baking on sailboat

Big, Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

baking on sailboatBig, chewy and loads of tantalizing texture.  Yes, that is exactly how I love my cookies but especially how I love my chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

I have tried and tested a lot of cookie recipes and they have ranged from cake like disappointments to a glorified granola bar.  Over time I have tweaked and tested different variations and have finally come up with a recipe that hasn’t failed to impress my taste buds yet.  Each batch turns out exactly as it should.

baking in the galley


  • 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter (AKA 1 cup, 16 tablespoons, 8oz, 226g)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (semi sweet or 60% works best)
  • Optional, 1 cup of walnuts or pecans (I like them toasted)


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy.  Add sugars and vanilla and beat until fluffy, then add in the eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together. Slowly incorporate the dry mixture into the butter/sugar mixture. Once incorporated, stir in the oats, chocolate chips and nuts.

This recipe yields at least 15 big cookies and now that you are ready to bake, you have two options.

  1. Bake only the cookies you plan on eating today and freeze the rest for cookies many days to come.
  2. Roll the dough into two inch balls and bake them all now.

My suggestion…These cookies are best served fresh and warm (like most cookies).  I prefer to bake one cookie for us now and roll the rest it into a log.  I wrap it in parchment paper, seal it in a heavy duty zipper bag and freeze it.  Then, when I’m ready to indulge, I simply slice off 1 inch thick pieces and bake.  This way we have fresh cookies every time and we’re not tempted to eat them all in one sitting (yes, it is possible and if you are like me, its best not to give yourself the opportunity).

baking at seaBake for approximately 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  You want the bottoms and just the edges to be golden.  The rest of the cookie should be lighter in color.  If you over bake them, they won’t have the same moist, chewy consistency.  Every oven and climate is different so your baking time may vary from mine.

Best Served With…

Hold up!  Don’t go checking out on me yet, we haven’t covered what to drink with these bad boys.  One of our all time favorite afternoon treats is one of these cookies with a seriously good cup of coffee or tea.  One time in Alaska we baked 2 giant cookies, wrapped them in foil to keep warm, brewed hot coffee in our insulated travel mug, hiked up a mountain and indulged in the crisp air with a picture perfect view of Denali…now that was heaven on earth!

Right now we’re fully stocked up on Crema coffee and highly recommend the La Siguinilla because it holds up well to the richness of the cookies and is excellent with a splash of cream or straight up. You can get the full scoop on our coffee/tea set up, brewing methods and why we love Crema coffee here:

What you really need to know is: Ben from Crema (he’s a fellow RV’er and traveler) is offering 10% off everything you order with the discount code: WYNNS  The code is only good through MAY 2017 so stock up while the gettin’ is good. (no kick backs or anything for us, just a discount for us and our friends). Crema Coffee Website

baking in the sailboat

May your oven temperatures be steady and your kitchen timer never fail.  Happy baking and I hope you find these cookies as delectable as we do!

See the recipe in action in this video.  Full post here: 

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (66)

  • Rachel&Jim

    Nikki these look amazing every time we rewatch one of your videos. Today I decided to make them and they were even better than we expected! And with coffee ☕️ it was *chefs kiss* thanks to you both!

  • John S.

    Hey Nikki,

    If you still get alerts when we post on these old threads I want you to know that your cookie recipe is still a hit.

    I made them twice in the past few months for a group coffee time (after pickleball) and had a request to the recipe. I sent the link to this thread.

    Take care,


  • kay autrey

    Phenomenal cookies!! Used organic cane sugar and flour from the Amish store – these are the best I’ve ever had. All we need is some Blue Bell ice cream. Greetings from a fellow Texan. Love your channel and respect all your hard work.

  • Martha McEver

    I would like to see a cookbook of yours, or more recipes published on your site. The various segments showing you preparing meals in some of the videos interest me very much. I think I see you making healthy meals using a variety of vegetables and fruits. Also, you seem to use salsas, seasonings, and combinations of different food textures (e.g., beans with corn) that would satisfy the appetite at a meal without piling on too much fat and calories.
    My husband and I really like knowing about your adventures. Hang on during this difficult time–we will all make it through this!

  • Sue Goetzinger

    Nikki – we are getting ready to sail for 6 weeks and I was looking for recipe ideas. Tried these cookies and this recipe is sailing with us!! Thanks so much!!

  • Lauren L

    This is my new go-to cookie recipe! It’s so perfect! Right before our daughter was born I made two batches of dough and kept them in the freezer… It helped us feel so much more normal adjusting to our new life being able to just have fresh cookies, as weird as that sounds. Thanks for posting!

  • Teresa

    Hey Nikki, thanks for the recipe and I hope to make them soon!! Have you or Jason ever talked about how you guys met? Just wondering since you came from such a small town…any ways have a blessed day !

  • Jenny

    Hi, I made this cookie dough recipe and I’m putting them in the freezer. Just wondering if the directions for baking from the freezer are the same as the ones listed above? Do they have to bake longer because they’re frozen?

