Perfect Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Today we’re tackling chewy on the inside, every so slightly crispy on the outside Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Why I am writing this post

2023 is the year of the cookie here on What’s Gaby Cooking and that is very exciting for all of us!! Every cookie recipe on WGC will be getting additional tips / tricks / photos / details so you guys are armed and ready with the best cookies on the planet. First up: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

The Dalkin fam has been making these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe on repeat for years. Between my parents, me and my sister, it’s a sure bet that there are dozens of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in any of our freezers at our respective homes. We’re all obsessed.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies pass all my cookie standards too – soft and chewy on the inside, just slightly crispy on the outside, and dusted with maldon sea salt on top! Can’t go wrong with that perfect combo.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

Mastering the Perfect Batch of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Expert Tips and Tricks

  • What kind of butter to use in these cookies: Unsalted! I always use unsalted in my baked goods so I can add salt later to my preference!
  • What makes cookies chewy: the brown sugar! If you would rather use white sugar, you can, but they won’t be as chewy. You’ll get a more crispy cookie. You could also do 1/2 and 1/2 if you want to split the difference.
  • Let’s talk about creaming together the butter and sugar. You have to let it cream together for 3 minutes to ensure the butter and sugar properly combine. The color should be a pale light yellow.
  • I am a scoop and level kinda girl. If you spoon and level, that will not result in enough flour. I scoop my measuring cup into the flour and then use a knife to level it out. When you mix everything together, just mix the dry ingredients until JUST combined. No need to overmix.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)
  • There are 2 ways to chill the dough. If you’re pressed on time, scoop the dough into balls and pop them side by side on a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes or chill in the fridge for about an hour. If you don’t want to scoop, then you can chill the entire vessel of dough for 2 hours to really let the flavors come together. If you have time to chill the dough overnight, even better!
  • Once the dough has chilled and you’re ready to bake, pop a few extra chocolate chips into each cookie dough ball before transferring them to the baking sheet.
  • How do you store these cookies: I prefer to bake them all, let them cool and then transfer to an air tight container and store in the freezer. Then when it’s time to eat, take a few out, let them come to room temp and devour.
  • Can you freeze the dough: yes absolutely. Follow steps 1+2 to make the dough and then portion into 2 tablespoon scoops and freeze on a flat surface. Once the balls are frozen, you can transfer the frozen balls into a zip-top bag and save for later. When ready to bake, let them sit on the counter for 15 minutes before baking at the same time and temp listed below.


  • Unsalted Butter
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Baking powder
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Chocolate chips
  • Maldon sea salt flakes for dusting
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.7 from 28 votes
The MOST perfect Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Gooey and soft on the center, just slightly crispy on the edges!
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • maldon sea salt flakes for dusting


  • In a large mixer, combine the softened butter and brown sugar with a paddle attachment. Let combine for 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Add the flour, baking soda, sea salt and baking powder and slowly combine, making sure not to over mix the batter. Add the oats and chocolate chips and combine. Refrigerate batter for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, scoop 12 cookies onto each parchment lined baking sheet and dust with a few maldon sea salt flakes. Transfer sheets into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. At the 6 minute mark, take the pan out and bang it to deflate the cookies, and then transfer back to the oven and bake until the cookies just slightly turn a golden brown color on the edges but are still soft and chewy in the middle. Remove from the oven, transfer to the cooling rack. Repeat process for remaining dough
  • Cool the cookies completely before packing up and storing in an air-tight container.


Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or for months in the freezer.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg


  1. 5 stars
    My go to oatmeal cookie recipe! Only changes I make though is that I brown the butter and use gluten-free flour (Cup4Cup). Also, highly suggest making these with butterscotch chips. Absolutely delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    Scoop and level!!!!!! OMG finally I’m not being shamed into spooning and leveling. Gotta love the realness.!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Making these tonight so excited

  3. Hi, Just watched the Instagram reel. Would you pleases explain what and why you take the cookies out of the oven and the swirl them around with a round metal cut-out. I went through the above notes and could not find a mention. These look great! Thanks

  4. I made these last night and they were so delicious! The whole family loved them. It is a fantastic recipe– the salt on top was *Chef’s Kiss*! They really are Perfect!

  5. Absolutely delicious and not too sweet like other oatmeal cookies. But don’t preheat oven before you start as you have to chill dough for an hour before you bake! 13 min was perfect for baking the 2” scooped dough.

    1. Was just coming here to say steps one and two should be swapped. Looking forward to making these!

  6. 5 stars
    A perfect cookie! I knew that I would inhale these, but pleased to say both my children enjoyed them as well. Even though they swear to me they don’t like oatmeal cookies. Another winner at our house. Can’t wait for more “year of the cookie” recipes.

  7. 5 stars
    These are THE BEST oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies, I bake quite a bit and this by far is my favorite cookie recipe.
    They were perfection. Not proud to admit but between my husband and I we ate the entire batch of cookies in a weekend.

  8. 5 stars
    Yup, my go to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from now on. They were delicious!! Didn’t have chocolate chips so broke up semi-sweet chocolate bars and they not only tasted awesome but looked great…if I may say so myself ;-).

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