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Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies – Simple and Delicious

Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

Biscuits, Quick Recipes | 19th January 2014 | By

Quick and easy to make, these super tasty chocolate chip oat cookies are packed full of chocolate. Brilliant for filling up the biscuit tin and snacking on when needed. Choose your favourite type or brand of chocolate and make them your own.

This month’s Random Recipes challenge is to make something from a recipe book received this Christmas just gone. Well I didn’t receive any recipe books this year as such. But my aunt has been having a good clear out recently and happened to be staying with us over Christmas. In my stocking I found a Woman and Home magazine supplement from 1986 entitled Irresistible Ways with Chocolate. It’s a real vintage publication and I was delighted with it.

Interestingly many of the bakes that are in vogue now seem to have been revived from that era. There are cakes with meringue, different coloured layer cakes, marble cakes and differently flavoured Battenburgs and lots of fresh fruit and nut recipes too. The other interesting thing is that, by and large, the recipes have less sugar in them than many of our more modern ones do. The sweeter bake has slipped over from the US I suspect.

As there were so many recipes on one page it was a bit difficult to be completely random, but I ended up with a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. These were made with rolled oats and I do like a good oaty biscuit. They’re also simple and quick to make which is an added bonus after so much Christmas baking.

Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

Turns out, these chocolate chip oat cookies are not only simple to make, but thoroughly delicious too. On the day of baking, they’re crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. Later they  lose their crunch, but are still wonderfully chewy and very chocolatey. They last well in an air tight tin for a few days, but you can also freeze them for up to three months and take them out individually, as and when you need them.

Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

One thing to watch out for is spacing. Try to space them well apart on the baking tray as they spread. There’s nothing quite so dispiriting when you’re baking biscuits to find they’ve all run into each other. I know, because I’m terrible at trying to cram too many cookies in.

A Versatile & Thrifty Bake

One of the nice things about these chocolate chip oat cookies is that they’re really versatile. Just add your favourite chocolate or whatever you have lying around to make them your own. You’ll never get bored for each time you make them with a different type of chocolate, you’ve got a whole new taste experience. If you’re trying to be thrifty, you can get some real bargains at some of the budget shops these days.

For this first bake, I rounded up all my odds and ends of chocolate which had been sitting in the cupboard looking untidy and taking up space. These included some blackberry flavoured dark chocolate, some 56% and some 70% dark chocolate.

Festive Flavours

I’ve also made an orange and cinnamon version of these cookies. They were perfect to have in the biscuit tin around Christmas for any unexpected visitors. And for us too, of course. If you like this idea, grate the rind of an organic orange into the butter and sugar at the creaming stage. Omit the vanilla extract. Then add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a good grating of nutmeg along with the flour. I also used a 100g bar of orange flavoured dark chocolate which worked wonderfully. I made up the remaining 50g with dark chocolate chips.

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Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies – The Recipe

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Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

Quick and easy to make, these super tasty cookies are packed full of chocolate. Brilliant for filling up the biscuit tin and snacking on when needed. Choose your favourite type or brand of chocolate and make them your own.
Prep Time18 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: biscuits, chocolate, chocolate chip, cookies, oats, quick, simple
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 87kcal


  • 150 g chocolate - choose your favourite or a mix (I find dark chocolate works best as it counteracts the sweetness of the cookies)
  • 110 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 85 g brown sugar (I've sometimes used light muscavado and sometimes dark)
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 60 g wholemeal flour
  • 110 g porridge oats
  • 1 scant tsp baking powder


  • Chop the chocolate into small bits with a sharp knife.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until very pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients and mix together. Then stir in the chocolate until well combined.
  • Place teaspoonfuls onto lined baking trays spacing them well apart. I make between 24 to 30 depending on how generous I am with my teaspoon.
  • Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 12-15 minutes until golden. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Will keep for a week in a sealed container.
Freeze them for up to three months and take them out individually, as and when you need them.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg


Random Recipes is a funtastic blogging event from Dom of Belleau Kitchen which can be very challenging at times. I particularly like it as you never quite know what you’re going to get and it stops my recipe books gathering dust on the shelves.

