These classic old-fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a family recipe that has been passed down for generations. Made with just a few pantry staples, you can whip up a batch of the easy, homemade treats whenever a craving strikes — and then share them with your loved ones!
This recipe is near and dear to my heart, since these are the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies that my dad grew up on.
His grandmother made them for her grandchildren, and her grandchildren then shared the cookies with their friends and families.
My dad recently shared the recipe with me, and told me about the history of the cookies as well.
When my dad went away to college, his grandparents used to send him care packages of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies every month. My great grandmother and my great grandfather would sit down together and individually wrap each cookie in tissue. The wrapped cookies were then placed in old Maxwell House tin coffee cans and shipped to my dad in a cardboard box.
Soon enough, my dad’s friends caught on. Whenever Dad was seen carting a cardboard box back to his dorm from the mailroom, he suddenly had a trail of young men following along beside him.
My great grandmother’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies would practically disappear before they even made it inside! My dad was never more popular than when a box of cookies arrived on campus!
My dad’s childhood friends have passed this cookie recipe down to their children and grandchildren; the cookies have been presented as school projects; and they continue to be enjoyed by my cousins and other relatives.
These humble, buttery, chocolate-filled treats have garnered a cult-like following over the years…and you’re about to see why!
What ingredients do I need to prepare Old Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies?
This is good news, my friends. Dangerous, perhaps?!
You probably already have everything that you need right there in your kitchen!
That’s what makes these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies so great — you can enjoy them whenever you get a hankering for a sweet treat! They’re easy, they’re quick to mix together, and they only require a few pantry staples:
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
- Baking soda
Before you scurry off to your kitchen to bake yourself a batch, I should note that these are NOT your average Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
They’re not soft and chewy, but instead are thick, firm, and perfectly buttery. They actually taste more like a chocolate chip cookie than an traditional oatmeal cookie — and we’re totally on board with that! They’re like a perfect cross between a shortbread cookie, a chocolate chip cookie, and an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie. The best of all worlds, I suppose!
Looking for more easy homemade cookie recipes? Try these:
- 3-Ingredient Classic Scottish Shortbread Cookies
- Old-Fashioned Williamsburg Gingerbread Cookies
- Amish No-Bake Cookies
- Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal Cookies
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These classic old-fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a family recipe that has been passed down for generations. Made with just a few pantry staples, you can whip up a batch of the easy, homemade treats whenever a craving strikes -- and then share them with your loved ones!
- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup oats
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter and powdered sugar.
- Add vanilla and oats. Gradually mix in flour and baking soda.
- Fold in chocolate chips by hand.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
Wrapped tightly, these cookies freeze very well after they are baked!
Serving a larger crowd? My great grandmother usually doubled the recipe!