There is something quite comforting when it comes to simple recipes and these oatmeal raisin cookies are one of those classic cookies that most people love and adore. Easy to prepare, this is a cookie recipe that the whole family can enjoy using old-fashioned oats that you probably have in your pantry or cupboard. I think we can all agree that chewy oatmeal raisin cookies will have played a huge part in all of our childhoods, they certainly fill me with happiness and joy when I think back on enjoying those cookies when I was little.
Finding great cookie recipes is hard to come by, and we only like to share the very best selection with you. But having tried and tastes some of the best oatmeal raisin cookies there are, this recipe provides the goods batch after batch. Even raisin haters may even change their views after tasting this great recipe. The perfect oatmeal raisin cookie. You can’t go wrong with it.
Why do we love these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?
When it comes to enjoying fluffy, light, chewy, and delicious cookies made with instant oats and fruity dried raisins this recipe is a clear winner. The cookie texture is spot-on, and the flavor of ground cinnamon runs through each bite. They are guaranteed to be up there with your favorite cookies.
You don’t need a huge long list of ingredients, and it takes no time at all to bring these cookies to life. The longest bit is waiting for the cookie dough to chill in the refrigerator.
Kids love cookies, and if you have children that have high energy levels then this is the ideal snack to have on hand ready when they are wanting a quick fix.
Ingredients – What you need for the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
The base of your cookie recipe is all-purpose flour. It provides structure and helps bind everything together. You can use whole-wheat flour instead if you’re looking for healthier options. Almond flour is also a great gluten-free option for someone with dietary restrictions. I strongly suggest you sift the flour before use to eliminate any lumps. Otherwise, your cookies may end up with a gritty texture. This recipe uses 1 1/2 cups of flour.
Baking soda is such an important element to add to the flour mixture. It helps with the rising and the overall shape of the cookie. You only need 1tsp for this recipe.
Because you are using unsalted butter this is where you can control the flavor. You will only need 1/2 teaspoon.
Cookies use two types of sugar in most recipes. These include brown sugar and white granulated sugar. Brown sugar is known for its flavor, while white granulated sugar helps give a crisp texture to your cookies. I prefer using light brown sugar for this recipe as it adds a hint of sweetness to the cookies and helps give a chewy texture. But there’s no restriction, and you can use dark brown sugar too. We will use 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar for this recipe.
A wonderful spice that is packed full of flavor and works well with the quick oats and the raisins. You only need 1 1/2 tsps as it is a very strong flavor. The sugars will balance things out.
Of course, oatmeal cookies without oats are no fun! Oats give the cookies their chewy texture. This recipe uses 3 cups of rolled oats. Quaker oats are our favorite brand to use for oatmeal cookies. But Bob’s Red Mill also has some really good options. For a gluten-free option, make sure you use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
Another star of the show is the raisins. You will need 1 cup of raisins for this recipe.
For this recipe, you need 1 cup of unsalted butter. Unsalted butter is best for this recipe so you can control the flavor. Softened butter is key to ensuring you get the right consistency with the cookie dough. The butter also helps to add structure and creaminess to the cookie dough.
Two large eggs are the perfect addition to get the dough’s texture just right. The egg yolk also helps with that chewy texture and golden color of the cookies.
You can’t go wrong with the vanilla flavor when it comes to these delicious cookies. You will need 1 tablespoon of vanilla for this cookie recipe.
This will be another way to add sweetness to the cookie dough and works well with the vanilla extract and the sugars. You only need 1 tablespoon in this cookie recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I store these classic oatmeal raisin cookies?
You should store oatmeal cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. A cookie jar would be perfect for this. They will stay fresh for a week. You can freeze the cookie dough later by scooping it onto parchment paper or a baking sheet. Transfer the dough to a freezer-friendly bag when it’s frozen. You can store this in the freezer in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.
How healthy are oatmeal raisin cookies?
While there is still a lot of sugar in these cookies they are a healthier option as the oats are a slow-releasing carb providing much-needed energy. These cookies contain whole grains and complex carbohydrates. We don’t recommend you eat the full batch to yourself unless you want to of course, but they are a healthy alternative to some of the other cookies you might bake.
How to make the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
First of all, gather all of your ingredients together so that you are ready to start baking. Preheat the oven to 350F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set this aside until you need it a little later.
Next up, in a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment for this if you wish. Once done, add in the eggs, vanilla, and molasses, and stir well to make sure everything is combined.
Mix in the dry ingredients and combine everything before folding in the one cup raisins. Now that your dough has formed you will want to chill it in the refrigerator for up to one hour.
Scoop dough onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Cool slightly on the pan before moving to a wire rack. You will find this recipe makes 3.5 dozen cookies, you can cut the recipe in half if you don’t want to make that many cookies. Enjoy.
Take this homemade cookie recipe to the next level
While this will be the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe you try, you could add some chocolate chips to this if you wish. These are amazing cookies on their own, but the chocolate will add more sweetness to them.
Drizzle over some melted chocolate when the cookies have been baked. Let the chocolate set before you start munching on them.
Other dried fruit would work well with these cookies. You could add dried berries or things like cranberries. A mixture of dried fruit would be an excellent combination and add some different flavors.
Oatmeal raisin cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup raisins
- In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt – set aside
- In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, vanilla, and molasses, and stir well.
- Mixin the dry ingredients, then fold in the raisins.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop dough onto the lined sheet, bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- Cool slightly on pan before moving to a wire rack, this recipe makes 3.5 dozen cookies, you can cut the recipe in half if you don't want to make that many cookies.