The Best Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are one bowl (yay) and mixed & baked in 25 minutes. Think of all of your favorite oatmeal cookie qualities: soft, chewy, hearty (but not dense) and flavorful. That’s this cookie! These perfect cookies can be made with or without a mixer. Enjoy! xx
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These are THE BEST Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! I promise, you will love them! These homemade oatmeal cookies are a one-bowl wonder that is ready in 25 minutes (YAY!).

There are lots of delicious, classic oatmeal cookie flavors in here: think cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla with lots of old-fashioned oats and perfectly chewy centers. 

I love cinnamon and chocolate together, so I went big and put a full 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in the cookie. To be honest, I don’t think the cinnamon flavor is that pronounced in the final taste. It’s more of a hint of cinnamon.

However, if you’re looking for more chocolate chip cookie vibes than oatmeal cookie vibes, you can cut the cinnamon back or omit entirely. 

This cookie tastes delicious both ways!

I love baking with oats, they make everything so cozy! This Fluffy Banana Oat Snacking Cake is so freaking delicious, you must try. 

I also have my Classic Oatmeal Cookie recipe (less oats than this recipe and with raisins) and you should definitely take a look at my GF DF Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. These are a knock-off of an Erewhon’s cookie and are *not* a traditional oatmeal cookie in the slightest.

Not to be missed are these Chocolate Dipped Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches (like an It’s It) or these Toasted Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies. Enjoy! 

A close up shot of chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Why You Should Bake This Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
with Chocolate Chips

  • These are soft, buttery and flavorful
  • The oats make these cookies mega chewy
  • Lots of rich, cozy flavor from the brown sugar, vanilla and oatmeal trifecta
  • A one-bowl recipe, we LOVE to see it
  • Mixed and baked in under 25 minutes (no rest time!)
  • Puddles of gooey chocolate chips (need I say more)
  • These can be made with or without a mixer

The Baker’s Guide to Measuring Flour

One of the biggest (and most common) mistakes in baking is how we measure flour. If you find yourself without a scale, see my top tips on how to properly measure flour for the perfect amount every time!

One broken chocolate chip oatmeal cookie on a plate.

The Best Oats for Oatmeal Cookies

Use old-fashioned rolled oats, just like what you can get at the grocery store. I prefer not to use quick-cooking oats as it can act more like flour, rather than oats. Plus you’ll miss out on that chewiness.

This also isn’t a cookie for steel-cut oats.

A bowl of oatmeal cookie dough with chocolate chunks.

How To Make These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Below are step-by-step photos (with captions) to make THE BEST Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies perfect every time! My biggest tips are:

  • Use the correct oats. As mentioned above, quick-cooking oats or steel-cut oats won’t cut it. ;) Use old-fashion rolled oats.
  • Let them cool on the baking sheet. When they come out of the oven, they will seem slightly underdone. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes to get that perfectly soft, chewy texture.

That’s it! These cookies are so simple I can’t wait for you to try them!

All of the ingredients to make these oatmeal cookies but I forget to include the chocolate chips lol.
STEP 1: Gather your ingredients: butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, eggs, salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour, oats and chocolate chips/chunks (we forgot to add the chocolate chips to this photo🙃).
A glass bowl with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.
STEP TWO: Cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth and creamy. It should already smell amazing, take a big whiff!
Cookie dough with an egg in it.
STEP THREE: Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing each until well blended before adding the next. Blend in the water, salt, baking powder and soda.
Oatmeal in a glass bowl.
STEP FOUR: Mix in the flour and oats until barely combined…
Oatmeal cookie dough in a glass bowl.
STEP FOUR: …it will look like this!
A bowl of oatmeal cookie dough with chocolate chunks that aren't stirred in.
STEP FIVE: Mix in the chocolate chips/chunks…
A glass bowl on a white surface with the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough!
STEP FIVE: …it will look like this. YUM.
The best chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.
STEP SIX: Portion out 3-tbsp size dough chunks and roll into balls; these are ample cookies. I love it…
Cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart from each other.
STEP SIX: …make sure you leave 2-inches (5-cm) of space between your balls.
A close up of the best chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a white surface.
This is them! They’re soft, chewy and fabulous. They have to sit on the baking sheet for 20 minutes to fully set. You could eat them sooner, but they won’t hold their shape. Trust me!
A bowl of cookie dough with a cookie scoop getting some.

Choosing Chocolate For Your Oatmeal Cookies

For really delicious chocolate chips that you can get at the grocery store, you can’t go wrong with Ghirardelli. This particular Ghirardelli chocolate melts surprisingly well and tastes just delicious.

If I want to spend a little more on my chocolate I’ll opt for these Callebaut callets or this huge Callebaut block for chunks (I used this for the photos). These both melt beautifully and are so delicious in cookies!

Remember that ‘dark chocolate’ is an umbrella term that ranges from semi-sweet chocolate chips (or bars, discs and chunks) to bittersweet chocolate. Use what you have on hand and whatever makes you happy.

You can use chocolate chunks (like I did in the video and photos) or chocolate chips in this recipe. Both styles will look pretty, so again, dealer’s choice. 

One last chocolate note…I was generous in the amount of chocolate in this cookie. If you like a subtle approach to chocolate in your cookies, consider reducing the amount to 3/4 cup (128 g) of chocolate chunks/chips.

A bunch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a white surface.

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Either an Electric Stand Mixer or this is my favorite Hand-Held Mixer (it’s in all of my videos!)

This isn’t necessary for these cookies, but I love a mixer moment. 

These will let you bake more cookies at a time (make sure they’ll fit in your oven). These are restaurant grade and I love them for everything from cookies to roasting veggies and sheet-pan dinners!

The Spatula that I use for literally EVERYTHING

The set of heat-safe Glass Bowls that I use for mixing

My favorite Baking Scale 

More Oat and Chocolate Treats

I love baking with oats, they make everything so cozy! This Fluffy Banana Oat Snacking Cake is so freaking delicious, you must try. 

I also have my Classic Oatmeal Cookie (less oats than this recipe and with raisins) and you should definitely take a look at my GF DF Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. These are a knock-off of an Erewhon’s cookie and are *not* a traditional oatmeal cookie in the slightest.

And if you’re looking for straight up chocolate chip cookies, try these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or these Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Enjoy The Best Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Rebecca Firth

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are one bowl (yay) and mixed & baked in 25 minutes. Think of all of your favorite oatmeal cookie qualities: soft, chewy, hearty (but not dense) and flavorful. That’s this cookie! These perfect cookies can be made with or without a mixer. Enjoy! xx
5 from 8 reviews
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Cookies, Dessert, Baking, Recipe, Chewy
Servings: 22 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons (170 g) unsalted butter ( room temperature)
  • 1 cup (210 g) light brown sugar, packed (you can also use dark brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon (13 g) real vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons (26 g) water (room temperature)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour (how to measure flour)
  • 2 ½ cups (250 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cup (255 g) dark chocolate, chopped ( see note)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and cover several baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In an electric stand mixer* fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and mix on medium for 4 minutes, or until lightened in color and texture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. With the mixer on low add the eggs one at a time, completely mixing the first before adding the next, and then add in the water, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix for 1 minute more, or until well blended.
  • Add the flour and oats and mix until the cookie dough is almost blended. You’ll still see streaks of flour. Add the chocolate and mix for 1 minute more, or until the chocolate is evenly distributed throughout the dough. Roll 3-tablespoon-sized balls and allow 2-inches (5-cm) between them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, in the center of the oven for 13 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes and then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling down.

Notes

Oatmeal

It’s best to use old fashion oats for these cookies! Quick oats (or quick cooking oats) won’t give you the same affect. It’s the old fashioned oats that make these perfectly chewy oatmeal cookies.

Texture

We’re going to take these out of the oven when they are *just* done. You have to leave them on the baking sheet for 20 minutes for them to set to the perfect texture. Trust me!

Cookie Dough Balls

I like to roll these into cookie dough balls, rather than just plopping them out of a cookie scoop. I usually portion them out with a 3-tablespoon scoop and then roll the dough in my hands.
This dough is sticky and your hands will get messy. If that’s not your jam, you can chill the dough for 30-60 minutes and then roll them. The cookie will turn out a wee puffier but they will still be awesome.

