Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Best Ever Oatmeal Cookies

Old-fashioned oatmeal cookies are a cookie jar favorite.

45 min. prep time
48 cookies
41441 Ratings


3 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


Heat oven to 375°F.

Combine all ingredients except flour in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in flour until well mixed.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet.


Chocolate Drizzled Oatmeal Cookies: Prepare and bake cookies as directed above. Melt 1/2 cup real semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening. Drizzle mixture over cooled cookies.

Recipe Tip

- Stir in 1 cup of 1 of the following ingredients: mini real semi-sweet chocolate chips, raisins, chopped mixed dried fruit, sweetened flaked coconut or chopped pecans. Bake as directed above.

- Dough is best when baked the day it is made. If dough is stored in the refrigerator, the oats absorb liquid and cause the cookies to be dry.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 80

Fat: 3.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 75mg

Carbohydrates: 12g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #10553B©1998Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I followed recipe and used whole wheat flour instead of white. Added 1 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/2 c. shredded coconut and baked on parchment paper. Delicious!!! Cookie's tend to spread out. Use a small ice cream scoop to measure dough & do not flatten.
This recipe was awful. They spread and had a terrible flavor.
these cookies are cake like and not very enjoyable at all, if you actually want a traditional oatmeal cookie.
It's personal preference, but I think the lack of cinnamon lets the oatmeal shine. The extra butter makes the cookies delicious, as well. I did measure the sugar a bit sparingly (maybe a couple tablespoons less), and the flour a bit generously (a couple tablespoons more), again personal preference. Absolutely delicious.
I added cinnamon and the flavor was better, but these cookies came out flat and not as great as other recipes I have tried. I wanted to try a new recipe, but this one was disappointing.
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Amber, sorry to hear you had some issues with this recipe. Many things can cause cookies to spread. For example, if the butter was too soft or pan too hot, the cookies are likely to flatten out. We hope you'll give this another try!
Posted October 20, 2015
Wow! loving this recipe!! got it right the first time, did add less sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Will definitely make more of this and will add some nuts or sesame seeds
The dough already tasted amazing but I loved the outcome of the cookies. I have tried many cookies but this is hard to beat. I would recommend this to everyone.
These turned out perfect and we loved them! simple, easy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe. This one is a keeper!
These oatmeal cookies are simple and delicious. I did add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 cup of "plumped" raisins. Otherwise I followed the recipe to a tee and they were the moist, chewy oatmeal cookies that are my family's favorite. Thank you Land O Lakes!
This is a good "simple" oatmeal cookie, however, in flavor, I feel it is missing something, like cinnamon, etc. But as stated for a easy to make "simple" cookie, it is good.
Best ever oatmeal cookies
WORST cookies I have ever made! It does not deserve a star.
When I saw 1 cup of butter... I thought that it had to be a huge error... Half would have sufficed.
More brown sugar than flour, no spices... Off and wrong in all directions.
But, instead of checking my old reliable cookbook, I foolishly followed this bad recipe.
I give cookies to everyone to cheer them up. These can't be given to anyone.
Waste of efforts, time and money.
Cookie shape is too flat. I added more flour and then they looked like pictured.
This recipe is the best of all oatmeal cookies.. i also add walnuts, chocolate chips, and they never last more than two hours.. I have to hide some if i want them to last. they are the best ever!!
This is the oatmeal cookie recipe I've been looking for! I added some cinnamon, they're the right amount of chewy and not cakes at all
I made this recipe Gluten Free and it's the best oatmeal cookie I've ever made -- Gluten Free or not!

I followed the recipe but used a GF flour blend I purchased, added 1 teaspoon of Xantham gum and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 6 ounces of raisins.

I reduced the baking temp to 350. I use both a Teflon cookie sheet and a professional shinny aluminum cookie sheet. I line both with non-stick foil (one less thing to wash). The Teflon pan takes 11-12 minutes and the shinny pan takes 12-13 minutes to bake.

Test Kitchen Comment


Sorry this cookie did not meet your expectation for an oatmeal cookie. This cookie is a chewy type cookie rather than a real crisp one.
Posted June 24, 2013
I made this cookies today afternoon and they are perfect; I just added cinnamon and chocolate chips and everyone in my family loved them. Thank you for the recipe.
Worst cookies recipe I ever made. A waste of a cup of butter and sugar. Fed them to my squirrels and they turned up there nose at them too. Second batch I added 1/4 cup apple juice as a binder and so they would rise.

