BEST Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

This recipe started as a request from my goddaughter Piper and her sister Alden. They noticed I didn’t have a chocolate chip cookie recipe on the site and called me to suggest, with as much insistence as nine year old and eleven year old girls can muster (which is substantial by the way) that I come up with one.

Well girls, this cookie is for you.

Though, it’s probably not what you expected.

Frankly, I don’t find regular chocolate chip cookies that exciting. I want cookies to have substance, something more than plain cookie dough speckled with chocolate chips.

So my dears, this cookie is an oatmeal cookie, a chewy oatmeal cookie, with chocolate chips, pecans, because they go so well with chocolate, and browned butter, because of all that wonderful nutty flavor from the browned bits of the butter.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, dear Alden and Piper, I know in the past you have hand picked out and discarded every morsel of walnut or pecan in any baked good your mother made for you.

If you are still practicing this lunacy, you may leave out the pecans. Your loss, they taste great in this cookie.

Browning the butter is easy! It takes about ten minutes, and is so worth it. You will taste the difference.

You just have to watch it so the butter doesn’t burn, or then you’ll have blackened butter, not browned butter, and you’ll have to throw it out and your mother will get angry at me for inspiring you to do something that resulted in wasting 2 sticks of butter.

The real variable in this recipe is the shredded coconut. It’s just there for texture. If you add a cup of sweetened shredded coconut to the mix, the cookies will be chewier. You can easily leave it out. Or try some with it, and some without to see which cookie you like better.

Hope you like it! (And please let me know which version you ended up with – with or without pecans or coconut.)

BEST Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 30 cookies

Brown the butter first, as the butter is cooling, prep the other ingredients. Never browned butter before? See our detailed how-to here: How to Brown Butter


  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 oz, 225 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs (large), lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut (optional)
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (Quick oats are okay, but not steel cut, not instant)


1 Brown the butter: Place sticks of butter in a thick-bottomed medium sized stainless-steel saucepan. (It's important to use a saucepan that has a light, reflective interior like stainless steel, otherwise you won't be able to see the butter browning.)

Heat on medium. Melt the butter, whisking so that the butter melts evenly.

Continue to cook the butter. As it cooks, the butter will foam up, and then the foam will subside. Whisk frequently to check underneath the bubbly surface.

At some point, browned bits will form at the bottom of the pan and the butter will begin to smell nutty. Watch carefully, it's easy for the butter to go from browned to burnt.

When the browned bits begin to form, remove the pan from the heat. Pour the melted butter, with the browned bits, into a glass or metal bowl. Allow to cool a bit while you prepare the other ingredients.

2 Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and spices: Vigorously whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.

3 Beat the sugars with the browned butter, add eggs and vanilla: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the browned butter (along with the browned bits) in a mixer bowl. Add the brown and white sugar. Beat on medium high speed for about 3 minutes, until smooth.

Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat for three more minutes on medium speed until smooth and light.

4 Stir in flour mixture and some water: Using a wooden spoon, stir the flour mixture into the butter sugar egg mixture.

Stir in 2 Tbsp water (note that if you are using jumbo eggs, and not large eggs as the recipe calls for, you will probably not need this much extra liquid.)

5 Stir in chocolate chips and oatmeal: Stir in the chocolate chips, and the pecans and shredded coconut (if using). Stir in the oatmeal.

Up to this point you can make the dough up to a day and a half ahead and store in the refrigerator.

4 Spoon cookie dough onto lined cookie sheets: Butter two large cookie sheets, or line them with Silpat mats or parchment paper.

Spoon out heaping tablespoon-fuls of cookie dough and lay them on the cookie sheet. Make sure you have about 2" of space between each cookie, as they will flatten a little and spread on the cookie sheet.

5 Bake: Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes, or until they are just brown around the edges, but still soft in the center. They will firm up as they cool. (If you want them crispier, you can bake them from 12-14 minutes. 10 minutes will help yield a more chewy cookie.)

6 Cool: Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool for two or three minutes on the hot baking sheet. Then, using a metal spatula, carefully transfer the still-hot cookies to a wire rack to cool.

They will continue to be soft until completely cooled. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

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  • Mr KLC

    I made these cookies for the first time the other day and they were by far the best cookie I have ever eaten. My wife and neighbors agree as well. Thanks for sharing such a fantastic recipe !!! Just a note on the ingredients which I used all of them, browning the butter was the bomb!!! I also used pecans and almonds chopped up in a little electric grinder. I also added a little bit of raw honey (1 tbs) and Amaretto liqueur (about 2 tbp) and I swear these cookies are to die for !!!

  • Susan Maurice

    My cookies didn’t spread out. Any idea why they ended up like haystacks instead of cookie? I followed the recipe to a T.

  • Karen

    These were without a doubt the best oatmeal cookies I have ever made…the browned butter adds such an amazing flavor! I did not use the coconut, but I did add some dried cherries….delicious!

  • Nancy Cross

    First, I am not a baker. I’m a GREAT cook but the running joke in my family is that my cakes could be used in the discus throw. :-) However, these turned out absolutely spectacular, and even as I write this my housemate is stealing more of them off the cooling racks. My question is, “Can I cut down on the amount of sugar used and have them still bake correctly?” But thank you, these are just fabulous. I may even bring them to the next family get together so they will have to post a retraction on my baking skills. wink wink

  • Nancy B.

    I absolutely love this recipe; thank you!! I’ve tried adding a bit of orange zest with great results too. I added it to the wet ingredients before the addition of flour etc. Thanks again!

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