Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe! Handed down over generations, this recipe has been in our family for years! These cookies are soft and chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges, these cookies are loaded with oats and creamy peanut butter. They will satisfy your cookie craving!
Next time try this easy 3 ingredient oatmeal cookie recipe!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
Tried and true family recipes are the best don't you agree?!!! Like the recipes I've shared for Grandma Bertha's Butter Cookies, Homemade Pecan Sandies or Frosted Butterscotch Cookies - all are delicious family recipes that have been handed down with love!
These easy peanut butter oatmeal cookies are crispy around the edges, sweet and chewy in the center! If there is a peanut butter lover in your home, I promise you, they will love these cookies!
You know Dan is my official taste tester and has the most discerning pallet, right? When I pulled these out of the oven Dan mysteriously appeared, grabbed a handful of cookies and went back into his office.
Yep, they definitely passed the Dan taste test! 😄 Your whole family will love this recipe!
For the exact measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- be sure to use old-fashioned oats, not quick oats.
- light brown sugar or dark brown sugar - either will work.
- softened butter - use the real stuff!
- room temperature eggs
- white sugar
- vanilla extract
- peanut butter - you can use creamy peanut butter or chunky peanut butter, natural peanut butter.
- parchment paper or silpat baking mat
This is an overview of the instructions. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
These cookies are really easy to make!
- start with the wet ingredients, cream together the sugar and softened butter
- add the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla - mix again
- sprinkle with salt, baking soda and oats thoroughly combine
- use a cookie scoop to scoop out cookie dough, shape into a ball and roll in sugar
- bake until crispy on the edges, but still soft and chewy in the center
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
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My choice for a baking sheet, here's what I use!
Leaving the butter on the counter for about 30 minutes will soften it.
Cutting the butter into small chunks will help it soften more quickly.
Setting the butter over a warm water bath will also soften it.
I prefer to leave it on the counter. By the time I gather the ingredients and preheat the oven, the butter is just about ready to use. I've tried microwaving butter for those times I forget and have found it melts it too much and then you're starting over.
Before baking I roll the cookies in sugar and then lightly press them down with a fork in a criss-cross pattern. Is the sugar bath optional? Yes, I suppose so, but it makes for such a delicious crispy cookie!
The cookies will be light brown on the edges and golden in the center.
Add semi-sweet chocolate chips and m&m's and turn these chewy oatmeal cookies into monster cookies - YUM!
These cookies come out perfectly every time and this recipe makes a ton! About 60 cookies, so it will definitely fill up your cookie jar! No cookie jar? Store them on the counter in an airtight container.
- If you like crispy cookies use a longer baking time.
- If you prefer soft cookies, refrigerate the cookie dough before baking. That way they will spread less. Then pull them out just short of the baking time. Allow them to cool completely on the cookie sheet or they will crumble.
- Using a small ice cream scoop will ensure the cookies are uniform in size and bake evenly.
- These make AMAZING ice cream sandwiches!
Looking for more yummy cookie recipes? I gotcha covered!
- Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies - yummy cookies with a rich butterscotch glaze!
- Persimmon Cookies - this old-fashioned cookie is a family favorite.
- 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies - super easy to make, what a treat!
- Grandma's Gumdrop Cookies - loaded with gumdrops, you'll love these chewy cookies!
Aren't these an easy cookies to make and they are so yummy too! It's the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor with the oats and they are so soft and I just love the chewy texture!
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar plus ¼ cup to roll dough in (optional
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 5 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup peanut butter you can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare the dry ingredients. Add the salt, baking soda and oats to a medium size mixing bowl, lightly mixture to combine. Set aside.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl.
- Add the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla - mix again.
- Next add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, mix well.
- Place the reserved sugar in a (separate) small bowl.
- Using spoons or a small ice cream scoop, scoop out cookie dough, shape into a ball and roll in sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until crispy on the edges, but still soft and chewy in the center.
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💭 Recipe backstory
I absolutely adored my Grandma! Making the trek to Grandpa and Grandma's house each summer, working on projects with Grandma and helping her in the kitchen. I loved listening to her stories and I still miss her!
My Aunt shared with me a bunch of recipes that Grandma had handwritten for a family cookbook. All of the recipes have been transferred to the Cochrane Family Cookbook, but you know what? I still go back and refer to Grandma's notes.
I love looking thru
It's just the BEST! ❤️ So today I thought I'd share one of Grandma's recipes!