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I’m pretty sure I’ve discussed this before but it is worth repeating: there is nothing worse than biting into what you think is an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie only to discover they’re RAISINS instead. It’s such a horrendous surprise.
You think your bite is going to be full of bursts of slightly gooey chocolate gems, but instead you’re left with the taste and texture of wrinkly, shriveled, sticky, bland bites of fruit. Can you tell I’m not a huge fan of raisins? I can do chocolate covered raisins or maybe even yogurt covered raisins but I’d just rather not eat them generally. I don’t see the attraction.
I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit to begin with, but raisins are certainly my least favorite. Why choose raisins when you can have chocolate chips?!
Here’s why you’ll love this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:
- Warm, homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies straight from the oven in under 30 minutes
- No dough chill time required!
- Thick, chewy, and SO soft
- Delicious semi-sweet chocolate chips throughout. No raisins here. 😉
How to Make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here are some bonus tips and tricks for ensuring your oatmeal cookies come out perfectly soft, chewy, and beautiful. The full recipe is just below.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- Flour: All-purpose flour is used in this recipe. Be sure to measure your flour properly with a kitchen scale (or the spoon and level method if you don’t have a scale).
- Salt: Helps to balance out the sweetness.
- Leavening: Both baking soda and baking powder are used to help lift the cookies for this recipe.
- Cinnamon: A dash of cinnamon gives these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies the BEST flavor.
- Butter: Make sure to use unsalted, cool room temperature butter. More on this below.
- Sugar: This recipe calls for both granulated and dark brown sugar. I love to use dark brown sugar in this particular recipe because the rich butterscotch flavor it lends complements the nutty oats beautifully. But also, dark brown sugar is made with more molasses, which adds more moisture to this dough and helps keep the cookies softer for longer once they’re baked. You can use light brown sugar if you need to, but definitely consider giving dark brown a try! If you make this recipe without brown sugar, they won’t be as soft, chewy, or flavorful. P.S. if you have granulated white sugar and molasses, you can make brown sugar yourself!
- Eggs: You’ll see this recipe calls for two large eggs plus one egg yolk. Again, that egg yolk lends moisture and richness, helping to make these cookies both softer yet chewier.
- Vanilla Extract: Adds delicious flavor.
- Oats: I like to use old-fashioned rolled oats in my oatmeal cookie recipes. Quick oats can be used if needed. More on this below.
- Chocolate Chips: Obviously! But you can use raisins if you MUST.
What Kind of Oats are Best for Oatmeal Cookies?
You can use old-fashioned or quick cooking oats in this recipe. Quick cooking oats are smaller in size and will provide a more uniform texture, whereas old fashioned oats will provide a more craggy, rough texture. Oats tend to zap moisture in any recipe, which is why simply adding them into your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe typically won’t work.
The Chocolate Chips – How to Mix it Up and Customize These Cookies
I love these cookies with semi-sweet chocolate chips, as written, but feel free to mix up the mix-ins as you like! Replace the semi-sweet chocolate chips with the same weight of:
- Milk chocolate chips (will make the cookies slightly sweeter)
- Butterscotch chips (will make the cookies slightly sweeter)
- Dark chocolate chips (will make the cookies slightly less sweet)
- Toasted and roughly chopped walnuts or pecans (I always prefer to lightly toast nuts and cool nuts when baking – it adds a much nicer depth of flavor!)
- Raisins (if you must!)
- Whatever you like!
Just keep to the same overall weight of mix-ins in the recipe as written for best results.
Overview of How to Make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- Combine the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
- Beat together the wet ingredients. Using a hand mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together. Then, add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
- Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Try not to overmix!
- Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
- Using a spring-loaded cookie scoop, portion out cookie dough balls and flatten slightly.
- Bake. Bake until the edges are slightly browned, rotating baking sheets halfway through. Allow baked cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, before removing the cookies to a wire rack directly to cool completely.
Why Are My Cookies Flat?
Butter temperature is KEY!
Be sure to use unsalted butter that’s at a cool room temperature, 67°F to be exact. A couple degrees cooler is best if your kitchen is warm. Butter that’s too warm may cause the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies to spread and flatten while baking. In general, the cooler the dough is when it enters the oven, the thicker your cookies will be. If you want thicker cookies, try popping the balls of dough in the freezer while your oven preheats.
Just take a look at the impact butter temperature can have on how much a cookie spreads:
How to Make Beautiful Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Use a large spring-loaded cookie scoop to portion out perfectly even and round balls of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie dough. Then, roll them between your palms to smooth out then flatten slightly so they spread evenly.
- Dot the balls of scooped out dough with a few chocolate chips on top.
- Bake on a heavy duty unlined aluminum half sheet pan lined with parchment paper for golden brown cookies. Learn more about the importance of baking pans when it comes to cookies here!
Why Use a Cookie Scoop?
Using a stainless steel spring-loaded cookie scoop when portioning out cookie dough is one of the KEYS to beautiful, uniform, evenly-shaped and evenly-baked cookies. My cookie scoop is one of my most frequently used kitchen gadgets. A spring-loaded scoop saves you *so much time* in forming the balls of dough. When using a scoop, you ensure each ball is evenly sized so the cookies bake evenly, meaning you don’t have any small overbaked cookies or large underbaked cookies. Learn more about Cookie Scoops and how to use them here!
Should Oatmeal Cookie Dough be Chilled Before Baking?
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie dough will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Do not refrigerate over 48 hours as oats are a drying ingredient and really soak up moisture. Your dough can dry up quickly! Remove from the fridge and allow the dough to soften slightly before scooping and baking.
How to Make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Cookies Ahead of Time
You can freeze just about any drop cookie recipe! Freeze pre portioned balls of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie dough in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks. Learn more about freezing and baking frozen cookie dough here.
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cookie with a glass of cold milk!
More Cookie Recipes:
- Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Giant Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- S’mores Cookies
- 1 3/4 cups (222 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs plus one egg yolk, at cool room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups (297 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups (255 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
- Using a large spring-loaded scoop, drop 3-tablespoon sized balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a measuring cup.
- Bake for about 14 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned, rotating baking sheets halfway through. If you prefer a slightly softer cookie, bake about 12-13 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown but the middle still looks underdone (will firm up while cooling). Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
This post was originally published in 2013 and recently updated with recipe improvements, recipe tips, new photos, and a new video. Photography by Ashley McLaughlin.
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