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In the time it takes your oven to preheat, you’ll have the dough whipped up for old-fashioned Oatmeal Cookies. Chewy centers, a kiss of cinnamon, and all the best mix-ins make these the best oatmeal cookies when you’re craving a classic.

classic oatmeal cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies are one of the all-time fan-favorite recipes on the blog, with hundreds and hundreds of raving comments.

For today, we’re knocking down the “healthy” a bit and making real-deal, classic oatmeal cookies like grandma would have baked.

  • This is the perfect recipe for oatmeal cookies: chewy yet soft, just-right amount of sweet, with warm flavor and homey texture.
  • Cookie cravers take note: These easy oatmeal cookies are ready in a hurry.
yummy oatmeal cookies with a glass of milk

About these Easy Oatmeal Cookies

Some days, we want baking cookies to be a project that takes up a cozy afternoon (like when you’re making cut-out sugar cookies).

Most of the time, however, the sooner I can be eating a cookie, the better.

That’s why I love these easy oatmeal cookies!

  • No dough-chilling is required.
  • The recipe uses melted butter rather than softened. I never seem to remember to let mine sit out and soften, and this recipe avoids it all together!
  • No stand mixer or hand mixer. A bowl and spoon is all you need!

You can easily be eating these chewy, soft oatmeal cookies 30 minutes from now.

Go for it!

oatmeal cookies with nuts

How to Make the Best Homemade Oatmeal Cookies

Step right this way for the BEST oatmeal cookie, with options and ideas for mix-ins.

  • The ingredients are pure and simple.
  • They’re sweet (this is definitely a dessert cookie, not a breakfast cookie), but they are not cloying.
  • You can really taste the oats, butter, and the caramelized notes of brown sugar (and isn’t that the point?!).

I won’t even tell you whether they are best with raisins or not—I’ll let you and your friends duke that out.

You may need to eat several to reach a decision.


The Ingredients

  • Butter. As a classic cookie should, these oatmeal cookies do call for butter.
  • Nuts. Chopped pecans or walnuts add a lovely crunch and nuttiness.

Tip!

Toast your nuts! If you are going to add nuts, please take the extra step to toast them first. It makes all the difference. You can toast nuts in the oven at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes (watch closely; they burn fast!)

chopped pecans

Ingredient Note

If you opt to not include nuts, no problem! Just be sure to chill your dough for at least an hour before baking, as the cookies will spread a bit too much without the nuts holding them together. Or you could experiment with adding more raisins or chocolate chips.

  • Spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg make the oatmeal cookie warm and homey.
  • Brown Sugar. Brown sugar rather than white granulated sugar is also essential to the classic oatmeal cookie warmth.
  • Eggs. One egg, plus one egg yolk for added richness.

Tip!

Every expert baker will tell you, and it’s true: use room temperature eggs. This helps the eggs mix properly with the butter and deliver a uniform texture.

a handful of quick oatmeal cookies
  • Vanilla. I opt for pure vanilla extract, a grocery store splurge that makes a big difference in baking.
  • Oats. Two whole cups of rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats), our cookie’s namesake.

What kind of oats are best for oatmeal cookies?

Rolled oats are best for oatmeal cookies, as they retain their structure and give the cookie its inherent chewy texture. Quick oats are more pulverized than rolled oats, so the oats in the cookies would not be as pronounced.

  • Mix-Ins. Raisins or no-raisins in oatmeal cookies is a divided camp, I know. Let’s make cookies, not war, and all choose our own favorite: raisins, no raisins, chocolate chips, or a combination! More mix-in ideas below!

The Directions

butter in a bowl for making easy oatmeal cookies
  1. Melt butter and let it come to room temperature.
flour in a bowl to make oatmeal cookies
  1. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
whisking together ingredients for oatmeal cookies
  1. Add brown sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to butter. Whisk.
mixing ingredients in a bowl for simple oatmeal cookies
  1. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
mixing oatmeal cookies ingredients
  1. Stir in the oats and mix-ins.
rounds of oatmeal cookies on a baking sheet
  1. Scoop cookie dough and place on prepared baking sheets one inch apart.
baked oatmeal cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  1. Bake oatmeal cookies at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Let rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool. ENJOY!

Oatmeal Cookie Mix-In Ideas

Chopped pecans and chocolate chips are my favorite oatmeal cookie mix-ins, but you can play with some other fun additions and make your own variations:

  • Flavored Chips. White chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips
  • Dried fruit. Cherries, cranberries, shredded coconut
  • Candy. M&Ms, toffee bits
  • Other chopped nuts. Cashews, pistachios

More Yummy Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

The not-too-sweet taste of oatmeal cookies makes devouring multiple not sugar-coma inducing, and you feel a little bit healthy knowing “hey, oats are a nutritious whole grain.”

