Abby's Famous Giant Chocolate Chip and Oat Cookies

A no fail chocolate chip cookie with oats and honey. Our daughter has perfected this cookie recipe and the family eagerly anticipates every bake! Get the recipe here for these amazing cookies!

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You might not think of chocolate chip cookies as a 'holiday cookie', but the truth is that my family will choose a choc chip cookie every time!

Our daughter Abby is not an active baker or cook, but she found a recipe she loved, tweaked and adjusted it and the results are these large cookies, studded with chocolate chips and oatmeal, that turn out perfectly every time! They don't last long in our home! In fact, with Abby and Kyle away at University, I've tucked this batch away in the freezer so Mr DIY and I aren't tempted 😉

How to Make Giant Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is adapted from this one, where it claims these are copycat Chick Fil A cookies! I had never tried a Chick Fil A choc chip cookie, so I bought one and compared - ours are definitely better but I do see the similarities! So if you're a lover of the CFA cookies, why not make your own!

If you live in a humid climate, you might struggle with getting your cookies to stay intact and not spread all over the pan. That was the case for me when we lived in Texas, none of my chocolate chip cookie recipes turned out, much to the disappointment of the whole family! There are a couple tricks in this recipe that ensure your cookies don't spread, without having to freeze or refrigerate the dough. They just puff up and create giant handfuls of deliciousness! I hope you'll try them. I'll include a printable recipe card below as well as shopping sources.


  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4-1 cup quick cook oats (don't substitute old fashioned)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/3 cups dark brown sugar*
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (omit if you'd prefer a less sweet cookie)
  • 1/2 cup shortening like Crisco**
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (we like a mix of semi-sweet and Hershey's special dark)
* you must use dark brown sugar for the best flavor, it really does make a difference

** the mix of shortening and butter is the trick that keeps your cookies from spreading, no refrigeration needed!

I'm using these acorn measuring spoons from Vagabond House. Aren't they the cutest? They make baking just that little bit extra special! They are made from high quality pewter and have the most charming details, and they match the Acacia wood bar board I used for our fall charcuterie! Any of these items would make a great gift for someone who loves spending time in the kitchen! You can see all the products at Vagabond House.


Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat non-stick baking mats. I used my stand mixer to do everything but you could use a couple of bowls if you need to.

  1. Whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In another bowl, use a mixer to cream together the sugars, shortening, butter, honey and vanilla.
  3. Add eggs and mix well.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Scoop dough using an ice cream scoop with trigger to get large and perfectly even cookies.
  7. Place dough balls 3" apart on cookie sheet (I filled 2 cookie sheets and then needed one more to make the last 4 cookies)
  8. Bake 11-13 minutes, rotating trays halfway through baking.

The cookies will be soft right out of the oven, so let cookies cool on the pan before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Mmmmmm, I wish you could smell my kitchen right now! Is there a better smell in the world?

Whenever Abby is home for the weekend, we ask her to make her chocolate chip and oat cookies, which have become famous in our home! I even included them in the custom recipe book that I tucked into the personalized gift basket I made for our son Braden and his new wife Elissa's wedding shower.

I'll share a complete kitchen tour of my coffee bar and Santa mug display soon, but don't these acorn measuring cups look sweet on my mug rack, along with some vintage cookie cutters, lighted garland, mugs (of course!) and cutting boards!

If you're looking for your LAST chocolate chip cookie recipe, this one is it! They are quick and easy to bake, fairly inexpensive (I purchase all the ingredients at Aldi), and freeze well - that is, if there's any left! Dang, I might need to sneak one from the freezer and heat it up right now - think Mr DIY will notice? 😃😋

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Click HERE for a printable recipe card

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  1. Where did you get your rack on the wall?

    1. Thank you, there is a link to my rack on the post under Shopping sources.

  2. Thank you Cindy! Can't wait to try the cookies, they look SO scrumptious! Thank you for the many beautiful ways you inspire. i don't know if you will be able to see this comment or not; I'm not too savvy at technology, but do appreciate reading your posts faithfully! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. Thanks so much, I did get your comment! Please leave your name so I know who sent it ;)

  3. I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!! My favorite!


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