real life test kitchen: the best oatmeal cookies


A few months ago, I became kinda obsessed with finding the perfect oatmeal cookie recipe. I tried Martha’s (too dry), Rachael’s (too cinnamony) before I finally asked someone I should have checked with in the first place: Another mom. One playdate, Elizabeth (mom of Sophie) brought the most yummy oatmeal cookies over to our house, and luckily she was willing to share her secret recipe. Like many things (such as banana bread) it tastes especially good thanks to the addition of — what else — chocolate chips. Click through to the next page for the recipe. I make these whenever I need to bring dessert for a crowd! — Angela M.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 – place rack in upper third of oven

Whisk together:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Beat on medium until well blended:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 2/1 teaspoons vanilla

Stir flour mixture into butter until it is well-blended and smooth.
Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets (or parchment lined), spacing about 3 inches apart.

Bake 1 sheet at a time, until the cookies are lightly browned and almost firm when lightly pressed in the center of the top — about 6-9 minutes. (Depends on oven.)

Rotate sheet halfway through for even browning.

Remove sheet to rack for 2 minutes before transferring cookies to racks to cool.

From our partners

Mmmmmm going to make these.

Those look delicious and the perfect texture too.


I made these yesterday, and they are great!! I’ve been trying to find a good recipe for these, but I’ve had little luck…too crunchy, dough spreads too much, etc. These are just right! My over took closer to 11 minutes, but I watched carefully because I was determined to get these right. Delicious and my husband agrees!


Made these but I think the oatmeal amount was off? 3 1/2 cups seemed like a lot. Cookies were a bit oatmealy….


Great recipe. I did not have butter so I used 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup margarine and it took 13 minutes but I used a small ice cream scoop to measure out dough so that may be why more time was needed. Turned out great!