Here are even more oatmeal cookie recipes to explore:

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftover oatmeal cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week (as if they will last that long!).
  • To Freeze. Place baked cookies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then transfer to room temperature.

Storage Tips

You can portion and freeze cookie dough and have freshly-baked cookies on demand!

  • After making your dough, scoop into balls and lay on a cookie sheet.
  • Freeze for 10 minutes so the balls don’t stick together.
  • Transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container and keep in the freezer.
  • Dough balls can be cooked directly from frozen; just add a few minutes to the called-for baking time. For best results, use frozen dough within 3 months.

Meal Prep Tip

Keep prepared cookie dough in the fridge for up to 4 days prior to baking.

What to Serve with Oatmeal Cookies

Recommended Tools to Make Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

  • Cookie Scoop. Evenly-formed = evenly-cooked cookies.
  • Silpat Mat. This nonstick silicone baking mat will help your cookies bake evenly and not stick to the pan. This one is nifty because it has cookie-spacing markings.
  • Wire Cooling Rack. Just in case you to decide to let your cookies cool before devouring them.
oatmeal cookie with a bite taken out of it

Oatmeal cookies are calling. Let’s go!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Oatmeal Cookies to be Hard?

Overmixing may be a culprit of hard cookies. Also be careful to not overbake your cookie; check them early. They are done with the edges just start to turn golden brown.

Should You Chill Oatmeal Cookie Dough Before Baking?

It depends upon the recipe. In an ideal world, it is always best to chill cookie dough, because it helps cookies to not overspread while baking and makes for optimum texture because the wet and dry ingredients have more time to incorporate. For this specific recipe, if you include nuts, you do not need to chill your oatmeal cookie dough before baking, as the nuts hold the dough together and keep it from overspreading.

Can I Use Rolled Oats Instead of Quick Oats in Cookies?

Yes! Rolled oats are actually what I recommend and prefer in my traditional oatmeal cookies because the oats are more whole, adding more to the texture and oaty flavor of the cookie.
As a general rule, you can substitute quick oats for old-fashioned rolled oats in cookies and other baking recipes. Note that because quick oats are more broken down, your results will not be as hearty or chewy. Do not substitute instant oatmeal (which is super pulverized and won’t hold together) or steel cut oats, which are too hard and won’t soften enough during baking.

Oatmeal Cookies

4.64 from 11 votes
The best real-deal, old-fashioned oatmeal cookies. No chilling required! Chewy, not too sweet, and ready fast. Add raisins, chocolate, nuts or more!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Servings: 22 cookies

Ingredients
  


Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, melt the butter and let come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a separate baking sheet. Roast in the oven until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • To the bowl with the melted butter, add the brown sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Whisk briskly until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into a bowl with the dry ingredients. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir to combine.
  • Stir in the oats, raisins, and walnuts. If your dough is too soft to scoop, refrigerate it for 20 to 30 minutes (or for optimum texture refrigerate a few hours. That said you can proceed right away and still have really delicious cookies!).
  • With a cookie scoop or spoon, portion the dough by 1 1/2-tablespoonfuls and roll into a ball (the balls will be about 1 1/2 inches wide and you will have about 22 cookies). If the dough sticks to your hands, very lightly moisten them with water. Place the balls on the parchment-lined cookie sheet, leaving an inch of space between them. Refrigerate the bowl with any unscooped cookie dough until you are ready to finish the following batches
  • Bake oatmeal cookies for 10 minutes, until they are golden on the top and edges, but still look underdone in the center. Let rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely (or for as long as you can stand). Repeat with remaining cookie dough, ensuring that you let the baking sheet cool completely between batches or the cookies will spread.

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Notes

  • TO STORE: Store leftover oatmeal cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • TO FREEZE: Place baked cookies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then transfer to room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 28mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

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    1. Hi Diana! I’ve only tested the recipe as is, so can’t say for sure if the almond flour would work. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

  1. Delicious plain cookies! I made as written except I used whole wheat flour. I added no nuts or raisins considered adding cut up dates but maybe next time. I’ll make these again. Great that it is mixed without mixer5 stars

  2. Erin, these are the BEST oatmeal cookies I ever had. I mixed in chopped pecans and flaked coconut. I did cut down on the brown sugar because the coconut was sweetened. Absolute perfection! Thank you!5 stars

  3. I took ingredients to make this recipe to my work today. My kids in the after school program helped measure and mix the ingredients then scoop the dough. They enjoyed the recipe. It tasted so good! Due to food allergies we replaced the eggs with applesauce and extra chocolate chips in place of the nuts. I look forward to making the recipe again as posted on the site.
    Thanks, Erin, for a delicious recipe!!4 stars