Oatmeal Crisp Cookies

These oatmeal crisp cookies (like most cookies) go great with milk!

it’s the beginning of the end. which sounds moderately emo and morbid, but it’s true. this is the last time i’ll ever come drive down from norcal to socal in an obscenely late september flourish, the last time i’ll go through the week 0 motions of boothing and watching dance battles and going to free concerts in the campus park. okay, maybe not the last one, since i’m actually going to a concert i won tickets for in a random contest instead of partaking in this year’s act.

but in that spirit, i thought it appropriate to post something sweet for the last week 0 of undergrad. and it’s made even more weird because the last time i made these oatmeal crisp cookies was at the end of high school, 3+ years ago. i meant to post them on the blog, and for whatever reason, they didn’t make it. something about these cookies makes them appropriate for the end of eras, i guess.

the name sounds a little senior citizen (perhaps the oatmeal part), but since i am a lover of oats in baked goods, i basically have my aarp membership already. anyways, there’s chocolate involved! hopefully that’s enough to sway you if you’re anti-oat. and if you’re an active raisin and/or walnut hater, you can definitely leave them out and sub in more chocolate/oats/cereal, even if i’m a little sad over here. i promise that these taste so much more like oatmeal crisp cookies with the extra crisp/crunch of the walnuts, and that the chewy raisins do wonders.

1 year ago: Creamy Corn and Oyster Mushroom Zucchini Pasta, Miso Pilaf with Cucumber and Grilled Eggplant
2 years ago: Holy Shit Toast, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
3 years ago: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Waffles, Tofu Banh Mi Salad
4 years ago: Choco-Latte Chip Cookies, Aunty Pin’s Banana Nut Bread

Let these oatmeal crisp cookies cool all the way (yes, I know, but I believe in you!) for maximum crispness.

Oatmeal Crisp Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
These oatmeal crisp cookies might feel like they include everything but the kitchen sink, but all of the mix-ins work together to make a cookie that's tasty and interesting down to the last crumb.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 56 cookies
Calories: 103 kcal
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts toasted (my family prefers walnuts)
  • 2 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips I like bittersweet
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and eggs until well combined. Add the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, then mix just until combined. Mix in everything else (dough will be very thick).
  2. Drop onto cookie sheets (I like placing 12 balls of dough using a 60 scoop, aka 1 1/2 T, onto each sheet).
  3. Bake at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and set. They will become more crunchy as they cool.
Recipe Notes

I typically use a #60 scoop (about 1 1/2 T), which yields 56 cookies.

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54 Replies to “Oatmeal Crisp Cookies”

  1. Hahaha! Just call me granny because I love oats in baked goods too–especially cookies :). I totally remember those bittersweet feelings when college was coming to an end. Don’t get me started on how I cried when it came time to register for graduation :(. But trust me, cookies help! Have a great week, Heather!

  2. I think you, me and Kelsie all need to have an old people’s convention…and you need to bring these cookies! I am a HUGE fan of oatmeal cookies, and you are totally talkin’ my kind of language with these. Enjoy that last week 0…it’s such a weird feeling to wrap up undergrad, but then again a new chapter will be opening, and that’s always exciting, too! 🙂

  3. I love oatmeal in baked goods! Savor and enjoy your last undergrad moments. When I was in college I kept anticipating what was coming up next instead of living in the now and appreciating what I had at the time. Once you get to your 30s, everything happens so fast!

    1. enjoying the last moments have manifested itself as, who knows where i’ll be post-grad, so i should try all the food i want to! fun for sure (but expensive and unhealthy whoops).

  4. You must’ve gotten your AARP credential the day after I did! I totally love this recipe and, like you, everything with oats, and raisins, too! The rice cereal addition is brilliant! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I loveee using oatmeal in everything as much as I can! So I am definitely on board with these yummies for sure!! I want some ASAP!! 😀

    1. oatmeal’s the best! i’m pretty sure most of the cookies and muffins and scones and such i’ve made have had some oatmeal in them one way or another (;

  6. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite! And I loved that you add Rice Krispies! I totally need to make these 🙂 Have a great week!! Xoxo

    1. rice krispies add a really great crunch! sometimes cereal can get soggy in cookies, but not here (:

  7. I love using oatmeal in cookies. Makes you feel like you are eating something healthy.

    1. definitely (; and raisins are fruit, and chocolate is an antioxidant, right?!

  8. Do you feel all grown up? Last days of university are so sad but at the same time all mixed up with so much nervous energy! I love oats as long as it is not in the form oatmeal. these look great. Enjoy the last week!

    1. i refer to myself as a semi-adult, so i don’t feel alllll grown up quite yet! and i feel you on the oatmeal; there are days when i just don’t want to deal with goopy health.

  9. It’s been a very long time since I’ve mad or eaten oatmeal cookies, it’s been way too long. I’m defiantly a granny hidden in a 34 year old body. I love that these cookie are little crisp.

