Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I just recently introduced (or re-introduced, I guess) you to my favorite cookie that is a variation on an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, but I had to give you another classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe because I can’t stop eating these either! My favorite cookie has coconut and dark brown sugar in the recipe – it adds a complex flavor that is downright delicious, but if you are looking for a straight-up classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with standard ingredients, try this one. The cookie is buttery and soft and if it is any indication of how much I like this recipe – I’ve made them thrice in the last two weeks. I guess the moral of this story is you just can’t have too many favorite cookies.

Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Update (6/2013): And as further evidence…almost 4 years later and this is still one of my great go-to cookies. I nearly always have them in the freezer waiting for little hands to grab, warm up for a few seconds and eat. A truly classic cookie!

Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I much prefer old-fashioned oats in this recipe for texture and taste but you can use quick oats if it's all you have. FYI: if using quick oats, the cookies won't flatten into a pretty cookie shape (they'll stay kind of mounded up) like with the old-fashioned oats so you may consider decreasing the amount slightly.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Add baking soda, powder, and salt and mix. Add flour, oatmeal and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Recipe Source: adapted from My Favorite Recipes

144 Responses to Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Jessica says:

    Love these cookies. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon for a little more flavor, amazing…

  2. Karissa says:

    I love this recipe, the cookies are delicious. I made them the first time without the white sugar (just used 1 c brown) and I loved them this way. The less-sweet version helped me recognize the other delicious flavors. I made this again tonight but used the toffee chips, toasted hazelnuts, and white and dark chocolate chips like your chocolate chip hazelnut cookie recipe and they were delicious. Your recipes are always delicious. Thank you for helping me be more successful in the kitchen. It makes my whole family happier!

  3. Karissa says:

    oh, and i subbed coconut oil for the butter. perfect texture.

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  6. Melissa says:

    Hi Mel! I am on a roll this week…I’ve made the pretzel buns, the roasted cauliflower soup with the pretzel bun croutons and I just pulled my first batch of classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. Thank you for the fabulous recipes and I am also meal planning thanks to you so – again big Thanks! My question is, with my two year old it makes it hard to roll all the cookies at once (I am sure you can relate) so the dough is in the fridge…can I make the rest tomorrow? I have only made 12 and I know I have a ways to go. Thank you for your help.

  7. tara says:

    These are my favorite cookies ever! After making them for the hundredth time today, I felt I should tell you. Thanks for the awesomely amazing recipes!

  8. Melissa says:

    Hi Mel! I forgot to ask you in my last post. Could these cookies be made with raisins instead of oatmeal? Would I just use one cup? The cookies themselves are great – I just thought I’d switch it up next time if you think the raisins would work with these cookies. Thanks!

  9. Laney says:

    “Iโ€™ve made them thrice in the last two weeks. I guess the moral of this story is you just canโ€™t have too many favorite cookies.”- Um.. do you mean twice?

    • Monica says:

      I had discovered your chocolate chip cookie recipe quite awhile ago and it has become my go-to recipe for those, so when I felt like making oatmeal cookies where else would I look?

      LOVE THESE! So delicious! Had to take most of them to work so I don’t eat them all myself. They disappeared very quickly!

    • Laura says:

      thrice = three, twice = two
      Therefore, she made this delicious recipe three times in the preceding two weeks.

      I am about to make these right now!…probably just once though…for today…

  10. Ava says:

    I found these too sweet for my liking- next time I’ll try your other oatmeal cookie.

  11. Laurie says:

    can I add pumpkin to this recipe?

  12. Nicole says:

    Hey, I was looking for just a traditional oatmeal cookie recipe and I want to try this one. Do you think instead of the cho chips I can do raisains instead? And, should I add cinnamon? Just wanting them to taste like a plain old fashioned oatmeal cookie. Thanks and love your site for dinners, desserts etc. Best!!

  13. Amy R. says:

    Best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies EVER! I might eat them all right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Lauren says:

    oh my goodness! these are so delicious…practically irresistible. my husband wanted a non-chocolate dessert, so I subbed in butterscotch chips & raisins-as suggested & added cinnamon. easiest cookie to remove from baking stone that I’ve ever made. run to the kitchen to make these; they’re that good~

  15. Tasha says:

    The absolute BEST oatmeal chocolate chip cookie I have EVER tasted!!!! My fiancee went absolutely nuts over them too. Making them for my family this weekend as we are having a tree planting party @ my sisters house. Thank you so much for this scrumptious recipe!

  16. rachel garber says:

    Mel, if I had really hoped to lose all my baby weight by now, I would blame you 100% for these cookies being in existence ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the second batch I’ve made in two weeks and it’s JUST my husband and I eating them. Mostly me. I even tried to freeze them which made me forget about them for about a day and a half. My 9 month old is having cleft lip and palate surgery this upcoming week so I thought I’d better have some comfort food on hand. So, so good and so so easy.

    • Mel says:

      Oh my, Rachel – you certainly deserve a cookie (or five) in light of your baby’s upcoming surgery. I hope all goes well! My husband’s sister and brother both had cleft lips and palates (they are adults now) and it’s talked about a lot in the family so I can glimpse (a very, very small glimpse) of what you are managing. Good luck!

  17. Melanie says:

    Just got done baking these–I got 4 dozen with my Pampered Chef medium scoop. They are delish! I had to bake mine more like 14 minutes total. I froze half to keep in the freezer and/or give as new mom gifts.

  18. Marcie says:

    Do you bake these on Silpat liners or parchment paper? I had different results with each and am trying to get the right bake time… Thanks!

  19. meg says:

    We made these tonight for our family movie night and they are awesome! I’ve made others of your cookie recipes but somehow skipped over this one. So glad we tried them!! I’m about to have our fourth baby and I’m thinking I might need to stash some of these in the freezer for late night nursing snacks;)

  20. Jenny says:

    Hey! I’m wondering how many cookies this recipe yields.
    I’m thinking of making it for an English summer camp in South Korea.

  21. Suzanne Tilton says:

    This is the perfect cookie!

  22. Cynthia says:

    Can I substitute coconut oil for the butter?

  23. Jocelyn says:

    These are my go to recipe whenever I am wanting a cookie! I usually am a miserable failure when it come to chocolate chip cookies (completely flat and crispy with no chew in them) but this always turn out just puffy enough and soft enough! My husband and I down a whole batch in 3 days tops!

  24. Jess M says:

    I am making these for a picnic potluck. Pregnant lady needs her fix! One quick note, and you are busy so I get it if it’s a piddly thing and you can’t get back about it. I have tried sending you an email several times on chrome and explorer. For some reason it keeps telling the message fails to send. Is there a limit on characters in the message? I feel dumb and pregnant. Pregnant dumb is the worst!!!!

    • Mel says:

      Bummer about the contact form, Jess! You aren’t the only one having issues. I’ll look into it.

      • Jess M says:

        Ok, thanks and good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cookies were delish, by the way. I think I ate my weight in them today. Tomorrow is a new day, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Michelle says:

    Ok – these just changed my life… and added 10 lbs to my waist line. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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