Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

This easy oatmeal cookie recipe turns out perfectly every time! No raisins or chocolate, just simple butter and oatmeal cookies that you can add (or not) what you like to!

The Best Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Easy Oatmeal Cookies

Long live all the staple recipes that you can make again and again! This recipe has been around the blog (and my home) for years because it’s a classic oatmeal cookie that’s delicious just as it is. I love a simple, plain cookie because it’s a great go-to for celebrations or just a regular Tuesday alike.

No matter if you add chocolate chips or raisins or nuts or anything else you like, this is a great and solid oatmeal cookie recipe that turns out every single time. They’re some of my husband’s absolute favorites because they’re simple and sweet, without being too much. Plus, the texture is everything and more you could want in a cookie — soft and chewy with just a bit of crisp on the outside. Pure perfection!

cookie dipped in glass of milk

Tips and Tricks for Making This Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe:

  • These cookies are just begging for you to add your own touches. Add between 1 and 1 1/2 cups (total) of just about anything you’d like. Try adding chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, cinnamon, cinnamon chips, chopped candy bars, M&M’s, or raisins. You could also put a layer of icing, ice cream, or peanut butter in between two baked and cooled cookies to make a sandwich cookie. The possibilities are endless!
  • Old fashioned oats are great in this recipe because they help to make them chewy and give them that classic oatmeal texture. You can use quick cooking or instant oats (they are the same thing as old fashioned, just cut into smaller pieces), though it’ll change the texture a bit. I recommend the old fashioned oats.
  • If you like a simple spiced oatmeal cookie, try adding 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a 1/4 teaspoon of cloves and nutmeg. So good while keeping them simple.
  • I always bake these on parchment paper or baking mats. Do you have baking mats yet? Such a great investment.

The Best Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
Can you freeze oatmeal cookies? Can you freeze cookie dough?

Yes to both! To freeze baked cookies, allow the cookies to cool completely, store them in an airtight container, and keep them in the freezer for up to 2 months. Pull them out about an hour before serving to let them thaw to room temperature.

To freeze the dough, form the dough into balls, and freeze them for a few hours on a cookie tray. After they’ve frozen through, add them to an airtight container or sealable bags, and stick them back in the freezer. When you’re ready to bake them, preheat your oven, place the frozen dough balls on a baking sheet, and add 2 to 4 minutes of baking time to the suggested bake time. No need to thaw!

How do you keep oatmeal cookies soft?

You can keep the cookies soft after baking them by storing them in a container or sealable bag with a piece of bread. The bread will lend its moisture to the cookies, keeping them soft for longer. Using white bread is preferable, so it doesn’t give off any flavor to the cookies.

What kind of oats do you use for oatmeal cookies?

I recommend using old-fashioned oats in this recipe because they help to make the cookies chewy and give them that classic oatmeal texture. You *can* use quick oats, but it’ll just have a bit of a different texture.

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Easy Kid-Approved Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

The Best Simple Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 14 min
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x

Description

This easy oatmeal cookie recipe turns out perfectly every time! No raisins or chocolate, just simple butter and oatmeal cookies that you can add (or not) what you like to!


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter and the brown sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, around 5 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another minute.
  4. Add the flour, sprinkle in the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Add the oats and combine.
  5. Fold in the dried cherries, chocolate, chopped pecans, or other mix-ins if desired.
  6. 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.
  7. Roll the dough into 1 to 1.5 inch balls (about 1 large tablespoon of dough), 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.
  8. Transfer to a wire rack and let them cool completely.

Notes

  • These cookies are just begging for you to add your own touches. Add between 1 and 1 1/2 cups (total) of just about anything you’d like. Try adding chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, cinnamon, cinnamon chips, chopped candy bars, M&M’s, or raisins. You could also put a layer of icing, ice cream, or peanut butter in between two baked and cooled cookies to make a sandwich cookie. The possibilities are endless!
  • This recipe was tested with salted butter but can be made with unsalted as well.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 12 SERVING SIZE: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246.1 Fat: 12.2g Cholesterol: 46mg Sodium: 160.6mg Carbohydrates: 29.4g Sugars: 11.9g Protein: 3.9g Vitamin A: 103.7µg Vitamin C: 0mg

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Made these today – delicious! I added some chopped white chocolate bits and some dark choc chips. Soooo good. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Dominic

Just made these for the second time this week, love the recipe!! I have been adding butterscotch chips to my cookies, and currently attempting to air fry some leftover dough. My only issue is that I seem to take so long to put recipes together, this took me about an hour to get into the oven. No matter. Thanks for the recipe!

Yummy!! Just made these tonight with my 11 year old doing most of the work. Cooked them for 10 minutes and they were perfect (I like my cookies on the softer side)! I love all the tips Melissa gives before the actual recipe to help with the recipe! Thanks!

The receipe says to place the dough balls on the cookie sheet without flattening them? So I did, but they stayed in a ball! Also, the baking time is incorrect…. I baked an extra 5 minutes.

Delicious! I used almond emulsion instead of vanilla just for kicks and they turned out AMAZING. I also didn’t have brown sugar handy so I subbed white with a couple tablespoons molasses mixed in. Mine stayed pretty rounded, might have been on the dry side (I used quick oats), and they took a little longer, more like 16 minutes for the middles to fully cook through. Otherwise very quick and easy, perfect for making cookies on a whim! 🙂

Type of flour???

Salted or unsalted butte?

Made these with my 3 year old… delicious and super easy!!! I will totally make these again!!!

The directions say to mix white sugar but none is listed the ingredients list . Please verify how much white sugar. Thx

All we have is the quick oats here, so instead of going out to the store I used that. They turned out great. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Hi I just made these and I was short on time so I melted the butter halfway and was expecting flatter cookies…but they actually stayed in the ball shape instead. Do you know where I went wrong? They taste good enough, slightly drier on outside.

Love this recipe….easy and delicious!
Quick question – should the brown sugar be packed, or loose? Can effect be sweetness…..

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.