These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies will blow your mind! Tons of peanut butter flavor (actual peanuts optional) paired with some chewy oats for an amazing texture. They are so tender and totally melt in your mouth! Originally published June 1, 2017.

hand holding a chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookie.
Table of Contents
  1. You will love these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
  2. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients 
  3. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Substitutions and Options
  4. How to make this Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
  5. How to serve Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
  6. How to store Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
  7. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe FAQs
  8. More peanut butter oatmeal goodness!
  9. Chewy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

What could be better than riding a dirty subway through San Francisco at midnight? Well I can think of about 500 things, the first one being a nice soft bed.

a chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookie about to be dunked in a glass of milk.

But THIS subway had awesome people on it (and hardly any crazy/scary/drunk people!). We were on our way back from seeing Hamilton (which was AMAZING of course) and started playing Heads Up on our phone. That’s where you hold the phone on your forehead so you can’t see it, it displays a word , and everyone else has to help you guess what it is.

super soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookie.

My favorites were the songs. It would display a song title and everyone else has to hum the tune until the person figures it out. SO HARD!!! But extremely entertaining when everyone else on your train starts humming at you frantically.

a couple posed in front of a Hamilton mural, young people on a subway car.

It’s also great having a younger crowd help you out with all the Ke$ha songs that you’ve never heard of. Because who the heck is that. Also, look at how good they are at selfie-ing! So natural! It’s a skill guys. I’m all like, “hang on lemme bust out the double chin” and they’re like, I’m cool. Hang ten. I take selfies with strangers on the train all day long.

a hand holding a stack of peanut butter oatmeal cookies broken in half.

You will love these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Coooookies. I’ve been obsessed with them lately. These Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies were my latest craving. This recipe is spot on: A big, soft, extremely chewy cookie with just the right amount of oats. I used both quick and old fashioned oats in the dough to give it great texture. The peanut butter COMES THROUGH guys. You know how sometimes peanut butter cookies aren’t peanut buttery enough? Never fear! And because they have oats in them…so they’re basically healthy. Right??

Ever bitten into a peanut butter cookie, only to have it crumble into dust? Such a disappointing experience. If a peanut butter cookie is going in my mouth, it better follow the rules. And those rules are: tons of peanut butter flavor. Super moist and tender. NO CRUMBLING. 

These peanut butter oatmeal cookies are IT, guys. The oatmeal keeps them so soft and there’s a LOT of peanut butter (some would say too much, they are wrong).

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients 

Here’s a quick shopping list to help you gather your ingredients. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients and instructions!

  • Butter
  • Butter flavor Crisco
  • Brown sugar (light or dark)
  • White sugar
  • Peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Quick oats
  • Old fashioned oats

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Substitutions and Options

There are so many ways to enjoy these peanut butter oatmeal cookies. You can really make them your own! Here are a few suggestions.

  • Love peanuts? Use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.
  • Only have quick oats on hand? That’s ok, you can use ALL quick oats. The reverse is also true: if you only have old-fashioned oats, just use them. Play around with the ratios and see what creates your favorite texture.
  • Not enough peanut butter for you? Make these into Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies and up the ante with a generous amount of rich peanut butter frosting. 
  • Never enough chocolate? You can add a cup of chocolate chips, chunks, or mini chips, or get extra fancy and add Reese’s Pieces or Peanut Butter M&Ms (or any combination of the above).
  •  Cookies too big? No worries, you can make them any size you like (including actual Do-si-do size). Just watch the time to make sure they don’t over bake.

How to make this Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Here’s a quick overview of how to make this recipe. Full instructions can be found in the recipe card below!

  1. Beat butter and Crisco, then beat in brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add flour but don’t mix yet; stir baking soda and salt into flour, then beat in flour mixture gently. 
  4. Stir in quick oats and old fashioned oats.
  5. Chill dough for 1-3 hours or overnight. 
  6. Preheat the oven, line baking sheets, and measure the dough into cookies.
  7. Bake, then let cool on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack.
peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.

This dough is insanely good.

a 1/4 cup measuring cup with a ball of peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough.

How to serve Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

All I need with these babies is a tall glass of cold milk. That’s it.

That being said, I’m also pretty obsessed with making them into these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies. You take two of them and put peanut butter frosting in between. They’re like a super upgraded version of the Girl Scout Do-si-dos.  

How to store Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal peanut butter cookies can be stored on the counter for 3-4 days frozen for 3-4 months. They’re almost too easy to pull out whenever a cookie craving strikes. I have been known to eat them straight out of the freezer…just sayin’, don’t go thinking freezing them means you’re safe from their peanut-y charms!

soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies with one broken cookie resting on a glass of milk.
How do you keep peanut butter cookies from falling apart?

A lot of peanut butter cookies have too much flour and not enough fat. That’s why they turn into a crumbly pile of dust when you try to eat them. This recipe calls for plenty of fat: it’s in the butter, shortening, peanut butter, and eggs. That will require the dough to be chilled so that the fat doesn’t immediately melt when the unbaked cookies go into the oven. I promise you, the chilling time is totally worth it to achieve soft, tender cookies that won’t fall apart.  

