Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
I am absolutely obsessed with these delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! They have a slightly crisp exterior and a soft and chewy center with the most incredible sweet, nutty flavor and that wonderful texture of oatmeal in every bite. An easy, irresistible classic oatmeal cookie that will have everyone coming back for seconds!
the best chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!
I know… I say this about every cookie recipe I post, but these just might be my favorite cookies ever. Can you tell I’m a major cookie monster? Seriously, though, these chewy oatmeal cookies have the best flavor and texture. They’re a MUST bake!
These cookies bake up perfectly everytime and stay soft and chewy for days. They are incredibly thick, soft, chewy, and loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for family gatherings, an after school snack or your holiday cookie tray!
ingredients for the perfect chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
The ingredient list is very simple and includes all of the ingredients that you’d expect to find in chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. It’s the ratio of ingredients that’s important! Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Butter. I always use unsalted butter, so I can control the amount of salt going into a recipe. Be sure your butter is softened to room temperature, so that it combines properly with the sugars. Room temperature butter is still a bit cool to the touch and it should indent slightly when you press on it with your finger. Take butter out of the refrigerator about 1 hour before beginning your recipe.
- Sugars. We’re using a mix of brown sugar and granulated sugar in this recipe. I like to use a bit more brown sugar than granulated sugar because it yields a softer, more flavorful cookie. The granulated sugar is necessary, though, to help the cookies spread. With this ratio of sugars, you will enjoy a cookie with a slightly crisp exterior and a soft and chewy center. Perfection!
- Eggs. Two eggs will add structure, stability, and richness.
- Vanilla. Do NOT forget the vanilla. And use pure vanilla extract, not imitation. It’s worth it!
- Flour. All-purpose flour is what we’re using to give these cookies a tenderness that you just won’t find when using other types of flour.
- Baking soda. To give your cookies the perfect rise and chewy texture.
- Salt. A small amount of salt is VERY important to balance the sweetness of baked goods.
- Quick oats. Oats provide a fabulously chewy texture and we’re using 3 whopping cups here. Use quick oats for best results in this cookie recipe.
- Chocolate chips. The quality of your chocolate truly matters. For best results, I recommend splurging on a quality brand. I always use Ghirardelli chocolate chips. My family really loved semi-sweet mini morsels in these cookies, but feel free to use your favorite baking chips.
how do you make chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies?
- Cream together the butter and sugars. In a large mixing bowl, use a stand mixer or a hand mixer and beat the softened butter and sugars on medium speed until combined and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Add eggs, vanilla, oats and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla extract; mix on high until fully combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the oats and salt and mix on low until just combined.
- Combine the dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda so there are no lumps.
- Add in the flour. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the flour to the dough.
- Mix in the chocolate chips. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed and fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly combined. At this point, you can chill the dough for about 30 minutes, so it isn’t so sticky.
- Scoop dough balls. Use a large spoon or cookie scoop to make dough balls. The dough doesn’t have to be perfectly formed into balls. Drop the cookie dough balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. The cookies, pictured, are about 2 tablespoons of dough. This will make approximately 37 medium-sized cookies.
- Bake. Cookies will need to bake for about 10-13 minutes. Remove from the oven right when edges start looking set and golden. The centers may look slightly undercooked, but they will continue to cook even after they are removed from the oven.
- Cool cookies. While the cookies are still warm, press a few extra chocolate chips into the tops for presentation. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to continue to cool.
- Enjoy! Serve while still warm and gooey. Or enjoy them after they’ve completely cooled. In my personal opinion, I love them even more after they’ve cooled. This is when the edges get a little crispy and the inside is super soft and chewy. Either way… yum!
does oatmeal cookie dough need to be chilled?
This oatmeal cookie dough doesn’t necessarily need to be chilled before baking. As long as your butter is not too soft and your kitchen is not too warm, these cookies will bake up just fine without being chilled.
When I was experimenting with this recipe, I tried baking the cookies without chilling the dough, chilling the dough for 30 minutes and chilling the dough several hours. The cookies were wonderful all three ways. However, I really enjoyed the cookies that I chilled for several hours. I noticed that the longer I chilled them, the more thick and chewier they were.
You can chill the dough before scooping out dough balls or after you’ve placed the dough balls on the baking sheet. Refrigerate dough for approximately 30 minutes to 3 hours and up to 3-4 days. If you are going to chill dough any longer than 3 hours, I would suggest transferring it to an airtight container.
oatmeal cookie variations
This oatmeal cookie recipe is the perfect base for any fun add-in ingredient that you’re craving. Honestly, these cookies are absolutely perfect as-is, but feel free to get creative and experiment with your favorite ingredients!
