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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Tessa Arias
May 15th, 2020
4.82 from 11 votes
4.82 from 11 votes

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft, chewy, and a little gooey and take just minutes to make from scratch!

Yield: 40 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 12 minutes

Another day, another cookie recipe.

Sometimes I wonder if I will ever tire of baking cookies. Considering I just put the finishing touches on my newest cookie baking cookbook (releasing around August 2020!) it doesn’t seem likely.

What can I say? I’m simply obsessed!

Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on the counter with one broken open with gooey chocolate chips

Recently I was hit with a craving for peanut butter oatmeal cookies. Something sweet, nutty, soft yet chewy, and craggly.

The first batch I made was plain, no chocolate chips. They were good.

The second batch I made I threw in some chocolate chips. I just couldn’t help myself.

A peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie broken in half with a soft interior

But then I started to worry about my habit of adding chocolate to almost everything. And the idea of having ‘too many’ chocolate recipes on the blog.

So I took to Instagram and my private Facebook community to poll you guys on which variation of this recipe you preferred. Plain or chocolate chips?

I think you can tell by now which option won out. But if you were in the minority who prefer this recipe plain, feel free to omit the chips.

Whatever you do… just don’t use raisins 😉

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Balls of peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough scooped and lined up on a baking sheet

Can I reduce the sugar?

There’s a fair amount of sugar in this recipe. It’s doing more than lending a sweet flavor. It’s actually helping to keep these cookies nice and moist and soft. If you were to reduce the amount of sugar the cookies would likely be crumbly and dry.

What kind of peanut butter should I use for cookies?

For best results, use a ‘conventional’ peanut butter spread that contains an oil like vegetable oil or palm oil that emulsifies the peanut butter to prevent it from separating. You can use a ‘natural’ product like Skippy Natural or Justin’s as long as it contains that added oil. I typically use Skippy for baking.

Avoid using a natural peanut butter product that only contains ground peanuts. They simply won’t work well for baking.

How to tell when cookies are done baking?

Remove these cookies from the oven while they still look ever so slightly ‘wet’ or underdone in the center. The residual heat of the oven and pan will continue to finish cooking them to soft perfection.

How to Store Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. These cookies will stale relatively quickly because of the oats’ ability to draw in moisture. Place a tortilla, piece of bread, or apple core in the container to help keep them softer longer.

How to Freeze Cookies

Simply scoop the balls of dough and place on a tray in the freezer until solid. Remove to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to a couple months. See my full article here for how to freeze cookie dough and bake it from frozen.

soft peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

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4.82 from 11 votes

How to make
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 40 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft, chewy, and a little gooey and take just minutes to make from scratch!


  • 2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (269 grams) creamy conventional peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (180 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups (255 grams) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, peanut butter granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, egg yolk and vanilla, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just combined. Add in the oats and chocolate chips until just combined.
  4. Using a spoon or spring-loaded scoop, drop 3-tablespoon sized balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a measuring cup.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned, rotating baking sheets halfway through. Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire wracks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : chocolate chips, easy, homemade, oats, peanut butter

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Lisa — October 8, 2021 at 7:01 am

    I’m sad to say these cookies did not taste good to me. They didn’t have the lovely oatmeal cookie look like in Tessa’s pictures. They looked like dry biscoff cookies. I have a feeling it was because I used quick oats. I know, big no-no. But I could have lived with the texture, if not for the taste. The cookies were semi-moist. The downfall for me was that I regret putting the cinnamon in the cookies. I knew I shouldn’t have done it as soon as the cinnamon hit the bowl. I thought, “Cinnamon in peanut butter cookies, ew, no way.” It was not a good combo for me. This recipe might work well for others, but it will be an easy pass for me in the future. I always have better luck with honey in peanut butter cookies to add moisture. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Emily — October 8, 2021 at 10:33 am

      I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like the cinnamon! Feel free to omit that if you’re not a fan, no problem 🙂 Changing the oats could definitely be the issue. Do you weigh your ingredients with a digital scale?

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    Esther — August 25, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    These were yummy! Next time I would bake for 11-11.5 min. They were almost fully cooked at 12 min but not quite. My co-workers loved them too and one of them said they were dangerous.

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      Emily — August 26, 2021 at 9:06 am

      YAY! So happy to hear your cookies were such a hit, Esther!

  3. #
    Mikala — August 19, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    These were a crowd pleaser and super easy to make.

  4. #
    Nikki — August 8, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    I also do not like oatmeal cookies with raisins, so I was excited to try these! They were a big crunchier and I’m more of a fan of soft cookies, but next time maybe I’ll just decrease the baking time.

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      Emily — August 9, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Hi Nikki! These cookies should definitely be soft, chewy, and a little gooey! Do you have an oven thermometer? If not, I’d suggest getting one to ensure your oven doesn’t bake hotter than you think. Check out our pink tip box above the recipe also that details how to tell when these cookies are done baking, hopefully the next batch you make will turn out perfectly!

  5. #
    Janine Herrera — August 1, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    So chewy and chocolatey, the oatmeal gives a wonderful texture to the cookies. Perfect balance of sweetness. Blockbuster on our dessert table.

    • #
      Emily — August 2, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      Happy to hear they’re such a hit, Janine!

  6. #
    Dawn — February 22, 2021 at 6:46 am

    These were given to us by some friends. We absolutely LOVED them. There is so much flavor to these. Sure to be a hit. Caution: If you don’t like cinnamon, you may want to reduce slightly. Not a problem for us!

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      Tessa — February 22, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      So glad you loved these cookies!

  7. #
    Vickie K — November 16, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Excellent cookie combining all my favorite ingredients. Going to try freezing the dough to have later.

  8. #
    Bev — October 9, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Delicious cookies-have made them twice in one week.

  9. #
    Danna Larize — August 19, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I made this for my mom and she loves it! 🙂

  10. #
    Alison — July 28, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Made these with cashew nut butter – absolutely delicious.

  11. #
    Scott — July 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Great recipe and a danger to healthy living! I encourage all serious cookieologis’s to put this recipe at the top of their list!

  12. #
    Raffaele Falzarano — July 16, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Hallo Ms. Arias,
    Pray this finds you well in everyway.
    I have a question about the PB chocolate chip cookies.
    The size per cookie seems huge compared to other recipes and I am certain they are wonderful.
    What might be the smallest or smaller size cookie I could make? How many cookies per sheet as I’m using standard size sheets and not commercial ones.
    Of Italian heritage I am more versed in Italian foods and dolce than other kinds of foods and have worked along side some “Old World” Italian cooks and bakers that are friends of the family. Been cooking and baking since the 70’s self taught for the most past.
    Anyway your suggestions and help would be deeply appreciated Tessa.
    grazie mille signora Arias
    Siamo amici come il pane e il formaggio

  13. #
    Lauren Slayman — June 20, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Is this a cookie that you think would benefit from some flaky sea salt on top?

  14. #
    Aunt Molly — June 19, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Tessa these are amazing cookies. The oatmeal gives them a nice chewy quality.

  15. #
    Floranet — June 1, 2020 at 3:01 am

    I think it’s just great!! Incredible work!!

  16. #
    Rahul Yadav — May 17, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Made these tonight! Omg thank you, seriously sooo
    Good , quick, easy and delicious!! I will use this one over and over again !

  17. #
    Carol Gregersen — May 15, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Yuuuummmm!! I just made these for National Chocolate Chip Day. The flavors blend together so nicely, and they are amazing. These will be a new go-to for me.

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