What is the secret to soft chewy cookies?

Soft, chewy cookies. They’re the stuff of dreams. Here are a few tips that will make your peanut butter oatmeal cookies the perfect combination of chewy and soft!
Use butter AND shortening. The butter is for flavor, the shortening is for soft, puffy tenderness. Also, we’re using butter-flavor shortening, so we’re maximizing the butter flavor as much as possible.
Use brown sugar. Brown sugar lends a lot more moistness to a cookie than white sugar alone.
Don’t over bake them. When you pull these out of the oven, the edges should be firm, but the centers should still be just a little bit shiny. 

Is it better to chill oatmeal cookie dough before baking?

Yes! Definitely. This peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough is super soft. That’s amazing for our finished cookies (softness is our goal) but we don’t want them to spread out into flat, burned pancakes. It’s always a struggle to wait for the dough to chill but the result is worth it.

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Chewy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

4.59 from 24 votes
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 18 cookies
These cookies will blow your mind! Tons of peanut butter flavor (actual peanuts optional) paired with some chewy oats for an amazing texture. They are so tender and totally melt in your mouth! 


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup dark or light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and crisco for 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom.
  • Add the brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter. Beat until incorporated.
  • Add 2 eggs and vanilla. Beat well, scraping sides and bottom.
  • Add flour but don’t mix it in. Use a small spoon to stir the baking soda and salt into the flour, then beat in gently. There should still be flour streaks.
  • Add the quick oats and old fashioned oats. Stir until incorporated but do not over mix.
  • Cover the bowl and chill the dough in the fridge for 1-3 hours (or overnight).
  • When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  • Use a 1/4 cup to measure out the dough. I only placed 6 cookies on each cookie sheet because they are so big. At least 2 inches.
  • Bake the cookies at 350 for 9-10 minutes until the centers are alllmost done being shiny. The edges should be firm. Do not over bake.
  • Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. You should definitely eat at least one of these warm. Or maybe 2 or 3.


You can of course make smaller cookies if you want! Just shape them whatever size you like (make sure they’re all the same) and decrease the bake time. 
You can use any combination of old fashioned oats and quick oats that you like. All old fashioned, all quick, or a combo. It’s really just personal preference! 
Source: adapted from


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 329
Keyword: chewy, Cookies, Oatmeal, Peanut butter
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  1. 5 stars
    These are my n new favorite cookie. I cannot imagine how awesome another cookie would have to be to dethrone this cookie. I decreased the sugar (personal preference). A brilliant recipe. So thankful for this and some other of your recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    These are just about the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had!!! They are moist and full of peanut butter flavor. If you love a cookie that’s full of peanut butter flavor and is thick and moist, then this is the cookie you must try!! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe!!

  3. 5 stars
    These are the BEST cookies ever! I must have eaten half the batch in one sitting. I just couldn’t stop! My husband, who doesn’t typically like peanut butter cookies, absolutely loved them. I added Reese’s peanut butter chips and I used crunchy peanut butter. They were so chewy and delicious. I can’t wait to make them again. Definitely my new go to for peanut butter cookies!!

  4. These peanut butter cookies are so good! I made half the recipe and added mini chocolate chips. Baked a few the day I made them…loved them. Baked a few more the next day…loved them even more. This will be my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe (with the chocolate chips of course)!

    1. Love the idea of adding mini chips to this Quincella! That sounds so delicious! Thanks so much for taking the time to review :)

  5. I’m new to baking, do I need to press the dough down before putting them in the oven to flatten them a little or will they bake just fine rolled into a big ball? 

  6. These cookies were absolutely delicious! I’ve been baking for probably two decades, and only add cookies to my “keepers” box if they satisfy a very picky baker’s palate. These are soft in the middle, crunchy on the outside, with a lovely peanut butter flavor and crunch of the oats! Instant classic in our house. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Holy moly! These are amazing! I’ll definitely be using this recipe in place of the one I have previously been using. So, so yummy!

  8. I did not have quick oats or patience. Used all old fashioned and did not refrigerate first batch. They turned out puffy and perfect. Baked about 12 min. Used the middle cookie scoop. Brand of peanut butter is critical. Use Jif only, never tasteless Skippy. Made with dark brown sugar. Will make again.

  9. Wow. These are insane. They are so chewy and wonderful, they taste even better the next day.
    From now on I will always have a stockpile of this dough in my freezer!

    1. Yes, they are so good the next day! I think all the flavors have time to meld and the oats get extra chewy. So glad you loved them Abbey! Thanks for the review!

  10. I just made them this evening and I found out they are easy to make and I made over 1 dozen large sized cookies! I would recommend this recipe! 
    Mary Catherine 

  11. I finally got around to making these and they were fantastic. Only thing I did differently, er, extra was a teasing drizzle of chocolate over some of them. Yummy!

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