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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!

Stack of great grandma's old fashioned oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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.

Tray of homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with glasses of milk

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.

Plate of easy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips

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!

Thick and crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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!

Homemade cookies are an easy baking project for kids

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:

  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Oats
  • Chocolate chips
  • Flour
  • Baking soda

Great Grandma's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies have been passed down for generations

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:

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 193 kcal
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!


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 20.7gProtein: 1.5gFat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 7.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 24.8mgSodium: 99.9mgPotassium: 15.5mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 10.2g
Keyword: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. These look so fluffy and delicious! Chocolate chip cookies can do no wrongs ????

  2. 5 stars
    Oh goodness, I made these today. They are heavenly. You gave a perfect description of them. Love the texture and taste and the fact that it is such an old-fashioned family recipe–thank you!!!

  3. Assuming it matters, what kind of oats? Whole oats? Rolled oats? Steel cut oats? Quick oats? Instant oats? Please advise. Thanks. Michael

    1. Hi, Michael! The recipe from my dad’s grandmother actually didn’t specify, so I’ve just always used Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (which work well). Hope you get to try them! 🙂

  4. Hello,

    I would love to make these and I have a question – do you really bake them for 25 minutes? I haven’t seen a cookie recipe where it has that long of a bake time.
    Please advise and thank you!

    1. Yep, that’s what the recipe calls for. You’re right — most of the cookies that I bake only need about 10-12 minutes in the oven. These cookies are very thick and they have a crunchy texture (thanks to the longer baking time). If you want a softer, chewier oatmeal cookie, these are perfect (and have a shorter baking time to keep them soft): https://www.theseasonedmom.com/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-recipe/

      Hope that helps clarify! Enjoy. 🙂

  5. This is the recipe I have been looking for everywhere! My mother made these for years and it was an old passed down family recipe I never wrote it down as I always asked her before I would make them and she knew it by heart! Well she got dementia and misplaced all her cookbooks and is now very sick and can’t remember anything! So I have been panicking this season because we have to have them! So I have searched and yeah you saved the day, only difference is we put almond bark on top and add a few pecans to half the batch!! Thànk you so much for sharing!!

    1. That’s such an amazing story, Betty! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a note. It’s wonderful to think about how many memories and positive associations we have with food. You definitely don’t want to miss out on your mom’s cookies this season! 🙂

  6. 1 star
    Between the lack of egg and the sub of powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar, the “dough” was very chunky and not cohesive at all. After baking cookies had an oddly grainy texture (honestly no idea where that came from, maybe my oats, which were steel cut instead of the rolled you would expect, that one’s on me). Was also surprised not to see salt in the recipe. Wouldn’t make them again.