Skip to Content

Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Don’t skip this classic Quaker Oats oatmeal cookie recipe with chewy centers that make you want to eat the whole batch in one sitting. It’s my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe for a reason. Add some mix-ins to make them your own, or simply enjoy warm oatmeal cookies right out of the oven for a sweet and tasty treat!

Oatmeal always gets a bad rap when you serve it in a bowl for breakfast. When you turn it into chewy cookies, though, they become irresistible!

Oatmeal cookies stacked up on top of each other.

Ingredients for Quaker’s Best Oatmeal Cookies

In addition to these simple ingredients, you’ll want to get your electric mixer and your cookie sheets ready. These chewy oatmeal cookies will be ready in no time! Here’s what you need to make them:

  • Brown sugar
  • Trans-fat free vegetable shortening
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Quaker® Oats (use quick oats or old-fashioned oats)
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda

Full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post. 

Grab some chocolate chips if you want to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. You can also use butterscotch chips or caramel chips to ensure your kids eat these oatmeal cookies. Other mix-ins like raisins mean you can make a Quaker oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, too. ​

Cookies piled up on a counter.

The Original Version

Oatmeal cookies, like the ones we enjoy today in the U.S., started popping up around the end of the 1800s. The first known recipe for delicious oatmeal cookies was published by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896, a famous cooking teacher in Boston. She put it in her “Boston Cooking-School Cook Book”. These early versions were seen as kind of healthy, often packed with raisins and nuts.

The idea of mixing oats into cookies probably came from the Scottish and British oatcakes, which had been around for ages. But those oatcakes were more like flatbread and weren’t as sweet as our oatmeal cookies. 

What really made oatmeal cookies a big deal in the U.S. was the Quaker Oats Company. In the early 1900s, they came up with this quick-cooking oat method and started putting an oatmeal cookie recipe right on their Quaker Oats box. That move made oatmeal cookies super popular and a regular part of American snacks. And they are now the famous oatmeal cookies that we all love.

How to Make Traditional Quaker Oatmeal Cookies

ingredients for cookies in glass bowls.

Before you get started, be sure to preheat your oven to 375° degrees.

Dry ingredients in a glass bowl.

While that warms up, grab a large bowl for your electric mixer and beat the brown sugar together with the shortening and granulated sugar at medium speed until it’s nice and creamy.

Wet ingredients in a glass bowl.

Once you’ve achieved that creamy texture, add egg, water, and vanilla extract, beating it well.

Oatmeal and flour in a glass bowl.

Now, you can add the oats, flour, salt, and baking soda. If you are using any chocolate chips or other added ingredients, you should fold them in at this point. 

Cookies on a baking sheet.

After you’ve formed your cookie dough, drop a little bit by rounded teaspoonfuls right onto your ungreased cookie sheets. You’ll bake these beauties for 9 to 11 minutes. I like to check at nine minutes so they don’t get overdone. You’re looking for golden brown edges as the sign to know these are just perfect if you love chewy cookies.  

Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, and then place the oatmeal cookies on a wire rack and let them cool completely. You can store them at room temperature as long as you tightly cover them in an airtight container to preserve their texture.

Stacked cookies on a counter with some oats in a bowl in the background.

Optional Mix Ins

More Delicious Cookies

If you’re dreaming of homemade cookies, this classic recipe won’t disappoint. We could call it the vanishing oatmeal cookie recipe. They make a great afternoon snack, and at the end of the day, if you have any left, a handful of those cookies will surely be the cure for a busy workday!

Oatmeal cookies stacked up on top of each other.

Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

Discover the classic taste of Quaker Oats' Oatmeal Cookie Recipe, combining oats, sugar, and spices for a chewy, homemade treat ideal for everyone.


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup trans-fat free vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add the brown sugar, white sugar, and shortening to a large mixing bowl and mix well with an electric mixer.
  3. Next, add the egg, vanilla extract, and water and mix well.
  4. Pour in the oatmeal, salt, baking soda, and flour and mix well.
  5. Scoop out a cookie and roll it in your hand. Place it on the ungreased cookie sheet and press it down a little.
  6. Bake for about 9 to 11 minutes. The edges of the cookies should be golden brown.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for a few minutes, and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


The cookies can be stored in an airtight container or a plastic Ziplock bag. They do not need to be refrigerated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest


Wednesday 31st of January 2024

Yum! I love a good chewy oatmeal cookie.

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

Thanks, Carlee!

Skip to Recipe