Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you have here is the ultimate trifecta of cookie goodness:

Peanut butter? Check.

Oats? Check.

Chocolate Chips? Check.

And there you have it – pretty much the most amazingly flavored cookies you could ever imagine. A great big thank you goes out to Jane, a reader who so kindly sent me this recipe as a thank you for sharing my recipes. She received this recipe from her mom, who found it on the back of a flour bag years ago and they have been a staple in her house ever since. I can certainly see why! As you might imagine, these are fabulous. Soft and tender from the peanut butter, a slight toasted flavor from the oats and just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate chips. I think you’ll want to go ahead and start preheating your oven before you even read the rest of this post…

Now that you’re ready to get baking, a few notes on the recipe:

♦  I used the shaping method from the Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies. Gives cookies a nice crinkly look on top!

♦  If you’re addicted to weighing when you bake like I am, note that each ball of dough weighed 1.7 ounces.

♦  The cookies will not look “done” when you pull them out of the oven, but they will continue to bake on the hot baking sheets out of the oven. If they are slightly brown, the edges look just set and they are puffy in the middle they are ready to come out!

Disclaimer: You will not be able to resist eating the dough. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Do you have a favorite cookie or a sentimental recipe that was passed on
from a friend or family member?

Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: Makes about 16 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. On medium speed, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in the oats, and then the chocolate chips.

4. Use a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) and drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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  1. Beth on March 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Hi – These are great but I find that the next day they are already dry. I am taking them out of the oven while they’re still somewhat raw, so it must be something in the ingredient mix. Ah well.


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  5. Sarah Jane on May 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I have made these a few times now and they are wonderful! The first time I made them, I had just started dating my now husband and brought some over to his apartment. Pretty sure these are the reason he decided to keep dating me and eventually marry me :)


  6. DT on May 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. The cookies are perfect with a slight crisp but tender inside :)


  7. Maha on June 1, 2013 at 3:08 am

    All three of the ingredients…interesting combination…..and my son’s favorite too… it looks lovely….wanna know if chocolate pieces can be added instead of chocolate chips…will it turn out well…?


    • Michelle on June 2nd, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Hi Maha, You can chocolate pieces; they might melt a little more in the cookies than chocolate chips would.


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  9. Lissa on July 13, 2013 at 1:26 am

    These sound so, so good. Straight to the top of my “Veganizing” to do list!


  10. Jessica on July 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    This might be my new ultimate-favorite-of-all-time cookie recipe. Everything turned out perfectly. The texture and the flavor are phenomenal!


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  13. Melissa at A Hint of You on July 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Another DELICIOUS cookie recipe I had to come back and thank you for :)


  14. Katie on August 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly – but mine turned out crumbly and sandy, not moist and gooey. What happened? :(


    • Michelle on August 2nd, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Katie, I’m sorry your cookies didn’t turn out. Unfortunately, it’s virtually impossible for me to know what may have gone wrong. Make sure your oven temperature is correct by using an oven thermometer.


  15. Sarah on August 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I made them yesterday and they turned out fantastic! I was a little worried at first because my dough was quite sticky but I resisted the urge to add more flour and I’m glad I did. The shaping method is awesome, I’ll definitely use it on other cookies – love those crinkly tops :)


  16. sarah on August 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    These are my mom’s favorite cookies. And she is very picky about her chocolate chip cookies! I have been making these for 3 years now! substitute half the amount of butter for apple sauce, and it makes them nice a chewy! Perfection! Thanks so much for this amazing recipe!


  17. Sara on September 4, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I just happened upon your blog on Friday night while looking for new cookie recipes, and may I say that these cookies are amazing! I baked several batches and brought 4 dozen to work with me on Sat night. I work on a very busy labor and delivery unit, and that night, not everyone got a break…but everyone got a cookie (or 3!!) All 4 dozen were consumed and I received many rave reviews! Thanks for this wonderful recipe and I look forward to making more of your cookies :-)


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  19. Kate on September 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Just made these for my husband last night. He said they were the best cookie he had ever had. Huge hit. Thanks! I am going to put them on my blog to share and send people your way!


