Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Bake up a batch of soft and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and watch them disappear! Browned butter adds a caramel-like flavor that complements the rich cocoa and crunchy pecans.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Table of Contents
  1. Oat Selection
  2. Brown the butter
  3. Use two types of sugars
  4. Chocolate selection
  5. Preparing the dough
  6. Optional things to try
  7. Baking tips
  8. FAQ
  9. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

A classic oatmeal cookie recipe is a must in your baking repertoire and perfect for sharing during the holidays. I usually add sweet raisins, but melty chocolate chips take the traditional dough base to the next level. It’s the best of both worlds! Plus, some crunchy chopped pecans add a nice snappy contrast to each bite.

Oatmeal has a neutral taste, so I recommend taking a few extra minutes to brown the butter, developing caramel notes. It dramatically enhances the flavor. These large bakery-style treats have crisp edges and a dense, chewy center. I love eating them warm from the tray to enjoy the freshly melted chips.

ingredients in bowls with labels

Oat Selection

There are various types of oats at the store that you can buy, but to yield chewy cookies, old-fashioned rolled oats are your best bet. They retain their flaky oval shape and texture when baked. The base is a majority of oats (three cups), so you won’t lose the mild sweet quality. 

These cookies are one of the few sweet treats packed with fiber and other nutritional benefits from the grain. Avoid using the extra thick oat varieties, as they taste too hard. If you only have instant or quick oats on hand, you can use them, although the results won’t be as chewy.

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Brown the butter

There are taste and texture benefits to using melted unsalted butter. Melting the fat creates a dense texture instead of a cakey texture. More liquid is available for hydrating the flour proteins to develop gluten. While melted, toast the milk solids for a few extra minutes until you can smell a butterscotch aroma.

Due to the Maillard browning reaction, the solids change color and develop hundreds of new flavors. The process happens quickly, so keep a close eye for appearance change and your nose to indicate doneness.

Use two types of sugars

Yes, sugar adds sweetness to cookies, but that’s not all. I use granulated sugar for a pure sweetness flavor. Plus, it helps to crisp the edges of the cookies because the crystalline structure doesn’t dissolve as much.

For a molasses flavor, add dark brown sugar. It’s also great for attracting moisture from the environment because it’s a humectant, keeping the centers slightly moist. 

Chocolate selection

You can use various types of chocolate in this recipe, except for white chocolate. I find it too sweet, and you miss out on the intense cocoa taste. Semi-sweet chocolate chips are a solid choice with the right balance of sweet and bitter notes. 

If you are a fan of dark chocolate, 60 to 70% cacao level is delicious. You can even use chunks for a gourmet and rustic appearance or chop up blocks. However, it won’t hold its shape and will get more melted into the cookie.

Preparing the dough

The ratio of oat-to-flour is critical. I use 3 parts oats to 1 part flour to ensure a chewy texture instead of a dry and cakey structure. Using unsaturated fat like vegetable oil and melted butter keeps the batter denser. A whole egg plus an egg yolk helps with binding and moisture, which is needed since I only use a tiny amount of flour. 

This cookie dough is easy to bring together, with no fancy mixing or chilling needed. First, combine the dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda (for crispiness), and salt. Then mix in the wet ingredients, the butter, oil, sugars, and eggs. Add in the oats, chocolate, and nuts, last.

You’ll notice that the dough is very thick. Make sure to compress about a ¼ cup of dough tightly into a ball to stick everything together.

chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and rolled oats in a bowl

Optional things to try

For a giant cookie that’s even in thickness, use the bottom of a bowl or measuring cup to flatten the dough into a disc shape. If you like a slight saltiness, I suggest sprinkling a pinch of flaky sea salt like Maldon on top right before baking. It enhances the rich flavor of the chocolate.

Baking tips

These oatmeal cookies bake up fast, just 10 minutes! The trick is to bake one sheet at a time, flipping the tray halfway through for even browning. I heat the oven to 375ºF (191ºC) to ensure the dough turns a lightly browned color on the surface.

