Oatmeal chocolate chip (or cranberry-raisin) cookies

My family loves these soft, chewy cookies with crisp edges. Oatmeal adds some health to this variation on the classic Toll House. The cranberry-raisin variation is devoured even more quickly in our house than the chocolate chip.


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (coarse salt is nice)
  • 3 cups oats (regular or quick cook)
  • 2 1/4 c chocolate chips OR 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries and 3/4 cup golden raisins OR 2 1/4 cups of any combination you like


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. If desired, chop oatmeal in food processor to desired texture. Whole rolled oats will give traditional oatmeal cookie appearance; roughly chopped oats will give a more subtle texture; finely blended oatmeal will give chewiness without an noticeable oatmeal appearance.
  4. In large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  6. Add flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  7. Add oats, mix well.
  8. Add chocolate chips or dried fruit. Fold in.
  9. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet using tablespoon or medium cookie scoop.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes, or until edges just start to brown. If baking two sheets at a time, switch racks halfway through for even baking.

Makes approximately 72 small cookies, or 42 medium cookies.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie Kingsley 13 February 2012 at 7:43 pm

I stumbled upon your website when I was looking for a salad dressing recipe, WOW it is great! (the salad dressing was too!). Keep up the good work. I plan on sharing this site with my friends. Thanks


cg 13 February 2012 at 10:41 pm

hi julie – thank you, that makes my day!!


Sarah 14 February 2012 at 4:53 am

Just make sure to add the Vanilla – I would not have if I hadn’t seen it on the counter – it’s listed in the ingredients but not in the making of these great cookies – I did cranberry, raisin and choc chip cookies


cg 14 February 2012 at 8:47 am

hi sarah – fixed! thank you so much for the correction. and i love your have-it-all variation! =)


Courtney 12 December 2013 at 9:37 am

This is my favorite cookie recipe of all time. I split the base batter in half (LOVE the oatmeal!).
Then I do one half as semi-sweet chocolate + cranberry and the other half as macadamia + white chocolate.
Thank you so much for sharing!


cg 12 December 2013 at 8:54 pm

hi courtney – ooh, i love your variations! so glad you love the recipe, many thanks to my neighbor libbie. =)


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