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These steel cut oatmeal cookies are such a delicious snack! They’re soft and crunchy at the same time, and the flavor is amazing.
Oatmeal cookies are a classic dessert that everyone seems to love. I try to incorporate whole grains into my recipes whenever possible, and oats are a natural choice for a cookie recipe.
I often use rolled oats to make oatmeal cookies, but I’ve discovered that steel cut oatmeal cookies are delicious as well. With their combination of crunchiness and chewiness, these cookies are arguably more delicious than the rolled oat version.
How to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal Cookies
Step One: Mix the dry ingredients
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Step Two: Mix the wet ingredients
Using the large bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
Step Three: Combine the wet and dry ingredients
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
Step Four: Add the mix-ins
Once the batter is smooth, add the steel cut oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts. Stir to combine evenly.
Step Five: Bake the cookies
Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to portion out the dough onto a cookie sheet (9 cookies per sheet). Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set and they’re beginning to turn brown.
Steel Cut Oat Cookies Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
When making cookies with steel cut oats, you have two options. You can use traditional Irish oatmeal, or you can use the quick-cooking variety. For an easy batch of cookies, use raw “instant” or “quick-cooking” steel cut oats. These are broken down into smaller pieces than traditional Irish oats, so they give the cookies a nice texture.
If you’re using traditional steel cut oats to make these steel cut oatmeal cookies, you’ll want to cook them in a pot first, just like when you’re making oatmeal. They’re a bit too hard when baked into a cookie in their raw form, which leads to a lot of extra chewing. To use cooked oats, simply substitute one cup of cooked oatmeal for the instant raw oats listed in this recipe, and add an extra half cup of flour (or more as needed to achieve a typical cookie dough consistency).
For the chocolate chips, I like Enjoy Life allergy-friendly chocolate. These chips come in a variety of sizes. The regular size and mini chips both work well in this recipe.
Instead of chocolate chips, you can add raisins and a bit of ground cinnamon to these steel cut oat cookies for a more traditional flavor. Diced almonds can be used in place of the walnuts if desired.
Whether you make them with quick-cooking or traditional oats, these cookies have a delicious flavor and texture.
The cookie on the left was baked with pre-cooked traditional steel cut oats. On the right, the darker brown cookie was baked using raw quick-cooking steel cut oats. The textures and appearance are a bit different, but both versions taste wonderful.
Try my vegan peanut butter oatmeal cookies for another delicious dessert that everyone loves.
Steel Cut Oatmeal Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Using the large bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, and mix to combine. Then stir in the quick cooking oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
- Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to portion out the dough onto a cookie sheet (9 cookies per sheet). Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set and they’re beginning to turn brown.
- Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or freeze for later.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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Steel Cut Oats Cookies Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $10.95 to make, or $.27 per cookie. Try these steel cut oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for a delicious, healthy treat.
This post was originally published in 2018, and it was updated in 2023.