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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, the kind grandma baked.  Slightly crispy and chewy, these oatmeal cookies are easy to make and a great snack anytime!

Oatmeal cookies on rack with glass of milk.


I love a good homemade cookie.  Too bad I don’t bake very good ones.  Picky Eater is the star cookie baker in our house ~ her specialty?  Chocolate chip cookies, recipe courtesy of the chocolate chip bag.  I think I recently found my cookie, though.  Old-fashioned oatmeal cookies.  And they are truly old-school.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies, stacked vertically on cooling rack with glass of milk

This recipe comes from my mom’s friend, Ann ~ the friend who gave me her family’s butterscotch crunch squares ice cream dessert recipe.  Ann’s oatmeal cookie recipe was her mother’s, her family calls them Grambi’s Oatmeal Cookies.  I just knew they’d be good.  And they are.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies photo of ingredients

So, gosh, thinking this recipe may be close to 100 years old?  Not sure on that, but close anyway. I love these recipes that get handed down generations, for good reason.  They’re familiar, comforting, taste great and, who doesn’t love grandma and mom’s cooking?

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies, flour and oats ingredient photo

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies, batter on mixer blade.

Here’s to Grambi and her oatmeal cookies.  Thanks, Ann.  Enjoy an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie with a cold glass of milk and think of your mom or grandma.  I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face ~ Kelly🍴🐦

Cookies stacked on wire rack.

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Oatmeal cookies on rack with glass of milk.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, slightly crispy and chewy and just like grandma baked.
4.59 from 12 votes
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter room temperature ~ very soft
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oats (I used old fashioned oats not instant or quick cooking recipe did not specify type of oat)


  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • In bowl, whisk first 4 dry ingredients to combine. Set aside.
  • In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or with a handheld mixer, cream butter, sugars, egg and vanilla until well mixed and fluffy. Add dry ingredients, a little at a time and combine well. Add the oats and mix just until combined.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute and then remove to wire rack to cool completely. But, by all means, eat a few warm ones! Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Tasty variation: Try pressing a pecan half in the middle of each cookie before baking.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Keyword: old fashioned oatmeal cookies, homemade oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cookie recipe
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Oh my gosh, they’re SO good! Mine came out thin and crispy—almost Tate’s like. I can’t even...


Saturday 11th of April 2020

Kudos to you for sharing this “old fashioned “ recipe. It comes closest to ones my mom made when I was a child and I’m 60! These are absolutely scrumptious!


Sunday 12th of April 2020

You are welcome, thanks so much for the kind words.


Saturday 4th of April 2020



Sunday 5th of April 2020

I've never used instant so I don't know but I think it would change the texture somewhat.


Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Could I throw some chocolate covered raisins in them?


Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

I don’t see why not, I’ve never added them but I’m sure you could. Let me know if you make them that way and how they turn out.


Sunday 12th of January 2020

These were delicious:) I also added some honey, chocolate chips and raisins