Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Walnut Cookies


I’m very particular when it comes to oatmeal cookies – I don’t like raisins in them – don’t like cinnamon in them – don’t like cakey oatmeal cookies. I don’t think I’ve had a “perfect” oatmeal cookie since I was a kid, and to be honest, I don’t even remember who made the last perfect one I had. But “perfection” is very subjective, isn’t it? I do know that I like my oatmeal cookies thin and crispy and chewy rather than soft. So when I saw this recipe on the Taste Buds blog, going by the picture it looked just like the texture I was looking for. A quick scan of the ingredients – no cinnamon. Chocolate chips (which I don’t want in my oatmeal cookies), but no problem, I can work around that. So I modified her recipe very slightly to take out what I didn’t want, and add in what I do. So the final cookie? Oh, so very close. The texture is right, the flavor is mostly right, just need to work on making them taste a little more like oatmeal.

I’m submitting this to the Sunday Snacks event, hosted by SnackORama.

Crunchy Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Crispy, Chewy Oatmeal Walnut Cookies
slightly modified from Taste Buds blog

1 c. butter, room temperature
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 c. quick-cooking rolled oats
1 c. walnut pieces

Combine dry ingredients; set aside. Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in oats and walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees on greased or lined cookie sheets 10-12 minutes.

12 thoughts on “Crispy Chewy Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

  1. Fanny

    I have to admit, I hate raisins in my cookie too. But I do love the flavor of oatmeal. I will try this simple recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Signe Knudsen

    If you used whole rolled oats rather than quick-cooking oats, you might get a more pronounced oat flavor. The cookie would probably be chewier since the whole oats wouldn’t dissolve quite as much as the quick-cooking kind. If you let the mixture rest a few hours in the refrigerator after mixing it, it would give the oats a chance to soften before baking and might have a better texture. I’m going to try your recipe using the thick rolled oat flakes I buy bulk at the local co-op. I’m partial to pecans and hazelnuts so may substitute one of those for the walnuts in the future.

  3. Julie

    The texture was exactly what I was looking for. Very good. I agree with the other poster about too much salt, and I even used less than 1 teaspoon. I would eliminate the salt altogether. The baking soda has sodium as well. Great recipe otherwise!

  4. fresh

    finally i found a real oatmeal walnut cookie recipe! i absolutely hate raisins so this makes me happy =]

  5. olga

    i made these over the weekend. new favorite cookie recipe. hate them raisins too. bleh. these are perfect. crispy BUT chewy! i didn't know this was possible.

  6. olga

    oh yea, and i used salted butter but didn't add any salt. i also used the oldfashioned oats (not the fast-cooking ones) but let the dough stand for a couple of hours before baking to get the oats to soften.

  7. Mink

    Came out very good; flavor, texture. I did with 75% whole wheat flour 25% white flour, thick rolled oats. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. Tonya

    I am also one of those people looking for that perfect oatmeal cookie…An absolutley wicked Step Grandma….but dang! that cookie was the very best!!! I've tried everything…toasting the oats, toasting the walnuts, salted, unsalted…you name it. Great I'll try this one.


  9. Margaret

    These were AMAZING…………….!!!! Crispy edges, chewy center can't get any better. I baked mine 13 -14 minutes, maybe I made them a little bigger than the original recipe.
    My fiance ate 10 of them in one night!!.
    Thanks for such a good cookie recipe

  10. Margaret Miller

    I have made these more times than I can count since finding the recipe. This is the way all cookies should be, crispy and chewy. Like others I end up baking mine 10-11 minutes, probably due to bigger cookies than the recipe calls for. My fiance thinks he should have a supply of these all the time!!. If you have any other cookie recipes that are chewy, like peanut butter I would love to try them

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