Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

I have quite a yummy recipe to share with you today!

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This recipe is brought to you by: My internet went down and to avoid freaking out over my lack of ability to send out an important article, I made cookies.

(Follow up: Then I ate way too many of the cookies, drove to Burger King and hopped on their internet from the parking lot to get my work done and publish this blog post.)

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Cookies make any situation a little bit better.

And good news! These cookies are made with oats, whole wheat flour and canola oil which means they’re completely healthy… right? Sure.

Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 10 – 12 cookies (depending on how much dough you eat)


  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (may increase to 3 teaspoons if you desire a more chocolaty cookie)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine sugars and beat in one egg.
  4. Mix canola oil and vanilla into sugar mixture .
  5. Slowly beat sugar mixture into flour mixture. Your dough should be slightly runny.
  6. Gradually beat oats into mixture until a thicker dough forms.
  7. Use a tablespoon to portion out cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until tops of cookies are slightly browned.

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I was really impressed with how these cookies turned out since I was just playing around in the kitchen and didn’t have high hopes. I loved the light touch of cocoa flavor and the chewiness from the oats. These will definitely be made in this house again!


  1. says

    These cookies sound and look delicious! I’ve always loved oatmeal cookies and the thought of cocoa oatmeal cookies is making my mouth water! I think I have all the ingredients! I definitely want to make these 🙂


  2. says

    Those cookies look so chock full ‘o oats! If you threw in some chocolate chips with the cocoa powder too, that could kick any chocolate craving. Oats, whole wheat flour, canola oil, and dark chocolate = still healthy cookies 😉


  3. says

    Ughh internet issues are the worst! There’s something so stressful about technology failing right when you need it the most! And those cookies look delish! I think I would make mine extra chocolatey and add some dark chocolate chips too! (Love how you base your serving size on the amount of dough that is eaten.. haha amazing!)


  4. says

    The cookies just had to turn out, especially since everything else was going wrong! I bet they would taste so delicious as is, but I couldn’t help but imagine cranberries and white chocolate chips in these!! Maybe I’m a little too hungry today?

    P.S. Bootlegging internet from Burger King is so something I would do. But, I’d probably also order a whopper junior. oops.


  5. Rosa - Fitness Food Fulfilled says

    I had no idea that Burger King had internet. Good to know!

    Those cookies look so good. I love that it makes a small batch so you don’t have a ton laying around. I’ll definitely have to try them.


  6. Andrea says

    Other places to bootleg internet – Panera, Holiday Inn (or any other budget hotel that has free internet….Super 8, Days Inn. Might be hit or miss though, Holiday Inn its always a gurantee). If you have trouble connecting, just connect to the network then type in your browser bar 1.1.1
    That will take you to whatever screen you need to go to to connect to the local network.

    I’m a “pro” at bootlegging internet in times of work induced desperation. I hope its not illegal, since I’m a lawyer and all!


  7. says

    I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, so I bet I’d like these too! I hate lousy internet – I’ve been having the same problem at my office! The wifi keeps dropping.. And part of my office does technology consulting- go figure.


  8. says

    I’m totally going to make these since I have everything on hand and throw in some pecans since I have those too! I hope your internet gets fixed quick, but focusing on a new project was a great way not to get overwhelmed.


  9. Kanoe says

    OATMEAL COOKIES!!! Oatmeal cookies are my ultimate favorite cookie. Thanks for the recipe I will have to try it and I’m sure it will go well. YAY!! Also I noted your issue w/ your wi-fi that makes me sad when that happens but thanks to Burger King for bringing us our blog post LOL! 🙂


  10. Angela @ Health, Happiness & Harmony says

    Those look delicious!
    We made healthy oatmeal cookies with apple butter, oats, and walnuts for Thanksgiving! They weren’t too sweet, but soft, chewy, and delicious.
    I would love to send you the recipe!


  11. Mallory says

    i havent made oatmeal cookies in so long…i think its overdue! i bet a banana would be a great addition. banana + chocolate + oats = awesome!


  12. Meredith says

    It was probably about 30 minutes between the time I read this post and had these babies all mixed up and in the oven. I’m wondering how many batches of these cookies are being made all over the country right now…would be fun to find out! I’m in Massachusetts… I LOVE how so many of your recipes use ingredients I have on hand, by the way. Keep ’em coming!


  13. says

    I live in the country, so our internet is always up and down and in and out depending on how the wind blows. I usually just drive up and down the road a bit and see who doesn’t have locked wireless and tap in. 🙂 Redneck I know.

    My mother in law has been making cookies like this for forever. A Hershey’s recipe from like 1920. They are my husband’s favorite. Only change is she adds a touch of almond extract in addition to all of the other ingredients. Makes it super super yummy. I usually have to make a double batch because the fam gobble them up for breakfast too!


  14. Amanda says

    I read this post and decided right away that me and my 4 year old son HAD to make them – of course with the extra cocoa powder since we are both chocolate lovers! Turned out great and you’re right about the cookie dough – couldn’t keep his little fingers out of it!


  15. Laura@mypurposefullife says

    These look so good! I am a chocolate girl at heart but oatmeal cookies are my favorite because of the dense, chewy texture. I’m thinking of making these with coconut and butterscotch or chocolate chips thrown in. Or dried cranberries! So many possibilities…thanks for sharing!


  16. says

    No such thing as ‘too many cookies’. Literally. Every time people say that they ate too many cookies, it ends up being something like “6” or “8”– that is not a big deal. Enjoy it. If it was “I ate an entire box of hydrogenated-trans fat filled cookies–for every day this week”… then there would be a cause for concern. These look wonderful! ps- I consider 10-12 a single serving portion! lol Especially with ingredients like this- I would estimate it at 80-90 kcal max! GREAT JOB Julie, I definitely need to make some cookies soon!


  17. Mandy says

    I was in the process of making these and then realized that I didn’t have the brown sugar so I added some extra regular sugar. I also added the extra cocoa powder. I’m not sure if anyone else had a similar issue but I had to bake my cookies for 15 minutes and they still fell apart a bit. They were still delicious though.


  18. Michelle says

    Hey Julie! I’ve never commented before, but I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now. I wanted to tell you that since these cookies looked so delish, I actually made them for a holiday party I went to tonight. And… they were SUCH a hit!!!! I received so many compliments and someone even asked for the recipe!!! No worries though, I’ll make sure to credit you when I give her the recipe 🙂 Thanks so, so much! 🙂


  19. Rachel says

    My friend and I went home and made these after our Zumba workout last night! Added a little more cocoa, some dark chocolate chips, dried cherries, and almonds. So good, thank you 🙂


  20. says

    sadly, these cookies didnt turn out for me. I may have used a little too much cocoa, but I didnt think the consistency would turn out like this. I noticed that the batter (before adding oats), was too thick, so I added a little more oil. It is overly crunchy/flaky on the outer rim of the cookie, and gummy/chewy in the inside. Also, they don’t really have a flavor at all 🙁 I hope other people have better luck with them


  21. Erin says

    These cookies are amazing! The only change I made was instead of the cocoa powder (I was out), I used Chocolate PB2 (same measurment). Plus, they were only 3 WW pointsplus for a large cookie! My kids LOVED these! And with only 1/2 c sugar and the whole wheat flour and oats, I felt good about giving it to them. I will be making these again!


  22. Shalini says

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe. I had to make these cookies two days in a row as the first batch got over too quick. They came out wonderful and my family devoured these in no time. The taste of coco with oatmeal is too good. What do you think of the idea of replacing half the oil with greek yogurt?
    Thanks again!



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