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Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe: Simpler Than a Mix

This Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe is a tweak to a classic drop cookie, but with fewer ingredients making it simple and quick to put together.

Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe from The Cookie Elf

It surprises many people to know that you don’t absolutely need to add vanilla, salt, baking powder, or milk to cookie dough in order to make great oatmeal cookies.

Having said that, The Elf’s version of this easy cookie recipe calls for baking soda, mainly so that the cookie surfaces have bends and crinkles on top. If you’re in a hurry or if you’re a minimalist, you can simplify the recipe even further to just 6 ingredients if you eliminate the baking soda and substitute the all-purpose flour with self-rising flour.

The Elf keeps the cinnamon, however. It adds flavor to this easy cookie recipe.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 8-12 minutes

Makes about 2 ½ - 3 dozen cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 cups quick cooking oats

1 cup raisins or nuts (optional)

Directions for this Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set baking sheets aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Gradually stir in dry ingredients into creamed mixture until well blended.

  4. Mix in oats a little at a time until well incorporated into the dough.

  5. Add raisins or nuts (optional), combining them into the thick dough with a large spoon.

  6. Scoop cookie dough into walnut-sized balls. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart. Use the heel of your hand to lightly flatten each cookie.

  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes until cookies are lightly brown on the edges. Remove cookie sheets from the oven.

  8. Allow cookies to sit for 5 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. Cool completely.

  9. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Special Baking Tips for this Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

  • Use quick oats, rather than rolled oats, to give cookie dough a smoother texture rather than a lumpy texture.

  • When forming cookies, you can roll cookie dough into walnut-sized balls rather than dropping dough in mounds in order to give cookies a more uniform size. Flatten each rolled cookie slightly with the heel of your hand.

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