The Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies You'll Make All The Time

Few things are as satisfying (and delicious!) as biting into a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie. They're a total classic, right? Well, what if we told you there's a way to really up the ante with your chocolate chip cookies, making the texture and flavor that much better.

Oatmeal cookies are in a league of their own. There's a chewiness to them, balanced perfectly with notes of butter and a hearty texture. Most often, they're made with raisins, but what about all of us who despise the addition of raisins to a dish? Enter: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

This is the perfect twist on two classics, creating a deliciously well-balanced cookie. And we're confident you can tackle these at home on your own. There's no need to buy grocery store cookies or refrigerated dough any longer. This is the recipe you've been waiting for to equip you to make the perfect soft and chewy cookie.

Gather the ingredients for the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe

The first step to making a batch of delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from scratch is to gather all of your ingredients. For this cookie recipe, you'll need one stick of unsalted butter that is completely softened. In addition, you'll need 1/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, one egg, one teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cups old fashioned oats, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

We chose to utilize the old fashioned style oats for best results for this cookie recipe, but if you only have quick oats on hand, they can certainly work in a pinch. For the chocolate chips, feel free to opt for regular sized chocolate chips, or go mini for a fun addition. Incorporating chopped chocolate is a great option as well.

Prepare the dry ingredients for the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Part of the science of baking a great cookie is to be sure you're adding the ingredients to the dough mixture at specific times. Your wet ingredients will need to be combined first for this recipe, with a mixture of your dry ingredients being incorporated afterward. This helps to keep the dry ingredients from interfering with properly mixing the butter and sugar as you begin to form the base of this dough.

To get started on making your cookies, prep the dry ingredients mixture first. Grab a large bowl and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and old fashioned oats into the bowl. Use a whisk or a wooden spoon to stir the dry ingredients and mix well until fully incorporated. Set the bowl aside until you are ready to add it to the creamed butter and sugar mixture in the next step.

Make the dough for your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

To start making the dough for these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, begin by fitting a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the softened butter into the bowl of the mixer and allow the paddle to break it up. Add in the white sugar and the brown sugar and cream the ingredients together until well mixed. Next, add in the egg and pure vanilla extract, and continue mixing until both ingredients are fully incorporated.

Once the butter and sugar mixture is ready, gradually pour the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients with the mixer running. Continue mixing on medium speed until a soft dough begins to form. Pour the chocolate chips into the bowl of the mixer and continue mixing until incorporated.

Once your dough is ready, it's time to prepare it for baking. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop the dough for the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Once the dough is ready for these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking while baking. If you don't have parchment paper on hand at home, spray the baking sheet with cooking spray as an alternate solution.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough into even amounts. Scoop the dough, and then roll each ball in your hand. Flatten each (soon-to-be) cookie slightly before placing it on the baking sheet. Be sure to spread the cookie dough balls out evenly on the baking sheet. This will ensure the cookies don't mesh together while spreading slightly in the oven.

If you don't have a cookie scoop on hand at home, no need to worry. A tablespoon-sized measuring spoon will certainly work as well. Or, simply eyeball it to get even cookies.

Bake and cool the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Once your cookies are scooped, and the dough is spread out evenly on the baking sheet, they're ready to bake. Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake your cookies at 350 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes.

As your cookies are baking, you'll see the edges begin to slightly crisp and turn a nice light golden brown. This is the perfect time to pull them out of the oven. Taking the cookies out of the oven and letting them sit on the baking sheet on top of the oven allows the middle of the cookies to continue baking slightly. This is what will give your cookies that crispy exterior, paired with the soft and chewy interior that makes for the perfect cookie. 

Let the cookies sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes, and then transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Can you add other mix-ins to these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?

It's true that these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are delicious on their own. Or, of course, they pair perfectly with a glass of milk or a mug of hot chocolate. But the best part about these cookies? They're incredibly adaptable.

Because of the texture of this dough, you could add just about any other candy pieces or mix-ins you want to this mixture. Mixing in M&M's instead of, or addition to, chocolate chips is a great swap. Adding in chopped pieces of Snickers or Twix would work well too. Butterscotch chips or flaked coconut is a welcome flavor addition as well.

Another favorite pairing for these cookies is peppermint. Add a few crushed up candy canes or circular peppermint candies to the dough mixture, or sprinkle crushed peppermints on top of your cookies before baking for a great addition of flavor. After all, chocolate and peppermint do pair together wonderfully, right?

The Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies You'll Make All The Time
4.3 from 3 ratings
This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe takes the classic chocolate chip cookie and gives it an upgrade that's delightfully chewy and simply irresistible.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
15
minutes
Servings
12
Cookies
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe
Ready in 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars. Add in the softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar and mix well until incorporated.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture into the butter mixture and continue mixing on medium speed until a dough forms.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray. Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop to form 12 balls of dough. Roll the dough into balls and flatten slightly before placing them evenly spread apart on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake cookies for 15-17 minutes until the edges are lightly golden brown. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set on top of the stove. After five minutes, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and allow to finish cooling.
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