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Soft and chewy, this is a classic recipe for Oatmeal Cookies. Filled with butter, sugar, lots of rolled oats, and a ton of sweet flavor. Enjoy them plain, add in raisins or chocolate chips or make them into Oatmeal Cream Pies. They are sweet perfection.
A Note About Oats Before We Begin
Can I use Steel Cut Oats?
No. Steel cut oats have the texture of a grain or rice. They require a much longer cook time and won’t work very well in baking cookies.
Oatmeal Cookie Variations
These Oatmeal Cookies are some of my favorites! I am a bit of a plain jane and thoroughly enjoy the unadulterated flavor of a plain oatmeal cookie (or really any plain cookie like these sugar cookies or these peanut butter cookies) mainly because when made well, you don’t need any extra add-ins PLUS I usually have all the ingredients on hand. Win-win!
Where’s the Cinnamon?!
Lots of classic oatmeal cookie recipes add cinnamon into their dough. I left it out because this recipe is a lot more versatile that way. BUT if you are missing that warm spice, simply mix in 1 teaspoon to the dough.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Are you one of the many people on Instagram telling me I need to add raisins to my cookies? If that is you and you’d prefer an oatmeal raisin cookie, simply stir in 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1 cup of raisins to the cookie dough. Scoop and bake as usual.
For more details, see my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
My husband is a chocolate addict and requires chocolate/chocolate chips in just about every dessert. (See this chocolate chip cookie recipe that is my husband’s favorite!) To add chocolate chips to this recipe, simply stir in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the dough, after the dry ingredients have been incorporated. Then scoop and bake as usual. Feel free to add in that 1 teaspoon of cinnamon if you like that flavor combo of chocolate + cinnamon.
For more details, see my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Of course, raisins and chocolate chips are two obvious additions you can add to this simple cookie dough to turn these into some new combinations. But, here are a few other tasty ideas:
- Mini M&Ms. This is a super fun option for kids because of all the colors. See my Monster Cookies!
- White Chocolate. I love adding white chocolate chips into any cookie dough for more of a vanilla/creamy flavor.
- Craisins. For a fancier twist, try craisins instead of raisins. Super festive for the holidays too.
- Walnuts or Pecans. To contrast, all the soft and chewy, walnuts are a great option for crunch.
- Combination! Mix and match with any of these ingredients. I’m dying to try a white chocolate, craisin and walnut oatmeal cookie.
How to Make Oatmeal Cookies
I use the creaming method for these cookies. It’s the classic method for just about any cookie dough out there. Keep in mind the ingredient increments and directions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Also, note the oven temperature is 325 degrees. A lower oven temperature helps keeps these cookies soft.
Preheat + Prep
Preheat oven. Line two light-colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Of course silicone baking mats work well as do plain cookie sheets sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. For softer cookies, be sure to use light colored baking sheets, not the darker teflon ones (they darken the edges much quicker for a much crispier cookie).
Make the Cookie Dough
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Slowly incorporate the remaining ingredients until the dough has just come together.
Scoop into cookies and place on prepared sheets.
Bake + Cool
Bake until edges are golden brown and the centers are soft but not gooey.
Cool on the hot baking sheet before transferring to cooling racks.
Keeping Oatmeal Cookies Soft
Leftover oatmeal cookies should be stored in airtight containers for up to 3 days. This is so that the cookies maintain their softness and freshness. If after a day or two they are getting a little crispy or noticeably stale, add in a slice of plain white bread into the container to get them soft again. It won’t completely fix the problem, but it will certainly help them stay soft. As someone who has spent most of her adult life avoiding crispy cookies, trust me when I say this works like a charm.
Make Ahead to Freeze
Oatmeal cookies great to make ahead. Simply make and bake as normal, cool completely then store in an airtight freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months! Don’t forget to give them enough time to defrost before digging it. A quick 10 second zap in the microwave will do the trick.
More Oatmeal Cookies Recipes!
Why yes, I DO have a bunch of Oatmeal based cookie recipes. Here they are:
- Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
- Stuffed Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting
- Absolutely Loaded Oatmeal Cookies (lots of different kinds of chocolate plus rice krispies!)
- Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Scotchies
- Monster Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Oatmeal Cream Pies
Printable recipe card is below, friends. Print it, bookmark it or pin it to save it. Enjoy 🙂
- 1 cup salted butter softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two light-colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
- Slowly incorporate remaining ingredients until the dough has just come together. Scoop into cookies and place on prepared sheets. Bake 9-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown and the centers are soft but not gooey.
- Cool 5 minutes on the hot baking sheet before transferring to cooling racks. Store in airtight containers for up to 3 days.
So good I added 3 large tbsp of freeze dried strawberry powder and wow ! Next time I’ll probably add 1 tbsp of strawberry powder but there will def be a next time. Oh and I froze half the mix for later!
I have been using this recipe for more than a year. It’s very popular with my family. This is my ‘go to’ recipe. I make chocolate chip cookies, craisin white chocolate, pistachio and coconut varieties. I start with this recipe and then throw in what I have or what sounds good.
Can i use Bob’s Red Mill organic steel cut oats instead of rolled oats?
Kim, I wanted to answer your question..Yes, you can use steel cut oats & they actually taste better BUT..if you use quick cooking or an instant steel cut it’s ok if you use traditional steel cut they have to be cooked or you’ll have to chew like crazy! Enjoy!
Fantastic recipe. I followed recipe exactly and this is my new favorite Oatmeal Cookie!
Hi, do you need to flatten the dough? Lol.
Totally Awesome, made yesterday Saturday and today Sunday Oatmeal cookies are just about all gone. Thanks Lauren for The Best recipe.
Cookies came out perfect and delicious! I had to keep myself from eating the dough lol but the flavor of the cookies were just as good
Absolute best oatmeal cookie recipe! Very easy to make & tastes AMAZING.
Made this recipe and it’s so yummy! Thank you for sharing!
I added 1tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp nutmeg to the recipe. The dough was too wet and the cookies ran together. Maybe I measured something wrong, but they tasted ohh so good.
I will try again.
These are the best cookies I’ve ever made. Just added a tsp. of cinnamon. Soft, chewy and delicious! Will be baking another batch soon.
These turned out great, semi soft & chewy. I added dark chocolate chips & dried blueberries.
OMG, I cannot stop eating these cookies! Thank you for this recipe! I don’t care for raisins normally so this was perfect. But I decided the batter and added raisins to half and they were delicious. I also added Hersheys cinnamon chips (no raisins) and that became my new favorite cookie!
Just made these a and they are awesome !!! The recipe is a keeper. Thank you
I made these tonight and love them. I used your subjection and sift the flour to make it light and added walnuts. This will be my new go to for oatmeal cookies. Think I’m going to try the blueberry the next time.
Thank you for sharing
I followed the recipe exactly using a scale. Including a cup of raisins, a tsp of cinnamon and a cup of walnuts. I made this because of the many great reviews. This is bland and boring with a bad texture.
I found the recipe a while ago and I’ve made them thousands of times since. My family loves them, i cut half the sugar out and add 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips, 1/2 a cup of raisins and 1/2 a cup of pecans or almonds and they come out delicious. %100 recommend
Was looking for a good oatmeal cookie recipe. I made these twice now, adding 1 cup chocolate chips and they are everybody’s new favorite cookie!
These are absolutely amazing!! So buttery and flavorful . I used vegan butter and substituted 3Tbs Just egg and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce for the eggs and added a sprinkle of cinnamon. I’ll try adding cranberries and chocolate chips next time 🙂
These are wonderful. I added the cinnamon as we love the flavor! These are the best tasting oatmeal cookies!
What size scoop do you use?
I made these for a friend with out raisins. Made them again with raisins. They turned out chewy, on the inside, and lightly crisp on the outside.they are so good.
These are FABULOUS!! I use unsalted butter, and add 1 cup roasted/salted sunflower seeds. Yummy!!!!
I followed the recipe exactly, cookies didn’t come out good. I can taste the flour flavor in them, also they didn’t get flat in the oven kept almost same shape as the ball. What did I do
Sounds like you added too much flour! If they didn’t spread and tasted too much like flour, then that was probably the problem. How do you measure your flour? I like to ‘fluff’ my flour before measuring. I just stick a whisk into my flour bag and stir it, then measure and level the tops.
