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Iced Brown Butter Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Amazing brown butter maple pecan oatmeal cookies with hints of pure maple syrup and caramel flavor in every bite. These incredible oatmeal cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle and are finished with an addicting salted maple icing.

Course Cookies, Dessert
Keyword brown butter oatmeal cookies, iced oatmeal cookies, maple pecan oatmeal cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 171 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • Wet ingredients:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dry ingredients:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • For salted maple icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon milk to thin icing, plus a teaspoon or two more if necessary to thin icing
  • Pinch of sea salt, to taste


  1. Brown your butter: melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will begin to foam. Make sure you whisk constantly during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan. Continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Transfer to a bowl to cool for 5-10 minutes, or until cool enough to touch.
  2. Add every last bit of the brown butter, brown sugar and pure maple syrup to the bowl of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and well combined. Next add in the egg and vanilla and mix again until smooth, creamy and well combined. It’s very important to make sure your egg is at room temperature (you can do so by running warm water over the egg for 1 min).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed just until combined. Next, add in chopped pecans and mix on low speed until combined. Chill dough in fridge for about 30-60 minutes.

  4. Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to grab a large heaping tablespoon full of dough. Roll into balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet, leaving at least 2 inches of space between each cookie.

  5. Bake cookies 9-12 minutes. If you like cookies with a crispy edges, bake for about 12 minutes. If you like softer cookies, bake for 9-10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool the cookies on sheets about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes about 18 cookies.
  7. Once cookies have cooled you can make the icing: add powdered sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, milk and salt to a bowl. Mix to combine. Icing should be smooth and spoonable. Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls of icing onto each cookie and spread out a little. Return to wire rack to let the icing harden.
Nutrition Facts
Iced Brown Butter Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie with icing)
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.7g13%
Saturated Fat 3.8g24%
Carbohydrates 24.7g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14.2g16%
Protein 1.9g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.