Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are made with oats, butter, and brown sugar and are the softest, chewiest oatmeal cookies to come out of my kitchen. Use this perfect oatmeal cookie as the base for other add-ins such as raisins, dried cranberries, and nuts. Cinnamon and a touch of molasses add that little something extra. These are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

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Have you ever made my chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe? I have the recipe memorized– I make them all the time! But it’s time to add another legendary recipe to our chocolate chip cookie repertoire. Today we’re mixing big chewy oats with lots of butter, brown sugar, a touch of molasses, a dash of cinnamon, and… glorious chocolate chips.

Start preheating your ovens!

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This is My Favorite Base Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Today’s soft & chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies start from my base oatmeal cookie recipe. This base recipe has quickly developed into my favorite and makes quite a few appearances in Sally’s Cookie Addiction. I’m a firm believer in having a handful of base recipes from which you can develop virtually hundreds of variations. For example: my master muffin recipe. Or my favorite recipe for vanilla cupcakes which you can try many ways– peanut butter & jelly cupcakes, piñata cupcakes, pistachio cupcakes, chocolate caramel coconut cupcakes, and mimosa cupcakes all stem from the same base vanilla cupcake recipe.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough balls on a silpat mat on a baking sheet

How to Make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I especially love this recipe because the process is quick & simple– minimal dough chilling!

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Just the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt– you’ll add the oats later.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Add the oats and chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and sticky.
  5. Chill the cookie dough. I recommend at least 45 minutes in the refrigerator, which helps prevent the cookies from overspreading.
  6. Scoop cookie dough balls. About 3 Tablespoons of dough per cookie– yes, these are LARGE!
  7. Bake. The cookies are done when the edges are set and the centers still look soft.

Baker’s Tip: Use a cookie scoop. I never use a cookie scoop when making chocolate chip cookies, but I swear by using one with oatmeal cookies. Oatmeal cookie dough is super chunky and soft, and this one can get a little sticky. A cookie scoop not only prevents a mess, it also helps ensure all cookies are the same size and shape. I recommend the large cookie scoop which holds 3 Tablespoon of cookie dough. Exactly what we’re aiming for with these hearty chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. They’re BIG.

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Why You’ll Love These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three characteristics I look for in oatmeal cookies? Slow bend, chewy goodness, and ultra soft. Check, check, and check! (This recipe is a lot like my oatmeal raisin cookies.) These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have a slightly crisp edge with a soft center and enough chew that it won’t immediately break when you bend it. A “slow bend cookie” as I like to call them– and this is what makes a regular oatmeal cookie a really great oatmeal cookie. They’re also:

  • Super soft and hearty.
  • Supremely buttery and flavorful. Using more brown sugar than white helps guarantee a more flavorful base.
  • Super chewy thanks to old-fashioned oats. Thick old-fashioned whole rolled oats, not quick oats, guarantee a chewier cookie. Quick oats are thinner and more powder-y; you simply don’t get the same texture.
  • Loaded with extra chocolate chips! I like to use both regular size and mini chocolate chips. This guarantees more chocolate in every single bite. And for my fellow raisin lovers: try subbing in half raisins with the chocolate chips. BEST COOKIE EVER.
  • Taste just like how grandma used to make them. I find the 1 Tablespoon of molasses is what makes these taste like grandma’s old fashioned oatmeal cookies. I strongly encourage you to add it.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Video

Let’s watch to see how they’re made:

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Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Yield: 22 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

With oats, butter, and mostly all brown sugar, you are guaranteed a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie. Use this perfect oatmeal cookie as the base for other add-ins such as raisins, dried cranberries, and nuts. Cinnamon and a touch of molasses add that little something extra. These are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon unsulphured or dark molasses*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (240g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 1 and 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips*

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, molasses, and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, beat in the oats and both types of chocolate chips. Dough will be thick and sticky. Cover and chill the dough for at least 45 minutes in the refrigerator (and up to 4 days). If chilling for longer than a few hours, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough, about 3 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 4 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more chocolate chips into the tops– this is only for looks!
  7. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. (See step 3.) Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Molasses: 1 Tablespoon of molasses helps give these cookies incredible flavor. If you don’t have any, simply leave it out. Do not replace with anything else. Likewise, cinnamon adds flavor as well. Not necessary, but it sure is tasty!
  3. Chocolate Chips: I like using 1 and 1/4 cups regular size chocolate chips and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips. Varying sizes ensure more chocolate in each bite. You can, of course, just use 1 and 3/4 cups regular size chocolate chips. You can even try 1 cup chocolate chips and 3/4 cup raisins. Yum!

Keywords: oatmeal cookies

523 Comments

  1. I have the dough chilling in the fridge right now! Plumped for some raisins too for the chew! If the dough is anything to go by these are going to be delicious. Super easy and cinnamony. Thanks Sally!

