Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

chewy oatmeal cookies

Hello friends. Today I have for you Grandma Mary Jane’s Chewy Oatmeal Cookies. I don’t know about you, but if I am eating an oatmeal cookie, it can NOT be dry. It is like the most disappointing thing ever when they are. These are NOT disappointing. They are warm, buttery, and have the perfect chew. The first thing I thought of was I need to try and make these into oatmeal cream pies. 

You will notice on Grandma’s recipe she wrote down the ingredients “Salva Ground Seed” and “Flaxseed.” She does NOT add these and never has. When I text her about it (yes, my 89 year old grandma texts on her iPad) she said she never used the ingredients before. 

I will tell you, the dough does need to be chilled. Chilling it allowed them to have good body when they baked. If you do get a couple cookies that get a wild hair to spread, just gently take your spatula when they come out of the oven and reshape them. 

These chewy oatmeal cookies will definitely be my go to recipe. And I know someone is going to ask..what about chocolate chips?! You can thank me later. I pressed 5-6 chocolate chips on the top of the last pan I baked before popping them in the oven…and it was HEAVENLY. I am a fan of oatmeal and chocolate though. 

Also something to not-I did not add cloves. I think I am allergic..or just really do not like cloves LOL! And of course, I may have added a little more than a teaspoon of vanilla (definitely added more.) 


chewy oatmeal cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Classic chewy oatmeal cookies. Filled with delicious, warm spices. You can literally add anything in them. I kept them simple.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 32 cookies


  • 1/2 cup + 6 tbs butter
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cloves (I omitted and replaced with cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 3 cup quaker oats


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In large bowl beat butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Mix well.
  • Add oats and mix-ins. Mix well.
  • Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until light brown.
  • Let them cool on pan for 5 minutes until set.
  • Grandma says if you have a lot of mix-ins you can make them into bars.
Keyword Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies
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