October 25, 2017

RECIPE: A Cookie-Lover's Favorite Cookie!

As you know, with a blog name like "Runs for Cookies", I am clearly a cookie lover. Interestingly (or maybe not), my favorite cookie is an oatmeal cookie (which isn't typically a favorite for most people). These are the cookies I housed one time and then felt guilty and went for a run. You can read about that in my post "Spewing Cookies", hahaha.

This photo is actually pretty... because a professional photographer took it, haha. She came to my house for a photoshoot for a magazine, and asked me to make some cookies for a prop. Of course, I made my favorite!

Anyway, enough commentary. As usual, notes are after the recipe.

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Katie's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies


2 cups of white flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups old-fashioned oats
(optional) 1 cup chocolate chips (I prefer not to use any extras like chocolate or nuts--see notes below)


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine oil, brown sugar and white sugar and mix until smooth. Beat in the eggs.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and add the mixture to the oil/sugar/egg mix. Stir until smooth. Add the oats (and chocolate chips if you’re using them) and stir until uniform.

Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are just barely turning golden in color. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

As with every cookie recipe I've ever baked, you won't get 6 dozen cookies out of this. I'm lucky to get a single dozen after all the dough I eat. So, I honestly can't tell you how many cookies this makes.

oatmeal cookies

Just in case you can't tell my photo apart from a professional photo, here's another batch I made. I made these for a soldier in Iraq at Christmastime, and I was told he likes M&M's, so I threw in some red and green ones.

oatmeal cookies

Recipe Notes:

*It may seem odd to use all oil and no butter, but trust me on this. These cookies have the BEST texture when you use oil. I've tried it with half butter and half oil, but I didn't like it nearly as much.

*You can make these using quick cooking oats, and they won't have as chewy of a texture. I happen to LOVE the chewy texture of oatmeal cookies, so I use old-fashioned oats.

*These taste best when they are just slightly under baked. I think pretty much all cookies do, right?

*I actually prefer these cookies without any chocolate or nuts. Crazy, right? This plain oatmeal cookie is the most delicious cookie on the planet, in my opinion.


  1. These look yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. I love oatmeal cookies too, but I'm not sure I've ever had them without cinnamon :-/ I LOVE cinnamon! I'm intrigued by the oil though, I think I'll be trying these :-)

  3. Awesome! Oatmeal cookies are my husband’s favorite, so I’ll definitely try making these. We don’t have any canola/vegetable oil though, so I’m going to try use avocado oil (fingers crossed this doesn’t ruin the cookies)! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  4. I can't wait to make these!! I LOVE oatmeal anything so oatmeal cookies are my favorite, thanks for sharing!!

  5. I have to try this!! I love pretty much any cookie recipe you throw at me haha. Thanks for sharing!

  6. My favorite cookie on the planet is oatmeal-chocolate chunk-walnut. I will be trying these for sure with my add-ins :-)

  7. I looove oatmeal cookies!! *drools*

  8. Katie... Are dates no longer on your posts? I didn't notice till I clicked on the linked post here and was curious when that was posted. Am I just not seeing the dates?

    1. Ugh, it’s been a problem getting them to show up correctly. I’m still working on it. I’ve been doing lots of changes to get my home page to load faster and look cleaner. So you’re right—the dates aren’t there now. Hopefully soon!

  9. Hi Katie! I made these cookies last night for a family Halloween party and everyone loved them ! Thank you for the recipe. I have to make a gluten free version for my 17 year old who is celiac and since her recipe called for cinnamon and vanilla I added it to your recipe as well to keep them the same. They were absolutely perfect. 😁

  10. Hi Katie! Have you ever put in golden raisins?
    I think I will give these a try on the weekend! I love oatmeal cookies, but I prefer them with raisins, no chocolate chips or any sort of nut! :)

  11. Just pulled the first sheet out of the oven, and these cookies are keepers! The texture of the dough was a little odd because of the all-oil no butter recipe, but they bake up perfect! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Oh, and it was hard, but I resisted the (strong!) urge to grease the cookie sheets...no necessito!


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