Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I can eat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies at any time of the year, but for me, fall feels like the perfect time. The cinnamon adds a hint of spice and the old fashioned oats add the appropriate layer for the colder season. I am starting to feel the change of the season from fall to winter. My children are talking incessantly about Christmas but I’m not quite ready to say adieu to fall.

While baking I feel grounded in the present. It helps me experience each season to the fullest. While I worked as the head baker at the Green Bean, I found that planning and testing recipes for the next season was one of my favorite parts of the job. This is why I love this space. It makes me feel fully alive.

I love this recipe! This is the first time that I have made cookies with brown butter and I assure you that it won’t be the last. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Makes around 40 cookies

I adapted the Oatmeal Pecan recipe on the back of the Kroger old fashioned oats container for this recipe. I used a few of the techniques from the Serious Eats chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you want to understand the science behind cookies then check it out. Besides browning the butter, we also incorporate the sugar differently in this recipe. Lastly, make sure to give the dough a rest over night. Resting the dough allows the cookies to have additional flavor when the cookie is baked.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks/16 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Melt butter in a small pan on the stove on medium heat. Once melted, the butter will start to bubble and turn a little more golden. Stir butter and watch for brown bits on the bottom of the pan. The butter is beginning to brown. Continue to stir and allow the butter to continue to brown for another 30 seconds or so. We don’t want our butter to scorch though so I tend to err on the side of caution. The butter in the above picture is lightly browned and could’ve gone a little longer. Pour the butter into a small bowl and add an ice cube. This not only cools the butter down more quickly but it also adds back the liquid that was lost during the browning process. Put the bowl in the fridge and let cool for about 30 minutes. Don’t rush this part. Hot butter will curdle the eggs.

Whisk the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside. Grab another small bowl and add the oats and chocolate chips and set aside, as well.

Using the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs and granulated sugar in the bowl of the mixer. Whisk on medium for about 5 minutes. The mixture will be light in color and will fall in ribbons from the whisk. Remove the whisk and use the paddle attachment for the rest of the batter.

Add in cooled butter, vanilla and brown sugar. Mix on medium until combined, about 30 seconds.

With the mixer on low, add in your flour mixture. Mix until there are a few streaks left in the batter. Lastly, add in the oats and chocolate chips. Mix on low or use a wooden spoon until incorporated. Nice job!

Place batter along the length of a large piece of parchment paper and roll it up and twist the ends like a piece of taffy. Alternately, you could place batter in a bowl and cover. Place batter in fridge to rest.

Pull the dough out of the fridge and let it warm up. The cookies will spread easier with a dough that is closer to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 325ยบ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. For smaller cookies, scoop cookies into 1 1/2 inch balls (about the size of a chestnut). For larger, big as your hand, cookies use a 1/4 cup scoop. Roll into balls and slightly flatten on the baking sheet. Bake until the edges are golden and stay firm when slightly touched. The center should be lighter in color from the edges but not look wet. Start checking for doneness around 10 minutes for smaller cookies. It might take 15 until they are done.

Once baked, let cool on the tray for a couple minutes and then move to a cooling rack. Success!

Cut Out Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Icing

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October has come and gone and I finally feel like we are solidly into the school routine. It feels good to know that I can get the lunches packed in 5 minutes flat and to have all the September butterflies dissipate. I feel so thankful for the new friendships we have all made and felt like celebrating with a batch of cookies. This fall, I thought I would switch up my usual roll out sugar cookie recipe and warm them up for fall.

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I added some whole wheat flour and brown sugar for a bit of a deeper flavor. I found the icing recipe while scouring the library for cookbooks. I came across one called Vintage Cakes and saw this Brown Butter Icing. I decided to add a hint of cinnamon (sugar and spice and everything nice right?) to add a little kick. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

xoxo,

Rachel

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Browned butte with the milk solids at the bottom of the bowl.

Roll Out Sugar Cookies

Makes about 36 cookies

Adapted from Allrecipes.com. This is a half batch, but I find that it makes more than enough. If you want to double the recipe, you can always freeze the unused dough or if you decide to bake the whole double batch, you will want to double the icing recipe. The key to these cookies is keeping the dough cold and not overworking it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Whisk flours, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add flour and mix until combined. This dough is very soft so chilling it is very important. I chilled mine overnight but you could chill in the refrigerator for a couple hours as well.

Once chilled, preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly dust counter with granulated sugar (or flour). I used mostly sugar and it gives the dough a nice sparkle but since the dough is delicate, a little flour doesn’t hurt. Working in small batches, gently roll out dough to an even thickness of 1/8 – 1/4 inch. Keep the dough that is not being rolled out in the refrigerator. Cut out dough using floured cookie cutters and put on ungreased baking sheet. Once the sheet is filled, place back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until dough is firm again and then bake in over for 6-8 minutes. The bottom of the cookie should be golden but the top should still be pale. Cool cookies on a wire wrack. Repeat until all dough has been used.

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Cinnamon Brown Butter Icing

Adapted from “Vintage Cakes”. Makes enough to frost the above recipe. I used a pastry bag and tips to decorate but a spoon to swirl some on top would be just as great.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of fine sea salt

Directions:

Sift powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside. In a small light bottomed pot, cut butter into tablespoons and melt on medium. Swirl occasionally to help the butter melt evenly. The butter will foam and turn golden, continue to cook until butter is dark and nutty smelling but without burning. It moves quickly so keep an eye on it. If you pour all the browned butter into the powdered sugar, the finished frosting will have browned butter flecks in it which was fine with me, but if you want a cleaner look, carefully pour off the butter and leave the milk solids behind. Pour browned butter into the powdered sugar and then add vanilla, milk or cream, and salt. Using a whisk or a hand mixer, mix until well combined. Add cinnamon to taste. The frosting will set as it sits. Once cool, pipe onto cookies or spread with a spoon. Enjoy!