The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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There is nothing better than homemade, warm chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. This recipe is perfectly gooey, and chewy, and has the best texture. They are absolutely divine right out of the oven! If you’re looking for an excellent oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe, these are a must-try!

Also, check out all of our favorite cookie recipes, the best chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, and our favorite butterless chocolate chip cookies.

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I’ve tried so many homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in my life and always wind up a little disappointed with the end result.

That is until I worked tirelessly to perfect the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe! These cookies are delicious and everyone who tried them said they were the best, so I’m sticking with it!

One thing this recipe does differently is that the oats are lightly ground before adding them to the dough. So instead of a thick oat texture, it’s very fine and makes the cookies even more moist and perfect.

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How to Make the Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These really are the best cookies! We’ll cover everything you need to know to make these cookies, answer frequently asked questions and share our expert tips. If you prefer to jump to the recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card!

butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, oats, flour, vanilla extract, baking soda and powder in bowls.

Ingredient Notes

Butter – Unsalted butter, room temperature.

Granulated sugar – Sweetens the cookies.

Brown sugar – Dark brown sugar helps to sweeten the cookies.

Vanilla Extract – Adds and enhances the flavor of the cookies. Use a pure vanilla extract.

Baking powder and Baking Soda – Both work together as a leavening agent.

Eggs – Organic eggs are always best. They add structure and moisture to the cookies.

All-purpose flour – King Arthur is great. Flour is the base of the cookies. The gluten that holds them together.

Rolled oats – We use Quaker old-fashioned oats.

Semisweet chocolate chips – Use any brand you like! You can also use chocolate chunks too.


The process of making these is pretty easy!

Whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the flour, ground oats, salt, baking soda, and powder in a bowl.

Cream the butter and sugar together.

Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Add the dry ingredients.

Folding the chocolate chips.

Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

cookie scooper with cookie dough

Scoop cookie dough balls – We love using a 2″ cookie scooper to make perfect cookie balls.

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough

Bake – These cookies bake well in a 350-degree oven for 9 minutes.

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are 3 key components to making these chocolate chip cookies…

  1. The ground rolled oats. To do this just add 3 cups into a blender or food processor and give it a few pulses.
  2. Refrigerating the dough for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Do not over-baking them! This is so important for making a gooey, soft cookie. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes.

I also experimented with the dough by freezing it, using it right away, and refrigerating overnight. The best result was refrigerating it overnight.

It made a world of difference over the frozen dough or even just using it right away. However, chilling the dough for a few hours works great too.

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  • Add 1 cup of walnuts to this recipe if you like the texture of nuts in cookies.
  • For extra chewy chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies add a tablespoon of molasses.
  • Add a pinch of sea salt over the top of the cookies when they’re done baking.
  • Almond extract is also good in cookie recipes. We use it in our butterless chocolate chip cookies and it adds a lot of flavors. Add 1/2 teaspoon with the vanilla extract.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add oatmeal to my chocolate chip cookies?

Yes! Adding oatmeal to chocolate chip cookies adds to the texture and flavor. This recipe uses lightly ground Quaker oats and adds a great texture to the cookie.

Can I use quick oats instead of old-fashioned in cookies?

We recommend using old-fashioned oats for this recipe. You can leave them whole or lightly ground them. However, if you only have quick oats on hand you can use those.

Why are my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies flat?

There are a few reasons why the cookies become flat.
The butter was too soft, it should be at room temperature when mixing.
You over-mixed when adding the flour.
There was no raising agent in the recipe OR the one you used was expired.
You didn’t chill the cookie dough.

Should you chill cookie dough before baking?

We highly recommend chilling the cookie dough before baking. This helps to control the spread of the cookie and creates a chewy texture.

What kind of oats do you use for cookies?

Use old-fashioned Quaker oats for cookies.

plate of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

How to Store Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best way to store delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies is to put them in an airtight container once they’re cool. 

You can also put a little piece of bread into the cookie tin or airtight container to soak up any excess moisture. This helps them retain their just-baked crispiness.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

If you get an adequate number of cookies and find that you have some cookie dough to spare, no problem. You can place the leftover dough in the fridge for about four days before baking a fresh batch. 

You can freeze the extra scoops of dough on a sheet pan before moving them to a Ziploc or freezer bag. Like you would freeze individual berries when they’re in season. The next time you get a craving, you’ll be good to go in 15 minutes of oven-time away from satisfying it.  

When to Serve Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are great year-round. They’re one of our favorite Christmas cookies and would be perfect for gifting or for a cookie swap or a cookies and cocktails party.

These would also be perfect for a birthday party or fall harvest party too.

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The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe is perfectly gooey, chewy with warm chocolate chips. These are best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
4.72 from 14 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
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Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 30 Cookies
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats, coursley ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch sea salt, to garnsih the cookies after baking


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add 2 cups old-fashioned Quaker oats into a blender or food processor and give it a few pulses.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the flour, ground oats, salt, baking soda and powder in a bowl.
  • In an electric mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy.
    butter, brown sugar, four, quaker oats, sugar
  • Add in eggs and vanilla and continue to mix.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
    flour, oats, butter, sugar and eggs
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
    semisweet chocolate chips in oatmeal cookie dough
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least two hours or even over night.
  • Using a cookie scooper, make golf sized balls and place on a lined cookie sheet.
    oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Bake for 9 minutes. Do not overbake! Take them out more doughy and let them sit. If you over bake you won't get the same gooey, soft cookie.
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Ground rolled oats. To do this just add 3 cups into a blender or food processor and give it a few pulses.
Refrigerating the dough for 2 hours or overnight. You can easily make this dough the day before and then bake the cookies fresh when you’re ready to serve. They are the best right out of the oven when they’re soft, chewy and gooey! 
Do not over-baking them! This is so important for making a gooey, soft cookie. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. 9 minutes seems to be the golden spot depending on your true oven temperature and location. 
You can leave the old-fashioned oats whole and not ground for this recipe if you prefer.
Freeze extra dough you have leftover to use later.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
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20 thoughts on “The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe”

  1. 4 stars
    I made these cookies.
    I didn’t put in the refrigerator for the first six cookies since I was craving really bad.
    Put the rest of the dough in the refrigerator overnight.
    I didn’t; like the texture of the ones in the fridge. I think the dough was too dry.
    Other than that, they were tasty. The salt adds an extra yumm in my mouth.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing! Since I found this recipe, I have never used any other…except for when I don’t have eggs 🙁 I would love to see an egg-less recipe though!

  3. I live at high altitude (5820 feet) in Colorado. Is there an adjustment for ingredients or baking time? Sometimes recipes call for more flour but I wanted to check with you first. Thanks!

  4. Hi! I don’t have a food processor but I still want to make these! Do you think it would be good to make without processing the oats? Also, I don’t have oats at the moment so could I just use 2 more cups of flower? Thanks!

    • I wouldn’t us two more cups of flour, you can try just whole oats, but they will taste more like an oatmeal cookie. Hope it works out!

  5. Hello Eden! I just made these and OMG! They are the best ever! I haven’t had the time lately to bake but at least I finally caught up on your blog. Congratulations on your baby boy, Monroe! Take care!

    • Yay! I love hearing this!! I honestly do think they are some of the best homemade… I’ve had such bad luck finding a good chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love, but now I’m obsessed with these!!! I ALWAYS refrigerate the dough overnight though!


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