Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the BEST soft and chewy cookie recipe, made with oats, vanilla and raisins, ready in less than 20 minutes!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are soft and chewy and full of buttery rich flavors! This cookie recipe is about as easy and old fashioned as it gets, and it’s definitely one of my personal favorite cookie recipes.
You can add any seasonal spices you’d like to these cookies, like nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or allspice. These can also be made these with dried cranberries and butterscotch chips, and they’re always popular. Mix-ins are an easy way to take a base recipe and make Christmas baking much easier.
Assemble a double or triple batch and add different mix-ins after you separate the batter into different bowls and you’ve significantly cut down cookie prep times!
As far as desserts go, these definitely disappear the fastest. If you also use an ice cream scoop it will help to make each cookie the same size.
One of the best tips to make tasty cookies is to mix your dry ingredients together before mixing everything else in. This makes sure everything gets mixed evenly, and you’ll have much better results for it.
Frequently Asked Questions
You have a few options when choosing oats for oatmeal cookies. A lot of recipes will call for old fashioned rolled oats, and they do add a lot of chewy texture to the cookie.
This recipe uses quick cooking oats for two reasons. First, quick oats tend to make the cookie softer. Second, it’s easy to keep in your pantry for multiple uses. Instant oatmeal also cooks faster (even in cookie form), and we think it tastes the same as the rolled oats.
Honestly, no matter which oat you choose, the cookies are going to taste incredible, it’s just a texture preference.
For this oatmeal cookie recipe you can add chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds. Either one of these would taste good and add some crunch to the cookie.
Brown sugar helps give the cookies a deep molasses flavor and golden brown color. If you find yourself without any, you can replace it cup for cup with white granulated sugar.
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Tips for Making Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Add ½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. You can also use dark chocolate chips for a less sweet flavor, and butterscotch or white chocolate chips for even more sweetness.
- If your cookies are spreading too much, try adding a few tablespoons of all purpose flour to your dough, and refrigerating your dough for 20-30 minutes.
- Make your oatmeal cookies more crunchy by leaving them in the oven slightly longer than usual. This will dry out the cookie a little bit more and give it that nice crunchy texture.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to keep the cookies from sticking, and to make cleaning up easier!
- If you make this with gluten free flour and certified gluten free oats, use an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Use dark brown sugar for a richer molasses flavor in the oatmeal cookies.
How to Store Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Serve: Allow Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to cool and serve slightly warm from the oven, with a cold glass of milk. They can remain at room temperature.
- Store: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
- Freeze: Oatmeal Raisin cookies can be frozen in both finished cookie or dough form. For fully cooked cookies, make sure they’re at room temperature before wrapping them tightly and freezing. If you freeze the dough, you can either defrost it in the refrigerator and scoop it onto your cookie sheet when it’s soft enough, or freeze it already scooped out into individual cookies. To do this, scoop your cookies onto the baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the freezer for 30-45 minutes, or until the dough is just starting to freeze. Then place the cookies in an airtight container with pieces of parchment paper in-between to keep them from sticking together. Bake your cookies straight from frozen, adding 3-4 minutes to the normal cook time.
- 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and in a stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until lightened and fluffy before adding in the eggs and vanilla.
- Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in a small bowl and add it into the stand mixer in small batches until it is all just combined, then add in the oats and raisins.
- Roll the dough in two tablespoon sized balls and bake for 8-10 minutes (the middles will look slightly undone, but the edges will have a hint of brown).
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