Oh yes, you’re reading that right. These gooey butter oatmeal cookies are the cookie version of the famous Milk Bar crack pie! They’re a chewy oatmeal cookie with a puddle of gooey butter filling on top. When I tell you I couldn’t stop eating these…I seriously mean it. THEY’RE JUST SO GOOD!
For starters, what is crack pie?
I’m talking about the one and only iconic crack pie made at Milk Bar Bakery. They’re known for this pie because of how rich and addictive it is (hence the name).
It’s has a chewy and toasted oat cookie crust with a thick and gooey butter filling. I actually made crack pie on my blog which is what sparked the idea for these crack pie cookies!
If you’ve never tried it before, the filling is a super thick and sticky consistency which is made up of mostly butter, sugar, and eggs. It’s extremely rich and decadent.
But the real star of the show is the crust, in my opinion. It’s this perfectly chewy and sweet homemade oat cookie crust that I could just eat on it’s own. That’s why I changed up the ratio to have more cookie than filling for these gooey butter cookies!
Seriously the best oatmeal cookie recipe
When I first made these cookies, I almost stopped at just the oatmeal cookie part because they were SO GOOD on their own! They bake so perfectly and create the best oatmeal cookie I’ve ever had.
I based the recipe off of the original crack pie cookie crust with a couple tweaks. My goal was to make these extra chewy but also a little more rich than your typical oat cookie recipe.
To add the richness and chewiness I wanted, I added an extra egg yolk and a little bit more sugar to the recipe. I also bumped up the baking soda so they would spread quite a bit and got rid of the baking powder.
Baking tip: baking “Soda” Spreads and baking “Powder” Puffs.
What I ended up with was my dream oatmeal cookie. It’s loaded with oats and has that chewy center with the crispy edge. But of course, these are CRACK PIE COOKIES so I couldn’t stop there!
How to make the gooey butter cookie topping
This is the extra step that takes these cookies from amazing to absolutely ridiculous…or at least that’s what my dad says when he eats something life changing.
Again, I followed the original crack pie recipe with a couple small adjustments to make it perfect for these cookies.
One interesting ingredient is milk powder. It’s actually very common and can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. I’ve found it comes pretty grainy so I like to push it through a fine sieve before adding it to my batter.
When you’re baking the filling, you might be thinking it’s way too thin and buttery (I did too). The magic happens when you let it chill for a few hours in the fridge. It completely transforms into this thick and gooey consistency that crack pie is known for.
Once the filling is chilled, you must loosen it up with an electric mixer. I found that the filling needed to be smoothed out and aerated a bit before scooping on top of the cookies. Otherwise, it’s pretty tough to work with.
How to bake your gooey butter oatmeal cookies
This part took some trial and error. I probably tried it 4-6 different ways before landing on this technique!
You start by scooping out teaspoon sized amounts of the filling and freezing it. They’re much easier to handle when they’re cold.
Using a large ice cream scoop or 1/4 measuring cup, scoop out your cookie dough onto the baking sheet and LIGHTLY press it down with your palm – not too much. You want just enough of a flat surface for your pie filling to sit on.
I found that if I didn’t flatten the tops, the pie filling would slip off the cookie as it baked so you didn’t get that perfect gooey center.
Top it with your chilled pie filling and bake. As the cookie spreads, the filling should slowly melt down to create this yummy puddle of gooey butter on top. Let them cool completely then enjoy your little piece of cookie heaven!
For more of my best ever cookie recipes:
- Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Maple Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make sure to tag me @butternutbakery on Instagram if you make these gooey butter oatmeal cookies. I love seeing my recipes come to life in YOUR kitchen! To pin this recipe and save it for later, you can use the button on the recipe card, the buttons above or below this post, or on any of the photos above. And if you have any questions, ask me on Instagram! That’s the best way to reach me. Happy baking!Print