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Brown Butter Maple Oatmeal Cookies

As you could probably tell from my recent not-so-short list of favorite holiday cookies, I am just a wee bit excited about cookie baking season! I bake plenty of cookies year-round, but this time of year I tend to go a little cookie crazy. More cookies are generally not an issue for most people, so I soldier on with my baking mode in overdrive.

I particularly love oatmeal cookies. Their chewiness and flavor are irresistible for me. I decided to take that classic favorite and add in a couple of my current obsessions – maple syrup and brown butter. The resulting flavor is sweet, rich, nutty, and delicious!

Brown Butter Maple Oatmeal Cookies are big, thick, hearty cookies with big flavor! - Bake or Break

If a cookie can be considered hearty, this is it. I opted to make these cookies a bit on the large side. This is a lot of cookie. One of these big, thick cookies is all the dessert you need. But you might want to grab two, you know, just in case.

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Brown Butter Maple Oatmeal Cookies

Yield about 18 cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Brown butter adds rich flavor to these simple oatmeal cookies!

Brown Butter Maple Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt*
  • 2 & 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup**
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Place butter in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once butter melts and begins to foam, continue to cook until brown specks start to form on the bottom of the pan. Butter will have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in oats. Set aside.
  4. Add brown sugar to cooled butter. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until thoroughly mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the maple syrup and vanilla.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in pecans.
  6. Drop dough by 3-tablespoon portions onto prepared pans, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Flatten each cookie slightly. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges are lightly brown.
  7. Cool cookies on pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


*These cookies are an excellent candidate for a sweet and salty treat. Just increase the salt to 1 teaspoon for a little added saltiness. **I used Grade A Medium Amber, which is now called Amber Color Rich Taste.

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    6 Comments on “Brown Butter Maple Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. i love making gingerbread men during the holidays!

  2. Yum – those cookies look great! I love the combination of maple and oats!

  3. I love gingerbread (cookies, pies, cakes anything gingerbread) but my family doesn`t. ( Are you sure, Dr., they came from my loins?)So around the holidays, I will bake a lot of cakes, pies, cookies and even fudge and make some gingerbread. They get their treats and I get mine. LOL.

  4. Love the maple and brown butter additions to this classic cookie! Way to spruce it up.

  5. Hi- I’m reading and re-reading this recipe and I’m not seeing where you add in the maple syrup! I’m assuming you add it in with the eggs and vanilla! Am I correct? Thanks!

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