Though not as flashy or sophisticated as other desserts, you can’t beat a classic like oatmeal cookies. Especially these Best Oatmeal Cookies – they are soft and chewy and completely irresistible. Keep them plain and simple, or mix it up with additions like chocolate chips, walnuts, or raisins.

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Best Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Best Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • Optional add-ins: 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, or raisins


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line sheet pan with parchment paper.

In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or in large bowl with hand-held mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Add vanilla and mix until well combined.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats. Add to butter mixture all at once and mix on low until combined.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared sheet pan, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges just begin to turn golden, about 9-11 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. Theresa said:

    Very good recipe. I will make again

    • realbutter said:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Theresa! Thanks for letting us know.

  2. M said:

    What are the effects of using quick oats instead of old fashioned oats ? Thanks !

    • realbutter said:

      Hi M – We’ve not tested it ourselves, but these cookies might be a little too soft or tender if you use quick oats instead of the old-fashioned or rolled oats. If you give it a try, let us know how it turns out!

  3. Dolores Grabowski said:

    Delicious cookie. I added raisins and nuts to the recipe. I will make this my go to oatmeal cookie recipe.

  4. Ily Gordillo said:

    I made them today!!! The smell in my kitchen gathered the whole family!!!! These cookies are heavenly…. And so easy to make!!! We all enjoyed them a lot!!!

  5. Stacey said:

    Do you need to bake on parchment papery?

    • realbutter said:

      Hi Stacey – You don’t have to bake these cookies on parchment paper, but it does help keep the bottoms from over-browning – and really helps make cleanup nice and easy. Happy baking!

  6. Lyn said:

    Hi, This is a great recipe! I have made it twice using two different brands of butter, which made a difference in texture as one brand softened much more than the other. In the first batch I used three cups of oats which made the cookies a bit dry. However, that didn’t prevent them from being gobbled up! The second batch I used only two cups of oats which made for a more tender cookie. Added walnuts and raisins and wow! I live on the high, dry plains of Colorado which no doubt makes a difference in cookie texture.
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

    • Lita Browning said:

      Lyn I too live in Colorado which butter did you prefer? I am so looking forward to making these

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  8. Sponty said:

    Hubby told me to throw out all the other recipes, this is the winner. Even my kids who hate oatmeal cookies love them!!! We skip the cinnamon though.

  9. Sandra said:

    Excellent! !! Made with quick oats. Added trail mix. Not sickening sweet. This a keeper!

  10. Ky said:

    These cookies are perfection.. I folded in shredded coconut and they came out really good!

  11. Lisa said:

    I used quick oats and unsalted butter, and I didn’t have raisins on hand so I used medjool dates. They tasted yummy, but not overly sweet which was nice. They also were a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  12. Annette said:

    Title for this recipe is so true…Its the BEST Oatmeal cookie recipe I have ever LOVED so much…and the TASTE is sooo GOOD !! I will keep this recipe forever. I will definitely pass this on to my grandkids also.