Soft and chewy, these Classic Oatmeal Cookies are buttery and as tasty as your favorite bakery version. Perfect for a lunchbox treat, a tailgate sweet, or a sleepover indulgence!

Classic Oatmeal Cookies in a blue and white ceramic bowl

Classic Oatmeal Cookies

We often trekked to North Dakota to visit my mom’s family in the summer. Packed in an un-airconditioned, radio-less station wagon, my three sisters and I did our best to entertain ourselves, though there was always some squabbling after our excitement waned. Upon our arrival, we’d make the rounds, stopping to see our grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Once, my aunt Marsha had some freshly baked oatmeal cookies waiting for us when we dropped in for a visit.

Simple, chewy, and delicious. My mom made sure to come home with the recipe. Since that time, I’ve had a weakness for both chewy oatmeal cookies and oatmeal cookie dough. I love including all sorts of add-ins like chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, and even toffee chunks. But sometimes a plain ol’ oatmeal cookie wins out.

Two Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with a glass of milkHow to Make Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

I don’t deny indulging in a box of crisp oatmeal cookies and loving every bite, but my heart is with a chewy oatmeal cookie. I have a few tips for ensuring a chewy, well-shaped cookie to share with you.

  • Once the baking soda is added, do not overmix. Overmixing will make a cakier cookie.
  • I also make sure to under-bake instead of over-baking. Over-baking will make a firmer, crisper cookie.
  • I’ve made these cookies a number of times and even rolling the dough into perfect balls doesn’t guarantee a round cookie.
  • PRO-Tip – As soon as a pan of cookies comes out of the oven, carefully tap the edges of any misshapen cookies into shape using a spatula. Make sure to use a hot pad to hold the pan in place so you don’t burn yourself!
  • The original Quaker Oats recipe called for a cup of raisins, so if you’re a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies, mix those in last. You can also add chocolate chips.

More Oatmeal Desserts You’ll Love:

Most of my oatmeal desserts are a variety of cookies. From Loaded Cowboy Cookies to Oatmeal Cream Pies to Gingered Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, I adore them all! Also worth noting from my blogger friends are these No-Bake Oatmeal Scotchies, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and this Old-fashioned Oatmeal Cake.


One whole and one half chewy oatmeal cookies with a glass of milk

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Chewy oatmeal cookies in a blue and white bowl with a gray napkin

Classic Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Yield 48 cookies

Chewy oatmeal cookies adapted from Quaker Oats


  • 14 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined. Add oats and stir until well combined.
  4. Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned.
  6. Cool a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  7. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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