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Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

I packed chocolate chips, raisins, nuts and cinnamon into my oatmeal cookie recipe. These soft cookies are easy to make. Best of all, our kids love them! —Janis Plageman, Lynden, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup each raisins and chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, molasses and vanilla; beat well.
  • Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the raisins, pecans and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookie Tips

What kind of oats are the best for cookies?

Old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats are best for baking cookies. Old-fashioned oats are chewy, nutty and have a flat, full shape. Quick-cooking (also called rolled oats) have been pressed and cut into smaller pieces. Although this recipe calls for quick-cooking oats, old-fashioned oats work just as well if you prefer a heartier, chewier oat in your cookies. Learn more about the different types of oats.

Why are my oatmeal cookies hard?

Overmixing is usually the culprit when you end up with dry, tough cookies. Mix the ingredients at a slow speed, or better yet, mix by hand with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon just until the ingredients are combined. Also, when a cookie recipe calls for butter, don’t substitute shortening, which can produce a drier cookie.

Are oatmeal cookies good for you?

Oatmeal cookies may appear nutritious compared to other decadent treats, but they still pack plenty of calories. If you are calorie-conscious, check out these healthy cookie recipes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 103 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Katy's mom
    Jan 13, 2021

    We didn't care for these cookies. Too sweet, even after reducing the sugars to less than 1-1/2 cups. Thanks, but I'll stick with my old tried and true recipe that I've used for years.

  • Carol
    Dec 28, 2020

    I've made this recipe twice with identical ingredients. They spread out a lot, much like the lace cookies made with oatmeal, and to my taste are overly sweet. I know that's just subjective. I will give it another go but reduce the brown sugar by half.

  • Linda
    Nov 15, 2020

    These are excellent!

  • americanahartman
    Nov 7, 2020

    Good chewey

  • Renella
    Apr 29, 2020

    This is the best oatmeal cookie recipe ever I love it

  • DawnRae0312
    Apr 29, 2020

    Excellent chewy, crispy cookie; I did reduce both sugars to 3/4 cup per another review. I could probably reduce to 1/2 cup each and still be an awesome cookie. I used honey as I also did not have molasses. This is definitely a keeper

  • Julian
    Apr 12, 2020

    it was very thick but very good

  • Ande
    Apr 11, 2020

    Delicious! I followed this recipe but left out the chips, raisins and nuts then used the cookies to make oatmeal cream pies with homemade buttercream frosting. Perfectly chewy!

  • Mary-Ann
    Feb 20, 2020

    The only thing I added was the chocolate chips , and I decreased the temperature to 345 and baking to 8 minutes... made a huge batch .....and have to make more ... best oatmeal cookie recipe EVER ????????

  • Susan
    Jan 5, 2020

    I made these using dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and toasted walnuts. Substituted honey for molasses. Nice chewy cookie. They were all gone within a few hours!