Freezing Ya Balls

For long-term storage wrap the entire lump of cookie dough tightly (in plastic wrap, ideally) and then stash in an air-tight container.
For short-term storage (I’m talking about wanting to have a fresh cookie (or two) every night after dinner), freeze the cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once frozen, after several hours, stash in an air-tight container. When baking, they can go straight from the freezer to the oven, just tack on a few extra minutes to the bake time. This will result in a puffier cookie.
If you want the cookies to look similar to the photos here, then let the dough come closer to room temperature (just sitting out while you pre-heat the oven is fine). Add 1 to 2 minutes bake time if the dough still has a slight chill.

Mixer vs Your Beautiful Arms

I used a mixer in the video and mention one in the instruction as well. However, this is definitely a recipe that can easily be made with a bowl and spatula. Make sure you really cream your butter and sugar so that you get that awesome cookie texture.

Sea Salt Flakes

You’re doing a disservice to oatmeal cookies by not sprinkling them with sea salt flakes. I don’t know why chocolate chip cookies corner the market on this flourish.
This isn’t mandatory, but it’s fabulous. Just do it and thank me later! xo

Want More Cookie Tips?

Head over to My 10 Favorite Tips for Better Cookies!
 
 
Thanks for baking with me! Please rate + comment this recipe and tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your beautiful treats! xo

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16 Comments

  • Susan Evans February 20, 2024 at 8:36 AM

    5 stars
    Hi Rebecca! I made these in regular cookie size, to take for a group baseball weekend, and everyone raved about them! They are truly the BEST oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made or eaten in my whole life! (And I have made a ton of different recipes over the years). Thank you for another great recipe!

    Reply
    • Rebecca Firth February 20, 2024 at 10:15 AM

      Hi Susan!
      You are most welcome. I love hearing this, thank you!!
      xox

      Reply
  • Jen February 1, 2024 at 11:28 AM

    Enjoyed these but found they were slightly on the dry side? I made sure I measured the flour properly, and didn’t go overboard with the baking soda/powder, but maybe it had to do with how long I had them in there for. I extended the time by a couple minutes since I don’t care for gooey cookies, but thats the only explanation I can come up with..
    Also found cinnamon was a bit heavy handed.. I find that it crashes with the smoothness of chocolate, or steals the attention of the flavor when it’s a little more than I prefer.
    This all could be just a preference thing, and my baking skills thing, but thought I’d share. Thanks for sharing a recipe with whole classic oats! It’s hard to find recipes with them. :)

    Reply
    • Rebecca Firth February 4, 2024 at 11:16 AM

      Hi Jen!
      I would definitely say that the extended bake time probably dried them out. If you follow the bake time listed and let them cool on the baking sheet, they get the perfect texture.

      Feel free to reduce or omit the cinnamon next time!
      xo

      Reply
  • bee boop January 17, 2024 at 5:05 PM

    5 stars
    This recipe is awesome it’s my go-to when I want to make cookies with random bits of leftover chocolate I have laying around the house haha

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    • Rebecca Firth January 18, 2024 at 11:45 AM

      Love your name! ;)

      I’m so happy you’re loving this recipe! xo

      Reply
  • Dad August 25, 2023 at 3:19 PM

    5 stars
    Have not tried yet but can’t wait. Sounds so yummy.

    Reply
    • Rebecca Firth August 25, 2023 at 3:41 PM

      You will like them but you’ll want half the chocolate!! ;)

      Thanks Dad!
      xo

      Reply
  • Mary-Ann August 24, 2023 at 5:08 PM

    5 stars
    I started freezing my dough balls and it has been a game changer. Your tips are always so helpful.

    Reply
  • Anika August 24, 2023 at 4:51 PM

    5 stars
    So yum!! Love your chocolate chip recipes!

    Reply
  • Allison August 24, 2023 at 4:16 PM

    5 stars
    Always love your recipes, and this one is no different So yummy and directions are easy to follow!

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    • Rebecca Firth August 24, 2023 at 5:17 PM

      Aw thanks Allison! I hope you love these cookies!! xx

      Reply
  • Sally August 24, 2023 at 3:56 PM

    5 stars
    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie! One of my favorites ❤️. Love all of your tips

    Reply