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Giant Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. These may be healthier, but trust me, these are some of the best cookies! Made with almond flour, browned butter, sweet maple syrup, and a secret ingredient that really makes these cookies better than the rest. Every bite is soft and chewy and so DELICIOUS. Absolutely nothing not to love about these chewy chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies. Perfect with a touch of sea salt. 

overhead very close up photo of cookie with melted chocolate

Everyone loves a weekend that starts with cookies! And you guys, these are some of my family’s favorite. My mom loves them, my dad loves them. Even Asher, who’s pretty picky about her chocolate chip cookies, is loving them too! 

When I originally set out to make these, I wanted to make a chewy oatmeal cookie. Nothing fancy, just the classic made better. Or at least that’s what I was attempting.

But then, I wondered, as I often tend to do (big time overthinker here), if there was a way to make the classic cookie in a more wholesome way. 

My mom is really big on low sugar right now and has cut back on her nightly desserts (she’s subbed in her goatmilk cacao/cocoa mix). So I set out to make a cookie that she’d happily enjoy after dinner. 

If it works, amazing! If not, I’ll try something else. 

Well, to my surprise that first batch was honestly perfect. I had a soft, chewy cookie with seriously incredible flavor. 

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Here are my secrets

As I said, I wanted to make these more wholesome, but still delicious. Of course, brown butter came into play, because every dessert is made better with a little brown butter.

Then I remembered back to my favorite chewy brown sugar cookies. I thought, what about a little apple butter? Maybe apple butter in these cookies would give them not only flavor, but the chewy texture I was looking for. Promise, you don’t taste the apple.

I  landed on a cookie that’s chewy and so DELICIOUS!

First things first, brown half of the butter, but leave the other half at room temp. This gives you the flavor of browned butter but leaves you with a cookie that has great texture too.

Once the butter has browned, let it chill a bit before mixing up the dough. The rest of the steps go quickly.

chocolate chunk in mixing bowl

Cream the butter with the smallest amount of brown sugar and maple syrup. Then add that secret ingredient, apple butter, to sweeten up these cookies. 

For the apple butter, I used my homemade maple apple butter. This is one of my favorite things to keep a jar of in my fridge. You can use my homemade apple butter or pick some up at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, your local market, or via Amazon. I will say that the homemade recipe works a little better for these cookies, but either is great! Just make sure your apple butter is spiced for best flavor.

cookies on baking sheet

Now add in almond flour, baking soda, and salt. I usually buy Bob’s Red Mill Almond flour. You can find both in most major grocery stores, Whole Foods, and I believe Trader Joe’s as well.

Now stir in lots of chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) and bake away. No chilling required! Simple. Simple.

Bake the cookies, and smell the wonderful scents as they bake. 

What I love about these cookies is that they’re easy, require no chilling, and take less than an hour to make. And yes, we love that they’re lower in sugar and even gluten-free.

These are perfectly soft and chewy all around. They don’t get hard once cooled, so they’re more of a delicate cookie. Eat a few slightly warm and enjoy the rest later! 

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Looking for other dessert recipes? Here are my favorites: 

5 Ingredient Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthier Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

 Homemade Samoas Cookies

Salted Tahini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lastly, if you make these Giant Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Giant Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 358 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Add 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter to a skillet set over medium heat, cooking until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Stick in the freezer to chill, 10 minutes, but no longer.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the remaining 1 stick butter, the cooled browned butter, and the brown sugar until combined. Beat in the maple syrup, apple butter, egg, and vanilla, until creamy. Add the almond flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and salt. Fold in chocolate chips.
    4. Roll the dough into 3 tablespoon size balls (an ice cream scoop works well) and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. No more than 6 cookies per sheet.
    5. Bake 7 minutes, then rotate the pan and give it a tap on the counter to flatten. Return to the oven and bake another 3-5 minutes, the cookies will begin to brown, but still be doughy in the center. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to cook slightly as they sit on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky salt if desired. Eat, or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Just note that these are delicate cookies, so be gentle when storing them.


