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Marry Me Cookies (Easy Recipe)

Marry Me cookies are a love letter in cookie form, and nobody can possibly say no to them!

Bursting with browned butter, oats, and chocolate chips, they’re a perfect blend of flavors. 

Fresh baked marry me cookies with chocolate chips on a cooling rack.
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Whether it’s a special occasion or a desire to indulge, these cookies have an irresistible charm. 

And who knows, they might just seal the deal!

Marry Me Cookies 

Marry Me cookies, originally known as “I Want to Marry You Cookies,” hails from the kitchen of recipe creator Melissa Stadler. 

These aren’t your average cookies. They’re a delectable mix of browned butter, two kinds of chocolate, cinnamon, and oats. 

The result is cookies with a tantalizing texture combo: crispy edges, chewy bites, and a rich, fudgy center. 

For a romantic evening, pair them with Marry Me chicken for a match made in heaven.

Cookie dough with white and chocolate chips on a glass bowl.


Let’s check out the ingredients that make Marry Me cookies so irresistible. For the complete list and recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

  • Butter – This recipe starts with browning unsalted butter. This step adds a nutty, toasty flavor, making the cookies rich and aromatic.
  • Sugars – There’s a mix of light brown and granulated sugars. Brown sugar brings chewiness and depth, while granulated sugar adds a hint of crispness.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour forms the cookies’ structure. It balances the richness of the butter and the sweetness of the sugars.
  • Egg & Egg Yolk – They bind the ingredients, adding moisture. The extra yolk enriches the dough, making the cookies tender.
  • Vanilla Extract – A splash of vanilla adds a sweet, aromatic flavor. It’s like the secret melody in a great song.
  • Oats. – Old-fashioned oats bring a chewy texture. They add heartiness to each bite, making these cookies satisfyingly substantial.
  • Baking Soda – This leavening agent ensures your cookies rise just right. It’s like a little lift for each cookie.
  • Salt & Cinnamon – A pinch of salt enhances all flavors, and cinnamon adds a warm, subtle spice. Together, they’re a quiet yet essential background harmony.
  • Chocolate Chips – Make a double treat with white and semisweet chips. They melt into pockets of chocolatey bliss in every bite.
  • Nuts (optional) – Add chopped nuts for an extra crunch. They’re like a pleasant surprise in each mouthful.
Marry me cookies on plate

How to Make Marry Me Cookies

Ready to bake some love into cookies? Here’s how to make Marry Me cookies, step by step.

1. Brown the butter. Melt and cook until nutty and brown, then let it cool a bit afterward.

2. Whisk sugars with butter until smooth. Pop this mixture into the fridge to cool.

3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Once the butter and sugar mix is cool, add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, combining well.

4. Prepare the dry ingredients: Sift the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

5. Combine the wet and dry. Stir half the dry mix into the wet ingredients, then add the rest with the chocolate chips and nuts.

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6. Chill the dough. Form the dough into balls and chill on a baking sheet for 30 minutes.

7. Bake the cookies. Space dough balls on baking sheets and bake them at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until golden.

8. Cool and serve: Let the cookies cool on the trays before moving them to a rack to cool completely. Then, serve and enjoy your homemade Marry Me cookies!

Hand holding a piece of Marry me cookie from cooling rack.

Can You Make These Cookies Ahead of Time?

Absolutely, you can prep Marry Me cookies ahead of time. 

Make the dough, shape it into balls, and freeze them on a parchment-lined tray for 1-2 hours. Once they’re rock solid, pop them into freezer bags. 

When you’re ready, grab however many you need and bake them straight from frozen. You might need to add 1-2 minutes to the baking time, but that’s it.

How to Store & Freeze

Storing and freezing Marry Me cookies is easy and keeps them tasting great for longer. Here’s how:

To Store: Keep baked cookies fresh in an air-tight container. Stick a slice of white bread in with them. It’s a nifty trick to keep the cookies soft for about a week.

To Freeze: Once the cookies cool off, line them up on a parchment-lined tray and freeze them for a couple of hours. Then, shift them to a freezer-safe container. They’ll stay good for 3-4 weeks.

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Marry Me Cookies (Easy Recipe)

Course: DessertCuisine: American


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These Marry Me cookies are impossible to resist! Made with chocolate chips, oats, cinnamon, and brown butter, they’re a rich, decadent treat.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional


  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat until foamy. Stir constantly and cook until it’s brown and smells nutty, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown and white sugars. Add the browned butter and whisk it by hand until blended and smooth. Place the bowl in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • When the brown butter and sugars have cooled, add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and whisk well until fully combined.
  • In a separate bowl, stir the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to distribute the ingredients evenly.
  • Add half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and stir with a spatula until it’s mostly combined. Then, add the rest of the dry ingredients, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts (if using), and stir until it’s just combined.
  • Portion the cookie dough into 2 tablespoon balls. Arrange them on one parchment-lined baking sheet (without spacing), cover them with plastic, and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160°C) and line a second baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Divide the firm cookie dough balls between the 2 sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each one. For thicker cookies, leave them as is. For thinner cookies, flatten them slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking trays until they’re firm enough to move. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve and enjoy!


  • Chill the dough overnight for the best results.
  • Save a few chocolate chips in a bowl and dip the chilled cookie dough balls on one side. Place on the baking tray with the chocolate chips on top and bake.
  • Add toffee chips with the chocolate, and top the cookies with sea salt just before baking.
  • Use a cookie scoop or small ice cream scoop for even portions.
Marry Me Cookies

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6 thoughts on “Marry Me Cookies (Easy Recipe)”

  1. Hi! These sound delicious, but before i dive right in and make them, i have a question:
    Do you bake these as balls or should you flatten them a little before putting them in the oven? I’ve tried some recipes like this and end up with cookies that are too thick and a bit raw.

    • Hi Marisol!
      For thicker cookies, leave them as is.
      For thinner cookies, flatten them slightly with the bottom of a glass.

      I like them gooey in the middle so I don’t flatten them. But if you want a chewier, more evenly baked cookies, I suggest pressing them gently with your hand or a glass before baking.

  2. Not sure what I did wrong, the dough was super super dry. I was able to form into dough balls, but after chilling them they wouldn’t even flatten into cookies, they just stayed…. balls. Have any ideas?

    • Hey, Sierra! There could be a few reasons why this dough came out dry for you.

      1. You could have added too much flour. How do you measure your flour? If you simply scoop the measuring cup into the container or pour the flour directly into the cup, you may be adding too much. The best way to measure flour is by transferring it with a spoon into your measuring cup and not packing it down. The other methods often result in you getting too much flour.

      2. You may have overmixed the dough. This recipe has a high ratio of dry ingredients to wet ingredients anyway, so even a slight amount of overmixing the batter can cause it to dry out. The first time I made these, they came out dry for me, too, because I overmixed trying to make the batter smooth. (Slightly lumpy batter is fine, which I learned later. :-p)

      3. Perhaps you refrigerated the cookie dough for too long? Or maybe the plastic wrap wasn’t tight enough? If either of these things happened, the fridge can dry out the dough.

      Hopefully, one of those tips will help if you try this recipe again. 🙂

  3. These cookies look delicious! I’m going to make them for a special church event in August. I’ll have to make them for my husband and me before then.

    • Absolutely, Lucy! You always want to do your “due diligence” and taste-test the goods beforehand. That’s pretty much a house rule in my family. <3


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