    Thanks xx

      • Jenny

        Ok great! Another question, how long does the cookie dough stay good in the freezer for?

  • MonicaP

    Just made ’em and boy are they good. I tend to love eating raw cookie dough batter (ya, ya raw eggs, never been sick from eating cookie dough), but I didn’t eat any batter. While the batter is tasty, I didn’t like the texture of the un-cooked oats, so bonus for me! I made 12 cookies and froze the rest of the dough. Good thing because I already ate 3 cookies.

  • Michelle

    Just made these cookies with gluten free flour and gluten free oatmeal. Also used dark chocolate chips. They were DELICIOUS. THANK YOU!

    P.S. Love you two and your adventures/shenanigans. Keep doing it so I can live vicariously through you!

  • Lesly

    Hi from Florida! Your videos are so great I sometimes get seasick. No kidding. I love what you see and do and how you share. I’ve been watching aye Wynns for over a year and it’s never boring.
    Quick the last video you baked two cookies in something that looked like a counter grill…it’s so hot here in the summer would be nice to use something small and mighty that doesn’t heat the house!

  • I just made these cookies! YUMMMOOOO. My son who eats NOTHING declared these the best cookies in the world. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Love all your videos.

    • oh man, we still have a few in the freezer…you’re making me want to bust one out now 🙂

  • Gayle Bell

    OMG I made these cookies last night……… they are so yummy!! Nikki, you are right…….the best ever!! I did as you advised, I made a couple for last night and put the rest in the freezer for later. My husband can’t wait until I make the next batch!! Thank you so much for the best cookies EVER!! We love following you guys!!

  • Erika

    I just made these with gluten free flour cup for cup. Yum!

  • I just ordered the Cuisinart oven like yours for my motor home. I will cook my cookies in it. I bought it because the oven in the MH makes the place really hot.

    • Yes, the ovens in sailboats and motorhomes are horribly inefficient. Enjoy the cookies 🙂

  • Lynn and Doug from Iowa

    We love you guys!

  • Has anyone made these cookies with cup for cup gluten free flour? Just curious. They look AMAZING.

  • Helen grigor

    Made your cookies today, Didn’t use choclate, But I used dates and raisins, they were a wow. So good, Thanks for the great recipe, Happy travelling, From Heather in the great white north, Sudbury Ontario, Yes I’m following you, Hugs

  • Mary

    Hi. Just watched your video and loved it! Thanks for sharing your adventure~journey with all of us! Will Have to make your “going to be world famous” cookies! Will add raisins for my hubby & leave the choc. chips out ~ toasted walnuts in both batches!! God bless your way… Looking forward ?

  • Roger B.

    A drone shot of the chocolate chip cookies would be very appreciated. Thanks for suggesting.

  • Lisa Bee

    Nikki, the oats are listed in the beginning Ingredients section, but in the Directions section, it says “In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking powder together”. This is where I almost goofed (I just wanted to let you know, so no one else would make the mistake I almost did).
    Either way, YUM!

  • Natalie Smith

    These cookies are delicious! I finally grabbed the one ingredient (chocolate chips) I was missing, and made them after work today. OMG!! I’m so glad I didn’t make them all tonight or I would be in trouble. I made 6 medium-sized ones and put the rest of the log in the freezer. I only made one change -used white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  • Lisa Bee

    So it’s freezing rain here and I thought, “What better time to make some Nikki Cookies?”.
    I almost forgot to add the oatmeal, because it wasn’t in the list for the dry ingredients bowl.
    These are soooooo gooood! I’m with you; waaay safer freezer them! I can’t wait to try the Crema with them, when it arrives.
    Thanks for sharing these!

    • Hello Lisa, so happy the cookies warmed up your afternoon 🙂
      I double checked the recipe and the oats are listed, glad you didn’t miss them!

  • Amy Bissonett

    Hey guys!
    Those look phenomenal! Thanks for sharing!
    Love following your journey and this is the one thing that I wonder about. What do you eat? It seems like you don’t have much fridge/freezer space, probably less than half of what a usual home might have and yet you left the island grocery with one bag! Were there secret bags delivered? LOL I think being on a boat you would need to have a real plan for meals. Would love more thoughts on what you eat, how you plan, and how do you cook in that cute little kitchen?! 😉

    Rick and Amy in Austin, TX

    • Curious Minion

      They provisioned dry and canned goods in Ft. Lauderdale so that they would only need to shop for perishables. Good idea though about a “foodie” post!

    • actually our fridge is about 1/4 the size of a normal one! We do have to plan well and we’ve incorporated more dried fruit and canned veggies into our routine.

  • Jeffrey Miller

    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME Nikki and Jason!
    LOVE the Flying and the Music as well as your Adventures!!
    Thank You!! 🙂

  • Sandra & the 2 Spaniels

    O-M-G!! I resisted the siren call of that cookie recipe for like…….a week. I made 2-just for me-and scarfed those babies right up! They are the bomb Nikki. I followed your instructions and froze the rest of the dough; otherwise I’d be in some sort of sugar happiness induced coma! Those cookies should be marketed at a shop. You and Jason will never be without income again!! Sooooooo Gooood!!

