Well, after seeing and hearing so much about it, I decided to try it in a recipe. I went with cookies because, well, cookies are my favourite food group. So yesterday, with a science exam behind me and a math exam the next day, a took a study break and baked these.
I've made cookies with melted butter before (left it in the microwave to "soften" a little too long...oops!), and the cookies always turn out flat, and they spread together. That's what I thought would happen to these, but no! They stayed together nicely.
They have a bit of cinnamon, just like in regular cookies, which I thought complemented the nutty flavour of the brown butter nicely. The smell of the butter when you're browning it is so great that you should make these cookies for the smell alone!
Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Slightly adapted from How Sweet It Is
Makes 20-24 cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Add butter to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisking constantly, cook butter until bubbles begin to form and you see little brown specks. This will take about 10 minutes. Once this happens, take butter off the heat and continue to whisk about 30 seconds. Let butter cool completely (until it is no longer warm to the touch - you could put it in the fridge, but be sure to watch closely, as you don't want it to solidify again!)
Combine flour, oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Once butter is cooled, beat with sugars, egg and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips once dough has fully come together.
Form cookies into a ball using two spoons or your hands (my preferred method!). Bake cookies in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.