Start to Finish: 40 minutes
Servings: Approximately 3 dozen cookies
Difficulty: Beginner

Chocolate chip cookies get a boost of nutty goodness from whole-grain oatmeal. Because brown sugar has a higher moisture content, using a higher proportion of brown to white sugar yields a chewier cookie. Flattening each mound of uncooked batter, and using smaller chips and a lower oven temperature also contribute to these cookies’ soft chewiness.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened ( 1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use a wooden spoon or electric mixer set on low to cream together the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until smooth.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add these all at once to the butter mixture, and stir until well incorporated. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until just combined.

Drop 1 1/2-tablespoon-size mounds of batter onto a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches apart. Moisten a finger and use it to flatten each dough mound slightly.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Err on the shorter cooking time for the chewiest of cookies; they’ll be slightly browned on the outer edges but look almost undercooked in the center. Cool them on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes before removing and placing them on a rack to cool.

Chip and Nut Notes

The mini chips add more liquid to the cookie dough as the chocolate melts, which results in a chewier cookie. You can add in larger chocolate chunks, if you prefer, knowing they may affect the final outcome of the cookie texture. Walnuts are another optional addition; add them with the oats and chips in the final mix of the batter.

Oatmeal Cookie Flavor

If you prefer a cookie that tastes less like a chocolate chip cookie with oats added and more like an oatmeal-raisin cookie with chocolate added, make a few tweaks to the recipe. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon along with the flour. Use just 3/4 cup of chocolate chips, and add in 3/4 cup of raisins. Nuts are optional with this version too.