Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ever with tips and tricks on how to make the best cookies.

This Oatmeal Raisin cookies recipe is one of my oldest and best cookie recipes. It is one of the first cookie recipes I feel like I perfected. They’re soft in the middle, perfectly chewy with a crisp edge. I use coarse sea salt in these like in my Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, which makes them extra special.

This is the BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookie EVER!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies happen to be my specialty. I have been making this oatmeal raisin cookie for ages, and it’s one of the most requested cookie recipes I make from my family. Not only is this the best, it also happens to be an easy cookie to make.

We love white chocolate chocolate chips in our cookies, but you can absolutely use chocolate chips in their place, I even have a designated Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on my site too! The edges get crisp and buttery, while the inside of the cookie is soft and chewy.

MY OTHER RECIPES

The BEST Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe is easy with soft centers and crisp edges.

How to make the Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • First off, I like to use cinnamon in my recipe. Specifically I really enjoy I like to use Saigon Cinnamon in these cookies…or Roasted Cinnamon.  It just gives it a little extra kick.
  • I use Old Fashioned Oats (Rolled Oats) in my cookies.  I like the texture and look better than Quick Oats in these, but note you can absolutely use Quick Oats too! The only difference between rolled oats and quick oats is Quick Oats are basically coarsely chopped oats, so they cook quicker.  They are great in baking, because your cookie will look a little more uniform than they do using an Old Fashioned or Rolled Oat. But I personally just prefer the chewiness and texture of rolled oats.
  • You can absolutely swap out raisins in these cookies for Craisins, or even golden raisins!
  • And my favorite addition in my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe is white chocolate chips. You can absolutely use chocolate chips instead, or even nuts if that’s what you like! But honestly, try white chocolate in these.  You’ll never go back.
  • My super secret trick to these oatmeal raisin cookies is adding coarse sea salt. The salt paired with the sweetness of the raisins is the guarantee people will tell you these are the best cookies ever!

Making the best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Do You Have To Chill the Cookie Dough?

Well, the short answer is NO, you don’t HAVE to chill the cookie dough, but let me explain why I like to!

  • Chilling the dough and baking the dough cold will give you a thicker cookie. The dough will spread a little less if it’s chilled, leaving you with a thicker, softer center.
  • When you chill the dough the oats soften up a little. Since I prefer a rolled oat in these, when you chill the dough it gives them more of a chance to soften, producing a softer cookie! If you choose not to chill the dough, the oats will still be fine, you will just have a little more texture and chew…which could be a good thing!
  • I really love using all dark brown sugar in this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. The depth of flavor the dark brown sugar gives is really special!
  • As with any cookie recipe, when you let the dough chill overnight, the flavors have a little time to combine and deepen. The dough gets a little richer and the gluten in the dough relaxes, adding to the crispier texture of the edges.
  • BUT with all this said, you don’t have to chill the dough.  This recipe is really the best oatmeal raisin cookie because they turn out great every time and it’s forgiving. Just know they will spread a little bit more than the ones you see in the pictures.

How to make oatmeal raisin cookies

I always think it’s best to use a cookie scoop when portioning out the oatmeal raisin cookie dough, but if the dough is chilled and hard to scoop, just form them into lightly packed balls. Don’t pack them too densely, or they won’t really spread at all!

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ever is a no fail, easy cookie recipe

See how perfect and gorgeous these cookies bake up?

I also found MINI white chocolate chips at my local supermarket (which are what I used in the pictured cookies), which I think are perfect for cookie baking, but certainly not an essential ingredient. Regular white chips will work fine! Or of course, you can use chocolate chips if that’s your thing!

Can You Freeze Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?

Yes, absolutely! These cookies freeze beautifully. Here are some tips:

  • If you freeze them already baked, just make sure they are completely cool, and simply place them in a zip-top bag. They will freeze great for up to 30 days! When you’re ready, thaw and enjoy!
  • You can reheat these oatmeal raisin cookies in the oven to enjoy warm as well! Just bake them at 350°F for 3-4 minutes and they’ll be warm and delicious!
  • If you would prefer to freeze the dough unbaked, I like to portion the dough out using a cookie scoop. Freeze the scoops of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once they are frozen, place the dough balls into a zip-top bag and freeze for up to a month!
  • To bake frozen dough, you don’t need to thaw the dough out first. Just add a few extra minutes onto the bake time!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

These thick, chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the BEST!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together about 2 minutes until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  2. In separate bowl whisk flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon together.
  3. Turn mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.
  4. Slowly add in oats and mix until evenly incorporated.
  5. Finally add in raisins and white chips and stir until mixed in.
  6. Let dough chill for at least 2 hours (overnight is best)
  7. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350°
  8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Using a medium cookie scoop, portion out the dough and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden around edges, but still soft in center. Do not over-bake!!
  11. Let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

Notes

You can substitute in nuts or semi-sweet chips for the white chocolate chips, if desired.
Also, you don’t have to let the dough chill, but cookies may spread more if you don’t. I prefer the dough to chill, as I find the flavors come together better and also, the cookie bakes nicer, in my opinion.

Keywords: cookies, recipe, oatmeal raisin cookies, raisins, oats, oatmeal

61 Responses

  1. Hilarious! I suffered all through high school with jeans that were tightly tucked and folded at the cuff, cutting off my circulation. My ankles have never been the same. From the look of these cookies, my thighs won’t be either. DELICIOUS! XO

  2. Lori

    Your recipe sounds great, I might have to try it, but I do have my own recipe which is renamed “The best damn oatmeal cookie you’ll ever eat” But i wanted to say your video is way cute! You are so sweet!!! <3

  3. I love homemade oatmeal cookies they are my favorite- I usually add chocolate chips to mine because no one here would eat the raisins. I am definitely going to add white chocolate chips next time.

