No more dry, flavorless oatmeal cookies. I’ve tested and tweaked these chewy oatmeal cookies until they were share-worthy! Now you can make the best oatmeal cookie recipe in under 20 minutes from start to finish!

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Why you’ll love this Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

These easy oatmeal cookies are warmly spiced, with a balance of sweetness and perfect chewy texture. Not only do these make a great treat, but I love them for an easy snack, especially a late night snack! 

Because they are so quick and easy to make and use mostly pantry staples, this the perfect go-to recipe to throw together whenever you have friends or family over for a visit. A yummy oatmeal cookie with a warm cup of coffee, sign me up!

Here are a few more reasons you’ll love these:

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  • Ready in under 20 minutes
  • The chewiest oatmeal cookies
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Easily customizable

Want a 4 ingredient oatmeal cookie? Make these almond butter oatmeal cookies!

overhead view of oatmeal cookies ingredients including old fashioned oats, two sticks of butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, two eggs, baking powder, baking sugar and salt

Ingredients to make the Best Oatmeal Cookies

You just need old-fashioned oats and some other basic ingredients to make oatmeal cookie magic. These ingredients are so simple, you likely already have them in your pantry!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter: Remember to leave time to bring the butter to room temperature.
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
a white plate with a pile of oatmeal cookies on it on top of a tan kitchen towel with cinnamon sticks beside it, more cookies and a jar of brown sugar in the background

How to make Oatmeal Cookies

Classic oatmeal cookies have never been easier, with just 5 easy steps in under 20 minutes. Keep reading to get the full recipe with ingredients and measurements in the recipe card below.

  1. Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the all purpose flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  1. Mix butter and sugars. In a separate mixing bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together with a mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  1. Mix in wet ingredients and combine all. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, mix again on low. Gently add in the dry ingredients, mixing on low or by hand just until combined. The dough will be thick. 
  1. Form dough balls and prep oven. Use a cookie scoop to drop dough balls on a silicone mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place the cookies about 3 inches apart on a prepared baking sheets and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
  2. Bake and cool. Bake for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look under baked when you pull them out of the oven, but they will continue to bake on the hot cookie sheet. 
overhead view of oatmeal cookies laying flat with a bite out of one of the cookies and oats sprinkled around

Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Variations

These simple oatmeal cookies are also customizable, which is another reason to love this recipe! I love keeping them simple just as they are, but if you’re having a certain craving or want variety for a special occasion, there are tons of options with these cookies. Here are some ideas:

  • Add raisins: Simply add-in some raisins, or try my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe (with a gluten-free option) for perfectly chewy oatmeal raisin cookies.
  • Add chocolate chips: ​If you want chocolate oatmeal cookies, simply mix-in some chocolate chips.
  • Add butterscotch chips: ​If you’re craving that butterscotch flavor, you can mix-in some butterscotch chips.
  • Replace vanilla with maple: ​If you like maple flavor, swap the vanilla extract with maple flavoring.
  • Other add-ins: Some other add-ins you might want to try are dried cherries, cranberries, shredded coconut or white chocolate chips.
a sheet pan with parchment paper and a pile of oatmeal cookies on top with cinnamon sticks, more cookies and a spoon of brown sugar around it

Tips for making the Best Oatmeal Cookie

This is going to be your new favorite oatmeal cookie recipe! For best results, follow these tips:

  • Don’t over-bake.​ Don’t be worried if the cookies still look under-baked when you pull them out of the oven. They continue to bake on the hot cookie sheet. If you leave them in the oven too long, they will over-bake.
  • Use a cookie scoop.​ I recommend using a cookie scoop to form the dough balls. This will keep them all uniform in shape and size, allowing them all to cook evenly as well.
  • Don’t place cookie dough on hot pans. If making multiple batches, alternate cookie sheets. If you place the balls of cookie dough on a hot baking sheet, the cookies are likely to spread before they can cook.
  • Properly measure the flour.​ For the right texture and consistency, be sure to properly measure your flour using the tips below.

How to Properly Measure Flour

The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. 

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method. 

  • Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour, but not the same as sifting it. Do not sift the flour unless the recipe specifically calls for it.
  • Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour.
  • Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.
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Storing Homemade Oatmeal Cookies

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days. Make sure they have completed cooled before sealing them in a container, so it doesn’t create condensation from the heat. These cookies also freeze well in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

a plate of oatmeal cookies on top of a tan kitchen towel with more cookies around it, a jar of oats with a wooden spoon and oats sprinkled around

Freezing Oatmeal Cookie Dough

If you like to keep cookie dough on hand or make this dough ahead of time, you can also freeze the oatmeal cookie dough. These are perfect to have ready to pop in the oven for unexpected guests, or when someone you know could use a homemade treat. Gifting these cookies is like giving lots of little warm hugs!

To freeze the dough:

  • Drop cookie dough balls onto a silicone mat lined baking sheet. You can place the dough balls close together since you won’t be baking them.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the cookies are frozen solid, about 1 hour.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the frozen cookie dough balls to a ziplock freezer bag. Label the bag with baking directions and date.
  • Freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months.

To bake: remove the dough from the freezer. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Bake for 13-14 minutes. Frozen cookies may need to bake for 1-2 minutes longer.

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Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

4.64 from 19 ratings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies
No more dry, flavorless oatmeal cookies. I've tested and tweaked these chewy oatmeal cookies until they were share-worthy! Now you can make the best oatmeal cookie recipe in under 20 minutes from start to finish!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 180 grams
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the all purpose flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together with a mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, mix again on low. Gently add in the dry ingredients, mixing on low or by hand just until combined. The dough will be thick.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop dough balls on a silicone mat lined baking sheet. Place the cookies about 3 inches apart on a silicone lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look underbaked when you pull them out of the oven, but they will continue to bake on the hot cookie sheet.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 192kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 154mg, Potassium: 66mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 258IU, Vitamin C: 0.003mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg
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