Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Nothing can compare to the deliciousness of a homemade batch of healthy honey oatmeal cookies. My favorite recipe produces the most scrumptious, soft, and chewy cookie with the perfect balance of spice, oats, and chocolate chips with no added sugar.

A white plate filled with freshly baked honey oatmeal cookies.

Chewy Honey and Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Oatmeal cookies bring to mind feelings of comfort and nostalgia, like visiting grandma’s house. Simple and hearty, these honey sweetened oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy, and perfectly spiced. – the perfect “tastes like home” cookie.

The undeniable deliciousness of oatmeal cookies made with honey cannot be denied – they may not be too fancy, but they are certainly scrumptious.

Plain and simple, healthy oatmeal cookies are often overlooked compared to other popular cookies like chocolate chip and snickerdoodles.

However, I am fond of oatmeal cookies and almost always pick them first – as long as they do not have raisins.

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  • Mixing Bowl – Stoneware mixing bowls are one of my favorite kitchen essentials! You can use them for various tasks, such as mixing cookie dough and serving food.
  • Cookie Scoop – A cookie scoop helps ensure that the size and shape are consistent, allowing the cookies to bake evenly.
  • Hand Mixer – I used a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment to make this cookie recipe. You can also use a hand mixer, but if you don’t have either, you can use a bowl and wooden spoon to mix the ingredients.
A freshly baked cookie made with oats, honey and chocolate chips.

Honey Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

This recipe for honey oatmeal cookies with no sugar is easy, as the ingredients are likely items you already have in your pantry.

  • All-Purpose Flour – I have only used organic unbleached all-purpose flour in this oatmeal and honey cookies recipe.
  • Oats – This recipe requires using old-fashioned oats, known as rolled oats, for the best chewy texture in the cookies.
  • Honey – You can purchase raw honey from your local beekeeper or farmers market for the highest quality honey. This recipe is sweetened with honey from our bees instead of brown sugar or white sugar.
  • Butter – This recipe must use unsalted room-softened butter rather than melted butter.
  • Eggs – Use two large eggs as the binding agent to hold all the ingredients together.
  • Cinnamon and Vanilla – I love my oatmeal cookies with a hint of cinnamon flavor, but you may also include other warm spices to your preference.
    • Cinnamon – for the best flavor, use organic cinnamon.
    • Vanilla – use a good quality organic vanilla – not imitation vanilla, for the best results in flavor.
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder – The oatmeal cookies rise nicely and big with the help of these two baking agents.
  • Salt – I always use Celtic salt in our home for baking.
  • Chocolate Chips – For an additional dash of sweetness, chocolate chips have been added to this recipe.
  • Optional Add-In – If you want extra flavor in these oatmeal and honey cookies, feel free to mix in various dried fruit or other chopped nuts. However, I have only tested this recipe using chocolate chips.
    • Optional Add-In Suggestions – raisins, dried cranberries, butterscotch chips, toffee chips, and chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts.
A plate filled with oatmeal and honey cookies along side a hot cup of coffee.

How to Make Oatmeal Cookies with Honey Instead of Sugar

These sugar free oatmeal cookies with honey recipe are incredibly simple to make. Here are the step-by-step directions:

Combine the Dry Ingredients

Step 1: In a large bowl or stand mixer bowl, mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.

Mix the Wet Ingredients

Step 2: In a separate medium bowl with a stand or a hand mixer, cream the softened butter and honey on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the honey mixture and beat on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds.

Fold in the Oats and Chocolate Chips

Step 3: Fold in the oats and then add chocolate chips. Mix until well combined.

Prep the Cookies

Step 4: Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Using a large cookie scoop, form the dough into two or three tablespoon balls and place them a few inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake

Step 5: Bake the honey oatmeal cookies for 12-15 until the cookies are slightly golden brown around the edges. The cookies may still be very soft and look undone in the center, but they will finish cooking as they cool.

Cool

Step 6: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Serve warm, and enjoy!

4 oatmeal and honey cookies on a plate.

Tips for Making Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The full recipe is included below, but here are a few tips for making the best honey oatmeal cookies!

  • Use Old-Fashioned Oats. To make the best honey oatmeal cookies, you must use old-fashioned oats. They are thicker and heartier than quick oats (instant oats) and provide a chewier texture with a nutty flavor. This is the key to a delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.
  • Use Room-Temperature Butter. For the butter to properly cream with the honey, your butter must be at room temperature (not melted, not hard and cold) when making the recipe.
  • Correctly Measure the Flour. When measuring out the flour for cookies, use a spoon to fluff up the flour in the container, then use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Finally, use a knife with a straight edge to level the flour across the measuring cup.
  • Customize Your Add-Ins. Everyone has their idea about what should go in an oatmeal cookie. So you can customize yours to your liking and make a healthy oatmeal cookie that is just right for you!
  • Use Parchment Paper – I prefer stoneware baking sheets for the best results when baking cookies. However, if you don’t have one, any cookie sheet will do. To make clean-up easier, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper before baking the cookies.

Make Ahead Honey Oatmeal Cookies

If you enjoy having cookie dough on hand, this oatmeal cookie recipe is perfect for making ahead and baking later.

  • Fridge – To store oatmeal cookie dough in the fridge, place it in an airtight container. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before scooping it onto a baking sheet, then bake.
  • Freezer – To store the dough in the freezer, roll it into balls and freeze them briefly before transferring them to an airtight container or freezer bag. To bake, remove the cookie dough from the freezer and let it rest at room temperature before baking.

Homemade oatmeal cookies are my favorite cookie, for sure! They make for great afternoon snacks with a tall glass of milk. This sweet treat is a real home-baked comfort food.

I hope you love these chewy oatmeal cookies made with honey as much as my family does!

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Honey Oatmeal Cookies

4 oatmeal and honey cookies on a plate.

Nothing can compare to the deliciousness of a homemade batch of healthy honey oatmeal cookies. My favorite recipe produces the most scrumptious, soft, and chewy cookies with the perfect balance of spice, oats, and chocolate chips with no added sugar.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

Step 1: In a large bowl or stand mixer bowl, mix the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.

Step 2: In a separate large mixing bowl with a stand or a hand mixer, cream the softened butter and honey on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds.

Step 3: Fold in the oats and then add chocolate chips. Mix until well combined.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Using a large cookie scoop, form the dough into two or three tablespoon balls and place them a few inches apart on the baking sheet.

Step 5: Bake the honey oatmeal cookies for 12-15 until the cookies are slightly golden around the edges. The cookies may still be very soft in the center, but they will finish cooking as they cool.

Step 6: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use Old-Fashioned Oats. To make the best honey oatmeal cookies, you must use old-fashioned oats. They are thicker and heartier than quick oats (instant oats) and provide a chewier texture with a nutty flavor. This is the key to a delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.
  • Use Room-Temperature Butter. For the butter to properly cream with the honey, your butter must be at room temperature (not melted, not hard and cold) when making the recipe.
  • Correctly Measure the Flour. When measuring out the flour for cookies, use a spoon to fluff up the flour in the container, then use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Finally, use a knife with a straight edge to level the flour across the measuring cup.
  • Customize Your Add-Ins. Everyone has their idea about what should go in an oatmeal cookie. So you can customize yours to your liking and make a healthy oatmeal cookie that is just right for you!

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