Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The. Best.

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Hi there! Got a must-try baking recipe for you to kick off the week – Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. (Because what better way is there to tackle a Monday then with freshly baked goods – and chocolate?!)

But first, how was your weekend? The three of us hung around the house, lounged on the back deck by the pond (clearly Lincoln finds it as relaxing as we do…) visited with friends and family, and Mama even went on her first solo outing since the baby was born while the boys hung at home – whee! I can’t tell you how much a simple hour and a half trip to the grocery store, Target, and the bank does for the soul. I’m an introvert and could stay in the house for days on end by myself, however, yeah. That. Felt. Great. : )

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But back to these cookies! I baked a batch this weekend for the nurses who watched over us at the hospital when Lincoln was born.

Can I just tell you, WE MISS OUR NURSES. So much!

Both Ben and I are beyond grateful for the wonderful, ’round-the-clock care we received during our stay at the hospital. We actually joked that if we could, we would return every year for family vacation. I mean dedicated attention, room service, advice, comfort, reassurance – bless their sweet, tender, and caring souls. Nurses rule!

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So I baked the Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies – a favorite cookie recipe of mine that I’ve been using since I was a kid – to deliver this week and properly thank them for taking such good care of us.

These cookies are slightly crispy on the outside, and fabulously chewy on the inside. (I’ll give you the secret to the combo below!) Stuffed full of sweet chocolate chips and chewy oats, it’s a tiny gesture of thanks compared to what they gave us, but I know the ladies will enjoy the mouthwatering treats nonetheless!

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Start the cookies by beating together 1 stick margarine, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Now, I usually only use butter when baking, but I loooove margarine in this recipe. It’s what gives the cookies their fabulously chewy texture, vs a more crispy texture that butter would bring to the table. It doesn’t have to be softened either, which is great for making a batch of these cookies on the fly.

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Next crack in 1 egg and add 1 teaspoon vanilla, then beat until combined. The mixture may look slightly curdled – it’s fine!

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In a separate bowl, stir together 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and then add to the wet ingredients in 2 batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch.

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Finally, add in the mix-in must-haves – 1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats, and 6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (which, FYI, is just half the chocolate chip bag!)

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Scoop 2 Tablespoons worth of cookie dough onto baking sheets then flatten slightly and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the outsides are golden brown, and the tops are set. Enjoy fresh from the oven (if possible!) for optimal, ooey, gooey, chewy cookie perfection!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

makes 18 cookies


Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The. Best.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine for a chewy cookie OR butter for a crispy cookie
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together margarine and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add egg and vanilla then beat until combined (mixture may look slightly curdled.)
  2. In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt then add to wet ingredients in 2 batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch. Add oats and chocolate chips then mix until just combined.
  3. Drop 2 Tablespoons worth of dough onto cookie sheets then flatten slightly and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges and set on top. Rap baking sheet against a flat surface to deflate cookies then let cool for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Adapted from Quaker Oats.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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  1. Losing Lindy 08.12.2013

    I love the picture where he is looking up at you, so cute!

  2. Sherry 08.12.2013

    Oh, my gosh… can I just pop over and snuggle your little guy?

  3. Not too many pictures make my “ovaries hurt,” but I think that one of you looking at Lincoln just did! You are so sweet to bring cookies for the nurses.

  4. Melissa 08.12.2013

    The cookies look so good and simple, plus they combine two of my favorites – chocolate chips and oatmeal! Yummy!

  5. char eats greens 08.12.2013

    I want a cookie NOW…for breakfast!! It has oats so that makes it acceptable, right?!

  6. Emily 08.12.2013

    As a nurse I can tell you firsthand, we LOVE getting treats from patients/families! It’s a job where not everyone says “thank you” all the time, so gestures like this are so wonderful. Plus it’s always great to see people visit the hospital to update us on their health/progress, & in your case show off some truly adorable baby photos :)

  7. Jacki 08.12.2013

    LOVE the picture of you and Lincoln! I don’t know how you look so “together” all the time. Pretty sure my first few weeks of maternity leave were a train wreck!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.12.2013

      Trust me I’m definitely not! My bird’s nest hair was very strategically cropped out of that photo. ;)

  8. Cookbook Queen 08.12.2013

    What a DARLING!! Makes me miss my Lucy being so tiny. These treats are PERFECT!! I know the nurses will love them.

