These tasty chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are made with steel cut oats for a uniquely chewy texture. Give these delicious cookies a try!

Steel Cut Oatmeal Cookies
Save This Recipe Form

Want to save this recipe?

Share your email below & we'll send it to you! Plus, you'll get new recipes from us every week!

I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies but sometimes I only have steel cut oats in my pantry. I started wondering if I could make oatmeal cookies with steel cut oats and it turns out, you can! They’re quite delicious but there are a few tricks to these cookies. I also love that it’s easy to add a little nutritional boost to a tasty dessert. I wouldn’t necessarily say these cookies are healthy, but they’re great for a treat!

What Are Steel Cut Oats?

The oats you get at the store start as oat kernels that have their tough outer shell removed. From there, oats are split into categories based on how much they’ve been processed. Steel cut oats are the least processed version of oats. They have a firm, hearty texture and they take the longest to cook. These oats are also called pinhead oats, coarse oatmeal, or Irish oatmeal.

Rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats, have been steamed or flattened ahead of time. This allows them to cook faster compared to steel cut oats. Quick oats or instant oats are rolled oats that have been processed even further so they’ll cook more quickly. Steel cut oats, on the other hand, are neither steamed nor flattened ahead of time. The advantage of using steel cut oats is that they retain the most nutritional value!

Where to Find Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are usually sold near the rolled oats at the grocery store. Keep in mind that these oats can go by different names like Irish oatmeal, Irish oats, or pinhead oats. If you can’t find steel cut oats at your grocery store, you can get them on Amazon.

How to Use Steel Cut Oats in Cookies

To add steel-cut oats to our cookies, it’s important to cook them to help soften the oats. I cooked them in the microwave so they’re ready in less than 10 minutes. If you don’t cook the oats before adding them to the cookies, they’re really crunchy, and not in a good way.

How to Make Steel Cut Oat Cookies