Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: About 24 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Thick, chewy, and soft, these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are bursting with ooey gooey chocolate goodness that everyone will love. Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide here!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Sweet with a hint of cinnamon and loads of chocolate chips. Chocolate chips > raisins.
Texture: Thick, chewy, soft, crisp at the edges, and a little chunky.
Ease: Super easy.
Appearance: Don’t you just want to take a big bite out of one?
Pros: No raisins!! 😉
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? I’ve made these countless times.

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 a chocolate chip cookie only to discover they’re RAISINS instead. It’s such a horrendous surprise.

Thick, chewy, and soft, these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are bursting with ooey gooey chocolate goodness that everyone will love.

You think your bite it going to be full of bursts of slightly gooey chocolate gems but instead you’re left with 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?!

My FAVORITE chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe. These actually stay soft!!

How to Make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Video:

Be sure to check out my other step-by-step recipe videos here!

Thick, chewy, and soft, these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are bursting with ooey gooey chocolate goodness that everyone will love.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Tips


Be sure to use unsalted butter that’s at a cool room temperature, about 67°F. Butter that’s too warm may cause the 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.

Click here to learn why I only use unsalted butter when baking.


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 recipe typically won’t work. The next two ingredients I cover help to add moisture to counteract the oats.

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!

Egg yolk

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.

Make Ahead

This dough will keep covered in the fridge for up to 2 days. Allow it to return to room temperature before scooping and baking.

You can freeze just about any drop cookie recipe as well! Freeze pre portioned balls of dough in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks. Learn more about freezing and baking frozen cookie dough here.

Cookie Customization Guide

My FREE printable Cookie Customization Guide shows you more quick swaps to customize any cookie recipe to make it softer, chewier, crispier, or whatever your heart desires!

Thick, chewy, and soft, these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are bursting with ooey gooey chocolate goodness that everyone will love.

There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cookie with a glass of cold milk! xo

More Cookie Recipes:

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.

5.0 rating
5 reviews

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields About 24 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 3/4 cups (222 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus one egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (270 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.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown 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 spoon or spring-loaded scoop, drop 3-tablespoon sized balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

    Bake for about 14 to 15 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.


Recipe Notes

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a picture and share it on Instagram with #handletheheat so we can all see!

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!)

Find Tessa on  

46 Responses to “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — July 1, 2013 at 4:12 am

    These are one of my favorite cookies. I always love having more recipes for it! These look delicious 😀

  2. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 1, 2013 at 4:56 am

    If I plan on eating the cookies, I always replace the raisins with chocolate chips. I just can’t handle them. These look absolutely perfect!

  3. #
    Tracey — July 1, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Haha, I like both raisins and chocolate chips in my oatmeal cookies. I blame my love of Raisinets for that! These look awesome!

  4. #
    Tieghan — July 1, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I HATE rasins and especially hate them in my cookies so I feel you! These however look amazing! My kind of cookie for sure!

  5. #
    Rachel Cooks — July 1, 2013 at 6:30 am

    These look so thick and perfect!

  6. #
    [email protected] — July 1, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! I can see why you’ve already made these twice!

  7. #
    Christine — July 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Yummy yummy! I have a huge thing for the ones that they serve at Potbelly’s, and these look and sound like a great substitute (if not better)! Thanks for all the awesome recipes, Tessa 🙂

  8. #
    Annie @ Annie's Noms — July 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I totally agree! There have been many a time when I’ve thought I was about to bite into chocolate only to find out it’s a raisin! Loving these, definitely be making them so I know that when I bite into them there won’t be any raisins hiding in there haha!

  9. #
    Mihai @ World in a Cupcake — July 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Your photos are simply delicious! We would love to publish them on World in a Cupcake if you would like to submit some.

  10. #
    Denise — July 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I hate raisins too! And it sucks because I love oatmeal cookies and they usually come with raisins, which I don’t really get. 😛 Glad you finally have a recipe for a perfectly chewy and raisin-less oatmeal cookie! Can’t wait to ask my aunt to try these out. 🙂

  11. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — July 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I saw a meme once that said “Raisins that look like chocolate chip cookies are the reason I have trust issues” LOL so true!

  12. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — July 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Thank you! Dried fruit is great in my eyes but not in cookies! The fruit and nut chocolate bar has to be worse creation in the world of chocolate bars; been tricked so many times>_<
    I love these!

  13. #
    Jillian — July 4, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I just got the first batch out of the oven and they are divine! I look forward to sharing them at the neighborhood 4th if July cookout!

    • #
      Tessa — July 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

      I’m so happy to hear that! Have a great holiday weekend 🙂

  14. #
    Keith — July 31, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I love butterscotch chips in oatmeal cookies too – one of my favorites growing up.

    Just discovered your blog today – what a treat!

  15. #
    Anna — August 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Just made these and they are delicious! The whole family loves them. Not sure they will last the weekend.

  16. #
    Lucy — August 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Delicious! I like that the cookies are very oat-ey, don’t spread, and stay nice and soft! I will definitely be holding on to this recipe! Thanks!

  17. #
    Tina — August 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I tried these and they were absolutely a-maz-ing!!! Soo yummy 🙂 I love oatmeal cookies so I really wanted to try this recipe.

    I saw on the Quaker oats box a recipe for “vanishing oatmeal raisin cookies”. Yeah right!!!`

  18. #
    Paula — September 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    PISTACHIO ICE CREAM!! I thought it was mint chocolate chip. Hate pistachio to this day because it tricked me.

  19. #
    Camille — December 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Made these yesterday. Best oatmeal cookie recipe ever and ZOMG cinnamon! Always adding that from now on.

