Quick + Easy Oatmeal Cookies (GF Recipe)

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The other night we whipped up some cookies, and, as usual, I improvised the recipe.  This quick and easy oatmeal cookie recipe is based on Clean Green Simple’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe.  Except I had about 3/4 cup of gluten-free bisquick that I was trying to use up.  Because, honestly, what can you make with that little? Now I know… oatmeal cookies!

Don’t they look tasty?


I pulled out these lovely teal cloth napkins just to photograph the cookies.  They were my grandmother’s (read my blog post about her – Legacy of a Truly Excellent Woman).  And in case you’re wondering why there aren’t more cookies… well, by the time I got around to photographing them, this is all we had left.  Seriously.


Since I made up the recipe on the fly, I wasn’t quite sure if the oatmeal cookies would be fluffy or thin and dense.  They did puff up some, and ended up being nice and moist inside too!bphotoart-oatmeal-cookies-5881

Just a few more pictures of these oatmeal cookies, then I’ll get you the recipe.  I promise it doesn’t take long to make them up.  The hardest part was waiting for them to cool!

I love oatmeal cookies.  And these are good add-ins like raisins (or, if you’re my husband, gumdrops) too.  Or just plain.  Mmmmmm.


Okay, I promised my recipe.  Here’s the quick and easy oatmeal cookie recipe.

Quick + Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


  • 3/4 c. gluten-free Bisquick*
  • 1 3/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1 T flaxmeal
  • 3/4 c. applesauce
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1 T vanilla
  • a dash of salt
  • Optional – 3/4 c. raisins or gumdrops


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Combine all dry ingredients except optional add-ins.
  • Add all wet ingredients, stir to combine.
  • Stir in optional add-ins.
  • Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto lined baking sheet (we use silicone baking sheets – amazing!!).
  • Bake for 13-19 minutes – remove when edges begin to brown; let rest for 5 min or cool enough to handle.
  • Makes 20 cookes (2-2.5″ diameter).

*A note about the use of Bisquick.  You don’t have to use bisquick – just sub it out for 1/4 t. baking soda and 3/4 c. flour of your choice (gluten free if desired).

And what was the verdict?  Well, our enthusiastic eaters approved of these cookies.  I love that this recipe can be not only gluten free, but free of refined sugar too, if you use normal flour rather than the Bisquick (who knew that Bisquick had sugar in it… before this, not me!).

The texture of the oats more than made up for (dare I say, covered over?) the usually distinctive taste of gluten free rice/potato flour blend that was used to make the gluten free Bisquick.

My husband, who is picky about his gumdrop cookies, gave the shrug of approval, as if to say, “not my standard go-to, but not bad.”  My toddler LOVED his cookie, and wanted seconds (we had to decline, since it was just before bed).

These went really well with a nice glass of cold milk. Just saying.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?  Have you ever improvised a recipe on the fly?  How did it turn out?

22 Responses

  1. Laura

    This recipe sounds great! We should try it. Thank you!

  2. Tanj from A Travelogue

    I have been making not-so-good oatmeal cookies lately because I have been f*cking up the recipe. I think! Anyway, thank you for this tips and recipe. Will try to follow it on my next batch of oatmeal cookies. I love having them inside the house.

  3. Those look absolutely delicious. I stayed with a family in Australia and these are super popular over there and I ate them just about every day. I wrote down the recipe at one point but it’s long gone now so thank you for sharing this! I am totally going to make these!

  4. Brook Devis

    yammi.these looks really tasty and nice. i love the finishing.it would be great to offer with green tea .Also i think they can go as a snack.i will try them soon.thanx for recipie

  5. Tammilee Tips

    This sounds so quick and easy to make up! I just sent this to a friend who is Gluten free. They always are looking for new recipes to try out. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite treats!

  6. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    Oatmeal cookies are definitely one of my favorites! I love making them too! But I appreciate you sharing your version of the recipe. Love it! I definitely need to give it a try! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Danielle K

    These cookies look so delicious! I’ve never actually tried gluten-free Bisquick because I’m somewhat new to the gluten-free world, but I definitely want to pick some up and make this recipe. I also love that it’s only got natural, unrefined sweeteners in it – sounds like an amazing cookie 🙂

  8. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    I really do love oatmeal biscuits and cookies. Yours look so delicious and I’d love to make some for myself. It’s great that they’re gluten free too because I’d love to switch to a gluten free diet. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Mae

    Look great. I love simple and healthy cookies.

  10. rochkirstin

    They look super tasty. Just yesterday I was craving for some healthy oatmeal cookies for snack! I like those that are moist inside so drinking water or any liquid is not required to make eating feel comfortable.

  11. Myrabev

    I love cookies big time, every time I am on the move I buy them like no man’s business but once I move into my apartment later this month I will so try out this delicious recipe you have shared. These are some lovely looking oatmeal cookies

  12. Melanie

    Is it bad that I want these for breakfast? They would go wonderfully with my coffee! Gluten free recipes that taste good are a rare treat. And these look so easy to make. Looking forward to trying this recipe!

  13. Betsy Finn

    I hate it when a favorite recipe goes missing. Glad to fill that void for you though!

  14. Betsy Finn

    Oh…yes. Pairing them with tea (or a glass of milk) would be perfection.

  15. Betsy Finn

    Yes, sometimes gluten free is complicated. I tend to skip those recipes…hope your friend enjoys these!

  16. Betsy Finn

    Yea, it seems like everyone has their own take on this popular cookie. Can’t go wrong with oatmeal cookies!

  17. Betsy Finn

    Yes, they disappeared pretty quickly. My mother in law actually discovered the GF, bisquick….I had been clueless, lol

  18. Betsy Finn

    Thanks, I hope you enjoy them! Some aspects of GF are hard…others are made easier with all the GF alternatives out there these days.

  19. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Mae!

  20. Betsy Finn

    Yes, I am right there with you…baked goods need to be moist!

  21. Betsy Finn

    Thanks! Let me know how they turn out!

  22. Betsy Finn

    I confess I like baked goods …ahem…cookies for breakfast too. And since these are relatively healthy…no guilt!