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Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

The BEST Chewy Oatmeal Cookie ever! This family recipe is a great basic oatmeal cookie that can be customized with raisins, craisins, nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you'd like.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen or more depending on size


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (omit for chewy cookies)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 or 4 cups old fashioned oatmeal (see note)

Optional Mix Ins and Toppings:

  • nuts, raisins, candied cherries, chocolate chips, sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Using a stand or hand-held mixer, cream the butter, eggs, and sugars until well combined. Omit powdered sugar for a chewier cookie. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Sift together baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Add to butter mixture until completely incorporated.
  • Add 3 cups of oatmeal to the mixture. If it is too gooey to work with, add more until it can be rolled into balls. Add the nuts or raisins if using.
  • Place small balls of dough on a slightly greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly before baking. Sprinkle with decorations, if desired. Make sure to leave enough space between cookies as they spread quite a bit. If you omit the powdered sugar, leave even more space, perhaps only 6 cookies per cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. They will spread and be flat and chewy. If you use the powdered sugar, they will be flat and crispy. Adding more oatmeal and raisins/nuts will make them thicker and chewier.
  • Remove from cookie sheet to a cooling rack immediately or they will stick.


I prefer old fashioned oatmeal for this recipe.  You may use quick oats, but the cookies will be more homogenous.
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Keyword cookies, dessert