Oatmeal Cookies with White or Semi-sweet Chocolate and Pecans

Oatmeal cookies

Last week my students made oatmeal cookies and I will have to say they were fantastic!  If you have ever made cookies from scratch you know it is so easy to mess them up!  It makes it doubly hard to keep everything straight when there are five  to six students working on the same recipe.  As the instructor, I step back and watch.  I’m not the type to get in the kitchen with them.  Mistakes are great tools for learning!  Questions like these will be floating through the classroom as they are busy in their kitchens:

  • Did you measure the soda?
  • How much sugar do we add?
  • Do we use all purpose flour or self rising?
  • Hey, I don’t think you packed the brown sugar!
  • Do we cook these at 325?

Of course they all have a recipe in front of them and a planning sheet that should have  their specific jobs listed.  Plus two days before I have shown them how to make the cookies and use all of the equipment.  How did they do?  Out of 24 kitchens only 2 groups made some kind of mistake with their recipe which resulted in very flat cookies and another group  had pale clumps that did not spread at all.  For me, that is a very good baking day!

This recipe is the best oatmeal cookie ever!  I have posted the original recipe here with lots of tips for cooking cookies if you are interested.  Here is the one that I used at home this week and will have to admit we all had a hard time keeping our hands out of the cookie jar.  It got so bad that I finally froze the cookies so at least they would have to thaw before we could eat them.

Also, these would be a good choice for your honey since Valentine’s Day is coming up.

Oatmeal Cookies with white chocolate and Pecans

Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate and Pecans from Quaker

Yield: 4 1/2 dozen


  •  1 1/4 cups butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Quaker Oats old fashioned
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup white chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips ( I halved the dough and made both)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat together sugars and butter until creamy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla.  Beat well.
  4. Add combined flour, salt, and soda.  Mix well.
  5. Stir in oats.
  6. Stir in pecans and white chocolate chips.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes for chewy or 10 minutes for a crisp cookie.
  9. Cool at least a minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. Store in a tightly covered container.

PS  If you decide to make these plain that is without nuts and chocolate,  add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the flour.



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54 responses to “Oatmeal Cookies with White or Semi-sweet Chocolate and Pecans

  1. Gloria

    Do you mean Quaker oats?

  2. Victoria Spitler

    If you put too much butter in this recipe then the cookies will be really runny, but if you put to little butter the cookies will not spread enough.

  3. Taylor

    I learned that if you want to add chocolate chips, you don’t have to include the spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  4. Anna Scasny

    I learned that you need to make sure all your ingredients are correct, that the brown sugar is packed, and that these cookies are really good!

  5. Rachael

    If you dont have proper measurements your cookies could come out the wrong texture.

  6. erica acha-morfaw

    i learned that if you put too much butter the cookies will be very runny

  7. Jessie Miller

    Great texture and taste.

  8. anita

    I loved the soft and creamy feel of these cookies. I learned to make delicious homemade oatmeal cookies and now we dont have to buy them at the store.

  9. Oatmeatl cookies are hard to make.

  10. cj

    the cookies were fantastic

  11. Lindsey

    I learned that you have to make sure you get all the stuff out of the mixer.

  12. maya

    i learned how to make a quick cookie that tastes good and incooperates oats.

  13. Marlee

    I learned that you can freeze cookie mix, then put them in the oven the next day and they still taste good.

  14. Tori Chastain

    I learned that if you make these plain that is without nuts and chocolate, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the flour.

  15. Chelsee

    I learned that if you use chocolate chips, it’s better to leave out the vanilla. That way it doesn’t over power the taste of the chocolate.

  16. Nayra

    i learned that if youre using chocolate chips you dont put in the vanilla because it gives it a different taste.

  17. Rachel Guy

    I learned that it is still an option to freeze, store, and then eat half of the mixture for another day and the mixture will still be as good when removed from the oven.

  18. Lexi

    You can add any type of chips or nuts to these cookies like white chocolate, dark chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.

  19. Courtney

    I learned that you can use various ingredients when making these yummy cookies!

  20. Jake

    Didn’t know that wax paper and parchment paper were different and only one causes fires in ovens. Whoops.

  21. CARLIE

    If you don’t use chocolate chips, you have to add cinnamon and nutmeg to the recipe.

  22. maddie langley

    I learned that you can replace the spices with chocolate chips and nuts.

  23. brea west

    i didnt know that you could make oatmeal cookies without raisins

  24. curtis

    very good and whole some

  25. Josie

    I learned that you can add a different variety of things to oatmeal cookies. Whether it be chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit, or whatever else you can think of.

  26. Hannah McManus 3rd

    I learned that if you choose to use chocolate chips that you should leave out the vanilla because it will overpower the taste of the oatmeal cookie.

  27. tori attison

    I learned that if you make the cookies without nuts you should add 1 tespoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg.

  28. Cody W

    I learned if you are going to use chocolate chips, it is better to leave out the vanilla and spices.

  29. Chris

    they look good and easy to make

  30. Miracle McDaniel | 3rd period

    If you decide to make these with nuts and chocolate, do not add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the flour.

  31. Nick Wise

    I did not know you could store the cookies for later use.

  32. chance morris

    i learned that if you measure wrong your cookies can come out bad

  33. Brian Morrison

    Butter keeps the cookies from being to runny

  34. hannah schuster

    I learned that oatmeal cookies don’t take that long to bake.

  35. Kailin Chamberlain

    I learned that If you dont get the measurements exactly right the your cookies could turn out runny.

  36. Dee Mims

    I learned that if you use peanut butter and raisins there is no need for vanilla or cinnamon.

  37. Trish Jenkins

    I learned how to make cookies without using the ingredients that they give you at the stores.

  38. Well, I’d say they did well, Wanda! Even the best cookie makers among us screw up with regularity!
    Loved reading the comments. 🙂

  39. Lauren Ochoa

    You don’t have to include cinnamon and nutmeg if you add chocolate chips.

  40. jasmine

    i learned that if you put too much butter your cookies never flatten out and that if you freeze them they still taste the same..

  41. I learned how to properly cream butter and sugar together for cookies.

  42. angela 2nd period

    i learned that put too much butter it will flatten out and also i learned that you can make the cookies plain if u wanted to or make them non-plain if u wanted to

  43. amber stevens

    i learned that you do not roll the dough in your hand you put the dough on a spoon then put it on the cookie sheet

  44. hannah wills

    i learned that you neesd to make sure that the cookies are done but not to done.

  45. Ariana

    I learned that if somebody is allergic to anything they wont taste the same

  46. amber G

    i learned that you should let them cool before taking off the cookie sheet

  47. i learned that if you add to much of butter it will not taste right


  49. Ondea Stokes :)

    I learned that you can’t miss an ingredient with these cookies , If so they either won’t spread or they’ll come out lumpy!

  50. Amber G.

    Pack the brown sugar and put right amount of butter

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