- Baking chips. Try using white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, toffee chips, mint chips, caramel bits, or any other fun baking add-ins.
- Nuts. I think adding in about 1 cup of chopped pecans would be amazing in these. You can also try adding walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, and/or macadamia nuts.
- Dried fruit. Try adding about 1 cup raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, chopped apricots, or chopped dates for an extra pizzaz of flavor.
- Sprinkles or M&M’s. Add in a handful of colored sprinkles or about 1 cup miniature or regular M&M’s, if you’d like to make these cookies extra fun!
tips for perfect chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
There are tons of tips and tricks for baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but follow the suggestions below and you’re sure to have the BEST oatmeal chocolate chip cookies of your life!
- Bake time + temp. Baking at 350ºF will guarantee your cookies melt at the perfect speed to get those crispy edges with a soft and chewy center – the MOST epic cookie. Bake for 10-13 minutes, depending how gooey you like the centers. Keep in mind, cookies continue to bake even after they are removed from the oven. Also, your bake time will vary depending on the size of your cookie.
- Don’t over mix. If you over mix the ingredients in this cookie recipe you may end up with flat cookies that don’t have the optimal tender crumb.
- Don’t over bake. I recommend experimenting with a couple of cookies before baking the entire recipe. This will help you find that sweet spot when it comes to bake time in your oven and your preferred gooeyness level. My daughter really liked the cookies baked for only 10 minutes because she likes a cookie that has a more doughy center. I like a soft, but more set center, so 12 minutes was perfect for me.
- Chill the dough. As mentioned previously, these cookies bake up fine without taking the time to chill the dough. However, we preferred the texture of these cookies when I chilled the dough for 2 hours. The chilling process really helped to make these cookies extra thick and chewy.
- Extra chocolate chips. Adding several extra chocolate chips on top of the cookies while they are still warm will make them look extra tasty.
- Bake on parchment or silicone. Parchment or better yet a silicone baking mat makes for the most perfect cookies. Greasing the baking sheet creates an overly greasy foundation, which will cause the cookies to spread too much. Silicone baking mats will grip onto the bottom of your cookies to prevent them from spreading too much. The mats also promote even browning.
how to store chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
CAN YOU MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES AHEAD? HOW TO FREEZE COOKIE DOUGH AND COOKIES?
Freezing oatmeal cookie dough. This oatmeal cookie dough recipe freezes beautifully. I love having cookie dough already mixed up, so I can bake a special treat whenever the craving hits or we host an impromptu get together.
Scoop out balls of cookie dough. Place the cookie dough in a freezer-safe baggie and freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months.
Thawing dough. When you’re ready to bake cookies, remove the dough balls from the freezer, set them on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat and let them thaw. Once they are close to room temperature (after about 1-2 hours) bake as directed in the recipe.
Bake from frozen. Baking from frozen will work just fine. The tops of your cookies may darken a bit more, but they will still be fabulous. Follow all of the cooking instructions, but add a minute or two onto the bake time.
Make ahead cookie dough. If you are wanting to prep just several days ahead, you can keep cookie dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezing baked cookies. These already-baked chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies freeze very well. Store in a freezer-safe container or baggie and freeze the cookies for up to 3 months.
Storing baked cookies. Baked cookies will keep in an airtight container or zip-top baggie for about 1 week, but I can’t imagine them lasting that long!
Beware, it’s really easy to eat about a dozen of these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies before you even realize what you just did. You only live once, though, so indulge and enjoy!
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup (200g) light or dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups (240g) quick oats
- 1 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups (250g) semi-sweet chocolate chips or semi-sweet mini morsels
- optional: 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Add the salt and oats and mix on low until just combined.
- In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda together so there are no lumps. Add this mixture to the dough and mix gently but don’t overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips (and nuts if using). Dough will be thick and sticky. You can chill for about 30 minutes, so it isn't so sticky or proceed with the recipe.
- Scoop dough out using a 1/8 cup measuring cup or 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, and roll into balls. Lay six dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes or just until edges are set. Do not over bake! Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, you can press a few more chocolate chips into the tops for presentation!
- For optimal chewiness, let cookies cool completely! If you’re less into chewiness and more into doughiness, then disregard my advice. I personally love them cooled and super chewy! Enjoy!