Giant oatmeal cookies with chunks of dark chocolate, who could ask for anything more?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies from

Happy Friday, friends!

Lately I’ve been TGIF-ing with cookies. I’m good all week long— crossing things off my to-do list, cleaning up in the wake of my nonstop toddler, and eating lots of salads. Now it’s Friday and I just want to kick back with a freshly baked cookie or two, and maybe a big glass of wine come five o’clock.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies from

This recipe has been on my site since 2010, but after giving it a go one Friday a few weeks back I realized it needed a bit of tweaking. Several batches later I think I’ve finally got it right.

These cookies are darn near perfect. They’re chewy, substantial and hearty, and did I mention there are big chunks of chocolate involved?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies from

Regardless of the kind of week you’ve had, a batch of cookies can only make it better. So go ahead and preheat your oven and pull a stick of butter out of the fridge.

To cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies from

How to Bake Pretty Cookies

While they will taste great no matter what, cookies sometimes need a little extra TLC to look as great as they taste:

>> Only mix half of the chocolate chips/chunks called for in a recipe in with the dough.

>> Portion the dough with a cookie scoop, then roll into balls by hand.

>> Give them plenty of space. I only bake 6-8 cookies at a time on my sheet pan, depending on size.

>> Before baking, strategically place and press the remaining half of the chocolate chips/chunks into the tops of the dough balls.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies from

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Chewy cookies packed with oatmeal and dark chocolate chunks.
Yield: 12 large cookies or 2 dozen regular cookies
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (215 grams) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup (150 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (200 grams) old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup (170 grams) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chunks or chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar together on high speed until pale and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Add to the stand mixer and mix on low until incorporated. Add the oats and chocolate chunks and mix until just combined.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared sheet pan. I use a #4 (1½ tablespoon) cookie scoop for regular cookies, and an ice cream scoop for large cookies (as seen here). Bake until edges just begin to turn brown, about 8-10 minutes for regular cookies, 10-12 minutes for large cookies.
  5. Let cool on the baking pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Note: This recipe was originally published is September 2010. Changes to improve recipe updated in March 2014.

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30 Responses to Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. The Blue-Eyed Bakers says:

    Of course! The best cure for anything is surely warm cookies. These look delicious…the chunkier the cookie – the better!

  2. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    These look like the perfect cure for feeling sick… It just would have been nice if someone else had made them FOR you ;) This is a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing, Annalise, and I hope you feel better!

  3. Jennifurla says:

    Yum, baking is a cure for illness for sure. Love the cookies, texturely they are awesome.

  4. HCM says:

    These look great! I’m not a big fan of oatmeal raisin cookies so I always sub out the raisins with chocolate chips, but I have yet to find a recipe I really like–this recipe looks like it might just be the one I have been looking for :)

  5. Lisa says:

    These are the perfect comfort food.

  6. Más allá de 365 sonrisas says:

    Your blog is beauuuuutiful!! Congratulations!! I also love to bake!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I followed the instructions but I think i must have accidentally added to much salt. But they came out pretty good regardless. thanks for good sunday night cookies!

  8. Alicia says:

    Made these yesterday and they are SO good! I tried them while still warm and I didn’t think that much of them, but once they were completely cool they were like a totally different cookie. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  9. These truly look amazingly delicious! I’ve been all about dark chocolate lately and have been replacing the milk one with it in every recipe involving chocolate I can get my hands on…so, yes, basically these cookie are definitely going to happen during the weekend!

    xo, Elisa

  10. Sandra says:

    These look and sound wonderful. Thank you for the lovely recipe!

  11. Lex says:

    drooling! the photos are so lovely and delicious… obviously I need to make these!

  12. What I wouldn’t do for a cookie and glass of wine right now!! These look divine, Annalise!

  13. Chels says:

    Those are some pretty perfect looking cookies, if I do say so myself!

  14. Erin R. says:

    Oh, my gosh! This looks perfect! I have an oatmeal cookie recipe I’ve been using for years, fiddled this way and that, but I’ve never been completely happy with it. Oatmeal cookies can be tricky because the oats are dry and can suck all the moisture up, which makes it hard for me to get the butter and sugar quantities just right. But yours look like just the thing and I’m printing this recipe right now. This will be the next batch of cookies I make. Ooh, I’m excited! Thanks!

  15. Oatmeal cookies make me so happy. Love this!

  16. Ross Workman says:

    Darn good Annalise!

  17. Flavia says:

    Love oatmeal chocolate chunk (or chip) cookies! Yours are truly gorgeous! I’ll be making these this weekend!

  18. Love that these are so big you only have six on the baking sheet! And the strategically placed chocolate chunks makes them look perfect! Can’t wait to try them – thanks for sharing.

  19. Erin R. says:

    Well, as it happened, my husb was up for a batch of cookies this weekend. (grin) Very reliable, he is. So I followed the recipe exactly except I had to add about 2 T of extra flour to de-sticky the dough just a bit. Otherwise followed along exactly. They were stellar. Not overly sugary or greasy as you reined it in perfectly with the butter and sugar measurements. The cinnamon was a nice little hint but not dominant. The cookies held together nicely and didn’t crumble at all! Yay! You were also spot on with the 5 minutes setting time on the baking sheets. I tried to move a couple too soon and they broke apart, but after five minutes the rest were set.

    So, in conclusion, I’m junking my old oatmeal cookie recipe and keeping this one forever. I have finally found oatmeal success! Thank you thank you! My perfect O.C.C.C. recipe has eluded me for years, but you came through with a great save.

  20. There is no such thing as a bad oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. It can only be made better with CHUNKS of chocolate! Gf, you rock these! They’re perfect!

  21. Karin says:

    This looks so delicious. I used to make Outmeal paincakes with rasins and they were good as well, but with CHUNKS of chocolate I have never tryed it before. I think now is the time :)

  22. Emma says:

    I just want everyone to know they are really deliciuous. I made them yestrday for my kids. Thanks Annalise :)

  23. Nika says:

    I try to make them with white chocolate! All I can say mmmmm :) I make them a lot this weekend for the trip we went with my family. Thanks for the recipe Annalise

  24. Annie says:

    Just made these this week-end, they are amazing! Regular style though, not your super monster cookies… otherwise, I’d keep saying I can eat some, “but only two”, and then indulge sliiiiiightly too much at a time… Haha.

    Next time (because there will be a next time, and soon), I think I will flatten the dough a bit more, so the cookies spread more too. Mine pretty much kept the thick rounded form of the dough balls, but I love how yours have the perfect round cookie look! They still were perfectly tender and chewy, pretty with their chocolate chips on top thanks to you, and not too sweet, just as I like them.

    • Annalise says:

      So happy to hear you liked the cookies! Try beating the sugar and butter for a few minutes longer next time, that should make the dough creamier and encourage the cookies to spread a bit more during baking. :)

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