Deliciously Easy Oatmeal Cookies – Perfect for Parties!

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Looking for the perfect easy oatmeal cookies? Look no further! This oatmeal cookie recipe is AH-MA-ZING and it's so easy, even the kids could make it. Make a batch for yourself or take them to your next party!

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Whether you're craving something sweet at home, or you're looking for the perfect cheap and easy dessert to take to your next potluck, these easy oatmeal cookies check all the boxes. A crowd favorite, these cookies are just plain delicious. Plus, they're versatile!

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Skip straight to the recipe or keep on reading for some awesome tips for baking, storage, add-ins, and delicious ways to repurpose your leftover cookies! Trust us, you cannot go wrong with this easy oatmeal cookie. Now, let's get to the good stuff!


For even baking, be sure to use parchment paper. This also makes cleaning up a breeze and prevents and sticking to the baking sheet! Seriously… perfect cookies every. single. time.

When cool, store your amazing oatmeal cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to five days. Make sure they fully cool first or they may condensate and become soggy. If you want to freeze your cookies, flash freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet then add them to a freezer-safe bag!

Pro Tip: If your cookies begin to harden in the airtight container, stick a piece of bread in there to keep them moist!


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Add-ins can really make a great oatmeal cookie, right? These are some of our favorites!

  • Dried Fruit
  • M&Ms
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Chopped Candy Bar
  • Pretzel Pieces

Can't decide which add-in to use? Split the dough into two batches and try two different combos!


We are pretty sure you won't have issues with leftover cookies, but just in case, here are some of the best ways to repurpose and reuse your cookies so they don't go to waste!

  • Crumble Over Ice Cream – Mmm hmmm. Try our homemade ice cream recipe from Shelf Cooking!
  • Cookie Sandwich – A cookie sandwich with frosting in the middle? Yes please!
  • Ice Cream Sandwich – There is nothing quite as satisfying as a homemade ice cream sandwich!
  • Pie Crust – Crush up leftover cookies and turn it into pie crust!
  • Cake Pops – But, with cookies! Don't forget the cute little sticks to put them on.
  • Yogurt Parfait – Crumble a cookie on top of your yogurt parfait, almost like granola.
  • Crumble on Pudding – Nothing like a delicious oatmeal cookie to add a little texture to your pudding!

There are so many ways to use these easy oatmeal cookies!


This recipe is so easy and so incredibly tasty, you'll never need another recipe again!

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These deliciously easy oatmeal cookies will be your new favorite. Mix them up with your choice of add-ins and give them your own flair!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 dozen cookies


  • 1 pound butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 5 cups rolled oats, ground into oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 cups Add-ins (dried fruit, mini M&Ms, etc.)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together in a bowl.
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
  • Sift and add flour,then add ground oatmeal, baking soda, and salt.
  • Toss in any add-ins and mix until combined. Dough will be very thick! (You may need to knead the dough on a floured countertop.)
  • Place golf ball-size balls on baking sheet and press flat.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let the cookies cool on a baking sheet before enjoying!


Store these easy oatmeal cookies in an airtight container or gobble them up with friends right away! 
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We told you it was easy! And they make so many, so they're perfect to make for parties or to give away during the holidays.

Now that you have this delicious and easy oatmeal cookie recipe, tell us… What is your favorite way to enjoy them? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Amber Redinger

    Do you measure 5 cups of oatmeal and then grind it? Or do you grind it and then measure?

    • Kerianne Whicker

      Great question! I measure 5 cups, and then grind it. (Use the blender to grind it up, it makes it quick and easy!)
      XO, Kerianne

  2. Marinda Whitcomb

    So the secret ingredient is the ground oatmeal?!

    • Kerianne Whicker

      It is indeed!! It makes them so soft, and chewy! (and even my oatmeal-hating son loves them, because when it’s ground up, he has no idea!) XO, Kerianne

  3. Rachel Escobar

    Do these cookies freeze well?

    • Kerianne Whicker

      Hi Rachel! YES! They freeze so well! I bake them, and freeze them in batches. They thaw beautifully every time! ~Kerianne

  4. Shannon

    This sounds like the perfect recipe to modify slightly to make lactation cookies by adding some flax and Brewers yeast. I’ve been looking for a great recipe that I can modify and make up a batch or two for the freezer and I think I found it! Thank you!!

    • Kerianne Whicker

      What an amazing idea!! I love the creativity! You are totally right, I have made lactation cookies for friends in the past, and it’s hard to find the right base to hold up to the brewers yeast, and flax… this recipe is so dense, and yummy it would be perfect! Thanks for sharing, Shannon! ~Kerianne

  5. Mari

    This sounds like something I read that it was a Bloomingdales or Nordstrom type store cookie recipe.

  6. Susan

    will a food processor on chop do a good enough job on the oatmeal?

  7. Christine Bryan

    Is 1 pound butter correct???

  8. Amber

    Would it be possible to use baby oatmeal since it’s already ground and I have a ton? If so, how much would I use?

  9. Shanel Wion

    Do you stir in the eggs and vanilla before you add the flour, oatmeal etc.?

  10. Karen

    Very disappointed as my cookies seem to harden after a couple of days how can I soften them up.

    • Nechelle Gray

      Put a piece of bread in the container with the cookies!

      • FunCheapOrFree

        I need to try that! Thanks for the suggestion!

  11. Marina Carvalho

    I didn’t have M&Ms so I used coconut instead. Also, I added some chia seed and the cookies where delicious. Great recipe. Thank you very much.

    • FunCheapOrFree

      ooooh that sounds so good!

  12. Nina

    I’ve tried this recipie a few times! It’s just as good with chocolate chips! And I’ve been asked for the recipie a time or two as well. It’s a great recipie to use up those oats in food storage! ?

  13. Michelle Reader

    GuuuuuRL!! My 7 yo came home from camp & it was our activity!! Huge batch!! Arm work out for sure & TA-DA just the best! Shared with neighbors!!! It’s a keeper.

    • FunCheapOrFree

      Yes! So glad you liked it!

  14. Kathy Johns

    5 stars
    Just made these oatmeal cookies. Very good flavor! I followed the recipe up to the adding of the flour and oatmeal flour. My Bosch mixer couldn’t handle the dense dough! I ended up hand kneading the dough on the counter. Added 4 c raisins and 1 heaping tsp cinnamon. Baked on parchment paper 8 minutes. Made 11 1/2 dozen cookies! There are two of us, I filled our cookie jar and froze 6 dozen. We will have cookies for a long time!

    • Fun Cheap or Free

      Wahooo! 🙂 NICE WORK!


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