Alternate flour: if you prefer, you can bake these cookies using a total of 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour. The cookies will come out a little thicker.
Maple Syrup Replacement: you can use an equal amount of brown sugar or granulated sugar in place of the maple syrup. 
If Your Cookies are too Soft or Crumbling: try omitting the apple butter and using 1/4 cup brown sugar.
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    1. Hey Priscilla,
      Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your feedback! I am glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for trying it out! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    OK SO. weirdest thing! first time I made these cookies I forgot to add in the browned butter so I ended up adding it to the mix at the very end… cookies turned out fabulous. I’m now making them a second time and added the butter at the correct time, in step three, and now the cookies are super thin and very fragile. Maybe the trick is to add the browned extra butter at the end! HA

    1. Hey Jordan,
      Fantastic!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for trying it out! I hope you had a great holiday weekend!?

    1. Hey Jordan,
      Fantastic!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for trying it out! I hope you had a great holiday weekend!?

  2. I made these cookies, and they are absolutely delicious. Mine were very delicate and were so moist that they were more prone to breaking the second day! I may add a little flour of some kind to help hold them together in the future in case I want to share them with others. I like the apple butter and would rather not sub in more sugar. Agree with another commenter that pairing with ice cream would be delicious.

    1. Hey Jen,
      Fantastic!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! ?Tieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Everyone needs to run and make these – so very yummy! I didn’t have apple butter or maple syrup on hand, so I just used with all the sugars ? – turned out amazing. The browned butter MAKES these cookies. I’m about to eat another one right now! Oh – and thank you so much for the detailed instructions!! I never knew to shake the pan on the counter for cookies this size – so helpful!!

    1. Hey Ashlan,
      Perfect!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit and appreciate you giving it a try! xxTieghan

    1. Hi Cris,
      Sorry, for this recipe you will want to use old fashioned oats, the quick oats won’t give the same results:) Let me know if you give the recipe a try or have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite thing in the world and to find a quick, easy recipe that’s GF made my heart happy.

    Didn’t have apple butter so I substituted with coconut sugar instead of additional brown sugar. I also added some walnuts for an extra crunch.

    My brown butter was a tad over brown but the flavor was there non the less.

    To minimize crumblyness, I added a touch of oat flour. Less crumbly & still moist.

    Can’t wait to make these again, will definitely be my go to recipe.

    1. Hey there,
      Awesome!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed! Thanks for making it and sharing your feedback:) xx

  5. Definitely an amazing flavor but mine were very fragile – couldn’t manage to even lift up half a cookie successfully without it crumbling into a ton of pieces! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of using equivalent egg white instead of the egg – might this have been the issue? Otherwise, really great and excited to try making these again!!

    1. Hey Steph,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try and sharing your feedback! While these are definitely already a crumbly cookie, I do think the egg white equivalent made it even more fragile. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    AMAZING cookies! My hubby who hates oats and anything healthy thought they were quite good! I used 1/2c of brown sugar because I didn’t have Apple butter. But I was wondering, is it possible to just use applesauce instead of apple butter for this recipe in the future?

    1. Hi Jenn,
      Love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it and sharing your feedback! Sure, a thick applesauce would work. ??xTieghan

  7. These taste delicious but they definitely fall apart. I made them to bring to a BBQ but they might be hard for people to pick up. So good but better for home and perhaps with some vanilla ice cream on top!

    1. Hey Paige,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback!! Love to hear that it was a winner:) xxT

  8. 5 stars
    I usually stick to my personal recipe when it comes to cookies, but these just looked TOO good and I am so glad I made them because they’re crazy delicious- the apple butter is the perfect little ingredient addition! This recipe reignited my love for oatmeal cookies and has made its way into my go-to sweet treats rotation!

    1. Hey Abigail,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for giving it a try!! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    I made these cookies, after seeing them on Instagram, omg so good!
    I love that the ingredients have oatmeal in them and almond flour, way less guilt and so much better for you. The Applebutter is definitely a game changer, I love it!
    thank you Tieghan for sharing this recipe 🙂

    1. Hey Anna,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed, we appreciate the feedback! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    Best ever, ever!! Cookies I made. Everyone loved them. I am celiac and happy to make cookies everyone wants to devour. Another great recipe. Thanks

    1. Hey Jane,
      Thanks for your feedback! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for trying it out! xTieghan

  11. 4 stars
    So delicious! Love the flavor of the browned butter, and a cool way to use my jar of apple butter. I followed it to a T besides the egg. Didn’t have any eggs so substituted with 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water. It was amazing but very fragile and fell apart. Definitely want to give it another try with the egg.

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you! ☀️xxT