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I’ve always loved to bake, and when Chris and I first opened A Butler’s Manor, we knew we wanted to have cookies in each guest room on arrival. The first year or so I made many different cookies, changing it up for seasons and holidays. But although all were appreciated, the one that always got the biggest raves was my Chocolate Chip/Oatmeal/M&M cookie.

Why mess with a good thing? These have been our signature cookies since 2003.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Approximately 72


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk, any kind
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-1/2 cups Quaker Oats, rolled (more texture) or instant (softer)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M's, plain


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  2. Using a stand mixer if possible, beat butter and sugars until creamy.

  3. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well.

  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt, mix well.

  5. Stir in oats, M&Ms, and chocolate chips and mix well.

  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons (or use a small #70 ice cream scoop) onto ungreased or, ideally, parchment-covered cookie sheets.

  7. Bake 10 minutes (I bake two trays of cookies at a time for 5 minutes, then rotate the pans and bake another 5 minutes). Cool 2 minutes on pan, then remove to a wire rack. Cool completely before storing. *Note: Cook time may vary 30-60 minutes, depending on oven and cookie sheet capacity.

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