Finished oatmeal cookies.

How To Make Basic Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

A recipe for basic oatmeal cookies, homemade and 100% from scratch.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 125kcal
Author Nora Rusev


  • 1.25 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a medium bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda and salt until well mixed. In a large separate bowl cream the butter with a mixer until it starts forming little peaks. You can also do this by hand if you don't have a mixer, it just takes a little longer.
  • Once the butter is creamy, add the sugar and mix it for 3-4 minutes or until it is really well incorporated. Add the egg and continue mixing until the egg is well incorporated, but don't over-mix. Add the vanilla and quickly mix it in completely.
  • Set the mixer aside and stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, using a silicone spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Chill the cookie dough for 10-15 minutes while washing up and preheating the oven to 360°F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out the dough onto the lined cookie sheet, allowing some space between the cookies for spreading. You might need to bake them in two batches!
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until they are starting to lightly brown and crisp up. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool down completely. Or eat them while they're warm 😉


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg