Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

It’s like you’re having a bite of the most scrumptious morning oatmeal you could imagine, only in the form of a cookie.Brown Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies RecipeThe other day I had a conversation I loved with another mom on my son’s school field trip.

This mom is a foodie of sorts and loves cooking, so naturally I started talking recipes.  Somehow that led to the subject of breakfast, which is when I told her I couldn’t believe it but I’d had cookies for breakfast– lots of them — for breakfast!  (Truthfully, I do it way too often and could totally believe it.)

Without missing a beat, in the most normal tone, her response was, “Well, were they oatmeal?”

No, no they were not. (GASP!)  If only they’d been oatmeal, they would have perhaps been perfectly acceptable for the most important meal of the day.

I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that as it turns out, my morning oatmeal is quite good in cookie form — perfectly amazing, in fact.  Crisp on the outside, soft int he center, these cookies are warmly spiced, and full of plump vanilla infused golden raisins, and a wonderful nutter flavor from the brown butter.

And it just so happens these cookies are also a delicious dessert! 😉

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies
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Please note that the prep time does not include making the brown butter with takes about 20 minutes and can be made days ahead of time. Here's How to Brown Butter.
Serves: 14 large cookies
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup brown butter, softened (here's How to Brown Butter)
  • 1¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add the cream and vanilla to a small saucepan and place it over medium heat, and let it come to a strong simmer. Add the raisins, stir to coat them with the cream, and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Let this simmer for a couple of minutes and then turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Add the brown butter and 1¼ cup of the brown sugar to a large bowl and mix until it's smooth. Add the eggs and mix again until smooth. Set aside. (Here's How to Brown Butter.)
  4. In another large bowl, combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Now fold this into the butter mixture. Mix only until you no longer see any dry spots.
  5. Now incorporate the cream-raisin mixture and mix until smooth.
  6. Use a large cookie scoop (about 2¼-inch) to shape the cookies and drop them onto the parchment-lined baking sheets, with at least 2 to 3-inches between them.
  7. Use your fingers to sprinkle a bit of the remaining tablespoon of the brown sugar over each one.
  8. Bake in the preheated 350 degree oven just until the cookies look dry, about 12 minutes.
  9. Let them cool on the baking sheet for about 15 minutes before serving.


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  1. says

    A while back, my co-worker (a fabulous baker who has auctioned her carrot cake off for $800 at a charity event where she cleverly donated mini carrot cake cupcakes to whet their appetite) asked if we could only eat one dessert for the rest of our lives, what would it be. (That was her way of figuring out what to bake us for our birthday treats.) I told her it would have to be oatmeal cookies. They are spicy and full of yumminess like raisins and nuts, and are the perfect breakfast food.

    Long story short…I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • valentina says

      Okay, first of all I bet that’s some carrot cake! (Brilliant idea to serve the cupcakes to entice everyone.) I’m so happy you’re excited about these cookies. They are a truly comforting, warming & delicious experience (IMHO). 🙂 xo

  2. says

    Forget just breakfast (not that you shouldn’t have these for breakfast) I want these cookies now! I am having a love affair with browned butter right now and these sound amazing!!

  3. Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies says

    These look like an excellent excuse to eat cookies for breakfast! The brown butter in this recipe sounds delicious!

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