Best Bake Sale Cookies: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

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This is the absolute best bake sale cookies recipe:  Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Bake Sale Cookies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

It’s a great time of year (spring… summer) to start thinking about having a fundraising bake sale for your child’s school, your church, your library, a charity group, etc. To have a successful fund-raiser, you will need a supply of awesome baked goods that are going to draw in a crowd and rake in the cash. These cookies are a universal favorite with just about everyone. They are dense and buttery and delicious!


The recipe comes from The Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt-Witt (Copyright 2011, John Wiley & Sons). This is not a brand new cookbook, but it’s one I reach for again and again when I’m baking goodies! What I love most about this book: all of the author’s proceeds benefit a charity raising millions of dollars to help fund new pediatric cancer treatments.  Here are my favorite “bake sale” recipes from the book:  Classic Sugar Cookies, Prince Liam’s Peanut Butter Cookies, Cinnamon- Sugared Snickerdoodles, Classic Chewy Brownies, Blondies, Coconut Cupcakes with Seven-Minute Frosting, Paige’s Famous Banana Bread, Applesauce Bread and Morning Glory Muffins.  I want to make them all, host a bake sale in my front yard and give all the proceeds to charity!

Best Bake Sale Cookies Recipe Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

It’s important to make your bake sale treats as visually appealing as possible.  I always dot extra chocolate chips on top of each rolled ball of dough before baking so they bake right into the top and plainly show that chips are plentiful in every cookie.

Best Bake Sale Cookies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Packs of three to five cookies in a seasonal or festive bag with ribbons tend to sell very well.  Presentation is key.  You want your tables of baked goods to be well-organized and pretty… with signs indicating what is for sale with clear pricing.  It’s also helpful to have a poster displayed sharing details on what the money raised will be used for.  One more tip:  have kids around your bake sale as they add fun and joy to the event!

P.S. My son loves to use this book as a resource for recipes for his neighborhood lemonade stands too!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen cookies

Prep Time:25 minutes

Cook Time:12 minutes

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugars.  Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla, beating until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add to the wet mixture and beat until everything is well incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Form the dough into heaping teaspoon-sized balls and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets  Using your palm, gently press down.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies begin to brown at the edges.  Cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
SOURCE: (shared with permission from The Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt-Witt (copyright 2011; John Wiley & Sons).

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  • Megan wrote:

    Like Kimmie, I suggest adding coconut. A local espresso stand bakes homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with coconut, so I was looking for a recipe & found yours–thanks!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sounds great!

  • Kimmie wrote:

    I made these using white baking chips. I also threw in some coconut. The coconut made them soft. These were phenomenal. I couldn’t stop eating them and they were a big hit at work. Doubling the recipe makes plenty for a cookie exchange.

  • Julia wrote:

    how many oats should I use!?  And quick oats or old fashioned?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      See the recipe- 1 cup. Either quick or old fashioned will work!

  • Taylor Turner wrote:


    Are you using the separated yolk from the large egg as the 1 large egg yolk?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You’ll need 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk.

  • Taylor Turner wrote:

    Do these need to chill before baking or will they be okay going straight in the oven?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      no chilling needed

  • Margie wrote:

    These are so good! I made them last night and my husband , who is not a choc chip cookie person (what’s wrong with him, right?) loved them too! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Candi wrote:

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip are my absolute favorite. 

    I think the blue ribbon makes them even better – adorable.


  • Melissa wrote:

    I baked this cookie recipe yesterday with my boyfriend’s niece.. These are a delicious cookie! We doubled the recipe for sharing and put M&M’s, milk chocolate chips and raisins into the dough! What a delicious cookie recipe! The base holds up well for all the delicious additions we put in. Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      glad to know- thanks!

  • Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures wrote:

    I would buy these yummy cookeis at a bake sale in a minute!

  • Avra wrote:

    Lori, what kind of oats did you use? Old fashioned oats or quick oats?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      either is totally fine.

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks wrote:

    I don’t know why I keep forgetting that I love oatmeal cookies SO much more when they have chocolate chips in them – thanks for the delicious reminder, Lori!  Pinning so I remember.  🙂

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom wrote:

    what a great cookbook and I love these cookies, Lori!! 

  • Matea wrote:

    What a fun cookbook! These cookies look delicious! 

  • Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake wrote:

    These do look like the perfect cookie for a bake sale! 

  • Turner wrote:

    Hi Lori. These cookies look delicious! Are they chewy, or crispy? 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      They are a firm cookie, but they’ll be a little softer if you underbake them.

  • Jan wrote:

    Can the chocolate chips be substituted with raisins? I can’t have chocolate and I love oatmeal raisin cookies.

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction wrote:

    These cookies look delicious.  I bet my hubby would love these.  Hope you had a lovely Easter.

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes wrote:

    These really do look like the best bake sale oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I love that she donates the proceeds. Thanks for featuring my snickerdoodle bread!

  • Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek wrote:

    These look delicious. Schools around our area don’t let you bring homemade stuff for bake sales anymore. Party poopers! They have to be store bought and in the packaging. Poor kids are missing out on wonderful cookies like these.

  • Erin@WellPlated wrote:

    I LOVE this concept for a cookbook, and I’d definitely pick this stack off the bake sale table. Oatmeal chocolate chip is a favorite around here!