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The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe makes chewy cookies with rolled oats, chocolate chips, a hint of cinnamon and lots of love! These homemade oatmeal cookies are seriously the best!

stack of chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on the table

I found this recipe for old fashioned oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in my grandma’s huge stash of saved recipes. It was just a newspaper clipping, with no name or title — most of her saved recipes are like that. But, the cookies sounded good, so my budding-baker daughter and I decided to try them.

And ….. they were good. But they were missing something. So, why am I calling these the best?

Well, we tweaked the recipe and added vanilla extract and a touch of cinnamon. And, since the original recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies had margarine and no butter, we definitely went with the butter!

So, even though I love my Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies, Oatmeal Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies and  No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and Banana Oatmeal Cookies, these are definitely the absolute BEST oatmeal chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever had! Don’t just take my word for it — check out the reviews and comments!

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients for this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can find them in the grocery store if you don’t already have them in your pantry or fridge:

  • Butter — softened
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Rolled oats– old-fashioned oats work best here
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

How to Make Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not only are these oatmeal cookies incredibly delicious, but they’re also super easy. Plus, you only use one bowl to make them, so clean-up is simple, too!

First, mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, and set it aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter until it’s light and fluffy. Then, add the sugars to the whipped butter, and mix well. Add the eggs and vanilla.

When all the wet ingredients are mixed together, gradually add in the dry ingredients. Then, you just mix everything together.

Lastly, stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

To prevent the cookies from spreading out too much, I recommend chilling the dough for a few minutes. Cool cookie sheets help, too!

mix chocolate chips into oat cookie dough

Use a teaspoon to scoop the chilled dough out onto the baking sheet. You can use a cookie scoop if you have one!

I definitely recommend using silicone baking mats if you have them. Parchment paper or foil is good, too.

We tried the baking mats, parchment paper and foil, and the mats won — hands down!

baked oatmeal chip cookies on baking tray

Cooking Time

Heat oven to 350 degrees f. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are light brown around the edges. Let them cool on a wire rack, and that’s it!

These decadent warm cookies have crisp edges, chewy centers, and gooey chocolate chips–some of the best things on earth!

freshly baked oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips on baking rack

These chewy oatmeal cookies are just plain good — especially when you dunk them in a glass of milk! Enjoy them with a cup of coffee or homemade hot chocolate — yum!

chocolate chip oatmeal cookies stacked up

Variations and Substitutions

There are a few great ways to customize these delicious oatmeal cookies to suit your tastes!

These cookies call for rolled oats, which are old-fashioned oats. This gives the cookies a deeper, nuttier flavor. But, you can use quick cooking oats if you’d like.

Instead of semisweet chocolate chips, use dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips. Add raisins for chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies.

Add chocolate chunks instead of regular chips or use a combo for extra chocolatey cookies! Chunks tend to melt a lot better than chips, and are generally larger than them–the extra chocolate takes these already good cookies to the next level!

Substitute golden brown sugar with dark brown sugar. This makes the cookies darker, a little more flavorful and a little extra chewy!

dunk cookie in milk

How to Store

Store your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container. They can be left out at room temperature.

Pro tip: put a slice of white bread in the container with your cookies–it’ll keep them nice and soft!

You can also freeze the dough. This works great of you don’t need a large batch of cookies.

Just freeze any cookie dough balls you don’t use, and when you’re ready to use the rest, let the dough thaw in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes, and get baking!

Baking Tips

  • Use softened butter — not melted
  • Chill dough for about 15 minutes before scooping out to prevent cookies from spreading.
  • Use cool or chilled cookie sheets — also helps prevent cookies spreading
  • Use baking mats, parchment paper or aluminum foil on the cookie sheets for easy clean-up
  • Store cookies in an airtight container with a piece of sandwich bread to keep them soft!
5 from 35 votes

Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Dee
The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe makes chewy cookies with rolled oats, chocolate chips, a hint of cinnamon and lots of love! These homemade oatmeal cookies are seriously the best!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 40

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat 1 cup butter until creamy
  • Add brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract, and beat until creamy
  • Add eggs, and beat well. Gradually mix in the flour, then add baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon, and mix well
  • Stir in the oats, and mix until well combined, then stir in chocolate chips
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (or use cookie scoop) onto ungreased baking sheets (silicone baking mats or parchment paper recommended), leaving about 2 inches between each cookie
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and semi firm
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, then transfer to wire rack or cool surface to cool completely

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Notes

To prevent cookies from spreading, chill dough for about 15 minutes before scooping out, and use chilled cookie sheets. This helps if your kitchen is warm.
To keep cookies soft, store in airtight container with a piece of sandwich bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 132mg, Potassium: 71mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 157IU, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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This chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe makes some of the best cookies I’ve ever had! These might seriously be my family’s favorite cookies!

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Recipe was originally posted in 2018 and updated in 2022

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59 Comments

  1. Margot says:

    WOW! These really are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!! They are so soft and chewy with such a rich flavor. I cannot stop eating them—seriously! Half of them are already gone, and I only baked them today. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe, I will use it again and again and again!5 stars

  2. Samantha says:

    These really are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! They’re so chewy and chocolatey, and I’m definitely making them again!5 stars

  3. Edna says:

    Another awesome recipe. The grandkids loved making these with me after school! Ate them all too!. I was hoping for leftovers!5 stars

  4. Cheryl says:

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

    1. Dee says:

      I use salted but unsalted works too.