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, and crispy on the edges.
This easy recipe is loaded with oats and creamy peanut butter they are our new favorite cookies!
These will satisfy cookie cravings for all the peanut butter fans!
Next time try this easy 3 ingredient oatmeal cookie recipe!
Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ This tried and true family recipe has been in the family for years!
✔️ These easy peanut butter oatmeal cookies are crispy around the edges, sweet and chewy in the center!
✔️ This is the best combination of peanut butter and oatmeal!
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 returned to his office.
Yep, they definitely passed the Dan taste test! 😄 Your whole family will love this recipe!
Please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for the exact measurements.
- 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, chunky peanut butter, or natural peanut butter. I haven't tried this recipe with almond butter, but I'm guessing it will also work.
- parchment paper or a silpat baking mat
This is an overview of the instructions. For complete directions, scroll down to the bottom!
These are the best cookies and 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 and thoroughly combine.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop out cookie dough, shape it 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!
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.
If they are dry and crumbly it's because they have been overcooked.
- To soften butter, leave 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.
- 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.
- A small ice cream scoop will ensure the cookies are uniform and bake evenly.
Add semi-sweet chocolate chips, m&m's and shredded coconut to turn these chewy oatmeal cookies into monster cookies - YUM!
Sandwich a scoop of vanilla ice cream between a pair of cookies to make an AMAZING ice cream sandwich!
Cookie Jar Storage - This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so it will definitely fill up your cookie jar! No cookie jar? Store them on the counter in an airtight container.
Freezer - wrap well, or place in a ziplock bag, freeze up to 3 months.
Reheat - if you want that fresh baked cookie flavor, pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds or in the air fryer for 2 minutes to reheat the cookies.
Looking for more yummy cookie recipes? I gotcha covered!
- Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies - yummy cookies with a rich butterscotch glaze!
- Strawberry Sandwich Cookies - super simple, pretty and delicious!
- Persimmon Cookies - this old-fashioned cookie is a family favorite.
- Grandma's Gumdrop Cookies - loaded with gumdrops, you'll love these chewy cookies!
- If you're looking for the original Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie Recipe from the 50's, this is it!!
If you prefer a thick cookies try this recipe - 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies.
Don't you just love a crispy, chewy cookie? These are easy to make and 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 large eggs
- 5 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup peanut butter you can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter
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- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 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 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet.
- 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!