  4. Let me tell you, I also had some frightening fashion in junior high. I used to wear these hideous fuzzy sweaters that really only belong on animals. Ugh, they were so bad and I literally wore one every day during winter.

  5. I have a post for oatmeal raisin cookies sitting in my drafts b/c I remade a 2010 recipe of mine about 2-3 weeks ago. I love them and haven’t posted them yet b/c they’ve been bumped for Valentine’s stuff but now that I see your perfect cookies, I need to edit my pics and post them. I love that you used white choc in yours – wish I had 🙂 Huge fan! And I hate nuts in cookies as well!

  6. Agree with Averie – this recipe with the white chocolate is inspired. I’m always reaching for an oatmeal raisin cookie of some sort when I’m in need of comfort. Now I know what type I’ll be reaching for from now on. Thanks, Shelly!

  7. Best ever blooper reel to go with best ever video! I started cracking up even before you did in some points. Oy vey.

    Oatmeal Raisin are James’s favorite cookie too. They’re in my top 2, tied with a good ol’ fashioned snickerdoodle. I never understand when people say that oatmeal raisin cookies are the reason they have trust issues. If you seriously can’t tell the difference between a raisin and a chocolate chip? You’ve got bigger problems.

  8. Cindy

    Besides being a GREAT BAKER, you take some fantastic photos! I’m much rather take pictures then cook or bake but you may have changed my mind.

  9. Brenda J. M

    These have always been my fave type of cookie.
    I had changed up my own recipe to include my other favorite flavour of butterscotch; so I added in a pck of instant butterscotch pudding and decreased salt and baking soda. They worked fine.
    Give it a try some time.
    I ADORE YOUR BLOG and RECIPES. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    How do you stay slim and eat these wonderful goodies? 🙂

  10. Beautiful cookies!

    I was sport’n the scrunchy while you were wearing the banana clip! I commented on Kristan’s blog the other day on how Jr. High is so awkward! Why didn’t our mothers tell us that we didn’t look as “hot” as we felt! You can bet your bottom dollar I will be all over my son to let him know that he is walking around smelling like a “Blooming onion!” Ick! Lots of funny memories filled with lots of drama in those jr. high years!

  11. I had a Hard Rock Cafe tank top also! It was…embarrassing. So glad I’ve outgrown that. But rest assured I will NEVER outgrow oatmeal raisin cookies! Mega yum.

  12. Joan

    I haven’t made oatmeal-raisin cookies in … forever. I;ll have to make these.

    After reading your post, I went back and looked at some old pictures. I dressed according to what was fashionable at the time. I wore my hair in fashionable do’s. Unlike today when I dress for comfort and cut my hair in easy-to-take-care-of styles.

  13. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I made these last night… and they are hands down the best oatmeal raisin cookies I have ever had. They are perfection in a bite. I’m ashamed to say I ate 5 of them. In fact they were my dinner……. and my roomate ate 5 aswell. She would have eatten more, but I’m hording the rest for myself.

    Girl…….. you rock so hard you’re making the room move. Keep the recipes coming…

  14. Niki M

    Delicious as expected! But I must say – I am the biggest fan of your old version. I’ve made that old recipe about 4-5 times in the past year and just saw this new version so I thought I’d give it a try. We enjoy both versions for sure, but the old version is the one holding a place in my recipe binder. Keep up the great work here!

  15. Kate | HappyForks.com

    Have you got an idea how to modify the recipe to make the cookies more crunchy? I don’t mind if they’ll get hard, but I hate when oat cookies get all moist the day after baking.

  16. Jackie

    Hi Shelly

    I have your cookbook, it is great!!! The first recipe I want to try is the Icy Lemon Cake. What brand of cake mix did you use in the recipe.

  17. Zurita

    Hi. I just made one batch..I got 100 pcs of cookies I weighed them at 12gm per piece
    How come you only got 36 pieces. How big did you make them?
    Can’t wait to try them tonite. I’m fasting so will have to wait till sunset before I can eat them. ?.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Megan W.

    Hello!

    First let me say, you are my favorite food blogger. Your cookies blow me away! Second, I am trying your oatmeal cookies this week. While I am all for the white chips, one of my friends is a little more traditional, so this time I’m going to leave them out. I’m thinking I’ll need to use 2 1/2 cups of raisins then. Is that right? Thank you so much for your awesome recipes! You’re amazing!

    – Megan

  19. Chicook13

    I have tried SO many different oatmeal raisin cookie recipes and have always been disappointed…until this one!!! They’re my boyfriend’s favorite cookie and I’ve been searching for one he’ll love. He lives white chocolate so when I saw this recipe and the gorgeous photos, I knew I had to try. He took one bite and said, “Don’t lose this recipe!” He thought they were perfect! I used a chopped 4 oz. white chocolate bar because I didn’t have any chips on hand. These are perfect. Thank you so much for finally ending my search for the perfect oatmeal raisin cookie!

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  21. Teresa

    Best Oatmeal Raisin cookies ever!!
    I made these for Christmas. I didn’t have white chocolate chips so I used peanut butter and chocolate chips. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.

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