These are the best oatmeal raisin cookies, just like the ones Gramma used to make!

They are so warm and cozy with hearty oats, juicy raisins, and a golden exterior with a soft and tender inside.

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The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

  • Oatmeal raisin cookies are an old fashioned family favorite!
  • Sweet and chewy, these cookies are the best!
  • They are easy to make and quick to prepare!
  • Wholesome oatmeal Raisin cookies are packed with healthy oats and naturally sweet raisins for a treat you can enjoy without the guilt.
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What’s in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?

The best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe begins with quality ingredients.

Oatmeal – The real star here is the oatmeal. Choose rolled oats for a more firm and nutty texture.

Raisins – Raisins are dried grapes. The most common varieties are dark purple or golden sultanas. Raisins labeled ‘natural’ are due to the process in which it was dried – simply by using the sun without any mechanical drying process. 

Dairy – Real butter and eggs make for a rich cookie with amazing flavor. But these cookies will also work with substitutes for butter and eggs, if necessary. Try using vegan margarine or oil mixed with applesauce in place of butter. A tablespoon of flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of warm water will replace one egg.

Sugar and Spice – Plump raisins, two kinds of sugar, and a light dose of vanilla, cinnamon, and salt are what make oatmeal raisin cookies such a classic recipe.


While the basics remain the same, there’s a whole list of mix-ins that can make these oatmeal raisin cookies your signature cookie recipe!

  • These little baked gems can also be made gluten-free and sugar-free without altering their chewy texture and sweet flavor. Use rice flour on a 1:1 substitution and a 1:1 white and brown sugar alternative, like Swerve.
  • While raisins are already sweet and bursting with flavor, they also soak up other flavors. So try soaking your raisins in flavored extract, or even flavored alcohol for interesting flavors.
  • Swirl in some creamy or crunchy peanut or almond butter or even some mashed bananas.
  • Flaked coconut, dried cranberries, or other dried fruit alongside or in place of raisins make for a completely different flavor profile.
  • For extra sweetness try adding in mini chocolate or butterscotch chips, and even dark chocolate chunks. The options are endless!

How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Homemade cookies are quick, fun, and easy to bake from scratch:

  1. Cream together the first 5 ingredients.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together & mix into the wet ingredients.
  3. Gently fold in the oats, raisins, & any desired mix-ins.
  4. Bake (per the recipe below) until the cookies are barely baked, so they stay chewy once they are cooled.
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Tips for Perfect Cookies

  • For best results, let the butter and eggs come to room temperature before mixing. This allows for quicker mixing and the eggs become fluffier.
  • Cold eggs? Run them under warm tap water until they reach room temperature!
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion the cookies so they are all the same size and bake evenly. Lightly press down the top of each cookie with a fork dipped in flour to let the cookies cook in the center but still be chewy once they are cooled.
  • Keep oatmeal raisin cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Add a slice of bread to the container to absorb moisture due to temperature fluctuations.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The best oatmeal raisin cookies are not only easy to make but are packed with nutritious oats and sweet raisins for a guilt-free indulgence.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author Candace



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir into the creamed butter mixture and mix until fully combined.
  • Stir in oats and raisins until evenly distributed in the dough.
  • Chill dough for 30-60 minutes.
  • Scoop heaped tablespoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet and gently press down the tops of the cookies to flatten slightly.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden.


  • Oatmeal raisin cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • Add a slice of bread to the container to absorb the moisture.
  • Once cooled, freeze in an airtight container or a ziptop bag for up to 2 months.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 140 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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  1. I made these with whole wheat flour, and a few tablespoons of chia seeds, and flax seeds for extra fiber. They were just as good. These have a buttery, caramel flavor that is so delicious.