Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are so nice and simple.

It’s easy to get swept away in Nutella cookie cups, cookies and cream bars and Oreo chocolate chunk cookies. These things are all super delicious, but sometimes it’s nice to get back down to basics.

This is one of those times.

Although these vanilla oatmeal cookies are simple, they are by no means boring.

They are thick, soft and chewy. They have texture and bite thanks to the finely ground oatmeal inside.

These cookies taste like cookie dough. Like great, chocolate chip cookie dough, only without the chocolate.

You can add any bits and pieces you like to these cookies, such as nuts, chocolate chips, sultanas, coconut or M&Ms. Or you can leave them plain, like I have.

My puppy Coco wanted in on the cookie action too. How could anyone say no to those heartbreaking Labrador eyes?

These vanilla oatmeal cookies are a nice vanilla break from all the chocolate things I have been baking recently. I didn’t eat like a whole tray of them in one day or anything.

I really like them (obviously), and I hope you like them too!

Adapted from Milk and Cookies.

165g unsalted butter, softened (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 180 C and line 2-3 trays with baking paper.

In a blender or food processor, grind up the oats to a fine powder. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing well.

On a low speed, beat in the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Eat some cookie dough.

Drop tablespoons of dough onto the lined baking trays. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are lightly golden. Makes 32 cookies.

32 Thoughts on “Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

  1. No one I cook for likes oatmeal, so my oatmeal cookie cravings have had to be put aside for the last few years. Maybe the ground-up oatmeal won’t meet the same reaction. Either way, I have to have these; they look so soft and chewy!

  2. You’re killing me here. I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow. Think I should adjust the amount of oat flour a bit if I add some coconut?

  3. Wow!!! Simply mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing us with the recipe. We are loving it.

  4. Michelle on November 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm said:

    These are right up my alley…can use use oat bran interchangeably?

  5. Tracy on July 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm said:


    Thank you for posting this recipe, o my gosh they were so sweet and yummy I couldnt believe they even had oatmeal, grinding the oatmeal really makes a huge difference. My good friend’s son loves sweets, is 9yrs old, and ate like 4 of them when I brought them to work yesterday. I just made chocolate chip oatmeal and found this recipe on accident but the pictures looked so good I had to try them. They came out just like the pictures too! I used powdered sugar in place of granulated (1c and 1tbsp). Awesome recipe!


    • Hey Tracy!
      I’m so happy to hear you liked them :-)
      And isn’t it amazing with the oats?! They’re totally not like “oatmeal” cookies but it adds a yummy texture to the cookies.
      Thanks for all the great feedback :-)

  6. I *tried* to make these 3 times!
    They just are not turning out good. They are hardly sweet at all. and this last batch was really airy, meaning they softly crumbled like sand in my hand and tasted very floury. I MUST be doing something wrong because they don’t look or taste like everyone else says :(

    • Hey Lisa,
      I’m sad to hear that! Are you following the recipe exactly? Do you have the right amount of butter? Are you beating it well with the sugars? They should be sweet because there’s a cup of sugar in there. Are you putting in too much flour? I can’t see why they would taste floury otherwise. Try weighing your ingredients and following the steps really precisely! Good luck! :-)

    • Lisa, I have to agree with you. Mine aren’t sweet at all :-( very strange…

  7. Thanks for the recipe, it was just was the family sweet tooth needed on this chilly autumn day. Turned out just as pictured.

  8. Katie Hickin on May 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm said:

    Planning on making these for my work colleagues this week but just wanted to check that brown sugar is light brown, rather than dark? Also will the 1/2 cup be loosely or tightly packed?
    Thanks in advance :)

  9. ale murguia on July 5, 2013 at 9:50 am said:

    Oh my god!! These are so amazing, sweet, cheewy, really really great, thanks for share, i just made them, my husband is gonna love them!! I just need a few more minutes, i dont know if cause im in monterrey, anyway they came out really great!!

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  11. I’m tempted to try these tonight while making dinner. Can you sub in some whole oats for the flour so you get cookies that look like oatmeal cookies?

  12. Thanks Natasha they are beautiful! 😀

  13. I’m baking these tonight. I’ve quite a hankering for oatmeal cookies lately! Hubby won’t touch these so my cravings will be quite satisfied! 😀

  14. I liked them a lot!!! What an interesting idea to powder the oats!!! My boyfriend is not into sweet stuff but he loved the cookies and said they are one of the best (together with chocolate cookies) I have ever baked. So that means they are really good!!! We found them a bit too sweet though so next time I will reduce the amount of sugar slightly. Thank you for the recipe.

  15. Definitely going to try this for tomorrow!!

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