29. After looking at the comments, I decided to sift the flour then measure. It turned out perfectly. This might fix the problems that some are having with the dough being too crumbly.

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  30. Making them right now. I make a lot of cookies and can tell if the dough consistency is correct. It was not right so I added an extra egg and then added extra flour until that gave me the consistency I wanted. We'll see!!

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  31. Just ate a couple. They are OK but not as good as regular old tollhouse in my opinion. Consistency is a bit too dry for my taste and the browned butter doesn't really add much to them. Worth a try but recipe is flawed right from the start so you can do better elsewhere.

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  33. These cookies are to die for! They are my boyfriend's favorite and he always requests these! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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  34. Just made these. Consistency was great for making a crunchy edge and a soft center. The problem for Me was the cinnamon. It ruined the pure chocolate chip cookie experience . Will try again without the cinnamon.

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  35. Am I missing something? When do you mix in the chocolate chunks into the dough??

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