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Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

These Oatmeal Cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and perfect in every way an oatmeal cookie should be. Add in chocolate chips or raisins if you like, but these are pretty great on their own! I am officially a crispy-chewy cookie girl!

Make sure to try my Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies too!

Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies!

Oatmeal Cookies are such an old fashioned, but totally on-brand cookie! While I have lot of versions of oatmeal cookies here on my website, these are one of those most popular! If you are craving a softer, thicker cookie, try out my Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, or my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, but if you want a chewy oatmeal cookie, stay with me, because these are the BEST!

The thing about these cookies is the edges are crispy and buttery and the insides are chewy sweet. Add a little flaked sea salt on top and you have yourself a flavor explosion. And while they look unassuming, especially if you leave out the chocolate, you have yourself a classic-but-better cookie that will be a staple on your bake list forevermore! 

What To Expect:

  • An easy, straight-forward cookie recipe with no chill time necessary!
  • This is a great oatmeal cookie recipe on its own, but is great for adapting, whether it be with chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, or even a drizzle of white chocolate on top!
  • This recipe is written using a large cookie scoop, which yields 24 cookies. You can easily make these smaller, just reduce the baking time slightly. 
  • These cookies are very chewy, with a crisp edge. If you are looking for a more cakey or soft cookie this isn’t the one for you, although I have PLENTY of those on my site. This is for the person who loves that buttery, crisp, brown sugar edge.
  • These cookies do contain coconut, but the coconut is very subtle in flavor (almost undetectable) and the texture just adds to the chewiness of the cookie. Paired with the oats you really don’t even know it’s in there! I know there are coconut haters out there, but I would love if you tried these and report back. And yes you can omit the coconut entirely and increase the oats by 1/4 cup if you prefer. 
Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies without chocolate chips

Ingredients:

  • Room temperature butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Large eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Baking soda
  • All purpose flour
  • Sweetened flaked coconut. I have made these with unsweetened dried flaked coconut, and strangely enough it is much more detectable in the cookie than sweetened coconut. It’s good, just something to note. 
  • Old fashioned oat
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
How to make crispy chewy oatmeal cookies

How To Make Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add in eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking soda and continue mixing for 1 minute until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and coconut and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Finally mix in oats and chips until evenly combined.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (*see note) portion the dough onto a baking sheet, spacing them 3- inches apart.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges are deep golden brown and centers have set. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

How To Know When These Are Done Baking:

These cookies are fairly foolproof, but of course mistakes can be made. Knowing when these are done is key for these to get that perfect texture. But don’t worry, it’s not tricky at all. They will be deep golden at the edge and light golden and set in the center. You will easily be able to tell if they ARE NOT done yet because the centers stay fairly pale in color and wet looking until they are done. The magic happens in the last 2 minutes of baking. 

Here’s what I do:  I bake my cookies for a total of 14 minutes (note home ovens can vary in bake time). My trick is I check them at 12 minutes. At this point in my oven they are golden at the edge, but pale and still not done in the center. This is when I pull the baking sheet out and QUICKLY reshape them back into a perfect circle with my spatula if necessary. I pop them back in the oven immediately to bake for 2 minutes, until the centers are lightly golden.  Note: You don’t have to pull them out and reshape them, I just do this because I like perfectly round cookies. If I didn’t reshape them they would simply bake for the full 14 minutes untouched. 

The reason I reshape them at 12 minutes and let them bake for an additional 2 minutes is because these cookies get crisp and set at the edge quickly. If they are fully baked it’s a little tougher to reshape them if you want to!

Tips On How To Make The Best Oatmeal Cookies: 

  • I used old fashioned oats in these. You could use quick oats too, but I prefer the texture of a whole oat, it adds to the chewiness!
  • Yes, there is coconut in these cookies, but really the flavor is super subtle you won’t really know it’s there. It just adds to the chewy texture. So I dare you to try it even if you’re not a coconut fan! But like I said above, you can omit it entirely if you choose to. The texture of the cookie will be slightly affected, however.
  • I really like making these cookies large size! So I recommend pulling out your large cookie scoop for these.

Of course, vary the baking time based on the size of your cookie, but allow the edges to get nice and golden brown!

oat cookie with chocolate chips broken in half on a cooling rack

Variations:

These cookies are a pure oatmeal cookie that begs to be adapted if you’re feeling it. Easy additions can make these perfect for everyone!

