These chewy and flavorful oatmeal cookies are perfect for breakfast or as a snack. Pack them with your favorite ingredients: chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits.
Happy New Year (again)! If there’s one thing I wish for you this year, it’s that you’ll be blessed with some of these amazing oatmeal cookies (or maybe these chocolate chip cookies). If you lived near me, I would be happy to give you some, because (1) I’m generous, and (2) I made like 60 cookies and I have no idea why. I guess I got way too excited about this new year.
Over the years, it never fails to surprise me just how many people prefer their chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal. If you’re one of these people, then I totally get you, and I’ve prepared these cookies just for you. They make a great base for anything you might want to add, not just chocolate chips.
These cookies are so soft that even when I mistakenly over bake them, they still turn out chewy. They bake thick and beautiful, and they are flavorful even on their own. For add-ins, I recommend chocolate chips or chunks, toasted nuts, dried fruits, or a combination of them.
If you like thick cookies, I highly recommend chilling the dough for a while. If you don’t have much patience (aka, you’re just like me), just chill the dough for 1 hour. The cookies will be less prone to spreading that way.
Use old-fashioned rolled oats for these cookies – no quick or instant oats. Old-fashioned oats have the best flavor and will produce the best texture. Quick oats make less chewy cookies, and instant oats make them dense and much less flavorful.
I use more brown sugar than granulated sugar for this recipe. This gives the cookies a slight caramel flavor and makes them super moist and chewy. If you want the cookies to have more crispiness and don’t mind them being sweeter, you can add a few more tablespoons of granulated sugar, making sure not to reduce the amount of brown sugar or else the cookies will lose their chewiness.
While cinnamon is a classic addition to oatmeal cookies, you can add your favorite spice (about 1/4 teaspoon). Ground ginger or cardamom work very well here. If you don’t want to use spices, make sure to at least use either the cinnamon or nutmeg for some flavor.
- 1½ cups (200g/7 oz.) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks/225g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup (200g/7 oz.) light brown sugar (dark is fine, too)
- ½ cup (100g/3.5 oz.) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups (250g/8.8 oz.) old-fashioned oatmeal
- 2 cups add-ins (see note for options)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line pans with parchment paper and set aside. If you decide to chill your cookie dough, save this step for when you’re ready to bake the cookies.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes, until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. Don’t over mix. Add in oatmeal and all other add-ins, and keep mixing on low just until combined. The less you mix, the softer the cookies will be.
- Optional: Cover bowl and chill dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days). This will help your cookies stay thick and spread less while baking. If the dough is hard to handle after chilling, leave it on the counter for a few minutes to soften.
- Drop rounded balls of dough onto prepared baking sheet, the size of 2 tablespoons each (I use this ice cream scoop) and spacing 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies just begin to brown at the edges and center is still soft. Cookies will appear undone and moist in the center, but will continue to bake on the warm baking sheet. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 2 months. To thaw, leave on counter, still covered, or overnight in the fridge.
- *For add-ins: A great combination of add-ins is chocolate chips, toasted nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts), and dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries). Pecans and raisins are great together, as are pistachios and cranberries and dried cherries and chocolate chips (yum!). If you only add one kind of add-in, use 1.5 cups instead of 2.
- To toast nuts: Place nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes in a preheated 350F/180C oven, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Allow to cool, then chop into pieces.