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Oatmeal Cookies | How to Make the World’s Best

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Oat­meal Cook­ies are that base cook­ie recipe that every­one needs in their reper­toire. From that one basic recipe, you can cre­ate a myr­i­ad of deli­cious­ly dif­fer­ent cook­ies. This one is now my go-to oat­meal cook­ie, the begin­ning of all our fam­i­ly favorites.

I start­ed play­ing around with and tweak­ing our old recipe and this new and improved oat­meal cook­ie is the result. David has declared them the World’s Best Oat­meal Cook­ies and he loves them best with some chopped pecans.

You’re going to love how sim­ple and ver­sa­tile the recipe is. And the cook­ies? Well, pic­ture deep, dark brown sug­ar, carame­ly fla­vor. Top it with slight­ly crunchy edges and exte­ri­or and an out­ra­geous­ly con­trast­ing soft, chewy cen­ter. Yeah…it’s that kind of per­fect cookie.

I hope you love them! I hope you make them your own and add in all your favorite extras. Enjoy, my friend!

oatmeal cookies on a dessert plate with a glass of milk on the side

How to Make The Best Oatmeal Cookies

There’s real­ly no spe­cial secret to these deli­cious cook­ies. It’s the stan­dard cook­ie formula.

  • Cream the but­ter and sugars.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingre­di­ents and mix to combine.
  • When dough has formed, stir in any addi­tion­al mix-ins you’ve chosen.
  • Bake at 350° on a light­ly greased cook­ie sheet for 9–11 minutes.
  • Cool on the tray for about 5 min­utes before remov­ing to the cool­ing rack to fin­ish set­ting up.

Tools or Equipment for Oatmeal Cookies

Stan­dard equip­ment will serve you well. I have used my stand mix­er to make these, but typ­i­cal­ly mix up the easy recipe by hand in a glass bat­ter bowl, with a wood­en spoon. I do use a larg­er than aver­age cook­ie scoop for these. The one I use is found on *Ama­zon:

It is a #20 — size scoop, usu­al­ly intend­ed for muffins and cup­cakes, but works beau­ti­ful­ly for these tasty cookies.

oatmeal cookies

Enjoy your bak­ing ses­sion! Your fam­i­ly will love my Oat­meal Cook­ies and you’ll be a kitchen hero!

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Best Oatmeal Cookies

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 20 min­utes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


The per­fect “base” cook­ie recipe to add to your files.  These oat­meal cook­ies are extra­or­di­nary, just on their own.  Change them up with your favorite add-ins and real­ly make the recipe your own.


  • 1 cup but­ter, soft­ened (not melted)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-pur­pose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
  • 1 tea­spoon cin­na­mon, optional
  • Option­al mix-ins: 1 cup raisins, chopped nuts, dried fruit or choco­late chips or but­ter­scotch chips


  1. Cream but­ter and sugars.
  2. Add eggs and vanil­la and mix until combined.
  3. Add flour, oats and bak­ing soda and mix until all ingre­di­ents are incor­po­rat­ed and soft dough has formed.
  4. Stir in mix-ins, if using.
  5. Scoop onto light­ly greased *cook­ie sheet, spac­ing cook­ies 2 across and 4 down to give them room to spread.  (I use this #20-sized scoop, which holds just under 3 Table­spoons of dough.  This makes a great-sized cook­ie for a snack.  You can make them small­er, if you choose, but you will need to adjust the bak­ing time and of course, will enjoy a larg­er yield.)
  6. Bake at 350° for 9 ‑11 min­utes.  Cook­ies will be only light­ly browned, but dry on the sur­face.  Edges will be golden. 
  7. Remove bak­ing sheet from oven to a cool­ing rack and allow cook­ies to rest on bak­ing sheet for at least 5 min­utes before remov­ing them.  That will allow them to set up as they cool.


  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Cook­ies, Dessert
  • Method: bak­ing
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

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