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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe for Kids

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

An Easy Recipe With Instructions for Parents and Kids

These oat cookies are soft and chewy and the most delicious kind of cookie I know. Kids love to make and eat them!

To make it simple for an adult and child to work together on this recipe, tasks are divided up into kid's jobs and adult's jobs. The recipe is actually easy enough for older kids to make unaided. Even younger children will be able to do much of it by themselves, but they will still need some supervision, for instance when sifting flour or to ensure that the butter and sugar have been thoroughly mixed together.

The cookie dough is placed in dollops on a baking tray and then flattened with a fork. Again, this is easy for a child, and it’s absolutely fine if the cookies look irregular and lumpy. That’s part of their charm and means there's no need to worry about getting them perfect.

This recipe can easily be adapted for a gluten- or wheat-free diet by substituting gluten-free or gram flour for the plain flour. (Be sure to buy oats that are guaranteed safe for those with celiac disease; most are, but some are not.)

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

16 to 18 cookies


  • 1 stick (4 ounces or 125 grams) butter, spreadable is ideal, otherwise soften it
  • ⅓ to ½ cup (3 ounces or 85 grams) unrefined caster/superfine sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1⅓ cup (4 ounces or 125 grams) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (5 ounces or 150 grams) plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 ounces (85 grams) plain chocolate


1. Heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan oven/350°F/gas mark 4

Kid’s job:

2. Lightly cream together the butter and sugar. It doesn’t need to be light and fluffy like you’d need for a cake. As long as the sugar is mixed into the butter, that’s okay.

Kid’s job (may need adult help with the egg):

3. Lightly beat the egg and add to the butter and sugar mixture. Then add the oats.

Kid’s job:

4. Sift the flour and baking powder. If your children are very young, get them to sift the flour into another bowl. Older children can sift it straight into the oat mixture.

Adult’s job:

5. With a sharp knife, cut the chocolate into small pieces.

Kid’s job:

6. Mix the chocolate into the mixture. (And try not to eat any yet!)

Kid’s job:

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7. Using a dessert spoon, place spoonfuls of the mixture on 2 baking trays. Space them out well.

8. Use the back of a fork to flatten them.

Adult’s job:

9. Pop the cookies in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes.

Adult and Kid’s job:

Eat as many as you can before someone tells you to stop! Remember to eat them slowly and savour every mouthful!

Step-by-Step Photo Guide

cream butter and sugar

cream butter and sugar

add beaten egg and oats

add beaten egg and oats

add sifted flour, baking powder and chocolate chunks

add sifted flour, baking powder and chocolate chunks

place spoonfuls on baking tray

place spoonfuls on baking tray

flatten with a fork

flatten with a fork


A Fun Story About Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies (AKA Scotchies)

My daughter is a Syfy Channel buff and her favourite program is Warehouse 13, wherein various Secret Service agents guard the government’s supernatural artefacts, such as the Looking Glass from Alice Through the Looking Glass, or Marilyn Monroe’s hairbrush that can turn anyone’s hair blonde. The agent in charge of Warehouse 13 is Artie, and he likes to eat—can you guess?

Yep: Oat cookies. And of course, you also guessed he calls them Scotchies. And so does my daughter. They are made with oats after all, and that's a staple Scottish food.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

© 2012 Yvonne Spence


Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 19, 2012:

Hi RealHousewife,

You’ve definitely got the right idea - get the kids to make them and then you eat them. I like it! In fact, I’d quite like a cookie or two now, so I’m off to find my daughter…

Thanks for your comment!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 19, 2012:

These look so good - wish I had one right now to go with my coffee:) lol

I will let my girls make these - I know it will be a great diversion for the next rainy day - plus I'll get some yummy cookies!


Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 14, 2012:

Hi alocsin

I love these too and I’m sure you will enjoy them. As for the measurements: it took me a while to get used to American terms, especially a ‘stick of butter’ - but I’m getting there now. Glad to hear you appreciate it! Thanks for your kind comment .

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 13, 2012:

Love these types of cookies. I appreciate that you provided different methods of measurements so people around the world can use this recipe. Voting this Up and Useful.

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 12, 2012:

TripleAMom and unknown spy, thanks you for your comments and hope you enjoy the cookies.

DragonBallSuper on May 11, 2012:

This looks yummy and tempting.. wow.

TripleAMom from Florida on May 11, 2012:

Can't wait to try these cookies with my kids. Always looking for something new. Voting up!!

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 10, 2012:

Thanks Jamie, I hope you enjoy them. We certainly do find them delicious! Thanks for your comment.

Jamie Brock from Texas on May 10, 2012:

Thank you for sharing such a great cookie recipe for adults and kids! The cookies look delicious! My mouth is watering .. Thank you again for sharing :)

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 08, 2012:

Go for it Susan. As far as cookies go these are healthy! (Almost.) Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 08, 2012:

These cookies looks delicious. I haven't made cookies in quite sometime and I think your hub has me now in the cookie baking mode :)

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 08, 2012:

Hi rajan,

Good to see you here. I am glad you agree the irregular shape adds charm. It’s so much more encouraging for kids when they don’t think they need to get things perfect. (So much easier for all of us.) I think you could make them, rather than just try to! I hope you do and that you enjoy them - let me know! Thanks for your comment, vote up and for sharing.

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 08, 2012:

Rebecca, you’re right on all counts! Thanks for your comment.

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 08, 2012:


My daughter will be so pleased to see you’ve called them Scotchies! I couldn’t name them that in the title of course because Mr Google wouldn’t have a clue.

Thanks for you comment.

Yvonne Spence (author) from UK on May 08, 2012:

Hi Marcy,

To be honest, I mostly still use ounces too, but my daughters prefer grams and our scales do both. (But not at the same time - now that would be easy for writing recipes!) Hope you enjoy them, and thanks for your comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 07, 2012:

The cookies look very tempting and the irregular shape adds a different charm to them. It's quite a simple recipe one which I with no experience with cooking could or rather try to make. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

Voted up, useful and interesting. shared on FB.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 07, 2012:

They look easy and delicious. Good to make on a rainy day!

Mmargie1966 from Gainesville, GA on May 07, 2012:

I like the whole "kids cook Monday" idea! (except all my kids are living in another state...hmmmm. I guess I missed out)

The Scotchies sure look tasty! Great and enticing hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 07, 2012:

What a yummy combination! I like the clear instructions (and the translation for those of us in the U.S. who need ounces, etc.) - I will try these very soon!

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