Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are soft and chewy, fully loaded with rolled oats and raisins. These cookies are just like what grandma used to make.

stack of 5 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with a glass of milk

Okay, friends, you are just going to love this recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, it is seriously the best! This past Friday I was having a Monster Cookie craving, like big time. And while I so wanted to make a big batch I knew that if I did, I would overeat on cookie dough and well it’s the New Year and I am still trying to eat healthier.

So we headed over to Eileen’s cookies who is really known for their amazingly soft sugar cookies. I let the kids get one too – Aiden and Madden got their favorite Snickerdoodle. I ordered my craving of Monster Cookies, while Cannon got Molasses Cookies, and Jersey and Jojo got, of course, the sugar cookies. We didn’t forget about Jake and got him one too.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie being dipped into a glass of milk

And while we all drooled over all the cookies and I was set on getting the monster cookie, I couldn’t stop thinking about the oatmeal raisin cookie, it was calling to me too – so… I had to get it. I took a bite of the monster cookie and it was not as good, tasted like maybe it was day old so I bit into the oatmeal raisin cookie and it was amazing. Crispy, yet chewy in the center – it literally was cookie perfection.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough rolled into balls on a sheet pan

My grandpa used to make oatmeal cookies with quick oats and they were so good but really crunchy, and so they were fantastic with a glass of milk. He loved making these cookies and would make like a triple batch and then give them all to us. He always prided himself on these cookies and he loved seeing Madden devour them.

Madden really did love the cookies and the first thing he said when I made these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies was “Mom why did you make these with raisins?”. LOL. So while he ate them I noticed a little pile of raisins sitting at the table when he walked away. Well really, I made these cookies for me, not for him so I am okay that he wasn’t in love with the raisins and I am sure Grandpa is smiling down from heaven knowing Madden liked his cookies more.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies laid out on counter with glass mugs of milk, one cookie with bites taken

While there are so many oatmeal raisin cookie recipes out there, this one is seriously hands down the best one I have tried. And I can’t wait for you to make these.

Let me know what you think and how these compare to your recipe, as I always love hearing your stories and feedback. XOXO San

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies baked on a metal sheet pan

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Can you freeze oatmeal raisin cookies?
All cookies can be frozen, but it is best to wrap them individually to freeze them and only do this once they have cooled completely. Another way to freeze then is to stack them in layers in a Ziplock or container, separating the layers using parchment paper. I personally love individually wrapping them as I feel they taste better.

How long will cookies stay fresh in an airtight container?
Properly stored, freshly baked cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature and stored in an airtight container.

Can you freeze oatmeal raisin cookie dough?
This cookie dough can be easily frozen but it is best if you portion about the dough beforehand. Scoop the cookie as if you were going to bake them and just place on parchment paper. Then wrap the parchment paper in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. Before you bake preheat the oven, following the cookie recipe suggested temperature. Stick on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, placing 2 inches apart, the only thing you will need to change is to add an extra 1-2 minutes to the baking time for the frozen dough.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in stacks next to a glass mug of milk

How do you make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a  medium mixing bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine wet ingredients with a hand mixer on low.

Mix until well combined, then increase mixer speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.

Turn the mixer down to low and stir in the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until no flour is visible.

Stir in the oats and raisins until incorporated, don’t use the mixer for this.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough and place on pan.

Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.

If you don’t have a cookie dough scoop, make cookies with about 2 tablespoons of dough.

Bake 11-12 minutes in preheated oven.

The cookies will look like they need another minute or two, they don’t.

Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie being dunked in a mug of milk, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies baked on a sheet pan

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 dozen
Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are soft and chewy, fully loaded with rolled oats and raisins. These cookies are just like what grandma used to make.
Best OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES are soft and chewy, fully loaded with rolled oats and raisins. These cookies are just like what grandma used to make.

Ingredients
 

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Stir-Ins

  • 3 cups rolled oats not the instant kind friends
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a  medium mixing bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine wet ingredients with a hand mixer on low. Mix until well combined, then increase mixer speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Turn the mixer down to low and stir in the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until no flour is visible, be sure not to over mix you will get a stiff cookie, you want a chewy one.
    Stir in the oats and raisins until incorporated, don't use the mixer for this. 
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough and place on pan.
    Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.
    If you don't have a cookie dough scoop, make cookies with about 2 tablespoons of dough.
  • Bake 11-12 minutes in preheated oven. The cookies will look like they need another minute or two, they don't. 
    Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Notes

*Baking Tip* make sure to set your cookie sheet on the center rack of your oven, I say this only because my husband doesn't always to this.
Recipe adapted from Live Well, Bake Often.
Best OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES are soft and chewy, fully loaded with rolled oats and raisins. These cookies are just like what grandma used to make.
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9 Comments

  1. Thabk you so much for sharing! Best oatmeal cookies I have ever made! Soft, chewy, and delicious! They really don’t look done when you take them out of the oven, but they continue to cool a bit longer when out and then they are perfect! I used 1.5 cups wheat flour instead and they turned out great!

  2. Just the texture I was looking for but I missed having a cinnamon taste. So next time will try decreasing vanilla extract to 1 tsp and adding 1- 1/2 tsps of ground cinnamon. Rating 4.5 of 5 stars.

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