    • I think someone recommended we start a mobile coffee and pastry shop 🙂

  • Jim Deatsch

    Oh FINE. Now I need to make cookies, sigh.

  • Roger B

    I’m not a big chocolate cookie fan, however, As I mentioned before, I love the drone videos. The drone videos give a fantastic aerial view of the islands, beaches and water.

    • So are you saying we need to do a drone shot of the chocolate chip cookies?

  • Looks great! I will have to try them. Stay safe you guys. Bernard

    • For sure! I know you’ll enjoy them 🙂
      Hope all is well.

      • Amanda

        I’m enjoying my big cookie with a nice cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the great freezer tip!

  • We’ll turn you into a foodie yet Nikki!
    So happy for this recipe. A definite gotta make.
    Hugs to you 4 from us.
    xox Karin & Jasper

    • Hello Karin! I can’t remember if we made them with you or not!
      I was just thinking about your visit yesterday and that wonderful meal we made and the tasty meal we paid way too much for eating out. Good times. Hope all is well with you both.

  • Nancy Fernandez

    Those look so yummy! Chewy is my favorite too. Enjoy!

  • Cathy

    Hey guys,

    We are going to be chartering a boat in the BVI’S the first two weeks in May. If you are going to be there at the same time we would love to meet you. Hope timing works out

    Cathy & Ian

    • There is a chance so please keep in touch. We have friends in Saint Croix that we wish to visit in early spring, so we’ll be in the “general” area.

  • Lorrie Anderson

    I’m going to try these tomorrow. Good to know the dough can be frozen. I’m afraid I waould fall victim to eating the whole batch, too.

  • Edith

    Oh those look delicious! Thank you for sharing.

    Nikki, I have an unrelated question for you. It’s about your cute haircut. I’ve seen you cut Jason’s, so can I assume you cut your own, maybe with his help? I don’t imagine you have easy access to salons or a dependable travel plan that would allow for scheduled appointments.

    • Curious Minion

      Nikki does cut her own hair, with a little help on the back.

  • Gwen

    Thanks for the cookie recipe! I’ve been in a cookie mood lately. I also wanted to know what you usually eat – I remember the video when you had the Monaco and wondered if your meals were similar – kind of most protein in the morning/lunch with a lighter meal for last meal? You are both in great shape and I’m always up for good meal plans if you care to share some generalities or specifics if you’re inclined. (I know you’re vegetarian plus fish eaters)

  • Jon

    Why don’t you slice them after rolling into a log and then freeze.. Easier to cut and just get the next one out!

  • Tricia Leiferman

    These look delicious! And they make me think of ice cream to go with them while warm. 🙂 So since my husband and I have just joined your patreon crew, we’d like to ask: have you considered a small ice cream maker for your boat? Or even trying to make a batch of ice cream via the Ziploc bag method? (Forgive us if you’ve already been asked this question.) We are curious, considering doing either ourselves. When we get that boat someday, LOL! Cheers, Tricia & Ron

    • OMG, we love making little ice cream sandwiches with these cookies! The only problem is they end up being HUGE ice cream sandwiches. 🙂
      We will sort out some ice cream solution when we return to FLL for our last bit of service.
      Welcome to the Patreon Crew, we do have a huge announcement you’ll be getting there very soon.

  • Brad Donna fennell

    Thank u for the recipe! Can’t wait to chow down on these bad boys
    We are native Texans looking to buy a rv and see the national parks! Wish we were in key west right now!
    We love u guys and anxiously await your videos!! Keep the wind at ur back

  • Cliff Starks

    I’ll have mine with a cold glass of milk!
    I just discovered you guys a couple of weeks ago when looking at/for info on Catamerands. I’ve watched every episode and have learned a lot. I really enjoyed the buying sequence, very informative. Hopefully we will run across you guys somewhere on the water.
    Tight Lines

    PS: Exuma is our favorite place on earth.

  • Excellent! I like the memories from Alaska and advertising for you friend! Nice touch on both accounts!

  • Perry

    Thank you Thank you Thank you. Can’t wait to sample these cookies. Might eat the whole thang!

  • YUM. I am definitely going to try this recipe. As always beautiful photos. I’m glad to see you guys are really getting into the swing of things on the high seas. 🙂

  • Daniel

    Thanks. Needed this badly given recent political changes.

  • Rose Yull

    These are my favorite cookies. We call them “Cowboy Cookies”. Everyone loves them. Your ideas about freezing and bake later are great. Especially because my husband would eat all of them if I baked all right away! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenn

    Thanks for the recipe. I would love to see more recipes. Your food always looks so good.

  • Connie Woods

    Awe! Thanks! Have a great Birthday week! Pink sand, can’t wait to see that….hugs!

  • Susan Goetzinger

    Yummy recipe. Really appreciate it! Please share more as your recipes work well on boating or RV trip!!!!


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