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Irresistible Oatmeal Cookies are a family favorite because they are chewy, soft, and always gone in minutes!!

We also love making variations of these easy oatmeal cookies, like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies, or Coconut Oatmeal Cookies!

Several oatmeal cookies stacked on a baking sheet.

Who DOESN’t LOVE THEM?

Oatmeal Cookies are one of the most classic cookie recipes!

Our family has been making them for as long as I can remember, which is why they are one of our favorite cookies, but here are more reasons why we love them:

  • Simple. These cookies are easy to make and require simple ingredients.
  • Versatile. Change up the flavor. In the mood for chocolate, then throw some in! You can also add nuts, ground cinnamon, coconut… Try adding in some raisins.
  • Delicious! Not, only are they soft and chewy, but they’re delicious and taste amazing too!
  • Great for parties and gifting. This cookie is one everybody enjoys and is great for get togethers, gifting and holidays like Christmas.
Ingredients for easy oatmeal cookies recipe measured out on the counter.

Ingredients

  • unsalted butter- room temperature Check out this post about How to Soften Butter Quickly.
  • brown sugar
  • Egg- room temperature eggs combine better with the other ingredients.
  • vanilla extract- or use an equal amount of almond extract.
  • all-purpose flour- Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level it off to get the most accurate amount.
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • old-fashioned oats- use old-fashioned oats, also known as rolled oats produce a chewy cookie. Quick oats may be used, but they will produce a softer cookie.

How to Make Oatmeal Cookies

  1. PREP. Preheat the oven to 325°F and line the baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. WET INGREDIENTS. Add the butter and the brown sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer (or use an electric mixer) and beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy; around 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat for another minute.
  3. DRY INGREDIENTS. Add the flour, sprinkle on the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Add the oats and combine.
    • The mixture will be a little tacky, but you should be able to roll it into a ball in your hands without making a total mess. If it is too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the mixture can be handled.
  4. BAKE. Roll the dough into 1 to 1½-inch balls and place the dough ball on the prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the edges begin to be a golden brown and the centers are set. Transfer to a wire rack and let them cool completely.

This oatmeal cookie recipe is just begging you to add your own touches. Add between 1 and 1½ cups (total) of just about anything you’d like. Try adding:

  • chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, or cinnamon chips
  • walnuts or pecans
  • chopped candy bars or M&M’s
  • raisins or dried cranberries

Sandwich cookie. Put a layer of frosting, Ice Cream, or peanut butter in between two baked and cooled cookies to make a sandwich cookie. The possibilities are endless!

Baked easy oatmeal cookies on a baking sheet.

Storing info

  • STORE. These Oatmeal Cookies will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days.
  • FREEZE BAKED. Keep baked cookies in a Ziploc or airtight container in the freezer for 6-9 months.
  • FREEZE UNBAKED. Prepare the cookie dough as directed. Roll it into a log or big ball, cover it with plastic wrap, and put it into an airtight Ziploc. Store in the freezer for 6-9 months.
    • To bake, take the dough out of the freezer and let it thaw before shaping it into cookies and baking them in the oven.
Easy oatmeal cookies stacked on a wooden plate.

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4.98 from 135 votes

Oatmeal Cookies

By: Lil’ Luna
Irresistible easy oatmeal cookies are a family favorite because they are chewy, soft, and always gone in minutes!!
Servings: 30
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes

Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  • Add butter and brown sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, around 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another minute.
  • Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Add the oats and combine. The mixture will be a little tacky, but you should be able to roll it into a ball in your hands without making a total mess. If it is too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the mixture can be handled.
  • Roll the dough into 1 to 1½ inch balls, using your hands, and place the balls on the prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the edges begin to brown and the centers are set. Transfer to a wire rack and let them cool completely.

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Notes

  • STORE. These Oatmeal Cookies will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days.
  • FREEZE BAKED. Keep baked cookies in a Ziploc or airtight container in the freezer for 6-9 months.
  • FREEZE UNBAKED. Prepare the cookie dough as directed. Roll it into a log or big ball, cover it with plastic wrap, and put it into an airtight Ziploc. Store in the freezer for 6-9 months.
    • To bake, take the dough out of the freezer and let it thaw before shaping it into cookies and baking them in the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 55mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 150IU, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Billie Horsam says:

    5 stars
    I’m a baker. Cheesecakes are my superpower. I enjoy making cookies so so however when I discovered this recipe I can’t make enough. My mother is 88 and begs for them. My husband says they’re the best I’ve ever made and like I said I know how to bake. My niece and nephew are visiting from Honduras and my nieces asked me to make them to send home. This is the best cookie recipe I have ever found!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Oh thank you!! This makes me so so happy to hear!