This year I decided to participate in my first ever Cookie Swap!

This means that I sent out three boxes of cookies to three food bloggers and three other food bloggers will be hopefully sending me three boxes of goodies.

While I was mailing my boxes of cookies I did have this moment of thinking that this might be some very elaborate pyramid scheme to get millions of free holiday cookies for a few lucky people!

I had this vision of the creators (Lindsay and Julie) sitting around hundreds of boxes of collected cookies… laughing all the way to the dentist’s office.

Of course, that won’t really happen.  Food bloggers are generally the nicest people ever and I have full faith that I’ll receive my delicious boxes of cookies.

This year I think something crazy like 700 food bloggers signed up for the cookie swap.  I have no earthly idea how long it took Lindsay and Julie to organize and match that many people, but I do honestly hope they sent themselves a few free boxes of cookies just for the trouble!

If you want to sign up for next year’s cookie swap, there’s already a signup form for it.

These Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies are the cookies I sent out to my matches!

Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies

3.29 from 7 votes
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Nutty brown butter mixed with a delicious oatmeal cookie dough with chocolate and cherries mixed in just for kicks!



  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, browned
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 3 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips


  • Add butter to a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt butter, stirring slowly. After butter melts, continue to cook for a few minutes until the butter solids start to brown. It easy to tell this if you use a non-dark colored pan as you’ll be able to actually see the brown bits on the bottom. You can also tell when the butter is browned by the smell. It will start to smell very nutty which means it’s done!
  • Pour off browned butter carefully. Try to leave most of the browned solids in the pan, but it’s okay if some go with the butter. Let this cool.
  • Cream together sugars with brown butter until they are smooth using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips and cherries.
  • Slowly mix in dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • Stir in add-ins (chocolate and cherries).
  • Spoon large tablespoons of cookie dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake cookies at 375 for 10-12 minutes until they are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Let cookies cool on a wire rack.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Desserts, Side Dishes
Cuisine: American

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Butter, Browned

What I like about these Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies is that they are surprising.  They look just like normal old oatmeal cookies, but they are jam-packed with flavor.

Step one to creating that flavor is to brown some butter.  That gives the cookies a great nutty flavor that goes really well with the brown sugar.

If you’ve never browned butter before, it’s not all that hard.  Just add your butter to a small saucepan and melt the butter over medium heat.  Stir it frequently and after a few minutes the butter solids will separate out and sink to the bottom of the pan.

If you have a light colored saucepan, you’ll be able to actually start to see them brown a bit.  You’ll also be able to smell the butter.  When it’s done, it will have an intense nutty smell.

Start to finish, the butter browning process maybe takes 5-6 minutes.

Then you can pour off your browned butter.  Try to leave behind most of the butter solids, but its okay if some get mixed in.  It won’t affect the recipe at all.

butter for Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Flavor town.

Start this dough by mixing together all the dry ingredients in a bowl.  If you can’t find oat flour, you can definitely use just all-purpose flour.

dry stuff for Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies
All the dry business.

Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat together the browned butter and sugars until they are smooth and light.  This should take a few minutes.

Then slowly mix in your eggs and your vanilla.

Once that is all mixed together, slowly mix in your dry ingredients, working in batches.

Try not to overmix this dough.  When the flour is incorporated, it’s done!

dough for Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Pretty simple.

The Add-ins

I figured these cookies would have lots of flavor and great texture as-is, but this is a cookie swap so I wanted to amp up the flavor even more.

So I mixed in some chocolate and dried cherries.  I figured it’s hard to go wrong with these flavors.

choccherry combo for Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Don’t skimp on these!

Once those are mixed in your dough is done and you’re ready to make some cookies!

dough - Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies recipe
This makes a lot of cookies.

Baking the Cookies

Scoop large tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  You should get about 36 cookies out of this recipe.

Twelve cookies per baking sheet should be about right.

ready to bake Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Ready to go!

Bake these guys at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

The should be lightly browned around the edges and still a bit soft in the center.

Let them cool on a wire rack if you have one.

If you’re photographing your cookies, here’s a TIP!  Don’t photograph them on a counter that is almost exactly the same color as the cookies.

Talk about camouflage!

baked Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies
My counter is like camo for these…

The Packaging

I stressed out a lot about how to ship these cookies.  I ended up letting the cookies cool completely and then sealing them well in a large freezer plastic bag.

Next I lined a large box with plastic wrap and filled the bottom with spicy kettle corn!  I figured that would cushion the cookies a bit and also give the recipients a little extra treat.

packageed - Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies
The finished package!

Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

Now I need to make another batch of these Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies for myself!