This is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing it. The kids and I were brainstorming all the extra yummy things we could add to them next time, like chocolate chips, some pecans, maybe a little cinnamon. They were a hit! Will definitely be using this recipe in the future.
yep, great recipe, i did add the cinnamon, cookie wasnt dry, had the right amount of sweetness, thank you.
Perhaps this was operator error?
These are Not chewey, they are cakey nasty, don’t be fooled by the pictures, find another recipe, I threw half the dough away, yuck!!!!!!
Oatmeal is one of my most favourite foods. Was looking for a new good cookie recipe. Made these today. I made the plain version. Absolutely delicious. This is my new, go-to oatmeal cookie recipe. Thank you so much!! 😊
I wasn’t sure how big to make these so I used a Tbs. and they came out pretty good but I wish they would’ve came out darker. If I make them again I am going to add dried cranberries.
So I made these couple days ago and instead of flour I used almond flour, sugar / substitute sugar, brown sugar/ substitute brown sugar. They turned out delicious, my husband loved them and that’s saying a lot. Thank you
This is a quick and easy to follow recipe. The cookies came out super soft and chewy like you would want a cookie to be, however, they are salty. The next time I make them I will leave the salt out completely like I usually do when baking.
I loved these cookies! Great tips as I always over bake and my cookies are too hard. Baking at a lower temp was a great idea, I added however a teaspoon of cinnamon as I didn’t have the other ingredients and they were lovely, again the best cookies I’ve had with the great tips.
I followed recipe,making sure that the butter,sugars were fluffy before adding the rest of ingredients. I added raisins,tsp.cinnamon and chopped pecans. Turned out great nice and big fluffy cookies. Next time I will add choc.chips and coconut for a different cookie.
This recipe popped up today on my Instagram feed. It’s the perfect cookie to fill up our cookie box again. They are easy to make and taste delicious. I guess the cookie box will be empty in 3 days.
I love a good Oatmeal cookie but most of them are soft and chewy – how could I make them crispy?
Just bake at 350 for 10ish minutes. Typically a higher temp and a longer bake will give you a crisp cookie 🙂
Do the cookies taste salty..?
Not at all! 🙂
Oatmeal cookies were fantastic. Added cranberries and orange zest. Excellent
I made these and I added apple slices cinnamon and raisins and walnuts! Next batch will be chochlate chip
I’m going to bake these this morning. My son in law is sick with the pneumonia and has no appetite. I’m hopeful and praying that once he smells these cookies, as he loves plain oatmeal cookies, that he’ll eat a little bit. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I’ll let you know if they did the trick. Blessings to you and your family this holy season.
Love this recipe. Best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever made. Thank you!
Good recipe but the cookies tasted too much like flour. I think the next time I will add raisins to give more flavour
Not great have no taste 👅.
These look amazing and I am planning to make them to surprise my father. I am curious about the missing cinnamon though. Every other recipe I have looked at includes it and I wonder if these have the traditional oatmeal cookie taste without it? Since my father loves oatmeal cookies I don’t want to make him something that doesn’t hit the spot.
In the recipe notes, I say you can add in the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon if you prefer!
Absolutely loved this recipe. Making again for my in-laws! Was a hit!! Very moist with really good flavor!! Thank you!!
How did you know I was looking for a new oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe? Going to try these tomorrow! A million thanks!
Can you substitute self rising flour for all purpose flour?
No. Self rising flour can only safely be substituted if there is 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of baking soda for EACH cup of regular flour used in the recipe. This recipe does not have enough baking soda used per cup of flour.
So I are you saying I can use self rising flour if I add baking soda to the flour as stated?
No, self-rising flour already contains leavening agents. Read your package and adjust recipe to reduce the appropriate item. I thought SR flour had baking powder and salt, but the above poster said it was baking soda. Verify what yours contains and adjust accordingly. Or just get AP flour. Much handier.
When a recipe starts with a cup of butter you know it’s going to be good. These cookies didn’t disappoint. I made these this morning and threw in the chocolate chips because it’s Valentine’s Day and oh boy, they’re good. It’s a good thing I brought them to work because I don’t think I could stop at just 1 if they stuck around my house.