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Mama’s Oatmeal Cookies

Mama’s Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies have been a favorite for a long time (especially for my dad and brother, Joe)! Israel and I had a cookie baking day today in our new kitchen and we had to make some of these!

Makes 3 dozen cookies

1 C. butter (softened)

1 C. brown sugar

1 C. white sugar

2 eggs

a splash of vanilla or almond extract

1 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

2 C. flour

3 C. oats (quick oats or rolled oats)

Mix all ingredients together. Form into balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Press ball of dough down a little on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min. Let sit 5-10 min. Enjoy!

Note: You can also freeze this dough and bake later! Just divide into thirds, place in gallon ziplock bag and smoosh into a log shape at the bottom of the bag (width should be slightly smaller that the size you want your cookies to be). Roll bag around cookie log and place in freezer. When you’re ready to bake, just peel the bag off, slice, place rounds on cookie sheet and bake! (You will need to bake a little longer since dough is frozen.)

Disclaimer: Recipes on this site are a collection of our favorites. Some are our own recipes and others may have not originated on our site and/or have been adapted from other sites.


  1. Beautiful

    Jill, you’ve the most beautiful boys! Congratulations on your new home.

    • Derick & Jill

      Aww. Thanks.

      • Holly

        I made these tonight and they are SO good! Thank you!!

    • Sarah

      Your recipes are so simple and easy for starters. Thanks!

      • Derick & Jill

        Yay! Glad you enjoy them!

    • Penni

      I’m going to make these Oatmeal cookies this weekend for my Husband when he comes off the road. I will let you Know how they came out. It will be a nice treat since it will be Valentine’s Day weekend ☺️

    • Kelly Smith

      I wonder what your religion is called I am a Christian as well

      • Derick & Jill

        We are Christians and are members of Cross Church here in Northwest Arkansas. Feel free to look them up and even watch their services at

  2. Tracy Owen

    Hi Jill just wondering if the cookies will come out like cake because I’ve never been able to bake oatmeal cookies with out them either becoming cake or lace with the addition of the baking powder will they be more cake like?

    • Derick & Jill

      They’re very moist cookies. I don’t think they’re really like cake.:-) Hope you like them.

  3. Amy

    Israel looks so happy making cookies with Mommy! My boys and I will be trying this cookie recipe this week! Yum!

    • Derick & Jill

      Yay! Hope y’all like it! 🙂

  4. JEssica

    Jill, those cookies look delicious. I’m going to make some too!

  5. Bianca

    Congratulations on your new house Jill and Derick! I love the verses you wrote on the construction. It’s such an encouragment to read about your faithful walk of life. Thank you for sharing!

    • Derick & Jill


  6. Christina

    I always enjoy Duggar family recipes especially because I am a first generation big family Mama in my extended family so I don’t really have a mentor. These recipes help me to save money and feed a lot of mouths! Thanks, Jill! Love ya!

    • Derick & Jill

      <3 Aww. Thanks for your sweet comments!

  7. Josefa

    Hi Jill!

    I just discovered your blog and I love it. I like that you share about your family and the section “Life matters” is very interesting. Hopefully you can update it more often, although I know how complex and demanding it is to carry out a blog with good quality content.

    I came to your blog because of the Q&A video that you did with your husband, and investigating I discovered this recipe that looks very tempting, but I have a question… I am from Chile and I am having trouble finding the difference between “baking power” and “baking soda”. Could you help me with this, please?

    Thank you in advance and many blessings in these difficult times.

    P.S: Sorry for my English, my native language is Spanish ^.^

    • Derick & Jill

      Glad you found the blog!

      Here is what I found online for the difference in uses: “Baking soda is used in recipes that also include an acidic ingredient, such as cream of tartar, buttermilk, or citrus juice. Conversely, baking powder is typically used when the recipe doesn’t feature an acidic ingredient, as the powder already includes the acid needed to produce carbon dioxide.” (

      I don’t know how it is where you are in Chile, but when we were in El Salvador I could only find bicarbonato de sodio (baking soda) in the farmacia or at a bakery…I think they had baking powder at the store, but I can’t remember…I know most of the people in the village we were in (a more remote area) didn’t do a lot of baking and didn’t even have ovens, so it was just harder to find things like that.

      Hope this info helps! 🙂


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