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Salty Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Think you’ve had crispy cookies before?     Think again. 

These are THE most Crispy, Buttery-rich Cookies you’ll ever have.  Packed with over 2 cups of Oatmeal per batch and Sprinkled with Coarse Salt, they are sure to keep you wanting more to munch! 

Salty Thin & Crispy Oatmeal Cookies | URBAN BAKES

I’m really glad this recipe was saved as a back up.  I think for any food blogger, saving several unused photos is crucial!  You just never know when you will encounter a “rainy” day or two.  As you may already know, I moved to a temporary spot but what I haven’t told you, is about 80% of my food props including countertop appliances, baking pans, dishes, utensils… practically EVERYTHING, is in storage.  Don’t ask where I got 80 percent from.  It just felt like the right number to use LOL.

For the mean time, I’ll be using different kitchen gadgets and new (older-looking) props.  Mostly antique and silver dishware.  And to clarify when I say “new,” I mean new to this blog.  I’m used to having very modern and white props.  So, maybe this is a good thing; I’m not sure.  It’s just a bit unsettling having to suddenly change everything that I’m used to using on a daily basis.  In addition, my one and only hand mixer that I’ve been using for the past year suddenly stopped working.  How sad.  But, I do have this huge KitchenAid stand mixer that I won at the Big Harvest Potluck back in September.  Pretty cool, right?  It came just it time!  I’m pretty stoked about using it yet intimidated at the same time.  Though I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

Salty Thin & Crispy Oatmeal Cookies | URBAN BAKES

I don’t want to sound like a Debbie downer today but I figured I’d give you a little insight about what’s going on and what you may expect to see here in the next few months which may possibly include moodier photography.  And if you’re new to this blog, I do try to keep a close lid on publicizing the details on my personal life but sometimes in the light of the public eye, you can’t omit some things and expect that it’s okay.  For example, my lack of postings in the past few weeks.  I am however, excited that today I can finally dig into my box of my remaining 20% of what I was able to bring so I can get back into the kitchen and get my BAKE ON!  I’m quite thrilled, actually!

In the mean time, while I’m creating the next new thing to post, give these cookies a try because before you know it, Christmas will be here which also means lots and LOTS of cookies!  With all of the cookie exchanges that will be soon happening, I figured this would be a great addition to the mix.

Salty Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes for each cookie sheet

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 24 cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt OR 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt/fleur de sel


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large cookie pans with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in egg and vanilla, mix well.
  4. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Add oats and continue to mix until oats are evenly distributed in the dough.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop or 2 tablespoonfuls, scoop and roll dough into a ball about 1 1/2-inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Lightly press the top of each mound of dough to flatten to about 3/4 inch in thickness. Sprinkle a pinch of coarse salt (sea salt/Kosher salt/fluer de sel) over flattened cookie dough.
  6. Bake for 13 to 16 minutes rotating baking sheets half way during baking. Cookies are ready when golden brown and edges are crisp.
  7. Allow cookies to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for additional cooling. ENJOY!


Salty Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookie recipe was adapted from (p.194) from Cooks Illustrated Baking Book

24 Responses to Salty Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

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  1. I saw this recipe this morning and couldn’t wait to try them. Delicious. I just love sweet and salty. Add those to crisp and it’s a winner.

  2. This type of cookie is one of my favorites, love em chrispy! However, I have a question. Your recipe says to use old fashioned rolled oats, fine, however, are they the old fashioned or quick. I ask because I’ve found in the past that the quick makes a crispier cookie than the old fashioned. If you’re using old fashioned and still get the same result…awesome. Just wanna make sure before I start baking. Thanks!

    • Hi Sara! Thank you for asking. I used old fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. I referred back to the book where this recipe was found and it says that old fashioned oats is preferred over quick oats because of its toastier flavor and less “chew.” If you have old fashioned oats, definitely give it a try and let me know what you think. :)

      • Thanks sooo much Connie cuz the old fashioned rolled oats are the kind I have in my cupboard…lol. So to my relief, tomorrow I will bake these. Will definitely let you know and most excited to try your recipe. Holiday Blessings!

          • This is now my “go to” recipe for oatmeal cookies! Absolutely one of the best cookies I have ever eaten. The old fashioned oats worked awesome, the cookie was thin and oh so crispy, love em. The sea salt was killer. My only comment, don’t crowd them as they really spread, and watch your oven temp and timer. I did a chocolate drizzle, as it’s Christmas. Thank you so much Connie for a totally awesome crispy cookie!

  3. Sometimes too much change can be very stressful and disorienting. I would have never known by looking at these gorgeous cookies. I’m a bit of a cookie addict so these look awesome! I hope the rest of your transition goes smoothly.

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