  20. #
    Laura — August 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    You never let me down! I wanted to find a better oatmeal cookie recipe than my old standby and checked my go-to blogs—yours was one of them of course! But only you had exactly what I was looking for!! Thick and chewy with some crunch on the edge and lots of chocolate chips! Certainly not raisins– oh, the HORROR!!

    • #
      Tessa — August 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Haha!! So glad I had exactly what you were looking for, great minds think alike 😉

  21. #
    debbie — September 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

    What happens if I just add 1/2 C oats to your ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe? That’s what I really wanna do cuz those cookies are fantastic.

    • #
      Tessa — September 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      1/2 cup oats should work fine in that recipe!

  22. #
    lisa g. — February 7, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    These look so good I gotta make them! I made a chewy oatmeal CCC recipe from another website and I swear they ended up hards as rocks and fast too. Nearly broke off my teeth! And it wasnt my creaming method that did it either. Seriously they sucked. So I pray these cookies stop my searching desparately for awesome oatmeal CCC!

  23. #
    Kelly — June 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I really wish that weights for the ingredients were listed!! I’m about to make these and am hoping they come out well 🙂

  24. #
    Vanessa — June 17, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Tessa, I love your website. I cannot wait to make these WITH raisins LOL! I have an uncle that always asks me for Oatmeal Raisin cookies, so I am going to use your recipe and replace the chocolate chips with raisins. 🙂 THE HORROR!!! LOL!

    • #
      Tessa — June 19, 2016 at 7:06 am

      LOL 🙂

  25. #
    Sol — December 10, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Dare I say this? I was wondering if the recipe is altered if raisins *gasp* ARE in it & no chocolate?
    I get terrible headaches from any chocolate & these with raisins are my stepsons favorite. Any type of bonding (he makes them WITH me!) I’ll put up with the shame of the raisin. Or instead I put blueberries & lemon zest in it? I guess I’m asking if the above recipe would work with my desired additions. Thanks. I forward this to all of my lucky chocolate loving-eating friends!

  26. #
    Kelly — February 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    These came out beautifully! I got creative and added chopped dried tart cherries and walnuts to go with the chocolate. I love love love the substantial texture of oatmeal cookies but am so unimpressed with raisins :s so once those are replaced with yummier options we get a delicious result. Thanks!

    • #
      Tessa — February 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm


  27. #
    Nilemami — March 2, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I too am a fan of raisins being my favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin. Will be making these tonight with raisin. Mmmm can’t wait. Will be trying your Nutella stuffed Churro’s this weekend.

  28. #
    Teresa — June 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Tessa, I only have quick rolled oas will they work or will it change the cookie? Thanks Teresa

  29. #
    jean — October 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    is this similar to your cookie customization recipes? as i have this from you, but was wondering if i added oatmeal to your cookie customization recipe would it turn out like these thanks jean

  30. #
    Rachel — April 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    These came out perfectly on the first try! Super easy, just needed a little elbow grease to really make sure the oats were thoroughly combined. I second the question about customized cookie recipes! Would the normal adjustments ruin anything or is it safe to experiment? 🙂

    5.0 rating

  31. #
    Mary — September 9, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I’m constantly searching for 3 recipes: the best chocolate chip recipe, the best chocolate cake recipe and the best oatmeal cookies. I just made these cookies and they taste sooo good. However, they didn’t flatten out like the nice ones you get at bakery’s and they stayed as thick as they were after I flattened them slightly beforehand baking. Can you please tell me if I did something wrong? Or can you tell me what do to get the cookies flat without shaping them beforehand baking? Please advise. Thanks 🙂

  32. #
    Gail — September 21, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I love oatmeal cookies but unlike everyone here, I LOVE the raisins in oatmeal cookies! I wonder if raisinets would be a good alternative? A little chocolate AND raisins…hmmmm! Gotta try it!

    • #
      Tessa — September 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      YES! Love that idea.

  33. #
    Patricia Pines — September 21, 2018 at 7:06 am

    And I thought I was the only person that didn’t care for raisins in cookies. Thank you!! 🙂 I’m looking forward to making these and the apple bars you posted. Have a great weekend.

    • #
      Tessa — September 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Glad we’re on the same page 🙂 Hope you enjoy both recipes!

  34. #
    Kevin Ha — September 22, 2018 at 11:40 am

    About to pop the cookies in the oven right now! Cannot contain my excitement to taste these! Love your recipes Tessa!

    5.0 rating

  35. #
    imgrum — September 24, 2018 at 2:27 am

    The cookies sounds so easy and nice to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    5.0 rating

  36. #
    Kris — October 11, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I am in cookie heaven! Tessa!!! The cookies are just amazing! Forget the old recipe, this is the ultimate! To those planning to make these, it helps a lot to watch the video., how Tessa rolls them and flatten them a bit. No fail! Thank you so so much!

    5.0 rating

  37. #
    Kate — October 16, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I made these following the recipe-Fantastic. Then I made them with a cup of chopped walnuts and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg-Again Fantastic. The nuts cut the sweetness. I love the chewiness of the oats. Best oatmeal cookie recipe!

    5.0 rating

  38. #
    Ellen — November 19, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I have light brown sugar and molasses in my pantry. How much molasses should I add if I use the light briwn sugar? Of course, I also have white sugar.

  39. #
    Elisabeth — November 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Can I use GF flour instead?

Leave a Comment

Join the Handle the Heat Community

Join the Handle the Heat Community
Do you want a more delicious life?
Instead of digging through cookbooks and magazines and searching the internet for amazing recipes, subscribe to Handle the Heat to receive new recipe posts delivered straight to your email inbox. You’ll get all the latest recipes, videos, kitchen tips and tricks AND my *free* Cookie Customization Guide (because I am the Cookie Queen)!


As Seen On....
NPR People Time Glamour Readers Digest The Huffington Post BuzzFeed