  2. Made these last night – so good! I made an oatmeal cookie recipe a few weeks ago – and it BARELY had any oats! It tasted like there was oatmeal in a REGULAR cookie not like an OATMEAL cookie! So I was determined to make a real oatmeal cookie so I was looking around but then I saw you just posted this and I was so glad you posted this recipe! I made it last night and they were heavenly! Super chewy, soft and delicious. I didn’t add the molasses but I used dark brown sugar and they still had a very good flavor 🙂

  3. Kristina C says:

    Hi Sally! What do you think about browning the butter for these cookies? I just love brown butter.

    1. Would be delicious HOWEVER, you’d have to make sure the browned butter is solidified so it can be creamed. Butter than is melted (browned) will cause the cookies to spread everywhere.

  4. Michelle H. says:

    I made a batch of these cookies this past weekend, and they turned out perfectly. I used good quality Ghirardelli chocolate chips, both regular and mini. What an awesome tip. Being a chocolate lover, these definitely delivered. I absolutely love your monster cookie recipe, and this is a new favorite as well. Thanks!

  5. Sally I made these and they were incredible! I thought nothing would come close to your chocolate chunk cookie recipe but this is equally good! I gave some to my mom and I told her “I’m tempted not to tell you where I got the recipe from so you can’t challenge my baking skills.” She goes, “oh is this another Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe?” I said, “damnit!” This is the 7th recipe of yours I’ve made (the 4th sweet one) and they have all been great. Thank you my very favorite food blogger!

    1. Haha – mom’s always know 😉 I’m glad you like these as much the chewy chocolate chunk cookies. They are good when you want a different texture!

  6. Sam Scholes says:

    Baked these last night and LOVED them! Think they may be a little dry though. Possibly over baked them, although I only baked them for 13 minutes. Still very good cookies. Thanks Sally!

  7. These are by far the best oatmeal cookies I have ever made. They remain moist, have body, are chewy and just down right flavorful. I love them. We live at high altitude (6200ft) and had no problem baking these. We refrigerate the dough for a good amount of time and use 2 scoops of a regular cookie dough scoop. Perfection. Major win. 

  8. Hi Sally. Tried these cookies and they came out simply yum. Want to check can I use Whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour with the same exact recipe?

    1. Yes, absolutely– same amount!

  9. Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for the great recipe! These turned out great and were gobbled up super fast!

  10. Hi!
    I was wondering what the texture/consistency would be like if I didn’t chill the dough for over (I was thinking of chilling it just for 10-15 mins) and if I didn’t add the molasses (because they don’t sell molasses where I live!). These cookies look great and I really want to bake them as soon as possible!
    Thanks

    1. Hi Emma! The cookie dough will over-spread, so I do recommend chilling in the refrigerator a little longer. You can leave out the molasses 🙂

  11. Have you tried using white chocolate chips instead? Curious how that would alter the taste of the cookie! I looooooove White chocolate almost as much as oatmeal.

    1. I love white chocolate in oatmeal cookies– you can switch out the chocolate chips for white chocolate.

  12. These cookies are amazing! I baked them with my two-year-old niece and they were super simple and delicious! Everyone couldn’t stop eating them! They were very full of flavor! I would most definitely make these again!

  13. Hi Sally! I made these cookies and while the flavor was delicious, I was personally unhappy with how they turned out. The cookies spread a lot! I tried making them initially with Kerrygold butter and then I read that perhaps the issue was the European Butter. So then I used Challenge and had the same result. I tried freezing the scooped dough, thinking that they spread too much because of the butter being too softened, but got the same result (I literally took them straight from the freezer to bake). I also tried baking them at 325 degrees in case the oven was too hot (today’s a hot day at 91 degrees!), but then I had to add 2 minutes. Any help?

    1. Hi Melanie! Thank you so much for trying my recipe and I’m so sorry you experienced trouble. I recommend adding 1/4 cup of flour. This will help soak up more of the butter. Make sure your butter is cool to touch, especially if baking on a hot and humid day.

  14. Hey Sally! I just made these cookies and WOW. They were easy to do, I’m sad that I didn’t have the full ingredient list for the full batch! I halved the recipe since I only had one egg and half of the oatmeal. I subbed a little extra flour for the oatmeal I was lacking but otherwise I made them just as you suggested. They smelled amazing and tasted so good. The molasses added a nice extra flavor to them. I thought they were perfect. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. I enjoy your blog immensely!

  15. Hi Sally! Thank you for the delicious recipe! I’m 100% team oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and 0% oatmeal raisin cookies I made these cookies tonight and my cookies spread too much and were paper thin. I chilled the dough for 1.5 hrs in the fridge too! After the first batch spread like crazy I then froze my cookie dough balls for an hour to see if that helped and it did but only slightly. What do you think I did wrong? Or how can I make these and end up with a thick chewy cookie? Taste is great but I’m super bummed with the appearance

    1. Hi Jamie, I’m glad you enjoyed the taste! Check out this post to help you troubleshoot (and also how to fix them if they still end up flat!) https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/tips-for-cookie-spreading/

  16. I must commend you on a great recipe, I’ve baked the box top version from Quaker Oats for years and these cookies turned out better than I can remember. The only difference between the two that I could tell is the extra butter and brown sugar.

