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These Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are crisp around the edges and perfectly soft on the inside! With ingredients you likely already have, a no-chill cookie dough and super easy instructions, anyone can perfect these cookies!

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Stack of four chewy oatmeal cookies with milk

If you were given the choice between a cookie choc-full of chocolate chips, a frosted sugar cookie and a simple oatmeal cookie, which would you choose? One of each? Yeah, me too! 😉

Choosing a cookie to make on any given day totally depends on my mood. And although some days I’m all for a cookie full of peanut butter, chocolate chips and M&M’s, there are many times a simple oatmeal cookie is more my style.

My husband’s “Grandma D” is where this cookie came from. And I’m so so SO glad it’s been passed down the family tree, because they’re good in so many ways. Chewy, sweet and just-a-bit salty, crisp around the edges and easy to make. Don’t ya just love it when a recipe checks all the boxes?! Yep, me too.

Chewy oatmeal cookie with a bite out of it

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter or Margarine – Softened
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar – Light or Dark Brown Sugar will work!
  • Eggs – 2 Large or Extra Large (or 3 medium eggs)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Old Fashioned Oats – Uncooked (Don’t have old fashioned oats? You can use quick oats, but the texture of the finished product will be less chewy)
Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Closeup

Tips for Making Amazing Cookies

These cookies are as simple as they come, but I’ve got a few tips to keep in mind!

Measure Ingredients Correctly – Brown sugar should be packed into the measuring cup; flour should be spooned into the measuring cup.
Check Expiration Dates – This is especially important with leavening agents (baking powder, baking soda).
Use Parchment Paper – Or a silicon baking mat! You can also use a non-stick baking sheet, but they might still stick on those pans.
Don’t Over-Bake the Cookies – These cookies will be a nice golden brown on the edges when they’re done. The center of the cookies won’t have a lot of color, but the cookies will set up once they cool. Remember, all ovens cook a little differently so the bake time I have in the recipe is just what’s works for mine.

Stack of chewy oatmeal cookies with milk

How to Store Cookies

If you think you’ll finish the cookies within five days, simply keep them in an air-tight container on the counter. If you want to save some for another time, these cookies (most cookies, really) freeze well. Place the cookies in a resealable freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months.

Other Cookies You Might Like

Oatmeal Scotchies – Oatmeal Scotchies are chewy cookies full of oatmeal, peanut butter, brown sugar, a hint of cinnamon and studded with butterscotch and white chocolate chips!
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies – With a soft, chewy interior and rich chocolate flavor, they’re perfect for snacks, dessert or to keep in the freezer for unexpected company!
Funfetti Cookies – All kids (and adults!) love these colorful cookies studded with sprinkles and white chocolate chips!
Cookies & Cream Cookies – These Cookies & Cream Cookies are crisp around the edges, soft and creamy in the middle and loaded with Oreo cookies!
Double Chocolate Crackle Cookies – These Double Chocolate Crackle Cookies are slightly crunchy around the edges and soft and chocolate-y in the center. Better yet, the fact that there’s just a few ingredients (starting with a cake mix!) means they’re a cinch to make!

Stack of chewy oatmeal cookies with milk

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5 from 2 votes

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
24 large cookies (36 smaller cookies)
These Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are crisp around the edges and perfectly soft on the inside! With ingredients you likely already have, a no-chill cookie dough and super easy instructions, anyone can perfect these cookies!


  • 1 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, sugar and brown sugar; beat until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg and vanilla, then the baking soda, salt and flour.
  • Lastly, stir in the oats.
  • Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, making sure to give plenty of room between cookies. (9 large cookies on a pan is fine, or you can do 12 smaller cookies on one pan)
  • Bake the cookies one pan at a time for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are a light golden brown.
  • Let cool and remove from the pan.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    Man. I made these with chocolate chunks and I also subbed butter for lard — Tenderflake. Holy smokes these are 10/10. So easy to make.

  2. I made these exactly as recipe indicated. They are delicious. I can’t stop eating them.

  3. 5 stars
    I forgot to rate the recipe with my comment. 5 out of 5.