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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt

Years ago when our old house was up for sale, I mixed up a big batch of cookie dough and froze it in little cookie dough mounds. When we’d get a call from a realtor telling us that they were on their way with a client to come take a look at our house, I’d quickly heat up the oven, take out some frozen cookie dough and bake up 6 cookies. I figured that the scent of freshly baked cookies wafting through all of the rooms in our house would be a good selling point. Home-baked cookies are MAGICAL that way. We sold our house! Here’s my latest cookie recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt

I’ve never been much of a fan of store bought cookies. Sure, I’ll buy Oreo’s now and then, and I get my occasional fix of Mother’s Iced Animal Cookies, but in general… store bought cookies just aren’t very good. You’d think they’d be better in the store bakeries since you can catch a whiff of cookies baking as you pass the bakery section, but for some reason they seem to taste strange and processed there too.

This recipe all begins with a typical peanut butter cookie dough. Oats and chocolate chips are added in for texture purposes and chocolate-lovers.

Don’t let the sea salt scare you. This cookie is not weird and freaky and salt-infested. It’s just a sprinkle of sea salt on top, and that extra (slightly) salty flavor is wonderful when it’s combined with the sweet. You’ve just gotta trust me on this one. If you’re totally adverse to the idea, you can always leave it out.

These cookies bake up sturdy and darn-near perfect. All of the bumps and lumps are in the right places. And you can see that the sea salt is visually minimal. Tasters will note a tiny bit of salty accent flavor in every cookie bite.

So you can steer clear of the cookie aisle this week… lay off the Chips Ahoy, the Fig Newtons and the Nutter Butters, and try these instead. They are perfectly awesome and homemade and wayyyy more delicious than anything you buy. And hey, if you’re trying to sell your house… baking cookies to lure in potential buyers is kind of a brilliant idea, don’t you think?

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter (or crunchy if you want crunch)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup quick cooking oats (see *Tips below)
One 12-ounce package chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate)
sea salt, for sprinkling on top


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray baking sheets with nonstick spray (or line with parchment or silpat mats).

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer at medium speed to combine the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs one at a time until they are incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and beat until combined.

4. Stir in the oats and the chocolate chips.

5. Drop the cookies in rounded tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheet, 3 inches apart. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are set and cooked through to the middle. Timing will probably be about 12 minutes, but check first batch at 10, and then keep checking at 1 minute intervals until they are looking perfect. Then you can set timing for the remaining batches.


*Substitute old-fashioned oats if you need to... they'll just give the cookie a bit more texture.



  1. postedMar 12, 2012 3:53 AM

    You’re so right about home-baked cookies, there isn’t much better in the world!

  2. postedMar 12, 2012 4:26 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Love all of the elements to this cookie and they really do look perfect!

  3. postedMar 12, 2012 6:09 AM

    I love sea salt in cookies…and these sound so delicious!

  4. postedMar 12, 2012 6:15 AM

    I love oatmeal cookies with sea salt…it’s such a good combo!! And I agree…not a fan of store bought cookies. I’ll eat Oreos, an occasional Fig Newton or frosted Animal Cookie…but NO CHIPS AHOY!! Those aren’t chocolate chip cookies….they’re dry and crunchy.

  5. postedMar 12, 2012 6:51 AM

    You know I love my cookies and I can’t wait to try these!

  6. postedMar 12, 2012 6:53 AM

    Cookie-scented house would totally get me too! Good thinking. And I love having cookie dough frozen in pre-formed balls, it makes baking up a few fresh really easy! And these look particularly yummy.

  7. postedMar 12, 2012 7:02 AM

    I would definitely buy a house if it smelled like these cookies. The salt on top must make them irresistible.

  8. postedMar 12, 2012 7:12 AM

    Holy moly. YUM!

  9. postedMar 12, 2012 8:54 AM
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    love those frosted animal crackers…but overall, store-bought cookies are completely disappointing!

  10. postedMar 12, 2012 9:09 AM

    These are dreamy, Lori! I love sea salt on cookies and the whole PB/oat/chocolate combo here is a definite winner. I love these!

  11. postedMar 12, 2012 10:50 AM

    What a great house selling idea! Very clever. These cookies look great, much better than the processed ones you speak of. 🙂

  12. postedMar 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    You know me and cookies…we’re like *this.* And I would need to be pretty desperate to choose store bought over beauties like these. 😉

  13. postedMar 12, 2012 1:59 PM
    Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Oh that is the most beautiful cookie picture, first one of the post. I kinda want it framed 🙂

  14. postedMar 12, 2012 1:59 PM

    Sea saaaaaaaaalt is my LOVAH.

  15. postedMar 12, 2012 6:25 PM

    Saw these today and baked them tonight….fantastic. Just the perfect hint of salt on a yummy sweet cookie. Thanks!

  16. postedMar 12, 2012 9:01 PM

    These look so good, i can almost smell ’em! Years ago, there was an AWESOME bakery in my hometown that made my favorite cookie. So sad Corey’s is no longer there…because i agree with you on the strange taste of most bakery cookies! Thank you for this recipe!

  17. postedMar 12, 2012 9:24 PM
    Sandy Herman

    Just out of the oven….so super delicous! Everyone in my family loved them! Love the sea salt, would have never thought to add that. Thanks Recipe Girl!

    • postedMar 12, 2012 10:15 PM

      yay!! Glad all your boys liked ’em!