    I split the recipe in half, oatmeal and rasin and oatmeal and chocalate chips, ( I used Ghirardelli milk chocalate chips). The last batch out of the oven I put a few chocalate chips on the oatmeal rasin and additional chips on just the oatmeal chocalate, so four different versions, (finsing purposes of course).

    I did not use molases for anyone reading.

    1. I’m so glad you decided to try these, Bryan! Great tip on dividing the dough with different mix-ins!

  17. These cookies are fantastic!! I will be using this excellent recipe time and time again. I only had a cup of chocolate chips left so I added 3/4 cup golden raisins too. They definitely won’t be around for long lol. It seems like the last few oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipes I tried ended up more dry and crumbly. These are the perfect texture; soft and chewy with a slight crunch on outside. Thanks for such a terrific recipe!

  18. Will these cookies still be as good without any chocolate chips in them? My family wants just a chewy oatmeal cookie.

    1. Yes, they will still be great!

  19. These are my go to cookies! My fiancé and son love them so much. I’ve made this recipe more times than I can count along with several others you have. Just a huge thank you for blessing my kitchen and family with these delightful recipes. I’ve been baking since I was 14 and love it! Your tips have been super helpful and I’ve learned a lot since reading your blog the last year and a half.

  20. Made these yesterday for the Super Bowl – huge hit! Great flavor, texture, and chewy with a good oat-y warmth for winter. Loved them! Thank you for all your great recipes.

  21. I made these cookies and they were delicious! I noticed they became hard by the third day. Any tips to keep the cookies chewy?

    1. Hi Peggy! My secret to keeping cookies soft for days is to store them with a piece of bread. The cookies retain all of the bread’s moisture and stay soft for days. And the bread becomes super hard! It’s a fantastic trick.

  22. Hello Sally. I recently made your dark chocolate oatmeal cookie and they came out pretty well. What’s the difference between this dark chocolate oatmeal cookie and this one?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Alexandra! Both recipes are similar. I find these a little chewier though!

  23. These are absolute perfection. I had almost given up on baking oatmeal cookies because they never turn out exactly how I want them to. For some crazy reason, I signed up to bring oatmeal cookies to my daughter’s preschool bake sale tomorrow. I went in totally blind on this and made two batches of dough without a test run. Zero regrets. They are gorgeous and delicious. This will be my go-to oatmeal cookie recipe from now on. THANK YOU!

  24. Sally, we love your recipes!
    Today we adapted this one just a little – we used 1 egg, swapped othe granulated sugar with maple sirup and added peanut butter. Super yummy! Thank you for being out there and spreading your cookie magic with the world ✨
    Best from Germany!
    Jenny

  25. Sally, these cookies are really delicious! So soft and chewy! I didn’t have enough oats, so I subbed some shredded coconut and some chia seeds for the rest. They’re really good! The dough chilled overnight, and I also used your tall cookie trick to insure thick cookies! These are very good and I will make them again! Love the addition of cinnamon and molasses; two ingredients I don’t often see in chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! But those two special ingredients really add wonderful flavor to the cookies! I would definitely recommend including them! Thanks for the great recipe!

  26. I was hungry for some “no fuss” cookies and I loved, loved, loved these. Perfect for my cookie cravings.

    As always I reduced the amount of sugar and ended up using 150 grams brown sugar and 50 grams regular sugar with no change in structure or any problems. The first time I made them they seemed very greasy, so I reduced the butter to 190 grams and that was all the tweaks this recipe needed.

    If you are hungry for a really good and old-fashioned oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, this is the one!

  27. Emily Madden says:

    Loved these cookies!! I did go ahead and add an extra 1/4 or so cup flour to ensure no spreading since I didn’t have time to do a trial run before having people over. They turned out great!!

  28. Allyson Rose says:

    These cookies are perfection!! I made them as bar cookies and my whole family devoured them. I have made them twice in the last four days. This is a definite keeper recipe. Thank you!!

  29. Jennie Thomason says:

    Best oatmeal cookie recipe I have ever made. THANK YOU SALLY for cracking the chewy cookie code. Just to further prove that this recipe is fool-proof: I made these last night with melted butter and incorporated everything by hand. The kids were in bed and I couldn’t run the mixer. Added a little extra flour for structure and chilled in the fridge for an hour.
    Even with this shortcut – Amazing!!
    Spread a little thinner because of the melted butter but still chewy and gorgeous and not at all greasy!! Your recipes are my happy place.

  30. These are BY FAR the YUMMIEST cookies we’ve ever had. Don’t last more that 2 days in my house and the demand for more is CRAZY!! Thank you !! Lots of compliments by friends too!

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