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Soft, chewy, and homemade, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a classic twist on plain Oatmeal Cookies! Lots of raisins with a hint of cinnamon, these are always a hit when I make a batch.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies | A Old Fashioned Classic
A good oatmeal cookie is sweet, chewy, and textured with rolled oats. While the original recipe is great on its own, adding raisins and cinnamon, to create Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, takes it to the next level. The raisins add their own brand of sweetness and soft chewiness to these cookies while blending so well with the rest of the cookie. They are a great option for just about any occasion, but you don’t necessarily need an excuse to make cookies.
Main Ingredients Needed
Odds are you already have all of these baking essentials in your house that are just waiting to be made into these amazing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Salted Butter – I use and prefer salted butter for all my baking. However, if you prefer unsalted butter, increase the salt to 1 teaspoon.
- Brown Sugar – to sweeten with that slight molasses taste.
- Granulated Sugar – to sweeten.
- Eggs – this helps add structure to the cookies.
- Vanilla – delicious flavor!
- Rolled Oats – it wouldn’t be an oatmeal cookie without oats! I recommend using old-fashioned rolled oats.
- Cinnamon – this gives the whole cookie a warmer tone!
- All-Purpose Flour – this fills out the cookies.
- Baking Soda + Powder – the leavening for the dough.
- Salt – to balance out all the flavors.
- Raisins – add in raisins by hand! I just used regular ol’ raisins for this classic recipe but you could easily add in golden, green or red raisins.
Feel free to change up this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe to make it your own!
- Nuts: you are welcome to add nuts to these cookies, I’d suggest walnuts or pecans, but any nut will do.
- White Chocolate Chips: another good variation that people love is adding white chocolate chips. They are simple enough that they don’t detract from the overall cookie but instead add a simply sweet creaminess.
- Craisins: or instead of using raisins, you could add another dried fruit like craisins!
How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
For full details on how to make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, see the recipe card down below 🙂
Step 1: Prep
Preheat oven. Line light-colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
Step 2: Make the Dough
Cream butter together with brown sugar and granulated sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla to the bowl. Whip until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir again briefly to ensure it’s evenly mixed.
Slowly incorporate dry ingredients to create cookie dough. Fold in raisins by hand.
Step 3: Bake + Cool
Scoop onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets and bake until the edges are lightly browned and the centers are puffed but still slightly soft-looking.
Cool on baking sheets before transferring to cooling racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Storing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
The best way to store Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in in an air tight container with a slice of plain bread. The bread is in there to help regulate the moisture (aka softness) of the cookies. Which means you’ll be able to have soft cookies for up to 4 days!
You can also freeze these cookies baked or unbaked! Here are the directions for both methods:
If you want to bake these in advance, follow the recipe instructions listed below and cool completely. Then store in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bags and freeze.
As long as they are in an airtight container, the baked cookies should last 1-2 months in the freezer.
To reheat, simply microwave one or two oatmeal raisin cookies 10-15 seconds each until warmed.
To store unbaked oatmeal raisin cookie dough, simply scoop into cookies, place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and freeze.
After 3 hours, the dough should be hard enough to transfer to an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag. This cookie dough will last 1-2 months in the freezer.
To bake, simply remove your dough balls, defrost on the counter for 30 minutes to 1 hour and bake as listed in the recipe card below.
More Oatmeal Cookies to Try!
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting
Now go forth and bake away! We love these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and we hope you will too 🙂
The printable recipe card is below, enjoy!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line light colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Cream butter together with brown sugar and granulated sugar.
- Add eggs and vanilla to the bowl. Whip until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir again briefly to ensure it's evenly mixed.
- Slowly incorporate dry ingredients to create cookie dough.
- Fold in raisins by hand.
- Scoop onto parchment paper lined baking sheets using a 3 tablespoon scoop.
- Bake 12-14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the centers are puffed but still slightly soft-looking. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheets before transferring to cooling racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.