Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies (video)
These classic oatmeal cookies are soft and chewy with crispy outer edges. They have warm notes of brown sugar and cinnamon. They are easy to make and a super great snack any time of day!
You know those cookies that grandma used to serve you with a tall glass of milk whenever you came over to her house as a kid, or the ones the old church lady used to make? This is exactly it! These oatmeal cookies are plain and simple, yet mouth-wateringly delicious. There is just something homely, warm, and comforting about them.
Why this recipe is so great:
- Easy peasy – All you have to do is beat your wet ingredients together, add in your dry ingredients, roll and flatten your cookie dough, and bake!
- Simple yet delicious – There are no extra add-ins like chocolate chips, fruit, or nuts, yet these cookies are incredibly delicious with just the simple flavor of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
- Keeps well – These oatmeal cookies stay fresh for up to a week stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Here are some reviews:
“My husband loves oatmeal cookies so thought I’d try this one. I’ve never found one that’s perfect until now. This is the best ever oatmeal cookie!! I love a chewy yet crispy cookie Several days later & it’s still perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.” – Brenda
“First time making oatmeal cookies, wonderful and chewy and soft! God bless you!” – Victoria
Ingredients you’ll need:
- unsalted butter
- brown sugar & granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda & salt
- ground cinnamon
- quick rolled oats
How to make oatmeal cookies:
(the ingredient amounts are listed in the printable recipe card further below)
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat again until combined.
- In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add to the wet ingredients and mix together.
- Stir in the rolled oats with a wooden spoon until just combined.
- Roll the dough into golfball-sized balls and place 2 1/2″ apart onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Flatten the dough slightly with the palm of your hands. Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes.
Are quick or old-fashioned oats better for cookies?
It’s a personal preference. I prefer quick oats for a softer texture. Using old-fashioned oats will give the cookies a heartier texture with more crunch and chew.
Are oatmeal cookies healthy?
It depends on the recipe. I wouldn’t consider this recipe healthy because there is a good amount of butter and sugar in it (that’s why it tastes so good) but it’s healthier than your average chocolate chip cookie.
Can you freeze oatmeal cookies?
Yes, oatmeal cookies freeze well and can be frozen for up to 3 months if properly stored in an airtight freezer-friendly container or ziplock bag.
Can you make oatmeal cookies with instant oatmeal?
No, the oatmeal texture will not be apparent. It’s best to use quick or old-fashioned oats.
You might also like:
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
Did you make this recipe? Please kindly leave a comment with your star rating below.
Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2 dozen
These simple oatmeal cookies are soft and chewy with crispy outer edges. They have warm notes of brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon spice.
- 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup (200g) packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups (190g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups (270g) quick rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Using an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla, beat again until thoroughly mixed.
- In a separate bowl, toss together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently stir in the oats by hand with a wooden spoon until just combined.
- Roll the dough into rounded golfball-sized balls (about 2 tablespoons each) and place about 2 1/2″ apart, so you’ll only get about 8 or 9 cookies on each baking sheet. Flatten slightly with your hands.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges just start to turn golden brown and center still looks moist. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Category: dessert, snack
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: oatmeal cookie recipe, easy oatmeal cookies, chewy oatmeal cookies
Recipe adapted from The Kitchen is My Playground
39 Comments on “Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies (video)”
And why oh why did you leave out the number of eggs and the rest of it all? Thanks for returning with the most important part of any recipe.
Waiting for your kind reply…
Hi Adva, the ingredient amounts are in the recipe card just above this comment section. Let me know if you have any other questions and I hope you enjoy the cookies!
Preparing to make oatmeal cookies and notice I have 1 stick unsalted butter and 1 stick salted, can I use 1/2 salted butter with the 1 stick unsalted butter for 3/4 cup?
Yes, you can. I hope you enjoy the cookies!
Hi! Excited to try this recipe! Is it quick oats or rolled oats I should use (or a combination of the two)?? Where I live (NY) they are different and require different baking practices. Thanks!!
It’s quick oats for this recipe. My apologies, here in Canada we have quick rolled oats or old-fashioned large flake oats. Enjoy!
Just made these and they turned out delicious! My little brother ate most of them, so I’m making more today. I might reduce the sugar just because they were still a little sweet to our liking.
Hi Amie, I’m so happy to hear you and your little brother enjoyed the cookies:) Thank you for your lovely feedback and have a wonderful day!
Just like my moms !!
Wonderful to hear and thank you for your comment!
Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe. These cookies are amazing. Substituted flour with Gluten-free flour and added some chocolate chips. They were a huge success/hit.
You’re very welcome, Antoinette! I’m so happy to hear they were a hit and thank you for your kind words!
First attempt at oatmeal cookies and this recipe did not disappoint!!! My only question because my sons asked, can chocolate chips be added?
Thank you and yes, chocolate chips can definitely be added!
My husband loves oatmeal cookies so thought I’d try this one. I’ve never found one that’s perfect until now. This is the best ever oatmeal cookie!! I love a chewy yet crispy cookie Several days later & it’s still perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
You’re very welcome, Brenda! Thank you for such a wonderful review. Enjoy the cookies and have a great Sunday!
First time making oatmeal cookies, wonderful and chewy and soft! God bless you!
Thank you for your kind words, Victoria! Enjoy the cookies!
Oh my goodness, these cookies are absolutely delicious! Thanks for such a fantastic recipe!!
You’re very welcome, Jen, and thank you for your rave review! Enjoy the cookies and have a great day!
How do you thicken dough in high humidity? Dough is running into other cookies. Thank you.
Place it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to chill and thicken the dough, and that will help prevent the spread from happening in the oven.
These are very good. For some reason the cookies stuck to the parchment paper.
What did I do wrong?
That’s strange. Nothing should stick to parchment. Perhaps spray the paper with a bit of non-stick cooking spray next time and that should help. I’m glad they still tasted good though!
Pretty sure when she says “old fashion” she’s talking about the RECIPE, not the method of mixing. If you feel the need to hate, try avoiding what irritates you the most.
This recipe is amazing! Thank you for sharing! I made them with my 2yr old granddaughter. 😉
You’re very welcome and thank you for your kind words, Tina! I’m so glad you enjoyed making them with your granddaughter:)
Yeah because my great grandmother had silicon baking mats and an electric mixer with paddle attachment to make her “OLD FASHIONED” oat meal cookies.
And your point is?
Calm down Gary 😂 I think you’re the one missing the point here – I know my grandma would be happy to have these tools to go with this wonderful recipe
These are the most delicious cookies I have ever eaten! My husband loves them too!
Thank you sooooooo very much for the recipe!
You’re so very welcome, Sheran! I’m glad you and your husband loved them:)
I only had old fashioned oats, so I used those. They were amazing! I sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on some of them halfway through baking. Yum!
Great to hear, Heather! Thank you for your wonderful feedback and review:)
Healthy and delicious! Love them!
I’m going to try this with the kids. So far I’m 0 for 2 when it comes to trying to get them to eat healthier cookies. They’re still stuck with chocolate chip.
You can add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips as a compromise. My kids are the same way, but a few chocolate chips seems to do the trick! Enjoy and good luck with the kids:)
You can’t beat a classic cookies recipe, yours look so good!
Looks superb so delicious
Thanks Ruchi! xx