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Browned Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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My passion for exploration and experimentation extends into all areas of my life, resulting in wondrous creations such as this recipe.

Fresh baked browned butter oatmeal cookies

Fresh baked browned butter oatmeal cookies

If you're craving oatmeal cookies, apple sauce won't do.

— Eric Jerome Dickey

Oatmeal cookies have become a household favorite ever since the Quaker Oats Company first published a recipe on their packages of rolled oats. They have certainly been a lifelong favorite of mine. In fact, my fondest cookie memory is of the tub of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies given to my family by some close friends as a going-away present.

Browned butter is the secret ingredient that this recipe uses to add a richness you will love to the flavors of nutty oats and warm spices in these irresistible moist oatmeal cookies.

This base recipe makes about 10 to 12 large cookies.

Add your favorite mix-ins to extend both the recipe and your gastronomic pleasure. My favorite mix-ins are chocolate chips and chopped dates.

These cookies are ready to eat in only 25 to 30 minutes from start to finish.

Please let me know how it turns out for you, and give it a rating above.

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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter

Optional Add-ins:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips, nuts, chopped dates, raisins, M&M's, or a mix of add-ins
  • 1 teaspoon crystalized ginger granules

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients and any optional add-ins into a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  3. Set aside 2 tablespoons of cold butter in a bowl. Heat the remaining butter in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring continuously until the solids turn a light brown, then remove from heat, and pour onto the unmelted butter. Stir until fully melted.
  4. Beat the egg together with the vanilla; then mix with the butter.
  5. Add the butter, egg, and vanilla mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix thoroughly.
  6. Place roughly ¼ cup scoops, spaced 2 inches apart, onto a baking sheet, optionally lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  7. Bake for 11 minutes, then let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.

Make Ahead and Freeze

Place scoops of dough onto a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, place them into a container to store frozen. When ready to bake, just add about five minutes to the baking time to compensate for the frozen dough.

"I'd make oatmeal cookies."
"Cookies?"
"I would. That's just what I would do."
"Why?"
He lifts one hand from the steering wheel and pinches his chin. "Because the world is changing so fast all the time. There's nothing you can do but just say, 'cool,' and roll with it. But some things can stay the same. Flour is still flour. Vanilla still smells like vanilla. Say a giant fireball is motoring toward us right now from Alpha Centauri. Okay, universe. You expect us to run and scream and kill one another? Sorry, we're making oatmeal freaking cookies."

R.A. Nelson, from the book Breathe My Name

Oatmeal Trivia

  • Fannie Merritt Farmer created the first-ever oatmeal cookie in 1896.
  • In 1908, the Quaker Oats Company published an oatmeal cookie recipe on their oat box, making them available to the masses.
  • Several scientific studies suggest that eating whole rolled oats as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Oat grass has been used as a traditional medicine for balancing menstrual cycles.
  • Less than 5% of commercially grown oats are for human consumption.
  • Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain.
  • Rolled oats are oat groats that are steamed and flattened with huge rollers so that they cook more quickly.
  • In 1901, the Nagel Brothers of Bushnell, Illinois, patented a process of making rolled oats without having to steam the oats, which they later sold to the Quaker Oats Company.
  • Oat milk was invented nearly three decades ago in 1994 by Swedish brothers Rickard and Bjorn Oeste, the founders of Oatly, who were researching an alternative to cow's milk for people with lactose intolerance.

On more than one occasion, the camera has cut to me after a break as I'm still trying to swallow the last bite of cookie. Those of you who have thought to yourselves, 'That guy talks like he has marbles in his mouth,' should know that they are not marbles, but oatmeal cookies.

— Lester Holt

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