Giant Brown Butter Granola Breakfast Cookies

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Don’t you love happy accidents in the kitchen?

I put two sticks of butter in a saucepan the other night to melt for Heavenly Homemaker’s Giant Breakfast Cookies. Then I got involved in putting a child to bed and when I came back, the top of the butter was slightly crystallized. And it smelled PHENOMENAL.

I’ve seen recipes made with brown butter, of course, but I never “got it” until the fragrance of that butter was wafting through my galley kitchen. I knew it was going to make the cookies awesome.

So I started assembling just to discover that not only did I have some very brown butter, I also had no oats. None. Nada.

Not one to be discouraged, I came up with this crazy concoction of granola, more flour, and oat bran to replace the oats. It worked. I love the extra pizzazz the granola adds to these, but you can replace it with old-fashioned oats if you’d like.

Giant Brown Butter Granola Breakfast Cookies

Yield: about 21 cookies

Browning the butter is worth the time for a wonderful, developed flavor in these cookies. The whole wheat flour, oat bran, and oats will hold you over until lunchtime, and kids love having a cookie for breakfast!


  • 1 c. butter
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c. whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c. granola (Any kind; I make Crystal's Lazy Granola with raisins.)
  • 1/4 c. oat bran (optional)
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips (about 1 cup)


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Over low heat, melt butter in a saucepan until it is caramel color and smells nutty. This may take 15 minutes+.

In a large bowl, stir together butter, honey, buttermilk, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, vanilla, and buttermilk until well-combined. Add slightly beaten eggs.

Add flour, granola, and oat bran to mixture; stir well. Fold in chocolate chips.

Use an ice cream scoop or large cookie scoop to form cookies; place on greased baking sheets or ones lined with silpats or parchment paper.

Bake about 18 minutes. Let cool on trays 3-4 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool.

Should we take a vote on whether these qualify as breakfast food or not?

 Added to Sweet Tooth Friday at Alli-n-Son

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