  18. postedMar 12, 2012 10:59 PM

    I love an extra pinch of salt on pretty much everything – especially cookies. These sound perfect!

  19. postedMar 13, 2012 2:21 AM
    Mariette Visser

    O wow! I’ve got to try these! Oooo! My friends here in South-Africa are going to love al the new recipes I’m trying out! All of them from Recipe Girl! Thank you!

  20. postedMar 13, 2012 6:12 AM

    I’m putting my home on the market very soon. I’ll have to bake up some cookies before the open house. These sound delicious!

  21. postedMar 13, 2012 6:49 AM

    Oh man! These cookies look wonderful! I love how thin they are, I’ll take a dozen please!

  22. postedMar 13, 2012 8:51 AM

    What??!! Three of my favorite ingredients in one cookie – pb, chocolate and sea salt! Yummy 🙂

  23. postedMar 13, 2012 8:53 AM

    Not sure if you could fit any more deliciousness in these cookies! Yummy!

  24. postedMar 13, 2012 11:55 AM

    Hi Lori, Quick Question – will switching the amounts of white and brown sugars,
    1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated white sugar
    make a more ‘chewey’ cookie?

    • postedMar 13, 2012 4:27 PM

      I’m afraid I’m not entirely sure of the answer to that. Sorry!

  25. postedMar 13, 2012 1:40 PM

    I love cookies and this one looks really good! Yum, now I’m going to try recipe!

  26. postedMar 13, 2012 4:26 PM

    Those look really good. As a part of a cookie company, I know that so many people don’t realize how good salt is with baked goods. Thanks for sharing!

  27. postedMar 14, 2012 5:51 AM

    Love PB and oats..these will make a perfect snaclity snack for my weekend!

  28. postedMar 14, 2012 7:51 AM
    Dawn P

    Yum, those look and sound delish! But I think I may tweak the recipe just a bit and use “flaky” sea salt instead. It sparkles like little diamonds, and adds a bit more of a salty kick for those of us who LOVE that salty/sweet combo!

  29. postedMar 14, 2012 8:04 AM

    That is funny. The first time I went to look at my new house the owner had just baked fish! We bought it anyway, but I think cookies are a better approach 🙂

  30. postedMar 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    Oh I am so making these this weekend!

  31. postedMar 14, 2012 12:09 PM

    Love your addition of sea salt in these cookies, Lori! I bet the flavor is just fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  32. postedMar 15, 2012 12:13 AM

    I love how you made 6 cookies to give off that freshly-baked cookie scent. I think I saw a commercial of someone doing that, but I’m sure their house didn’t smell as good as yours!

  33. postedMar 16, 2012 9:39 PM

    I made these tonight but I added in bite sized pieces of my homemade caramel. they are DELICIOUS! thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • postedMar 17, 2012 6:58 AM

      Great idea for an addition!

  34. postedMar 20, 2012 10:16 AM

    Those are some mouth-watering cookies.

  35. postedMar 20, 2012 7:21 PM

    Ohhhh good. we are putting our house up for sale in a few months, so I will be sure to bake some cookies!!!!!! These look delis Lori. I always put salt on my cookies! YUM

  36. postedMar 22, 2012 1:49 PM

    These cookies look great. I never tried peanut butter chocolate chip and oatmeal together 🙂

  37. postedMar 24, 2012 6:51 PM

    Made these tonight. The cookie dough is delicious!
    Didn’t bake as flat as yours (as pictured above); they were puffier and therefore probably not as chewy as yours look, but still had a good texture and taste. Will definitely make again.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  38. postedMar 25, 2012 2:48 AM

    Those cookies are looking really good!

  39. postedMar 26, 2012 3:45 PM

    Found these on Pinterest and made them today. I can’t thank you enough for the great recipe. They are everything you want in a chocolate chip cookie and darned if mine didn’t come out looking just the ones in your gorgeous photos. My kids think I’m a goddess!

  40. postedMar 29, 2012 1:34 PM
    Shannon A

    I just made these cookies last night. They are soooo good! And they were a hit! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  41. postedApr 3, 2012 7:23 PM

    Made these this evening and they turned out great. However used half the chocolate chips and added dried cherries along with doubling the oatmeal. Here’s a photo:

  42. postedApr 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    They were DELICIOUS! I halved it, made 12 cookies, and froze the rest of the dough. YUM.

  43. postedNov 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    I just tried these! First off thanks for the recipe! Really good combo with the pb, oaks and chocolate chips. And of course the sea salt. Yummy. I found that I needed to add some extra oaks as well as chocolate chips as I wanted a bit more texture! As well I used semi sweet chocolate chips as I enjoy those more. But other then that I stayed true to the recipe..l will be making these again for sure! So easy and tastey…..

    Maybe next time I will use white chocolate chips? Or mint??? Options are endless

  44. postedFeb 6, 2013 6:45 PM
    Melody W

    I found this recipe on Pinterest. They are soooo good! I made a few changes and they didn’t spread at all. I did 1 cup of oats, and added 2 tsp of Corn Starch. They are so yummy and soft!!!

  45. postedFeb 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    Mmmmmm…these sound delicious!

  46. postedSep 15, 2013 2:18 PM

    I halved the recipe and ended up with about 15 big cookies. They are delicious! Took about 13 minutes to bake and were not too crispy or soft. I used whole wheat flour, chunky natural peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, and old fashioned oats. Next time I might reduce the sugar a bit, but they taste amazing. Everything I love in a cookie!

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