  • Add in some chocolate! Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, mini chips…you decide! Add in 1 cup to the cookie dough!
  • Sprinkle some flaked sea salt on top. SO GOOD!
  • Chopped walnuts are a nice addition if you love nuts in cookies. 
  • Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the cookie dough when you add in the salt if you love a cinnamon oatmeal cookie!
  • Omit the coconut entirely. I understand if you just don’t like it and don’t want to chance adding it. You can omit it and simply increase the amount of oats you add by 1/4 cup. 

How To Store Oatmeal Cookies:

Simply store these airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days. Or freeze for up to 30 days for best freshness. Thaw at room temperature.

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

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Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Crispy, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 24 large cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Crispy, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect combination – crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle. I always thought a thick cookie was the way to go, but I’m now officially a lover of the crispy-chewy!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • optional – 1 cup chocolate chips *see note

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add in eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking soda and continue mixing for 1 minute until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and coconut and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Finally mix in oats and chips until evenly combined.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (*see note) portion the dough onto a baking sheet, spacing them 3- inches apart.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges are deep golden brown and centers have set. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

*You can use chocolate or white chocolate chips in this recipe. Mini chips work great as well. Also note you can add raisins or walnuts if you’d like. OR completely leave out the chips for a classic oatmeal cookie.

*I use a large (3- tablespoon) scoop for these, producing large cookies. You can absolutely use a smaller scoop. Reduce bake time to 10 – 13 minutes for smaller cookies.

Store airtight for up to 3 days or freeze airtight for up to 30 days for best freshness

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 19.2 g
  • Sodium: 165.2 mg
  • Fat: 10.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.2 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.3 mg

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193 comments on “Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. These were so reminiscent of my Mom’s cookies that she made by the dozens when grandchildren were coming for a visit. No one could leave them alone! I added toffee chips and chopped pecans and they were delicious! Thanks for posting this!






  2. Raquel Hernandez

    Love this recipe!! This is definitely my favorite go to recipe for Chewy in the middle Crispy on the edges Chocolate chip Oatmeal Cookies .






  3. This is very similar to a very old, family recipe that is loved by one and all…ours uses 1c. melted butter (cooled a bit so the eggs don’t scramble!), 2c. light brown sugar, 2 eggs, blended together, then mix 2 c. AP flour, 1t b. soda, 1t b.powder, 1t salt and add to wet mixture. Still using a mixer, add in 2c. dry oatmeal (old fashioned), 1 c dry corn flakes. Batter is very stiff! Add in by hand, 1c. peanuts (we prefer Spanish style). Using a small ice cream scoop (the kind with a lever), scoop and level the batter against the bowl, place the balls of batter (do not flatten!) on a cookie sheet with a couple of inches in between, bake @ 350 for 12 minutes, rotating pans after 6 minutes. I have a small oven so this works for me but yours may be different. Yield 3 dozen yummy, old fashioned, peanut cookies. Try it, you’ll like it!

  4. Perfect cookie! Crisp yet moist, and thin. Made with and without chocolate chips – delicious both ways! I did toast my coconut and used dark brown sugar, per our preferences. Looking forward to adding raisins and maybe some cinnamon next time as another variation.






  5. FANTASTIC RECIPE!
    I added unsweetened coconut and finely chopped walnuts, cinnamon… *chefs kiss*
    My husband and I ate the first batch before the kids could even get a whiff of them!






  6. I made these using the large scoop (3TBS) and they came out perfectly! I didn’t put in chocolate chips and they seemed a little too sweet when I was making the batter so I added some lemon and rum extract. I baked them on the top third rack. My edges didn’t get dark and the cookie had crisp edges and a chewy center. They looked and tasted professionally baked cookies! I strongly recommend this recipe.






  7. These are other-worldly. I never leave reviews but felt it morally necessary to say thank you for this recipe! I made a few batches and actually like them best a little under-cooked, but they are delicious both ways. 10/10 would gorge myself again. 🙂






  8. I wish I could post a photo of the epic FAIL of these cookies. What a waste of ingredients. Will not even finish baking these. Into the trash they go

    1. So sorry you didn’t have a great experience. These are one of our go-to favorite recipes, so it might be helpful to share why these didn’t work for you.

    2. Cindi, I’m wondering what went wrong with the cookies. This was one of the best Oatmeal cookie recipes I’ve ever used. Perhaps we could do some troubleshooting. Are you at a high altitude? Did they taste bad? Did they not bake well? I’m super curious.






  9. Elizabeth Young

    Yes! Turned out exactly as I hoped and you described : crunchy and chewy… I made with dark brown sugar for both sugars just a little less … added pecans almond slivers and coconut…. ⌛️






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