    1. sounds like it’s time to break your oatmeal cookie fast then! (:

  10. There is nothing senior citizen about these!! Yum – just adding the word crisp to the name of these makes me want them. Enjoy your last week!

    1. normally i’m a chewy cookie kind of person, but the crispyness of these is tasty enough for me to make an exception (:

  11. I’ll happily be this kind of senior citizen.

    1. same! (and on another note, i think it’s hilarious that my parents have senior citizen center parking passes, even though they’re a lot younger than the typical person at the senior center).

  12. Adding rice krispies to oatmeal cookies is such a wonderful idea, those crunchy bits running through the cookie along chewy oats and sweet raisins…dang, I need one right now!!!

    1. yeah, there’s some awesome textures in these cookies! especially with the chocolate too 😍

  13. I have always liked grape nut pudding and every time I order it in restaurants I felt like I belong in the grandma section (hee hee). I also like oatmeal cookies. These look delicious! I’ll take just the way they are…nuts, raisins, and all!

    1. grape nut pudding?! i’ve never heard of that before (and had to go look it up!), and that sounds so interesting to me. also curious if that idea would work with another kind of cereal (:

  14. People say I’m an old man trapped in a young persons body all the time! These look amazing

    1. i think to some extent, food bloggers are more likely to have “old soul in young body” tendencies. you have to be a certain kind of person to want to spend heaps of time testing oatmeal recipes over and over (;

  15. Oatmeal cookies are one of my FAVS!!! So these are totally calling my name! Cheers!

  16. As a passionate lover of crisp cookies, I have to try your recipe. Would it be a mistake to have them for breakfast?

    1. definitely not a mistake to have them for breakfast! best time to have them (; especially on the mornings when you don’t want to get out of bed!

  17. THESE LOOK SO MOISTY and delicious!!! I can only imagine how the chocolate pairs with the raisins!

    1. yeah, the raisins and chocolate go together really well! thanks, gigi (:

  18. These sound great, I really like the idea of adding the rice cereal to these.

    1. thanks, caroline! (:

  19. Oatmeal cookies are dubbed “back-to-school” cookies in our house. So you are just doing it a little backwards;) End-of-school cookies? Either way, congrats to you!!! But its not the end of an era, just the beginning of something new:)

    1. the last set of back to school cookies for me! (that’s not confusing at all lol). thanks, maria (:

  20. I’m not an old lady and I love oatmeal cookies! haha. I also like making a bowl of oatmeal with fruit for breakfast too… like all the time. Anyway, these cookies look delicious! Enjoy your last days of college and congrats on graduating (soon)! It’s a huge accomplishment. 🙂

    1. sometimes i can only force myself to have oatmeal if i have awesome fresh fruit with it lol.

  21. Oatmeal cookies are such a comfort food to me and I even love eating the raw dough. I’ll have to try making these on Saturday so I can have some for Sunday breakfast 🙂 Also, if you didn’t put the “crisp” in the recipe title, these would totally be old people cookies because dentures. hahahahahaha!

    1. LOL forgot about dentures. so really, these wouldn’t be old people cookies unless they gummed them or sucked on them for ages or soaked them in milk 😂

  22. I remember that feeling!! That makes me feel so OLD!
    Also, what is with all of these raisin haters??? I am the only one I know who LIKES raisins! Can you believe that? That just means more for me, right? 😉

    1. not sure what’s up with the raisin haters!! they do tend to be a bit sweet (hence why i don’t really like them plain), but not sure besides that. oh well, more raisins for us!

  23. I must be old before my time as well because I love oatmeal in my baked goods and I simply adore oatmeal and raisin cookies.

    1. haha it’s okay, i do too (:

  24. I love oats in my cookies!! This recipe sounds yummy..I have never thought of adding rice cereal to my cookies..Can’t wait to try this Heather!!

    1. thanks, deepika! (:

  25. old ladies unite! oatmeal cookies are the bomb and anyone who doesn’t agree can’t sit with us!

    really though, enjoy your last year of undergrad! hopefully there will be lots of these cookies involved cause they look absolutely delicious 🙂

    1. so far no cookies, but there has been an obscene amount of ice cream and kbbq :3 thanks, stephanie!

  26. Mmm just feed me these now with a big tall glass of milk, please! 😀 I love that you added nuts + chocolate chips + raisins so that every bite has something yummy in it!! 👌

    1. ahh yes something in every bite! chocolate chip cookies (not quite the same thing but still) without enough chocolate chips are kind of sad.

  27. I also love oats! Oats have a healthy vibe which makes me feel better with every bite 🙂

    1. i can imagine taking a bite of cookie and saying, “i feel better already!”. like a really bad oatmeal commercial lol.

  28. Gasp! Raisins!? lol I love the chew of oatmeal cookies, so I’ll believe you that the raisins give some more chew as well since I love the cheeeew! 😀

    1. raisins definitely up the chew factor :3

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