These delightfully chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are loaded with healthy rolled oats and sweet raisins with delicate caramel and vanilla flavors.
Golden brown with a crisp edge on the outside but buttery and soft inside. These homemade cookies are so easy to make and delicious that you will never go back to buying them again.
Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
This classic drop dough cookie recipe is undoubtedly one of the easiest and healthiest. Using oats and raisins makes them rich in fiber, vitamins, and proteins.
Which makes them the best treats to keep in your cookie jar. Aside from their nutritional value, they are also absolutely yummy!
It's like having your favorite morning meal as a baked treat you can enjoy any time and bring anywhere. You can also try my Cornflake Cookies for more breakfast-inspired treats!
And if you are a raisin fan like me, who will stop you from adding more chewy goodies to the cookie batter?
So, if you have not tried it before, now is the perfect time to do it. I guarantee that it will quickly turn into one of your favorite cookies.
Why We Love This Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
HEALTHY - These chewy oatmeal cookies are healthier than most cookies.
STAPLES - They require just a handful of ingredients you already have in your fridge and pantry!
TIME - A quick cookie recipe done in less than 20 minutes! Mix all the ingredients, drop the batter on the baking sheet and bake. Easy peasy!
TREATS They are perfect for potlucks, bake sales, and picnics. You can also make a batch to give as a holiday gift to your friends and family.
VERSATILITY - It is easy to swap or omit the ingredients used to fit your personal preferences or dietary requirements.
Please check the recipe card below for a detailed, printable ingredient list.
BUTTER - The unsung hero that adds moisture and a rich, creamy texture to the cookies. Make sure it's at room temperature for easy blending.
BROWN SUGAR - The source of the cookie's chewiness and its deep, molasses-like flavor. It's a must for that classic oatmeal raisin cookie taste.
EGG - Acts as the glue, binding all the ingredients together for a cohesive dough. Just one large egg does the trick!
VANILLA EXTRACT - Elevates the cookie with its aromatic touch, enhancing the other flavors in the mix.
ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR - This everyday pantry staple serves as the cookie's base, giving it structure to hold its shape while baking.
BAKING POWDER & BAKING SODA - These leavening agents provide the cookies with a slight rise, making them fluffy but still chewy.
SALT - A small but crucial ingredient that sharpens the flavors and balances the sweetness.
ROLLED OATS - These aren't just for oatmeal; they add a hearty, chewy texture and a hint of nuttiness to the cookie.
RAISINS - These little morsels add natural sweetness and a burst of flavor to each bite, making the cookie more dynamic and satisfying.
CINNAMON - you can give these cookies a flair of fall flavors by adding warm and fragrant cinnamon powder to the dough.
NUTS - some chopped pecans or almonds will give the cookies additional flavor and crunch. Raisins and walnuts are a fabulous combination.
DRIED FRUIT - if you are not fond of raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, or currants, that will do. Or you can also swap them with chocolate chips.
OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIE BARS - instead of placing cookie dough balls on the baking sheet, spread it evenly into the pan and bake until golden brown.
MAKE IT VEGAN - by using dairy-free butter and a flax egg instead. To make a flax egg, combine 3 tablespoons of water with a tablespoon of flaxseed.
How To Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Please check the printable recipe card below for more detailed instructions.
- Cream brown sugar and butter until well-blended.
- Add the egg and vanilla, and continue beating.
- Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold the oats and raisins, then scoop onto the baking sheet.
- Bake at 350º Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.
Recipe Success Tips
SOFTEN BUTTER - Make sure your butter is at room temperature for easier mixing.
DON'T OVERMIX - Stir just until the flour is incorporated to keep your cookies soft.
SPACING - Leave at least 2 inches between cookies to allow for spreading.
CHECK DONENESS - Cookies are ready when they're golden but still a bit soft in the middle.
COOLING - Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
MILK - You can never go wrong with a glass of cold milk alongside your oatmeal raisin cookies. It's a timeless combo that brings out the cookie's chewy texture.
ICE CREAM - Take dessert to the next level by sandwiching a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two oatmeal raisin cookies. It's a delightful twist that makes for an indulgent treat.
COFFEE OR TEA - A steaming cup of coffee or a soothing tea complements the cookie's sweetness and makes for a cozy, complete snack time or dessert.
FRUIT SALAD - For a lighter touch, serve these cookies with a bowl of fruit salad. The fresh, juicy fruits will balance the richness of the cookies, making for a well-rounded treat.
VANILLA PUDDING - For a playful twist, try dipping your oatmeal raisin cookies in a bowl of creamy vanilla pudding. It adds an extra layer of flavor and texture, making each bite even more special.
STORE - To keep your oatmeal raisin cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container. Place a piece of parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. They'll stay good for up to 7 days.
FREEZE - If you have more cookies than you can eat right away, no worries! Place the cooled cookies in a zip-top bag, separated by parchment paper sheets, to avoid sticking them together. Seal the bag and pop it in the freezer, where they'll keep it for up to 3 months.
REHEAT - Here are 3 quick ways to reheat your cookies. Because we all know warm cookies are the best.
IN THE OVEN - Warm the cookies in a preheated 350º Fahrenheit oven for about 5 minutes.
IN THE AIR FRYER - Place the cookies in the air fryer basket, ensuring they're not touching. Reheat at 300º Fahrenheit for 3-4 minutes.
IN THE MICROWAVE - Place a cookie on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 10-15 seconds.
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat brown sugar and butter in a large bowl until well blended. Add egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat until well combined.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir in oats and raisins into the dough.
- Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to place the dough on the baking sheet. Space about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes.