Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These thick and chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best! They’re the perfect size and are loaded with oats and chocolate chips.
We are a serious house divided here when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. I’m not saying it’s as dire a situation as Romeo & Juliet, but there have been some lively discussions here about chocolate chips, ha!
The first time that I made chocolate chip cookies for my husband, early on in our dating courtship, I enthusiastically presented him with a plate of my favorite thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies, and waited for him to take a bite. He said they were delicious, but… (uh oh, a but).
I held my breath.
Then… he asked why they didn’t have oats in them. Confused, I told him that I had made chocolate chip cookies, not oatmeal cookies. As it turns out, the chocolate chip cookies he had growing up always had oats in them. Also, I want ALL the chocolate chips in my cookies, and he prefers much less in his.
It’s been nearly nine years and we still don’t see eye-to-eye on chocolate chip cookies – from the inclusion (or exclusion) of oats to the ratio of dough to chocolate chips, we just don’t have the same tastes. I’ve realized that I’ll never be able to make him love the same types of chocolate chip cookies I do, so I extended an olive branch. I made straight-up oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies with the ratio of dough to chips that he likes. Everyone deserves cookie utopia, after all!
These cookies are very similar to my favorite chewy oatmeal-raisin cookies, but I left out the spices, added some vanilla and threw in the chocolate chips. You can make these cookies smaller or larger, depending on your personal preference, just be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly. You know I love large cookies, so I often make these larger than the two-tablespoonful size called for below.
If you’re a fan of oats and chocolate, I guarantee you’ll love these cookies (no matter your feelings on actual chocolate chip cookies, ha!).
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1½ cups (187.5 g) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) baking powder
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
- 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
- 1 cup (220 g) light brown sugar
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups (243 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1½ cups (270 g) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; adjust oven racks to low and middle positions. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- 2. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
- 3. Cream together the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then mix in the vanilla.
- 4. Stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon or a large rubber spatula, then stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
- 5. Using 2 heaping tablespoons per cookie, roll the dough into balls and place on the cookie sheets, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookie edges are just turning golden brown, but the middles are still quite pale, about 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the sheets from front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool for at least 30 minutes. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
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This recipe was originally published on January 8, 2013.
This recipe is amazing and I have been using it for years. Sorry for such a late review! Everyone will ask for this recipe, you will gain friends and be better looking for using it😁
These were excellent. I prefer less cinnamon for next time- but oatmeal means it’s a breakfast cookie! It was great!
These were chewy and felt healthier than a plain chocolate chip cookie!
You had a recipe on your site that was an oatmeal chocolate chip but it had three different kinds of chocolate. I don’t see it anymore. Can you please repost or send directly. Thanks
I did something I don’t usually do. I halved the recipe and added approx 1./8 cup more,oatmeal. I added extra chopped pecans and no white sugar. They were delicious.
loved these cookies! soft, full of oats and chocolate–these really hit the spot!
I found this awesome – crazy incredibly good…chocolate chip cookie recipe and it had cinnamon in it. Do you have one like that – it was like this one except it had cinnamon…just curious…Thank you :) I’ve been looking everywhere for it…help :)
Hi Maureen, So glad you enjoyed these! I don’t have an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe with cinnamon, but you can add a little to this one and see how it tastes!
I made these cookies and the flavor was great. However, I used about 1/2 the sugar and they were still too sweet. Also, the batter was quite dry. Maybe needs more butter? So, the cookies did not spread at all.
Hi Julie, Cutting out that much sugar would definitely impact the texture of the cookies.
Made these for a bunch of teenagers. Hoping the oatmeal would make up for the lack of nutrition from their day to day! My two teen boys loved them, so I’m sure the high school hand will also love them! Flaky and buttery, chewy and chocolately. Great cookies!
You were one of the first food blogs I stumbled upon years ago…..whether it be something sweet or savory, your recipes have never failed me! Heading into the kitchen as I speak, to bake these beauties! Have a wonderful, happy, healthy holiday season!!!!
What Is the recipe for the peanut butter oatmeal choc Chip that some have mentioned? Sounds amazing
Hi Cher, This is the recipe! https://www.browneyedbaker.com/peanut-butter-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/
It’s quite an interesting story you have at home with these chocolate chip cookies, Michelle! I apologize, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies :) Will definitely give it a try!
I like the toll house recipe with no chocolate chips.
It’s so funny that you posted this–my husband and I are the same way! We had been married for about 6 years before he broke the news about loving oatmeal with his chocolate chip cookies though. Haha and I’d thought I’d been making perfect cookies for him the whole time! I figure if cookies are one of the few things we disagree about, we are doing pretty well. Thanks for the recipe–I’ll have to make them for him!
You can’t go wrong with the classics!
I have yet to try this recipe but I am looking for a recipe to bake my Christmas cookies and don’t have much time to experiment. I was wondering if these cookies were very sweet first off. I am baking for a lot of older people who don’t enjoy overly sweet things. Can I reduce the sugar without making the cookies look/taste weird? I would also like to add walnuts if possible. Your pictures look awesome and I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for your help and sharing your recipe.
Hi Alina, I find it difficult to answer this question “how sweet is this” or “is this very sweet” because truthfully, it’s very subjective based on an individual’s taste. What one person thinks is fine, another might find too sweet. I wouldn’t recommend altering the sugar in the recipe if you don’t have time to make multiple batches for trial and error. Adding walnuts would be fine!
Just made these. Thank you so much! This is the recipe I have been looking for!!! They are so delicious! I will definitely be making these a lot!
Another great recipe… I kept the brown sugar but reduced the white sugar by 50% from 1 cup to 0.5 cup and it worked perfectly. The taste and texture were both still terrific (crispy, soft and chewy) even with less sugar.
I just made these and my hubby said they were the best cookies he’s ever had. I did one cup white flour, half a cup wheat flour, and used just a cup of mini chic chips.. yummy
My 12 year old daughter picked this recipe and made it herself. The cookies are the best she’s made so far in her baking adventures. Soft, chewy and just plain delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
I’m making these and even the dough is awesome by itself! !
With all of the positive reviews for this recipe I plan on trying it out this week. If I wanted to mix-it-up a bit and use white chocolate chips with some dried cranberries would I have to adjust the recipe at all to account for whatever moisture might be left in the cranberries?
You won’t need to make any adjustments; enjoy!
I am getting ready to make these today! They look delicious! Crossing my fingers that they turn out right. I am adding some mini m&m’s to mine as well…a little fun for the kiddos!
I’ve made these three times. The first two they turned out great! People loved them. They were so thick and chewy! This last time they got incredibly flat and burned on the edges! I can’t seem to think of anything I did differently. Was it the butter maybe?
Hi Laura, If the first two times turned out okay, I’d be led to believe that anything you may have changed the third time (be it butter or something else), would be the culprit.
These little babies turned out perfect. My house smells amazing, brown sugary, chocolatey, oaty goodness has filled every corner. They’re golden crisp edges hold in the puffed up warm and gooey centers. I was surprised to see that SallysBakingAddiction didn’t have this recipe (tons of other yummy looking oat cookies) and was so pleased that you did! Between the both of you babes, I have quite the index myself. Thanks for sharing love.
I made these and they are a bit dry. Was hoping for a chewy cookie. Maybe too much flour?? I did not over cook so not sure what happened?
Hi Amy, These definitely are not dry cookies; I don’t like crisp or thin cookies, so I definitely made these to be chewy. If you added extra flour, that definitely could have had an effect, otherwise, be sure not to over bake them as well.
LOVED these cookies!! They were super delicious and amazingly easy to make!!!!
Can I substitute steel-cut oats for old-fashioned oats with the same results?
Hi Pamela, No, I would not recommend using steel cut oats in these cookies, the results would be vastly different and I don’t believe the steel cut oats would absorb enough moisture, leaving them fairly raw and crunchy.
Just made these and they’re SO good! Need more oatmeal in my diet since I’m nursing and these are delicious. Thanks, this one is going on a recipe card.
can i chill the dough over night?
Hi Christi, I have not tried chilling this dough, so I’m not sure if it would affect baking times or the resulting texture. I’m sure it couldn’t hurt to try, though.
Oatmeal chocolate chips are my favorite cookies. I used to get the recipe from the back of the oatmeal can but it is no longer there. I made these cookies following the recipe exactly and mine came out flat as pancakes. I did not over mix as I know that will make them flat. I was curious as to why baking powder, not soda was used as all the other recipes on-line called for soda.
Thank you for this recipe! The cookies were very tasty and got great reviews from my family and boyfriend!
Try sprinkling a little sea salt over them. It is amazing!
I just made these for a visiting relative and they turned out amazing! A real crowd pleaser! I was just wondering what you use to scoop your cookies onto the pan. I’ve found that using a spoon can be rather slow and using a tablespoon tends to leave a lot left over dough in the actual spoon. Thanks!:)
Goooodness! This is the perfect recipe. The cookies turn out so thick and chewy! I’ve got six giant cookies waiting for me (5 for me, 1 for boyfriend) and the rest of the dough in the freezer. I made one modification and used Splenda for the white sugar, which turned out great. Thank you!! Jenn stole the cookie from the cookie jar…
Hi, I’m sorry, but I’m a bit confused here. Is the total baking time 12-14 minutes or 24-28 minutes?
12-14 minutes per sheet, so 24 to 28 minutes total.
Now I’m confused. I baked my cookies split onto two baking sheets. Halfway through (about 7 minutes) I rotated the sheets per the instructions. The cookies were fine after about 14 minutes of baking. I imagine they’d be burned after 24 minutes, wouldn’t they?
You do not bake them for 24 minutes. You cook each sheet for 12 to 14 minutes. 24 minutes is the total for baking two sheets back to back.
These are delicious! Made a batch today and my family loves them. I found your site by googling for an oatmeal choc chip recipe, and I’m so glad that I found yours. Thank you for a perfect cookie recipe!
I had never tried an oatmeal cookie before only ANZAC biscuits (guessed they were same thing) but my bf is American and asked me to try make some for him with chocolate chips. I quickly googled it and stumbled across this amazing site. I sneaked them in his lunch for work and he came back saying “BEST COOKIE EVER” haha he absolutely loves them!! keeps asking when I will make more :P Thank you so much!!
Made these recently and they were a huge hit! I am very particular about adopting recipes into regular rotation, but this was a unanimous keeper!
I enjoyed the cookies, but was looking more for a crisper outside of the cookie and chewy inside. I just wanted others to know that at least for me, they were more cake like in the middle. Still good though :)
Hey! I have tried two of your muffin recipes and I LOVED them, now I’m moving on to your cookies! I am wondering if these will work out using quick oats? Unfortunately that’s all I have. Thanks!
Hi Cory, Quick oats absorb moisture much faster than traditional rolled oats. While you can try substituting, I’m not sure how they would turn out and I’d recommend using the regular rolled outs.
LOVE this recipe… I did tweak it a bit however, using only 3/4 cup each of brown and white sugar. Also added 1 cup toasted pecan pieces and 1 cup flaked coconut. My fiance is eating the warm cookies as we speak! With a little less sugar, they are still perfectly sweet. Will definitely be making these again. They are crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, just perfect!
These cookies tasted great! I froze them for about 5 minutes and the shape held up much better. The only thing was this makes waaaay more than 2 dozen! I doubled to get 4, and even with a few ounces fewer chocolate chips, I ended up with 7 1/2 dozen!
I should add that I used a 1-1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop.
FABULOUS! THEY TATSED PERFECT! Soft,perfect consistency,chewy,and splendid flavor.Thank you soo much for your recipie!
Would you recommend using cake flour to make cookies?
Hi Linda, Some cookies do call for cake flour; it all depends on the texture you’re trying to achieve. I would use whatever type of flour is called for in a given recipe.
These cookies are just what I’ve been looking for. I added some shaved unsweetened organic coconut and wow! Just like the ones my favorite bakery produces, but I have the whole batch.
These are really great. I made smaller and larger cookies. The smaller ones turned out thicker and more chewy. The larger ones spread out thin.
LOVE THESE COOKIES!!!!!!
Hi, I just have to comment that I tried these over the weekend after many request from the husband to make oatmeal cookies and it came out soo good and lovely! This is definitely a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing this.
I just made these cookies, and they turned out perfect! Usually when Intry recipes, I have to adjust the baking time or ingredients, but these are right on the money! They are delicious and beautiful, just like your photo. Thank you!
There’s chewy, there’s crunchy…and then there’s cake-y!
I like your post and the little, personal story so I’m trying your recipe. I’ve got my fingers crossed that they really are chewy and not cake-y (those eggs make me nervous)!
My husband and I disagree about cookies too (he likes chewy and I like super crunchy) but neither of us prefer cake-y cookies.
He’s going out of town for work in the morning, so I’m making him a care package with your cookies.
Thanks for posting!
Just made these for the second time but quick question – how come my cookies didn’t spread when baking? I’m assuming I overmixed? Thanks!
Hi Carmen, It could be that, but it could also be that your oven temperature is off. If it’s on the low side, that could contribute them not spreading.
Hey, I made these tonight and though they tasted great, they were flat as pancakes despite me chilling the dough before hand. They were a nightmare to get off the cookie sheet to kinda crumbled…any suggestions welcomed as like I said they were delicious!
Hi Cassia, Your butter may have been too soft and/or you may have baked them just a little too long. Be sure you’re using parchment paper, as well, and not spraying your cookie sheet or greasing it, because that could absolutely do it.
When I was pregnant I had a Craving (yes, with a capital C) for peanut butter cookies. My husband had never had them and thought it sounded disgusting. Until I made them. And now he very rarely doubts me when it comes to baking. He might give me a “are you sure?” And then he shuts up and knows I’m right before I even enter the kitchen.
Top five favorite cookie right here!
great cookie! today I was craving oatmeal but knew my son wouldn’t like traditional oatmeal raisin cookies. this is a great solution for our family. (plus I already had all the ingredients in my baking pantry).
I used my silicon mats instead of parchment and they baked perfectly for 14 minutes, turning them midway through the cooking time.
great recipe, great cookie. very dense and filling!
My husband and I continually disagree on how the cookies are made. He prefers a nut cookie with an occasional chocolate chip. Mine are filled with equal parts chocolate & nuts. However, in the last 8 years of marriage, he’ ‘ll eat “mine”, but not without asking me to make them “his” way…..;0)
My sister has made these Pumpkin Oatmeal with Dried Cherries & White Chocolate cookies twice and I seriously fell in love with them! It’s on mybakingaddiction.com
I made these with butterscotch chips! they were incredible :) thanks for another delicious recipe!
That’s so funny! Those look so good but I agree with you, there are not supposed to be oats in chocolate chip cookies. Although the ones they pass out at Doubletree hotels are so delicious!
The photos make me want to reach out and grab one. I wish it was as easy as that, but I will make them soon enough. Thanks for the recipe!
Amazing cookies! I loved the fact that you used oatmeal in these. Yum!
Oatmeal cookies are the subject of so much debate in my house. One person wants no raisins, another no nuts, I could keep going. No matter what they are always good cookies so what do I care? These look great. Thanks for sharing!
Not sure I’ve ever heard of chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal, but they look amazing. Everyone does deserve to have their favorite cookie every now and then. And totally agree on big cookies. I always assume I’ll get roughly half the number of cookies a recipe calls for. Life’s too short to eat small cookies! Strangely I rarely have to extend the baking time to achieve perfectly baked cookies.
Looks great, Classic recipe!
Looks delicious! I love a good cookie and this one looks great. Would love to try some.
Can we just use old fashioned oats for this? I’m trying to avoid a special trip to the store but running out of home-made cookies (I usually make double/tripple batch and freeze). Thanks! They look yum!
Hi Irina, Yes, the recipe calls for old-fashioned oats.
Thanks Michelle. Made these today. I cut the sugar by a lot as I tend to do…they’re delicious. thank you for posting!
I am a chocoholic and my boyfriend prefers fruity candy and sweets, but somehow cookies are one thing that we can agree on! I think we’d both love these :)
cookie disagreements? Seriously?
I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like ;)
I love the up-close photos of the texture of these cookies. They look just perfect!
Yum! I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! I’ve always thought they were superior to the standard chocolate chip recipe too!
I am making these tomorrow! My daughter’s favorite cookie is oatmeal and who doesn’t love chocolate chip? Great combo and the texture looks perfect!
My husband is SO picky when it comes to texture. Whenever he requests Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies, I always grind up the oats and mix them in with the flour. It’s our new favorite cookie recipe (besides your snickerdoodles, of course).
Thanks for reminding me about these delish cookies, that I used to make. Nice to have a new recipe to try as well. All the ingredients look tasty!! :)
I like both! Sometimes oats in my chocolate chip cookies, sometimes no oats, sometimes raisins in my oatmeal cookies. It’s like having a new cookie each time you bake them!
What a coincidence! I just made these a few days ago but replaced the chocolate chips with butterscotch chips… They’re absolutely amazing!!! It gives a nice caramel like flavor & w/ the smidgen of extra salt I had put in the batter… <3
Now that’s true love! My hubby and I are completely different in our dessert tastes. In his mind, more chocolate is ALWAYS better. While I love a classic chocolate chip cookie, he’ll always pick the double chocolate chocolate chip cookie. While I’ll swoon over blondies, he can’t resist a brownie. I like cobbler. He likes fudge. So I guess I just have to make them all ;). Poor us.
Not over cookies specifically, but over anything with coffee flavor. I love it; my husband can’t stand even a hint of it.
I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My husband loves oatmeal raisin cookies. I know if I make oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips he won’t eat them. And if I make them with raisins, he knows they’re all his!
At my house we disagree on my hubby’s favorite cookie, the Peanut Butter cookie. My Mom always made them as Peanut Butter Blossom cookies adding the all important Hershey’s kiss. Hubby is a purist. Our son prefers them as I do with the kiss – fortunately I can make a batch and make some of each to keep everyone happy. :)
One of my all time favorite cookies was a double batch – 1 of the Nestle’s toll house cookie recipe and 1 of the Quaker Oats oatmeal cookie (minus raisins). I just make one batch of each and combine them. Then bake. They’re the best of both worlds!
Oats are a great addition to any cookie really. A delish way to add more texture too. Sounds like his and her cookie jars are a fun idea. I would eat out of both of them though.
You always have such beautiful photos. This recipe is very similar to our “family” recipe (aka, the one my mom used). We make my standard chocolate chip cookies with 2 cups of oatmeal, 2 cups of rice krispies, and a bag of mini chocolate chips – I find there’s more chocolate in each cookie with the minis. Then my daughter, the toffee chip lover, came along and suggested I add a bag of Heath toffee chips. So I reduce the oats and rice krispies to make room for the toffee chips and they’re fantastic. We call them Kyra’s mix cookies. My aunt like to use corn flakes in hers and we’ve been known to throw in mac nuts and coconut when we’re in a Hawaiian mood. I think the benefit of the oats is that the cookies keep their texture over a few days – if they last that long!
I love the ‘his’ and ‘hers’ cookie jar idea! And these look so yummy!
These are such a classic. Love this recipe!
My kind of cookie!
Mu Husband is very picky when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. They need to be crispy on the edges and chewy inside, thick and full of chocolate chips. Now I would love to try these as I am a big fan of oatmeal cookies. They look scrumptious!
Well in my home, there are many different cookie lovers, all with different desires. My son likes soft cookies. I like crisp cookies. Both he and I love chocolate. Now my husband prefers cookies with oats and fruit. I have made many cookies in various ways to please all of our taste. No matter who prefers what, they always get eaten.
That’s a bit strange..to me.. Don’t think I’ve ever had oats in my chocolate chip cookies before! To each their own!
These remind me of the cookies that Potbelly’s sells. They’re, hands-down, my favorite non-homemade chocolate chip cookies. It would be super dangerous if I could replicate them at home.
Yep, we totally disagree on our favorite type of ccc here too. It’s mostly about the quantity of chocolate chips – I like just a few and Shane wants a ton! But you can never *really* go wrong with any cookies in our book :)
I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but I have to agree with you and say a regular chocolate chip cookie doesn’t have oats, but that’s ok because I love them both ways. I’m not picky when it comes to cookies. Can’t wait to try these.
I’ve actually never had an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. It sounds intriguing. But I agree, people just have different cookie preferences, like how I prefer mine gooey with chunks of bacon. To each his own, but these still look wonderful :).
I love classic cookie recipes like this one! Always a crowd pleaser!
I can’t wait to make these! My bf loves oatmeal raisin cookies, but I can’t stand raisins. Now I can attempt to disguise the chips as raisins! Win win!
My husband only likes dry, crunchy cookies, and (horror of horrors) prefers store-bought to homemade. Not that he won’t eat homemade cookies, but if there’s ever a choice, he always chooses store-bought. I like chewy, homemade cookies. It works out though, because I’m not tempted to eat his cookies, and he’s not too tempted to eat mine.
These look yummy!
I’m with you…regular chocolate chip cookies should not have oats….That would but Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies do!!!! I love either version!
We don’t really argue about cookies around here – probably because we’ll both eat and love pretty much any cookie out there :) These look great!
Hi Michelle, Have you ever tried making him the old ” Neiman Marcus Cookie?” The one with the famed $250,000.00 recipe price tag? I used to make them for our bakery/caffe. If you cannot find the recipe, I would be happy to send it to you. Stay warm and hugs to Einstein……
Hi LJ, I have! They are also delicious, thank you for the offer. Einstein thanks you for the hugs and gives sloppy wet kisses back :)
I have never made those cookies, will you send me the recipe?!?!
Hi Jamie, I have it here: https://www.browneyedbaker.com/2009/09/21/the-famed-neiman-marcus-cookie/. The only difference is that the original recipe uses an 8-ounce Hershey bar, grated instead of the chocolate chips.
My husband claims he likes dry and crisper cookies. Until I give him what he wants and then he’s like meh. Then I feed him my kind of cookies (super gooey and oozing and melty) and he’s like oh now THIS is a good cookie. Exactly :)
Well since it has oats I guess you can get away with it for brekky ;) Ignoing the sugar and butter content haha