Other than the chocolate, these chocolate chip oat cookies are cheap and cheerful biscuits to make, so I’m sending them off to Credit Crunch Munch with Camilla of Fab Food 4 All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.

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  1. Katie

    19th January 2014 at 12:05 pm

    These look delicious. I love anything oaty and the chunks of chocolate would be delicious to bite into

  2. belleau kitchen

    19th January 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I would just love to have a thumb through that magazine… 1980’s adverts are so brilliantly telling of the era… These cookies look gorgeous and you’re so right, there’s something wonderfully contemporary about them isn’t there? Great random recipes entry, thank you so much… oh and I can’t wait for next month!

  3. Kate@whatkatebaked

    19th January 2014 at 4:24 pm

    What a thoughtful present to receive Choclette! I love hearing where people have gained inspiration for their recipes from. And really interesting to hear that recipes thirty years ago had far less sugar.

  4. The Caked Crusader

    19th January 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Oats and chocolate together? This is an overload of deliciousness!

  5. Sylvia F.

    19th January 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I’m always up for a good cookies 🙂 I wish I wasn’t that lazy today I would probably have them in the oven by now! x

  6. fiona maclean

    19th January 2014 at 8:58 pm

    These look quite delicious! I might even try making some (I like home made biscuits!_

  7. Deena Kakaya

    19th January 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Oats and choc, I’m won over! I like that they aren’t so, so dark x

  8. Jacqueline Meldrum

    19th January 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I love oaty biscuits too and these look fab!!!

  9. Alida

    20th January 2014 at 9:33 am

    I agree with you that these days’ cakes and biscuits have far too much sugar. I stopped buying cakes and biscuits from supermarkets as they are just so sickly and often inedible, too much sugar doesn’t mean better flavour! It is the same as having straight sugar. No taste just sugar!
    I find that Italian cakes in Italian supermarkets and bakeries are slightly less sugary.
    These choc chip cookies look heaven. A perfect pick me up for Monday morning!

  10. Sarah Trivuncic

    20th January 2014 at 11:50 am

    I love it when you can scoop up a load of ingredients and use them up in one thing! And the oats can be quite virtuous!!

  11. Karen S Booth

    20th January 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Oats in any recipe has my total seal of approval and these biscuits look VERY tasty too! I also always cut back on the sugar in most recipes, I simply do not have a sweet tooth……

  12. Phil in the Kitchen

    20th January 2014 at 2:55 pm

    That’s a fine cookie. I still have quite a few recipes from the eighties lying around the place and they often seem very up to date when I look at them. I’d not noticed the reduced use of sugar, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  13. Angie Schneider

    20th January 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I adore oat cookies. These look beautiful and delicious.

  14. Tina Anand

    20th January 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I’m a fan of these cookies. You just can’t go wrong with oats and chocolate.

  15. Jane Sarchet

    20th January 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I too love oaty cookies, and these ones look proper yummy!
    Janie x


    21st January 2014 at 11:49 am

    I really like the texture that oats give a cookie.

  17. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    21st January 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Mmmm, would really fancy one or two of these right now! Interesting that recipes from that era weren’t so sugar laden. I’m reckoning that these might be a wonderful little bake for my own little monsters (and me too obviously!), loving their oat and wholemeal goodness.

  18. rah louise

    22nd January 2014 at 12:18 am

    OOH. This looks so tempting. As cookies go, they look the healthier option i.e the oats. At least some goodness in them, and no doubt scrummy too! Definetely on my list to try out. x

  19. Gloria Baker

    22nd January 2014 at 3:43 pm

    these look amazing love these cookies!!

  20. ManjiriK - sliceoffme

    30th January 2014 at 1:59 am

    These so so good, I might allow myself this because of the oats!

  21. Camilla@FabFood4All

    10th February 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Ooh, faboulous cookies – thanks for entering Credit Crunch Munch:-)

  22. prwilson

    11th February 2014 at 2:02 am

    They look fantastic.

  23. Janice Pattie

    1st March 2020 at 2:42 pm

    These are fantastic, such a delicious cookie. I love anything made with oatmeal and the chocolate just gives them the edge.


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