Since liquid is not called for the cookies just fall apart in crumbs without a binder. Still looking for my Betty Crocker Cookie Book from the 50'S.
These are the oatmeal cookies I've been searching for, for years! I wouldn't change a thing!
This recipe is just what I was looking for!
I just complete this recipe. I made half the batch as it is only my husband and I, but these cookies were amazing!! I did take it upon myself to add about a teaspoon of ground cinnamon in because to me, that ingredient makes an oatmeal cookie.

I had my husband taste test my final product and he said they were very good! He is pretty picky on oatmeal cookies, but loved these. I bet they won't last 3 days in this house :)

He much prefers these over my sugar cookies I made him the other day! And I must say there is something "Home-y" about freshly made oatmeal cookies!! This will be my go to recipe for these from now on!!
I have made this recipe several times now and I can honestly say these are the best ever oatmeal cookies!! My husband loves these cookies. They are the only cookies he ever wants me to bake. I have to hide some cookies in the freezer just so he doesn't eat the whole batch.
My daughter made these, they were the best ever. Now I make them, but I bake them longer cause I love them crunchier. This is now one of my favorite cookies.
Yummy! I added a touch of cinnamon, because I cannot imagine oatmeal cookies without it. This will be added to my favorite cookie recipes. Next time will try with golden raisins.
These are the best oatmeal cookies I've had. I make these at least once every week, my friends and my family loved them, they just disappear the next day
follow cookie recipe,but make these filled cookies with a date paste,using a filling made up of 1C. chopped dates and 1/4C. lemon juice cooked 'til smooth then cooled,spread between 2 cookies.yum
I generally don't like Oatmeal Cookies, but made these and they were awesome. I make them often now.
I just made this recipe, this morning. I addeed 300 grams of semi sweet chips and two handfuls of crushed walnuts. Thought I would try it out, before the Christmas season approaches. I'm 47 and can cook up a storm but baking is not my thing.
These are fantastic! I will make them for my daughter and family come Christmas when they visit. Sean's asleep as he works shifts but when he wakes up, I'm sure he will agree!
I can't make these fast enough, when suddenly they disappear . Crunchy and chewy, what a combo!!!
Besides tasting great, it's a healthy snack for the kids and your someone special!
I make these every year for Thanksgiving. They make a ton and are always wiped out. I add chocolate chips and walnuts. DELICIOUS!
i loved this recipe it was so good. i am a teen and i love baking and my family just loved these cookies we alwo added walnuts that makes the great.
This recipe is great!
These oatmeal cookies were very moist and good. I added some mini chocolate chips to the batter
My mother was craving oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and
these were perfect! I added 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate
chips to the recipe and they turned out moist and delicious! I
will make them again! :
These are great cookies, especially when chocolate chips and pecans are added to them. They are crisp on the edges and chewy on the inside. With 12 oz. of chocolate chips and 2/3 cup chopped pecans, I got 5 dozen cookies. These keep well in the freezer.
I made them once this week and they went so fast I am about to make them again. My teenagers liked them and that says alot.
These really are the best ever oatmeal cookies. We made 3 batches... first two batches we added rasins - OMG WONDERFUL! the 3rd batch - we put 1/2 dark chocolate chips and 1/2 chopped pecans. THese were amazing! Can't wait to do other combinations. These were really fast and easy to make too!
My absolute favorite cookie recipe of all time! To make it healthier, I use whole wheat flour. But honestly I get about 70 cookies per batch and they are gone within three days. They are the perfect base cookie, meaning you can add pretty much anything on top that you want. I love to add peanut butter cups or any type of candy. Try them you will not be disappointed!
Good stuff.
These are wonderful and I have tried far too many oatmeal cookie recipes! I've made them three times already and the last time I made them, I added cocoa, chocolate chips and coconut.
made these for the holidays and everyone ranted and raved about then wanting the recipe. they were VERY easy to make and were very moist
My daughter-in-law and I made these one night when we were have the "munchies". We added a package of chocolate bits. They are wonderful! That solved our "munchy" problem, for sure.
I make cookies at Christmas and always have little bags of coconut, nuts etc in my fridge until next Christmas. To remedy this, I made this recipe, split the dough in half and added my leftover coconut to one batch and leftover walnuts to the other half. Be careful not to over bake, pull them out of oven when they begin to brown-no later!
It was easy and fun to make. The kids enjoyed it.

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