Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

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Thin, crispy, chewy, sweet, spicy. That’s how I’d describe these old fashioned oatmeal cookies. They’re pretty much everything you’d expect from a plain oatmeal cookie!

When it comes to baking cookies, it’s really easy for me to get wrapped up in adding things to them to make them fancier or more decadent, but we can’t forget about all of the old-time favorites, like these old fashioned oatmeal cookies for example!

Thin, crispy, chewy, sweet, spicy. That’s how I’d describe these old fashioned oatmeal cookies. They’re pretty much everything you’d expect from a plain oatmeal cookie! This recipe for old fashioned oatmeal cookies has been around for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t trully appreicate it until recently. I bake so many cookies every week that I had forgotten how much I really love plain Jane oatmeal cookies. No chocolate, no raisins, no nuts. Just butter, flour, spices, and oats (okay, yes, there are a few more ingredients, but not many).

That’s probably what I love most about this recipe; it’s simple, no-frills. But the flavor from the spices and the hearty texture of the oats kept me coming back to the cookie jar, cookie after cookie. They are so good!

Thin, crispy, chewy, sweet, spicy. That’s how I’d describe these old fashioned oatmeal cookies. They’re pretty much everything you’d expect from a plain oatmeal cookie! What’s so good about plain old fashioned oatmeal cookies?

  • Without anything to distract you, you can fully enjoy the buttery-ness of the cookie and the warm spicy flavor.
  • They’re quick and easy to make; all you need is a bowl, a spoon, and 2 cookie sheets.
  • The ingredient list is so simple, so you’ll probably have them on-hand all the time.
  • Since they’re plain, you could easily drizzle them with a powdered sugar glaze or make oatmeal cookie sandwiches with them. I have a great cookie frosting recipe here.

Thin, crispy, chewy, sweet, spicy. That’s how I’d describe these old fashioned oatmeal cookies. They’re pretty much everything you’d expect from a plain oatmeal cookie! Now, let’s talk about the cookies, shall we? As they bake, the cookies start to flatten out, which gives them their thin and chewy texture. But as they cool off, the edges will become slightly crispy. It’s perfection. The centers of the cookie will remain soft. The cookies have a glorious texture from the oats and a warm brown color from the spices. The cookies are sweet, but not overly so. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, really.

When you’ve got a taste for a delicious classic cookie, you’ll definitely want to try these thin and chewy old fashioned oatmeal cookies.

You'll love these super simple thin and chewy classic oatmeal cookies!

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

A thin and chewy old fashioned oatmeal cookie that's loaded with spicy flavors!
4.50 from 14 votes
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Course: Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Kristine


  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS rolled oats (not quick cooking oats)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda sea salt, and spices until well mixed.
  • In a medium bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until smooth.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract and stir.
  • Add dry ingredients, half and a time and stir until just combined.
  • Fold in oats.
  • Using a 1.5 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container or freeze.
Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 5.7g | Iron: 0.2mg
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Try these other oatmeal cookies too! Oatmeal chocolate chip or classic oatmeal raisin.

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  1. These old-fashioned oatmeal cookies look perfect! You just can’t beat a classic cookie like this!

    1. Thank you so much Taylor! Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the classics, but they’re so yummy!

  2. Cindy Gordon says:

    So delicious that you can’t stop at just one! Don’t worry, I won’t eat the entire batch! I”ll share! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Definitely not, Cindy! I could have eaten all 24 by myself, no problem! LOL!

      1. Cindy Gordon says:

        Ha! Good to know! 😉

  3. I was literally cleaning out my pantry yesterday and realized I have three canisters of oats! Making these today!

    1. Heck yes Nicole, make a double batch even haha! Cookies for days!

  4. Michaela Kenkel says:

    You can’t go wrong with a classic cookie like oatmeal! Your recipe sounds and looks fantastic!! I will be sure to try them, perfect for lunchboxes. 🙂

  5. Nothing like a good classic old fashioned oatmeal cookie with a big glass of iced cold milk. I can almost taste it. Loving all your pictures too beautiful shots.

    1. Thank you so much Adriana! I totally agree, oatmeal cookies are THE best with milk! ?

  6. Confession – I love oatmeal cookies . Yours looks so delicious! I’ve pinned this for later.

  7. These look delicious! I don’t think I’d be able to stop at one…

    1. Thank you so much Danielle! Yeah, one was not an option for me, unless you mean one after another! LOL!

  8. Your oatmeal cookies look wonderful, in fact so wonderful I don’t even think I will miss the raisins that I usually put in mine. I definitely might have to break plan and cheat for a few of this marvelous looking oatmeal cookies.

    1. Thank you so much Heidy! I’m not a huge raisin fan, though I do make them that way for the holidays, but there’s something so comforting about a plain oatmeal cookie! I hope you enjoy them!

  9. Good Old Fashioned oatmeal cookies will never go out of style. They are such a classic that everyone loves.

  10. Joyce Williams says:

    good recipe but why do you need to freeze it xD

  11. There is something very wrong with this recipe! I made it today and the cookies came out as flat pancakes that melted together. I followed the instructions to the letter, but based on my baking experience, I suspect there is not enough flour to hold them together and not enough baking soda for proper lift.