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! 

Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Originally posted June 1, 2017

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.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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.

#HamiltonMusical! Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from The Food Charlatan

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.

How to make Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from The Food Charlatan

This dough is insanely good.

Making Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from The Food Charlatan

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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??

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Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

4.57 from 23 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: 1g | 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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