There is no denying that oatmeal cookies are one of the most comforting desserts around. It seems as though everyone has that one family member with a killer oatmeal cookie recipe. Today we will be sticking to the most basic recipe for this dish, with tons of room for modification based on your personal preferences. These cookies are not only delicious, but incredibly simple to make and will come out just as soft and warm as you can imagine.
As far as the ingredients go, this recipe does not call for too much. If you have butter, sugar, flour, and oats you will have everything that you need to create this delectable dessert.
Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 cups oats
Soften the butter at room temperature or in the microwave. Combine the softened butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir until the mixture is smooth and wet.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture in small portions at a time until they are completely combined.
Add the oats to the dough and mix thoroughly.
Roll the dough into golf ball sized balls and evenly space them out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Press each of the dough balls with a fork to form the cookies shape.
Bake in the oven at 375°F for 8-10 minutes, then remove and allow the cookies to rest on a cookie rack.
Step One – Prepare the Wet and Dry Ingredients Separately
In order to achieve the correct dough consistency, we will be combining the sugar and wet ingredients separately from the dry ingredients. Doing so allows everything to mix together more easily and ensures a soft yet dense final product.
Step Two – Mix the Butter Sugar and Eggs
In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. It is important to soften the butter before trying to mix it all together. This can be done by simply leaving it out at room temperature for a few hours or microwaving it for 5-10 seconds at a time. Try to only soften the butter, without completely melting it. The overall consistency of this mixture should come out a bit wet and grainy, without having any large clumps throughout.
Step Three – Combine the Dry Ingredients
Now that the wet ingredients are all combined, it is time to mix together the dry ingredients. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until everything is evenly mixed throughout. If you have a sifter it will help out a lot with this process, both mixing the ingredients more evenly and creating a finer powder.
Step Four – Add the Dry Ingredients to the Wet Mixture
When adding the dry ingredients to the wet, it is important not to add it all at once. Shake a small portion of the flour mixture in and begin mixing. Once that portion has mostly been incorporated into the mixture, add a little more. Repeat this process until everything is well mixed together. Doing it this way not only makes the whole process easier, but it is very important.
Step Five – Add Oats
It is now time to add the main ingredient in this cookie, the oats. I like to use the simple “quick oats” as they have a nice soft texture and are easy to work with. If you wish, you could probably get away with using steel cut rolled oats if you have any on hand. Again, add a little bit of the oats at a time when mixing it with the dough mixture in order to make it easier.
Step Six – Roll the Finished Dough into Balls
To shape the cookies we will roll them out into balls around the same size as a golf ball. Place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, making sure to evenly space them out with around 2 inches between each ball.
Step Seven – Press into Cookie Shape with a Fork
Press the dough balls with a sugar coated fork in order to get the perfect cookie shape. Be careful to not let the cookies press together after this step, and as a rule of thumb you should try to keep an inch of space between them.
Step Eight – Bake the Cookies
Now that the cookies are all ready to be baked, simply place them on the center rack of an oven preheated to 375°F and allow them to bake for 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on the cookies as they are nearly finished, and be ready to take them out once the outsides start to become a darker brown. If you prefer softer cookies you should aim for around 8 minutes exactly. Once fully cooked remove the cookie sheet from the oven and immediately transfer each cookie to a cookie rack. This stops the cooking process and allows the cookies to cool on both sides before they are ready to eat.
The very definition of comfort food, these oatmeal cookies come out soft and warm with a simple flavor that everyone will love. Although this recipe doesn’t call for any extra ingredients, feel free to add raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips to add a whole new twist to these cookies. These are a great dessert to bring to any school events, or you can simply enjoy them all to yourself in the comfort of your own home. Whether you plan on sharing these cookies or not, this recipe is one that everyone is going to be begging for.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.