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Classic Oatmeal Cookies

These classic oatmeal cookies are a little bit chewy, a little bit crunchy, and a lot delicious!  With rolled oats being the main ingredient, they are even quite healthy, while still maintaining a sweet, rich flavor.  In addition, these cookies are easy make, and they are definite crowd-pleasers.

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, so I thought I would share a recipe adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Irish Kitchen: 150 Recipes for Everyday Cooking from the Emerald Isle.  I love this classic oatmeal cookie recipe, because it is so simple and so tasty.  If you are in a rush, it is great because you can whip these cookies up in no time.  If you are baking cookies for lots of people with different tastes, it is great, because there are no raisins or chopped apples or dried cherries in it.  I personally like all those things in my oatmeal cookies, but not everyone does.  And sometimes it is nice to take a bite and enjoy the classic flavor of brown sugar and vanilla.

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It has been such a cold week here again! That’s why these classic oatmeal cookies are so helpful. They warm up the house, fill it with a delicious aroma, and cheer us up.  I also got us a bouquet of tulips to brighten up the table.  The sun was shining in the window the other morning, and it made it look like the tulips were lit from within.  So beautiful.  Although the outdoor temperatures are still cold, the light is changing.  I notice sunlight coming in the windows at different angles, and thank goodness the daylight hours are stretching out.


The last few posts on this blog have been baking recipes.  That is probably because baking evokes comfort, warmth and happiness for me, and hopefully for those around me, and I must say, with this chilly March weather, we need to create our own warmth and comfort.  I hope you have a great weekend, and try these cookies if you are looking for a simple and delicious treat.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day, if you celebrate it, and happy March Madness, if you like to watch college basketball and make brackets!  I am not usually much of a sport fan (unless I am watching my kids play), but I do enjoy college basketball, and I’m in a bracket pool with my extended family.  So far, my bracket isn’t doing very well, but you never know!  March Madness is unpredictable, and next week could be completely different!

I am taking a plate of these lovely cookies over to Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Alex @ Turks Who Eat. oatmeal cookies

Classic Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: about 30 cookies
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  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter (1 and 1/2 sticks), softened, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease two large baking sheets.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the brown sugar together until creamy and fluffy.  Add the egg, water, and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth.  In another large bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, and baking soda.  Stir until well combined.  Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients.  Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is combined.

Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonful onto the baking sheets, spaced well apart.  (I usually do 12 cookies per baking sheet).  Bake in your 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden.  Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack.  Enjoy!

This recipe is adapted from The Irish Kitchen: 150 Recipes for Everyday Cooking from the Emerald Isle. 




  1. Angie | Fiesta Friday

    Is this the longest winter or what?! When I drove to work this morning, it started to snow! It was just a little flurry but still! And that’s why baking cookies is such a great idea; it keeps the kitchen warm ? I love old fashioned oatmeal cookies! My kids, though, require the addition of chocolate chips. Kids, what do they know!? So happy my Jayhawks won yesterday!! ??

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Angie! Yes, this feels like the longest winter ever! We still have piles of snow on the ground here! But at least the sun was bright today. 🙂 My bracket is already broken, because I picked Virginia to win the whole thing. Oh well, it’s fun to watch the games anyway. University of Michigan plays soon! 🙂


    I love oatmeal cookies with raisins or choc chips and milk. But cookies are my enemy. It’s a love/hate relationship.

    • Jenny

      Yes, everything in moderation! It works best for me if my family and friends eat lots of them. 🙂

  3. TurksWhoEat

    I love a good oatmeal cookie, these look perfect. It is so true that baking can bring warmth and happiness, and that is definitely needed this time of year while we’re itching for Spring! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    • Jenny

      Thank you! Yes, this time of year, it feels like winter will never end! But I know spring will get its turn soon. Thank you for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week!

  4. Amanda | What's Cooking

    I love rolled oats. I could eat them at every meal. These oatmeal cookies look perfect. I crave these sometimes just because. It has been cold. Right now I’m out of the city taking some time to embrace the cold, hike, snow shoe, build fires and listen to the quiet. I’m embracing it before beautiful spring comes. I love that you bought tulips to brighten the place and your spirits. It’s exciting to see the first spring flowers popping up. Happy st patty’s and March madness!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Amanda! It sounds like a great winter retreat you are having! I would love to be out in nature right now! It is so grounding and I feel the need for that right now! Enjoy! 🙂

  5. Life Diet Health

    Jenny what delicious looking cookies – I can almost imagine the smell wafting through the kitchen! What pretty looking tulips too- definitely needed to brighten up this cold weather! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Laurena! Yes the tulips were very beautiful and cheerful. I am really looking forward to when they start growing out of the ground here! So far it has been too cold! 🙂

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