My Favourite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

This oatmeal cookie recipe is a family favourite. It is soft and chewy, lightly spiced, and easy to customize with whatever add-ins you fancy!

Oatmeal cookie recipe with Krispy cereal add-ins

Oatmeal cookies might not be the fanciest looking cookie, but I think it is their old fashioned vibe that make them extra special.

They are kind of nostalgic really. When you think about how many generations have spent time together in the kitchen making this simple cookie. I am sure every family has their own special recipe passed down from their grandmother or mother.

What you will love about this recipe

  • KID FRIENDLY – Not only can kids help make these easy oatmeal cookies, but they will love eating them too! They are great for lunch boxes or for an after school snack
  • INEXPENSIVE TO MAKE – made with simple ingredients you already have on hand
  • FREEZE WELL – easy to freeze, you can easily double the recipe and freeze the dough for baking later, or bake it all up and freeze the cookies in an air tight container for up to three months

What I love about this recipe is the soft, chewy texture that results. But, even more so is the combination of spices that give them that extra special flavour.

Oatmeal cookie broken in half beside a stack of cookies

Are Oatmeal Cookies Healthy

I would love to tell you that this is a healthy option, given the sugar and white flour used in the recipe I wouldn’t exactly call it healthy. However, I always consider homemade cookies a healthier option than commercially prepared cookies since I know exactly what is in them! No unknown chemicals or preservatives, or things I can’t pronounce.

Enjoying a cookie or two with a cup of tea can be very good for your soul!

ingredients for homemade oatmeal cookies

Ingredients for Oatmeal cookies

  • butter
  • white granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • rolled oats
  • all purpose flour (if you have the option, fresh milled flour is definitely the best choice)
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon, allspice and cloves
  • optional add-ins such as crispy cereal, raisons, or chocolate chips

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Instructions

creaming butter and sugars together for cookies

Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. I always used to rush this step, but allowing 2-3 minutes to really get these ingredients blended and fluffy is well worth it.

Eggs and vanilla added to cookie batter

Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix well for another minute to fully incorporate.

sifting flour and spices into the oatmeal cookie recipe

Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and spices into the batter. Mix just to combine.

adding oats to the cookie batter

Add rolled outs and with mixer set to stir, mix until well combined.

After oats are well incorporated, feel free to add in any of the extra’s you want. I separated my batter into two and added raisons into half and crispy cereal into the other half.

scoops of cookie dough on a baking sheet ready to into the oven

Scoop dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet, allowing 2 inches for cookies to spread. I use a cookie scoop for portioning out my dough onto the cookie sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are just starting to turn golden.

Oatmeal cookies stacked on a plate

Whether you are baking for the holidays or just looking for an oatmeal cookie recipe that is easy and delicious you will definitely want to add this one to your recipe box!


Oatmeal Cookies stacked on parchment paper

More cookie recipes you will love…

Toblerone Shortbread

Brickle Drop Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Oatmeal cookie broken in half beside a stack of cookies

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Yield: 3 dozen large cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes 11 seconds
Total Time: 22 minutes 11 seconds

This oatmeal cookie recipe results in delicious soft and chewy cookie that you can customize to your liking with add-ins such as chocolate chips or crispy rice cereal. Easy to make with ingredients you have in your pantry it is sure to be a family favourite.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugary, lightly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, raisins or crispy cereal (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes)
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 1 minute.
  4. Sift in flour, baking soda, salt and spices and mix well
  5. Add oats and mix on low speed just until combined. Stir in any additional add-ins you wish
  6. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each
  7. Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes, just until edges are golden. Remove from oven, allow to rest on cookie sheet for about 1-2 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.


Store any cookies in an air tight container for 2-3 days at room temperature or wrap tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.

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