Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

These Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies are technically breakfast. At least that’s my theory. There’s oatmeal and raisins, both good for you, right? 

The first time I made cookies with this base recipe, I realized so this is what cookies are all about.


I was never really a HUGE sweets fan to begin with, but cookies weren’t something I would choose if given the option.

To me, they were just crumbly and bland. AF.

These cookies, however, are not crumbly or bland. These are soft but firm, and have so much texture and flavor. The base is an oatmeal raisin recipe, and I’ve used it for years as my go-to for situations that call for cookie making like work shindigs, welcoming a new neighbor, school functions, etc.

It’s actually the recipe on the lid of the Quaker Oatmeal container.


What did I tell you…Breakfast.

You’re welcome.

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

Every now and then I go into straight baking mania, and I’ll bake things I have on my to-bake list, along with other things that I probably wouldn’t actually choose to eat myself, but I’ll taste all day if I have to if I’m making it.

Then I have to make a cheeseburger to cleanse my sugary ass palate.

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies | Dixie Chik Cooks

It’s pushing it for me to even eat a whole cookie, as you may or may not know.

If you do not know and you’re new to DCC, I’m not a huge dessert eater. I would rather eat burgers and sushi over ice cream and cake any day, but I still make goodies because I have two young adult children that are chocolate fiends, and of course, I do it for you.

I added some things that I thought would make a badass cookie.

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies


M&M’s and Golden Grahams.

Yes, the cereal.

Golden Grahams was my childhood favorite cereal. That takes me back to ’80’s Saturday morning cartoons and fighting with my brother over which ones to watch. He’s younger that I am, but he still tormented the hell out of me. 

It’s quite alright, though because I got his ass back later – I threw him under the bus when he was 12 and I caught him huffing paint in the bathroom.

Such fond childhood memories.

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

So, anyway, remember the cartoon Shirt Tales from back then? I swear I seriously thought the name was misspelled because I thought surely they meant to name it “Short Tails“. It mattered absolutely none that their little shirts were part of the show.

I have no idea why the hell I thought that, but I was right in my 9-year-old mind.

I didn’t like the cartoons that came on after that, so I would change it to another network to watch the Smurfs. I knew when the ABC Weekly Special came on my Saturday morning bliss was coming to an end because that meant American Bandstand was coming on, and the damn Soul Train after that.

I just had no patience for any of that. 

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

So, that was a long way to say I love Golden Grahams so much that I decided to anoint these cookies with them. And the M&M’s?

I threw those in there because chocolate.

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

We have the oatmealy texture, the healthy sweetness of the raisins, the phenomenal taste of the cereal and texture, but I believed it needed some chocolate – so I had to fix that in order to make the cookie I was kinda imagining in my mind.

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

I was thinking something like an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type thing, and I didn’t feel like I could get there without something chocolate.

This adds both chocolate and texture with that signature *snap* when you bite into a plain M&M. Or “em-eee-em’s” as my daughter called them when she was 2 1/2-3 years old.


I wish my kids were little again…

Oh, and by the way, I used plain “em-eee-ems” in these cookies. 

Here’s your printable for Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies –

Chocolatey Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Crunch Cookies

Yield: 3 Dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Oatmeal raisin cookies upgraded with crunchy Golden Grahams cereal and M&M's.


  • 1 1/4 Cup(s) (2-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
  • 3/4 Cup(s) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg(s)
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
  • 3 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well.
  3. Add oats; mix well.
  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie.
  6. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.
  7. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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