  9. jones 08.12.2013

    That is so sweet of you to bake for the nurses. The picture of Lincoln looking up at you is definitely one for a frame. Love is radiating from you to him and right back to you in it.

  10. Tieghan 08.12.2013

    I cannot get over your pictures!! He is so cute. Oh my gosh!

  11. christine 08.12.2013

    I see you are wearing your lil guy! How fun! I “wore” my baby quite a bit and it was so helpful as I was doing chores around the house, running errands, etc. We both loved the mulitasking of cuddling and getting things done! I don’t know if you are breastfeeding or not, but you can most likely get lots of free breastfeeding help from the lactation consultant at your hospital, or from breastfeeding support groups such as La Leche League. I know breastfeeding is the thing I wanted the most help with when I got home, and a lot of help is still available to you when you get home! :) Enjoy being a mommy!

  12. Oh my goodness. My heart is melting at the photo of Lincoln gazing up at you <3 Love it. These cookies are also something that I would love ;) How sweet of you to bring them to the nurses as a thank you!

  13. Lindsey 08.12.2013

    Cute photo of you and babe, love it!
    You read my (pregnant) mind I want homemade chocolate chip cookies but it was too hot to bake yesterday. I am hoping tonight I can makes these now :)

  14. Sarah 08.12.2013

    Wow! What a beautiful picture of you and your son!

  15. girl, love you and that baby, but also cannot get over that dusty pale pink kitchen aid mixer!

  16. Sara 08.12.2013

    Love that picture of you and him! Just wondering if you would be willing to share where you delivered (I am assuming it was in Des Moines!) because we are trying to figure out the best place for us to go when the time comes. :)

  17. That picture of you and Lincoln is so precious! I’m glad you were able to get a little “you” time in at Target. I’m pretty sure there’s an ecard for that one.

    I heart chewy cookies and these look amazing!
    I always cook with margarine but try to avoid hydrogenated oils. Do you have a specific brand you like?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.12.2013

      I usually buy Imperial for any margarine needs (it’s what my Mom always bought growing up.) I agree – PHO do not thrill me but I use/consume them infrequently so I’m ok with occasional use!

  18. Sam 08.12.2013

    OMG, that pic of Lincoln looking up at you is so precious!

    I’ve heard multiple people say to use margarine in oatmeal chocolate chip cookies but couldn’t bear to take the plunge…but now that you’ve said so too, I trust your judgement!

  19. What a gorgeous picture of you and your son! I also love the step-by-step photos you provide for your recipes! Glad to hear you had a nice weekend!

  20. Jessica 08.12.2013

    Just had to comment and say that picture of you and Lincoln looking at each other is PRECIOUS! It’s probably one of the most beautiful mother/baby pics I’ve ever seen. :)

  21. Sara B. 08.12.2013

    I just love that picture of you and Lincoln. We just found out that we are expecting with our first and I cannot wait to experience that joy! :) How sweet!

  22. Elizabeth 08.12.2013

    These cookies sound awesome! I am going to have to make them. He is such a cute baby. I love those big baby yawns. I used to love to smooch my babies right on the lips when they yawned. I just couldn’t help kissing their faces. Going to a store alone when you have kids is like a vacation. I love it. :)

  23. Elly 08.12.2013

    Will be making these soon! Delicious.

    Ugh, Lincoln is causing me to have crazy baby fever. Just adorable!

  24. Amy 08.12.2013

    Your little Lincoln is so precious! That picture of the two of you is amazing!! Reading your blog just made my Monday. :)

  25. Melissa 08.12.2013

    That picture of the 2 of you looking at each other is the cutest thing EVER!!!

  26. Madison 08.12.2013

    Those cookies look amazing and remind me of my childhood too!

  27. Eve Pautsch 08.12.2013

    Thanks for the recipe. I have been meaning to make cookies to take to the custodial staff that has been scrubbing and repairing the school all summer getting ready for us teachers and the students to return. This recipe sounds like a winner.

  28. How sweet of you to bring those nurses cookies. I’m sure their help was invaluable!

    I recently got into baking cookies, so can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m a huge fan of your blog and took the survey (though I didn’t have many improvements – you’re doing a great job!!)

    Congrats again on your beautiful bundle of joy!

  29. Jessica 08.12.2013

    OMG thank you for this recipe! Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies are my FAVORITE!!! Also, the pic of you and your baby boy is absolutely perfect! You should have it framed ;)

  30. Jess 08.12.2013

    These looks so amazing! I need to try them! Pinning! :)

  31. That’s a big yawn for such a little guy – haha :)

  32. Azure 08.12.2013

    And if you breastfeeding the oats make them good for your milk! So eat up!

  33. Tracy 08.12.2013

    Ahhhh! Too cute! That pic of the 2 of you is beyond adorable!!!

  34. Lara 08.12.2013

    I love, love, love a really good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie almost as much as a completely adorable baby picture! :-) Can’t wait to try the cookies … have already pinned the recipe for future use. Enjoy all your baby time (along with the occasional baby-free errand time too … I remember how important that was)!

  35. Karla 08.12.2013

    I’m wondering if the dough would freeze well, and if so how long can I keep it in the freezer? I’d love to double the recipe, make some fresh and have some for a rainy day.

  36. Lani 08.12.2013

    I had my little man, Milo 2 yrs ago at Mercy over Thanksgiving no less and I cannot say enough good things about the nurses there. They were amazing. Each and every one of them was caring, prefessional, and incredibly gentle both with me and my wee man. Several of them spent their Thanksgiving away from their families in order to provide us with extra great care. Glad to hear you had a great experience as well. Enjoy your new one…he’s perfect.

  37. andie 08.12.2013

    I have been meaning to come by and wish you congrats! So COngrats! and welcome to the world of being a boy mom!

    Also- trips to Target and the grocery store take on a whole new meaning when you are a mom! Enjoy your trips alone to them while you can! ;) Sadly, it’s something I wanted for Mother’s Day this year! haha!

  38. Christine 08.12.2013

    Holla! – Nurse here! Thank you, thank you for acknowledging our profession – it is quite unique. :)

    You look fabulous and Lincoln is too adorable for words to describe!

  39. Kristen 08.12.2013

    Oh my goodness, these cookies look incredible – and how precious is that little nugget of yours? Enjoy your time with him!

  40. Debtgirl 08.12.2013

    The cutest little man ever! My girl was (is) the cutest little girl ever!

  41. Carrie 08.12.2013

    Love the photo of the two of you. It’s so precious. OK, the cookies look DELISH. Interesting tip about the margarine. I m an introvert too. I could spend days alone in house too, but I know what you mean about getting out. Glad you got some time for yourself.

  42. Sarah W 08.12.2013

    As a Labor and Delivery nurse, we love treats and the thank you’s we get from out patients. Glad you had a great experience.

  43. Joy 08.12.2013

    Love the picture of you and Lincoln! Too cute!

  44. Nina 08.12.2013

    The picture of you and Lincoln is so sweet! And that recipe looks amazing. I’m not a fan of margarine either, but considering that I never use it, I might do that this one time.

  45. Jan 08.12.2013

    Can’t believe you are back in the kitchen already, but glad you feel well enough. The cookies look really amazing. Thanks for sharing with everyone! Thanks also for sharing Lincoln with us!

  46. Karla 08.12.2013

    OMG LINCOLN. The cookies. So much yumminess in one post! I could just eat them both up. :)

  47. Barbie 08.12.2013

    Baking? Really. Just sit down and enjoy that little guy! Such a sweetie!

  48. Gillian Thompson 08.12.2013

    These cookies are soooooo yummy!!! I just ate 3 in one sitting. Great recipe.

  49. Jess 08.12.2013

    I’m looking forward to Lincoln being your sidekick on the blog, Kristin! What a cutie!

  50. There is sooo much cuteness going on in this post! That picture of him looking up at you is priceless…frame that!

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