Easy Oatmeal Cookies (made without brown sugar)

Oatmeal Cookies made without brown sugar are lighter in color, but heavy on great taste! My kids declared them the best oatmeal cookies ever!

oatmeal cookie made without brown sugar dunked in a glass of milk

​”These are the most delicious cookies you’ve ever made.” 

That was the feedback from my son the first time I made these chewy oatmeal cookies. 

I gotta say… that’s pretty hefty praise, especially for something as humble as this classic cookie.

oatmeal cookies made without brown sugar on a wire cooling rack

I was skeptical at first when developing the recipe. Creating an oatmeal cookie without brown sugar would, I suspected, look a little different (lighter in color) and potentially might not have the same moist, chewy texture.

And while the color is definitely lighter as a result of not using any light or dark brown sugar, the taste is undeniably delicious.

oatmeal cookies made without brown sugar on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions about these Oatmeal Cookies (made without brown sugar)

Is this Oatmeal Cookie without brown sugar a crisp or chewy cookie?

Yes and Yes. The edges are firm and crisp, but the center is (the best part in my opinion) is classically rich, sweet, and soft.

Can I use instant oats or old-fashioned oats in this recipe?

While I haven’t tested this recipe with either, I suspect both would work. The oats in the texture of the cookies might be a bit more pronounced when using old-fashioned oats, but should still be yummy.

Can this recipe be made into a Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie recipe?

I typically don’t recommend trying to turn regular recipes into gluten-free without some testing. Gluten-free baking is its own science/art. I recommend finding a cookie that I’ve previously tested from my Gluten Free Recipes if you’re following a gluten-free diet. 

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oatmeal cookie made without brown sugar dunked in a glass of milk

Easy Oatmeal Cookies (made without brown sugar)

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 50 min
  • Yield: 20 cookies


You’ll absolutely love these Oatmeal Cookies made without brown sugar. Lighter in color, but big on delicious taste, they’re a family favorite at my house.



  • 1/2 cup salted butter*, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats, uncooked

Icing (optional):

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp. milk, divided


  1. Preheat oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Cream butter at medium speed using a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy, about 1 minute; add sugar, beating well. Beat in egg and vanilla; set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, beating well. Add oats, and beat just until blended.
  4. Drop dough balls by heaping tablespoons (I used this small cookie scoop) onto prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until set, about 8-10 minutes baking time. (Cookies will not be golden brown without the use of brown sugar.) Let cool on pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack or cooling rack to cool completely, about 10-12 minutes. (Cook in a second batch, if needed).
  5. Meanwhile, if desired, prepare the Icing by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, using just enough milk to make a thick icing. Spoon icing into a small ziptop bag; cut 1/4 inch off tip of bag, and drizzle icing over cooled cookies. Store in an airtight container to help preserve the taste of fresh cookies.


*When using salted butter, these homemade cookies have a slight (and desirable in my opinion) taste of salt underneath the sweetness. If preferred, you can use unsalted butter.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cooling Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 28 g
  • Sodium: 90 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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