Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies.

Amazingly soft, chewy, and easy oatmeal cookies. The brown butter makes each bite full of caramel, nutty flavor. The gooey Milky Ways on top are irresistible! 

Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies. So flavorful, chewy, and soft. Recipe by

This is what happens when anything and everything candy related goes on sale in the weeks preceding Halloween.

Candy bars beckon you from every which angle as you innocently shop for healthy groceries. How did that 5 lb bag of fun-sized chocolate bars jump into my cart?! I fell victim to the Halloween candy aisle last weekend and as a result, I made you these. Sorry? Not really. I’m going to bake my way through the 5 pound bag of Snickers, Twix, Kit-Kats, Heath Bars, candy corn, and Milky Ways.

I can almost hear my dentist crying.

Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies. So flavorful, chewy, and soft. Recipe by

These cookies were the brainchild of my craving for a buttery oatmeal cookie and my drool as I pranced down the candy aisle. Try as I might, I couldn’t ignore my calorie-laden craving with a basket full of vegetables. Sometimes, you just need some sugar.

The oatmeal cookie base is a revision of my Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies.  I added more oats and reduced the flour to give the body of the cookie a bit more chew and a little less puff.

I also browned the butter.  I loooove using brown butter in recipes.   The caramel undertones, the nutty aroma, the golden brown flecks– brown butter is one of those brilliant ingredients secretly hiding in your refrigerator.

Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies. So flavorful, chewy, and soft. Recipe by

To avoid the cookies from completely spreading, you’ll want to chill the butter after you brown it.  Allow it to cool down until it’s almost completely solidified again. Turning the brown butter back into a solid state allows you to cream it with the sugars in the cookie dough.  Using melted butter in my cookie doughs – regular melted butter or browned butter – has never really worked for me.  The liquid butter leaves my baked cookies completely flat!

If I want thick cookies, I always start with butter in its solid state. Thanks to the brown butter, you can taste nutty caramel in each and every thick bite. Oh, and the Milky Ways help too.

I personally love Milky Way Midnight Bars. You know, the Milky Ways with dark chocolate and vanilla nougat?  Don’t get me wrong, I love the standard milk chocolate version but it’s the exotic dark chocolate variety that wins every time. I used both Milky Way varieties in today’s cookies because I love the flavor contrast of the dark and milk chocolates! Each bite, you get two for one.

Two helpful tips:

  • Make sure your Milky Way chunks are frozen.  Room temperature chunks will melt all over the place in the oven, creating huge pools of caramel around your cookies. Delicious, but ugly.
  • Also, rather than mixing the Milky Way chunks directly into the dough, I pressed them on top of the cookies before baking.  This method also helped avoid a huge caramel mess leaking out the sides and underneath the cookie.

Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies. So flavorful, chewy, and soft. Recipe by

I don’t think a Milky Way ever looked better. 😉

Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies

Amazingly soft, chewy, and easy oatmeal cookies. The brown butter makes each bite full of caramel, nutty flavor. The gooey Milky Ways on top are irresistible!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) packed dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons (90 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped Milky Ways, frozen


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly. Remove from heat immediately when the butter begins to turn brown (about 8 minutes). Pour into a shallow dish and chill until it become solid, but still soft. (I left mine in the refrigerator for 1 hour and then set it out on the counter for 5 minutes to get back to room temperature.)
  2. With an electric or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the brown butter and sugars together on medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing well until combined.
  3. On slow speed, mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Manually stir in oats until the dough comes together. Chill dough for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375F.
  5. Roll dough into tall 1.5 tablespoon balls. Stick 4 small pieces of frozen milky ways onto the tops of the cookies. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Remove from oven when the cookies are lightly brown on the edges. The centers will appear undone, but will set up as you let them cool. Cool cookies for 3 minutes on the baking sheet and transfer to a cookie rack. Cookies remain soft and fresh for 7 days at room temperature.

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  1. ah, yes…. the old “candy landed in my cart trick! 😉 Those chunks of milky way look DIVINE!

  2. They’re stunning! Perhaps my fave cookie you’ve made in awhile…b/c I too love Milky Way Midnight Bars! I was *just cleaning out* my pantry, well, not cleaning out but taking stock and realized I have maybe a dozen of those candies left from a stuffed cupcake project from months ago. So I could theoretically make these, like, now.

    But what I really love is less puff, more chew. Love that 🙂 And the browned butter. Sally, these are such winners! and that the recipe makes under 2 dozen. Thank you! Pinning!

    • fave cookie recently? thank you Averie! I loved the way they turned out. These oatmeal cookies were perfect. A combination of my two oatmeal cookie recipes, like we talked about before! The brown butter gives them SUCH an incredible, complex flavor. I also changed up the sugar ratios… more brown sugar… the better! LOVE milky way midnights! Thank you for pinning girl 🙂

  3. Those are my favorite Milky Ways too. Although, admittedly, I have a new love for the caramel apple milky ways right now….Great cookies Sally!

    • I’ve never tried the caramel apple variety before! So shameful. Must try them this year, if I can bake my way through my 5 lb bag of chocolate!

  4. You’re like a mad cookie genius!

  5. Thanks for all of the helpful hints! I made the mistake of trying to use melted butter in a cookie recipe once…I was not a happy camper with the final result. And that’s a good idea to press the milky way bars onto the top of the cookies to avoid a gooey mess on the sides and bottom. Never would have thought of that one!

    And you are right…Milk Way has never looked so good!

    • melted butter in cookies definitely works for some people, but they ALWAYS spread out so thin when I try it. Perhaps its the humidity in the air, but I try to avoid spreading as much as possible so solid butter works best for me. 🙂 Thanks Elaine!