  20. Beth on September 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    wow! These are amazing. Not to much oatmeal, nor to much peanut butter. I came downstairs after putting my kids to bed to find my husband with cookies and milk. He stops shoveling them for a moment to say “these cookies are off the charts!” The only downside is it doesn’t make a ton of batter. That’s ok. I plan to make some for the freezer.


  21. Michele Cooper on October 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    THESE ARE DELICIOUS :) I use a small scoop and make about 40 decent sized cookies.


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  28. Brenda Keller on January 14, 2014 at 12:50 am

    These are the most amazing cookies. I have been on the hunt for the perfect cookie( choc chip).My husband will only want these and said the hunt is over….thanks for a great recipe


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  31. Rachael on February 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I was wondering if you could tell me the difference between rolled oats and old fashioned rolled oats. When should I NOT substitute quick oats for “rolled oats”? Are they the same thing? I am at a total loss when it comes to knowing when I can use quick oats and the difference between “old fashioned rolled oats” and “rolled oats”

    thanks! Can’t wait to make these guys!


    • Michelle on February 10th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Rachael, Rolled oats and old-fashioned rolled oats are one in the same. The only difference is when you talk about quick oats, which are a finer cut. You typically do not want to substitute one for the other when a specific one is called for in a recipe, as it will change the texture in the final product. Quick oats will absorb moisture much more readily than old-fashioned rolled oats. I hope that helps!


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  33. Jackie j on February 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I found that 16 oz of chocolate chips was too much by half. Otherwise these cookies are great!


  34. Tiffany on February 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    These bad boys are perfect! My most used cookie recipe. I’ve made them at least a dozen times now. Typically I make a double batch because my family eats them up quicker than I can pull them out of the oven. The best cookie recipe ever! Thanks.


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  36. Kristaqv on April 8, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I was searching for the perfect peanut butter choco chip oatmeal cookies, and viola! It was in one of your posts. I’ve been reading your recipes and have been trying most of it already, and will continue to support your blog. I love each recipe you’ve shared. Thank you so much for these heavenly recipes. More power to you and God bless! Salamat!


  37. sarah on April 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    thank you, brown eye.


  38. ashley on April 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    These cookies turned out FANTASTIC! Followed this simple recipe and they are perfect!! Definitely keeping this recipe handy, thanks for posting! :)


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  41. Hannah on July 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is the BEST cookie recipe ever!! I have been making it for almost 2 years now and have yet to find another one that even comes close. I made many of the other chocolate chip cookie recipes on this site and the others are usually a little too sweet for my taste, but this one is the perfect trifecta of all my favorite things: peanut butter, oats, and chocolate! This one will be a lifetime favorite!


  42. Anna on August 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I know this is one of your older recipes – looks like the last comment was back in 2010 – but I LOVE it. The recipe is great for my little toddlers (I have THREE of them!) because it is full of protein, has a little bit of fiber, and is a cookie! I swap half the chocolate for pecans or walnuts and half the flour for whole wheat flour just to make them a little more healthy.


  43. Ariane on August 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I thought the cookies were a bit too high; too thick. Should I flattened them a bit before baking? It took about 20 minutes to bake these in my oven. Next time I will add less chocolate chips because I wanted more of a peanut butter taste. They are delish!


  44. Sandi Hazelwood Priddy on September 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My family’s new favorite! You Rock!


  45. Samantha on October 14, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I love these cookies. The are so simple to make and lets face it…they taste amazing. However i am not a huge fan of chocolate chips so the only thing ive changed it’s that i only add a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (i like the mini ones) and then i add a 1/2 of peanut better chips. These cookies are perfect!


  46. Laura on November 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

    These came out great! New favorite cookie! I didn’t use a cookie scoop and the shape was still perfect. I only wish it made more cookies. I want to bring them to a party, but it made less cookies than a normal batch of chocolate chip cookies. I may need to try doubling the recipe next time.


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