The cookies should look just set, with a soft center to retain their chew. Let them cool on the warm tray for 5 minutes to finish cooking the bottom gently and crisp the edges further.

oatmeal cookies cooling on a wire rack

FAQ

Are oatmeal chocolate chip cookies healthy?

The abundance of old-fashioned rolled oats in the cookie dough provides additional nutrient-dense ingredients compared to other recipes. The oats are rich in soluble fiber like beta-glucan and insoluble fiber, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. It’s still a dessert, so moderation is key.

Can these cookies be made gluten-free?

Yes! Just make sure to look on the labels for gluten-free oats. Oats naturally do not contain gluten but may be processed in facilities that make other products containing the allergen. Any 1:1 gluten-free flour can be substituted for the wheat flour without impacting taste.

Can you make the cookies half the size?

Yes, you can make them into smaller 2 tablespoon portions. Check for doneness a few minutes earlier, as they will bake faster. Immediately transfer to a cooling rack, so the dough stays chewy and moist.

a stack of cookies on a sheet pan

Bloom the spices in hot butter

The cinnamon and nutmeg are added directly to the dry ingredients because they are easier to mix. To intensify their aromas, incorporate them into the browned butter. The hot fat helps bloom the spices, extracting fat-soluble flavor compounds for a more robust taste in the cookie. When mixing it in, you’ll immediately detect the smell and notice a more potent aroma as the cookie bakes.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake up a batch of soft and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies made using browned butter which adds a wonderful caramel-like flavor.
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4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings 16 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped, optional

Instructions 

  • Set the oven rack to the center position—Preheat to 375ºF (191ºC).
  • Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set it aside.
  • Heat butter in an 8-inch skillet over medium-high heat, swirling to melt evenly. Stir and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula until butter is golden brown and nutty in aroma, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Transfer browned butter to a large bowl, making sure to scrape all of the bits from the pan. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and oil. Whisk together until combined. Whisk in eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Use a spatula to fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture until combined, 1 minute.
  • Stir in oats, chocolate chips, pecans (if using) until combined. The dough will be stiff in texture.
  • Divide the dough into ¼ cup (60g) sized portions. Roll into a ball and place 2-inches apart on the baking sheet, 8 cookies per pan.
  • Use the bottom of a measuring cup or ramekin to press each dough ball into 2 ½-inch wide cookies. Re-form edges into a circle if needed.
  • Bake one sheet at a time. The edges should be set, lightly browned on the surface, and the centers soft but not wet, about 8 to 10 minutes. Rotate halfway through baking.
  • Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before serving.

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Notes

  • Cookie Dough Size: 2 ounces; 60g; ¼ cup packed.
  • Make it Gluten-Free: Substitute gluten-free flour for all-purpose flour, and make sure the rolled oats are certified gluten-free. I recommend Bob’s Redmill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour.
  • For Extra Flavor: Sprinkle some flaky sea salt like Maldon’s, just a tiny amount on top of each cookie before baking. It enhances the cocoa flavor and balances the sweetness.
  • Storing: Place inside an airtight container for up to 7 days. Freeze for up to 2 months, bring to room temperature.

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Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 108IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Judy says

    I’m making these today Jessica. I was looking at your cookie recipes last night. I made many of them for the Christmas program at church last year and they were the best recipes ever. Those cookies were devoured with nary one left. I made 6 dozen.

  2. Ernema Boettner says

    Wow! I just made these earlier tonight and gave them to the kids at a practice run for a Christmas program. The kids loved them and so do I!
    Blending the spices into the brown butter was a great idea. Thanks, Jessica for a winner recipe!

  3. Lesa says

    The flavor seems very good but the batter was more crumbly than “firm”. I had a hard time forming it into cookies because it just wanted to fall apart. Reviewed the recipe and can’t see anything I missed or did differently. I’m sure we’ll still enjoy the cookies, just not sure why this happened.

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