Brown Butter Oatmeal Toffee Cookies ~

I haven’t really been cooking anything worth sharing. I’m just trying to get used to my new job and schedule…and the fact that I have to walk further to get to and from work. Sadly, it’s only about 2 or so miles round trip, but when I get home I just want to go sit on the couch. It’s a pretty nice walk though. I work in Rockefeller Center and on my way to work yesterday I walked by a window and saw Matt Lauer filming the Today Show.

Today Show filming

I thought it was pretty cool, but I texted it to Nate who said I was “such a nerd.” I hear that from him a few times a week. I think it’s probably true.

Anyway as I said, I haven’t done much cooking. The other night we had “homemade” pizza using the Pillsbury pizza crust that comes in the can. Has anyone else every used that? It’s seriously just their crescent roll dough that’s made into a big sheet that can fit a 10×15 sheet pan. It’s yummy if you want a crescent roll but it’s kind of a funky/sweet tasting pizza dough. It does get nice and crispy and hold toppings, though.

Usually if I don’t have time to make dough, I’ll either buy it fresh or frozen from the market, or even get some from the pizza parlor across from my apt. You know my beef with nyc supermarkets though…they rarely have what I need. I checked all over for any sort of dough and came up empty. I was pretty upset.

I used some premade pesto and then sauteed some fresh broccoli and garlic to put on top, with some mozzarella cheese. It was pretty tasty for a meal that got thrown together quickly.

Brown Butter Oatmeal Toffee Cookies ~

That being said, it wasn’t much of a recipe so it’s not something worth sharing. All I have for you today are these cookies. I almost didn’t post these either because I kind of feel like most people have plenty of cookie recipes. I added a little something special to these though- brown butter*. It’s what happens to butter when you cook it past melting but before burning. It takes on a nutty, caramelized taste and turns a rich caramel color.

People in the food blogging world have been obsessed with it for quite some time but I never really got into the whole trend. I thought I’d add it to basic oatmeal cookies, though, to give them a little something special. I also threw in some toffee bits, because why not.

These cookies came out a little salty and sweet, with a great crumbly texture. The oatmeal gives them some bite and the browned butter definitely makes the whole thing taste like caramel. If you’re looking for a cookie to liven up your repertoire, give these a try!

I brought our realtor a dozen of these because I felt so bad for her for having to show me sooo many houses. I suppose that is her job, but still. She ate a couple as a pick-me-up after house number 5 or so, and I don’t blame her one bit. Now that I think about it, I wonder if it was the houses or me that was so exhausting ;)

*If you’d like a good tutorial for browning butter, you can find one here on How Sweet It Is.

Brown Butter Oatmeal Toffee Cookies ~

Brown Butter Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Very slightly adapted from the Food Network

Print this recipe!

makes about 3-4 dozen, depending on size

2 sticks butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup whole oats (not quick-cooking oats)
1 cup toffee bits (or chocolate covered toffee bits)

Preheat oven to 350.

Melt 2 sticks butter over medium heat until browned (see directions at, then cool.

Beat the browned butter, brown sugar and white sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and eggs.

Whisk flour, baking soda and salt, then stir into the butter mixture. Add oats and toffee bits and chill 30 minutes.

Drop by tablespoonfuls and bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Transfer to wire racks to cool.


  1. juanitascocina

    I would have shown you a million houses for these cookies!

  2. I want some.

    Also, that pizza sounds really good. I love to make dough at home though, so that would solve any pilsbury roll-out issues. :)

    How are you liking your new job?

    • Do you have an easy dough recipe? My issue is waiting for it to rise, which obviously doesn’t work when you have a time constraint. So far, the new job is great! Thanks for asking :) They haven’t had much for me to do but I think I’m going to really like the work and the people are so nice…knock on wood!

      • Yeah, my husband LOVES making pizza at home. He just whips out dough without a second thought. I’m not as experienced, but I make a lot of bread at home. The waiting is the hardest part. Throwing flour, yeast, and water in a mixer is easy. :)
        That sounds like my husbands new job. He really likes the people and the company, but they’re just starting to give him real work to do.

        • Wow, I wish my hubby knew how to throw together a pizza dough! He really just is involved in the consuming part ;) Aw, I’m glad your husband is enjoying his new job!!

  3. That is one lucky realtor! And don’t feel bad about looking at lots of houses. You have to find what’s right for you and that takes a lot of shopping. Good luck!
    I’ve only browned butter for financiers and I just love that but…I know it makes no logical sense but I feel like using browned butter makes whatever I’m baking so much more decadent. I guess it’s seeing all that butter pooled in the pan? But your cookies sound excellent – the toffee must work really nicely!

    • Thanks, Monica. We actually just put an offer on another house today, so cross your fingers!!! :) Browned butter totally makes things more decadent and rich…i agree!

