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Oatmeal Cookies Like Your Mom Made

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I’ve always had a soft spot for oatmeal cookies. And, what’s not to like? They are soft, chewy, with that buttery and oat taste. Oatmeal cookies are the hallmark of many a childhood. Well, get ready because this oatmeal cookie recipe is just like those cookies that your mom (or grandma) made!

three kids and an adult making the Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Tried and True Oatmeal Cookies

This oatmeal cookie recipe was my mother-in-law’s. My husband says that she made cookies regularly. In fact, we have the exact cookie jar that sat on the counter when he was growing up. Apparently, it was a challenge for him and his younger brother to get it open and closed without anyone hearing it.

I have a large collection of old family recipes. Last year, I started organizing and testing them. And, this cookie recipe was a winner!

First, it’s the perfect balanced mixture of buttery sweetness.

Then, it is versatile and adaptable. For softer oatmeal cookies just leave the dough in small balls before baking. If you like chewier cookies, lightly mash the dough with a fork before baking. And, the flatter, chewier cookies are perfect for making oatmeal cookie sandwiches.

Another thing that makes them adaptable is that you can use old-fashioned oats. I prefer old-fashioned oats as they have more texture and a nuttier taste. But, you can use instant oats or even a mixture of the two.

Oatmeal cookies with M&Ms

Best of all is that you can add in M&Ms, raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, or a variety of goodies to customize them. Check out my recipes for the original M&M cookies recipe, spring sugar cookies with M and Ms, or chewy chocolate chip cookies.

close up of an Oatmeal Cookie sandwich
PC: Producer’s Dairy

These are amazing cookies! The only thing you have to worry about is making enough. So, double the recipe.

Pro Tip: You can keep the extras in the freezer for ice cream sandwiches. After baking, use a sandwich baggie or wax paper to separate the cookies, then place in a large freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

a cooling rack of cookies from the oatmeal cookie recipe with a red box of butter from Producers Dairy

Frequently Asked Questions

Are oatmeal cookies healthy?

Oatmeal cookies have a high fiber content compared to normal sugar cookies. Oatmeal cookies contain significant amount of minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, all of which are needed for overall physical health. Compared to sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies also have less calorie content

Should you soak raisins before baking cookies?

To plump up the raisins, soak them in hot water before adding them to the cookie dough. Just make sure you drain then well and dry them on a paper towel so they don’t add too much moisture to the cookies.

How do you moisten oatmeal cookies?

Reheat them in the microwave on medium setting for 15 to 20 seconds. This should be enough time for the cookies to soak in the moisture from the paper towel. If you take them out and they haven’t softened enough yet, wrap them in another damp paper towel and microwave again for 10 more seconds.

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Oatmeal Cookies with M&Ms
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Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are soft but chewy, just like those your mom or grandma made. In fact, the recipe was a family recipe, handed down to us from my mother-in-law.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Make Ahead, baking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 216kcal


  • Baking Sheet
  • mixing bowl
  • mixer


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats (I use 1/2 Old Fashioned Oats)
  • 1 cup M&Ms, raisins, chopped nuts (Optional. For M&Ms see notes below)


  • Cream sugars and butter. Add eggs and mix until light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients, mixing until combined. Stir in oats and raisins or nuts (if adding).
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Flatten dough slightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then cool on racks.
  • To assemble Ice Cream Sandwiches: Refrigerate cookies overnight. Add 1/2 cup of ice cream onto a cookie. Smooth top of ice cream with a wet knife. Then top with cookie. Press to compress sandwich, smooth sides of ice cream.
    Wrap in foil or in ziplock bags. Freeze for at least 2 hours, until hardened.


For perfectly formed M&Ms, add the candies after baking. Let cookies cool 3-5 minutes before gently pressing them into oatmeal cookies. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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