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Learn how to make the BEST Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies that are soft, chewy, and loaded with chocolate chips. You won’t need another recipe once you try this one. It’s a winner every time you make it – who can say no to gooey chocolate chips??

stacked cookies with chocolate chips baked in.


Everyone needs a classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe, and I am sharing mine with you today! These cookies are soft and chewy, with the perfect amount of chocolate chips in every bite so they taste SO GOOD. Perfect for the cookie jar or for sharing at potlucks or anytime you want a sweet treat.

This is a recipe I’ve made so many times I’ve lost count. It’s tried and true and always works! I’m sharing all of my secrets with you, so you get the perfect batch, too. They are perfectly spiced with ground cinnamon, have the best soft and chewy texture, and have lots of chocolate chips, so every bite has lots of chocolate goodness.

Overhead shot of all measured ingredients needed to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

  • Butter: Softened unsalted butter is what you need for this recipe – make sure it’s room temperature!
  • Brown sugar – I always use light brown sugar – be sure to pack the it in the measuring cup.
  • Ground cinnamon – a must in oatmeal cookies
  • All-purpose flour – use the spoon and level method to measure it!
  • Quick-cooking oats – Only have rolled oats? Make your own quick oats!
  • Chocolate chips – use your favorite brand/flavor. I love milk chocolate chips, but semi-sweet is perfect too!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

How to Make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Whisk the cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flour in a bowl.
  • Cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Once it’s smooth, mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix just until the dough comes together.
  • Add the oats and mix to combine.
  • Then mix in the semisweet chocolate chips.
  • Scoop two tablespoons of cookie dough to form each cookie ball using a small or large cookie scoop. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill the dough balls for at least one hour.
  • When you’re ready to bake the cookies, transfer the dough balls to a sheet pan lined with parchment or a baking mat. Place the balls two inches apart. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes at 350°F. Once the bottom of the cookies is a light golden brown, they are done baking. Leave them on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing them.
stacked cookies with chocolate chips baked in.

Expert Tips

  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days – they’ll stay soft!
  • You can freeze oatmeal cookies for up to 3 months.
  • Turn these into oatmeal raisin cookies by swapping raisins for the chocolate chips. You can also add walnuts or pecans or toffee bits.
  • I don’t recommend using old fashioned oats for this recipe – they’ll soak up too much of the moisture and make a dry cookie. Make your own quick oats by pulsing the old fashioned oats in a blender then measure as directed.
  • How to keep oatmeal cookies from getting hard: make sure you use enough brown sugar and don’t over bake them. By design, this recipe yields a soft and chewy cookie with slightly crips edges – if you over bake them they’ll get too crunchy. Cookies are done baking when the edges are light golden brown and the top is no longer glossy.
stacked cookies with chocolate chips baked in.

FAQs

Should you chill oatmeal cookie dough before baking?

Yes you should chill this cookie dough before baking, this prevents too much spread which keeps the cookies soft.

What chocolate is best for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?

 Any kind of chocolate chips you like will work. I’ve used semi-sweet, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate chips. You can also use chocolate chunks.

stacked cookies with chocolate chips baked in.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

5 from 9 votes
These are literally the best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are so easy to make, soft and chewy and full of chocolate chips!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¾ cups (217g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 ¼ cups (289g) quick cooking oats
  • 1 ½ cups (255g) chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and flour. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (You can also use a large bowl and a hand mixer.) Cream until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla, beat until smooth.
  • Gradually mix in dry ingredients until smooth, being careful not to over mix. Add oats and mix, then stir chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat and place the cookie dough balls 2” apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the bottom is slightly golden. Cool on cookie sheets for 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days. They can also be frozen in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days – they’ll stay soft!
  • You can freeze oatmeal cookies for up to 3 months.
  • Turn these into oatmeal raisin cookies by swapping raisins for the chocolate chips. You can also add nuts!
  • I don’t recommend using old fashioned oats for this recipe – they’ll soak up too much of the moisture and make a dry cookie. Make your own quick oats by pulsing the old fashioned oats in a blender then measure as directed.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on February 28, 2024



Dorothy Kern

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9 Comments

  1. These oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips were so delicious, I’m glad that I’ve some more for tomorrow!!! 🙂

  2. I LOVE these cookies! My family asks for them every Sunday and we eat all of them in 2 days!! They are so simple and easy to make!

  3. The oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for quick cooking oats. Can regular oats be used? Thank you.

    1. If you only have regular oats, pulse them in a food processor a few times and you’ll have quick oats!

  4. Hi Dorothy,
    Can you please tell me some of the differences between the Better Than Doubletree choc chip cookies, the Bakery Style and the BEST ? I must admit it’s a bit confusing to choose which one to try. Just FYI, we prefer our cookies to be soft & chewy. Just curious how these differ from each other. I do understand about “under baking” to retain softness AND I normally use ALL brown sugar for the chewiness.
    Many Thanks.

    1. So the Doubletree Cookies are chewy but also a bit soft, thanks to oat flour and lemon juice activating the baking soda. The Bakery Style uses brown butter, and my Best Chocolate Chip are a basic chocolate chips, more classic and straightforward. They’re all amazing, but in different ways.