  4. I love any kind of oatmeal cookies. These look awesome.

    PS: I feel ya on the Pillsbury Pizza Crust thing…it’s too sweet and flaky for pizza dough. I prefer to make it myself too. Also, the Matt Lauer thing is pretty cool!

    • Thanks, Colynn :) And thanks for stopping by! I could totally eat that entire can of Pillsbury dough on my own, hehe…it’s just not very pizza-y.

  5. Haha, well, for what it’s worth, I don’t think you’re a nerd ;-) – I too would find catching the filming of the Today Show very cool. Adjusting to a new job can be exhausting; I completely get that. But you know, these cookies are very blog-worthy :) – they look wonderfully comforting, chewy and delicious. Aren’t toffee bits the best? My sister sent me some pretty individually wrapped toffee for my birthday this year… I hide the stash just to make it harder to get to (they last longer that way ;-)). Enjoy the rest of the weekend Amy!

    • Haha, thanks, Kelly ;) I do think I’m a bit of a nerd, but isn’t everyone a little bit?? Oooh, you should def hide your toffee. It could be one of my favorite candies.

  6. How nice you get to walk to and from work! Guess it’s not something we can do in L.A. It’s considered lucky if we don’t get stuck in traffic for more than an hour to get to work! Hope you’re loving your new job so far. :)

    These Brown Butter Oatmeal Toffee Cookies sound wonderful. I love a salty and sweet combination. I love brown butter in my cookies and that adds so much flavor. :) Thanks for sharing.

    • Well it’s a long walk to walk all the way to work so I take the subway downtown and then walk across. But lately I’ve been walking all the way home since I’m not in as much of a time crunch then. It is really nice! Thanks, Amy :)

  7. I’m glad that you decided to post your cookie recipe…they sound yummy. What a nice “thank you” for your realtor, I know she had to appreciate them.

  8. Between house hunting and the extra walking, it’s no wonder you’re exhausted! Nothing like these cookies to pick up your mood and your energy. Browned butter is one of the loves of my life…and I adore it in cookies!

    • Seriously…it’s weird because I’m not really getting that much exercise but sometimes I think using brain power takes more out of you than running a marathon. And I’ve had SO much decision-making lately- I HATE MAKING DECISIONS!

  9. I’d be just as much of a nerd as you – that’s so cool! Nothing wrong with getting excited about how cool New York is. I love that you made these for your realtor. I’m sure spending time with you is reward enough, but cookies don’t hurt. :) They look so good.




    This is coming from someone who has to drive 30+ minutes to work every day. And lives on the surface of the sun (essentially).

    You are living the dream, woman. THE DREAM!! Or MY dream at least. :)

    And let’s face it, a realtor in NYC area… come on, you’re probably the LEAST annoying of her customers no matter HOW many houses she has to show you!

    Also, THESE COOKIES LOOK DELICIOUS! And I already KNOW that they taste delicious because um, hello, BROWNED BUTTER, and OATMEAL, and TOFFEE and (most importantly) NOT A RAISIN IN SIGHT!

    I love you and your cookies. If you ever have extras, feel free to send them to the surface of the sun where I can enjoy them on my 30 minute drive to work. <3

    • YES!!! Well it’s a long walk to walk all the way to work, so I usually only walk the whole way home. Going to work I take the subway downtown a bit and then have about a 20 min walk from there. I have to admit it’s pretty cool living in NY…though I’m excited for life in the suburbs. Since I’ll still be working in Manhattan, I’ll still have a decent walk after I get off the train.

      Haha, you know the realtor did tell me I’ve been a pleasure to work with, so you’re prob right about her typical clientelle. I actually like raisins in cookies, but my hubby would definitely agree with you. Awwwww, i didn’t mean to make you jealous….I’m sure the surface of the sun is perfectly nice ;)

  11. omg i saw screaming and i knew it was Natalie.
    girl, text me with things like that: i’ll get excited with you! I have the Today show on right now in the other room; i don’t sit and watch it as much like i did when stella was super tiny and distractions are important, but it’s been my morning show roughly since birth. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be one of those nerds out by the window going “HIIIIIIIIIIIIII! *furious waving*. i’m envious!
    these cookies have like, all the things in them. Toffee bits AND browned butter? They’re like a caramely revolution.

    • Haha, Natalie is very enthusiastic! I love it!!! I know, right? For some reason being anywhere near anything being filmed for national television is just really cool to me. And although I don’t really watch tv now, I used to watch the Today show every morning when i was growing up. I should totally wave in the background…let’s pick a date and time so you can watch ;)

  12. I want one!! or two please. At least. I’m so jealous, I wanna live in NY too!

  13. What a combo! These cookies sound awesome. And that’s too cool you work in Rockefeller Center and saw Matt Lauer! Gosh, I need to get back to New York!!

  14. YUP, printing this off and making tomorrow!!! My Mother’s Day gift to me :)

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