  6. Oh my, these look to DIE for! I’m not a big fan of oatmeal, but I might have to try it out with chocolate bars in it. Yum!

    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  7. Sally, you’re killing me with these delicious candy-filled cookies. Of course, I’m going to need these in my life. There’s no question about it. I. Want. These. Cookies. Yum!

  8. haha! I love it that candy “jumps” into your shopping cart too! I absolutely adore those dark chocolate milky ways. Dark chocolate is always a top pick! I have tried the melted butter in cookies too and not liked how it turned out. I like the consistency better when I let it harden back up again. Browned butter is definitely a favorite of mine too! I just love everything about these cookies Sally!

  9. dark chocolate milky ways are my favorite!! in any candy! i love how these candies are scattered throughout the cookie, i’d love a few of these at my desk at work 😉

  10. I think this is my favorite way to enjoy Milky Ways.. period! I love that you put both kinds of Milky Ways inside an oatmeal cookie–it sounds so delicious, and you know I can never pass up an oatmeal cookie 🙂

    • ar first i was just going to put in the milky way dark chocolate bars but i thought the milk chocolate kind would look cute on top lol!

  11. I was similarly wondering how 5 bags of candy corn jumped into my online Jelly Belly shopping cart 😉 I have a couple of candy corn recipes coming up that are insane! These cookies look wonderful. I will remember that tip about cooling the brown butter. So helpful!

    • definitely bring the butter back to solid state. It’s the only way browning butter for a cookie works for me in a recipe! i LOVE jelly bellies!

  12. My stomach just growled as these look amazing!! Wow, I love cookies and these are just over the top.

  13. are you kidding me with these? holy crap they look awesome! browned butter? milky ways? in a cookie? sign me up!

  14. Love candy in my cookies….two treats in one 🙂

  15. Ahhh!! Milky Ways are my favorite. I eat a gazillion fun size bars all through October. These cookies are amazing!

  16. You seriously have the best cookies in the world! I need to make this and the sweet and salty one from the other day! Jason is going to be so thrilled!

  17. Milky Ways are one of my fave candy bars, and looking and these pictures makes me want to go out and purchase multiple bags of ’em. They look awesome, Sally!!

  18. Hahaha… I’m laughing because on my list of things to bake tomorrow… and I’m not even kidding… is a browned butter cookie with milky ways! I have the dough chilling in the fridge. Great baking minds obviously think alike!

    I do the same when I brown butter for cookies — brown it one day, then let it solidify & soften before baking. Results are way better!

    • That is SO funny Liz! I can’t wait to see them. I am IN LOVE with brown butter in cookies! Glad you solidify it too, I feel like a lot of recipes just use the liquid brown butter but it NEVER works for me!

  19. I’m pretty sure I have bookmarked every cookie recipe you have posted. These look epic!! 🙂

  20. Milky Way Midnights are the BEST! I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of your 5 lbs of candy!!!

  21. I love the cookie recipes you post, better than the other. Sincerely and wholeheartedly I love your blog, from Argentina read each recipe and then I try at home


  22. Oh Sally those look sinful… in a completely GOOD way! 😉

  23. Wow! Just wow! These looks heavenly! I am looking forward to seeing what else you bake with your halloween chocolate! Have a great day

  24. Hi, I am making the brown butter milky way oatmeal, they look so yummy. I started following the email post and although it didn’t say any cinnamon in the ingredients, it does mention it in the directions, so I added 1 tsp to be safe. But in looking at your blog I see the cinnamon is not listed in the ingredients. I’ll let you know how it turns out with cinnamon!!
    Thanks for all your yummy recipes!!

    • Hi Donna! There is no cinnamon in these cookies – I don’t see them listed in the directions or ingredient list, but if I am missing something _ I apologize! Regardless, I think the cookies would be fantastic with a tsp of cinnamon! Let me know how they turn out. 🙂

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  27. The milky way browned butter cookies are amazing. New favorite cookie. and I had no idea about the milky way midnight. You have greatly enhanced my life!

    • Hi Beth! Thanks for writing in and letting me know, I’m glad you discovered milky way midnights! the BEST version in my opinion!

  28. looks so darn good! Sharing on my FB page and pinning 😀

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  31. Sally! I think you are the gal who can help me. Do you know that if you brown butter, cool it (to solidify) and use that in place of softened butter in recipes? Do you need to add moisture or more butter due to what is lost while browning? Thank you in advance!!

    • Hi Stephanie! What a great question. You most certainly may use cold, chilled, solid browned butter in place of softened butter in cookie recipes. I love the flavor brown butter brings to my baked goods! However, since this butter has been melted and then solid again – it is still a little more “greasy” than regular softened butte.r Try adding an extra 2 tablespoons of flour to your cookie recipe to offset the extra moisture from the butter. I hope this helps!

  32. I made the milky way oatmeal cookies last night, and they are awesome!!! I couldn’t find milky way mini’s, but I found the milky way caramel mini’s and added dark chocolate chips!!! total keeper!!!!

    • wow! I love that combination Sarah! I’ll have to try that. The milky way caramels are too good to be true, definitely one of my most favorite candy bars!

  33. Anything with brown butter is a hit in my book…sure am looking forward to trying these!

  34. These cookies should be illegal ! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  35. Hi Sally.

    These look SO good. Could I swap the old-fashion oatmeal and use quick cooking instead? Thanks!

    • That should work just fine. I prefer a heartier cookie with larger oats, so that is why I use whole rolled. But quick oats should be OK. Enjoy!

  36. I made these today for a baking club meeting tomorrow. Our theme is “Use Leftover Halloween Candy.” Goodness, these are DELISH! A friend and I made these together, and we had to restrain ourselves to make sure that we did not eat them all before the club meeting tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing!

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