Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ever. My kids most favorite recipe I have been making for years and years!

These Oatmeal Raisin cookies are 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.

You know when you look back at pictures from yourself in Junior High?

How you cringe and ask, “what was I thinking?”


Yeah, I get it. Because today I’m sharing a recipe that I once photographed long long ago. Back when I had been blogging for less than a year and clearly didn’t know how to properly focus a camera.

I honestly don’t want to even show you the pictures, but it’s a lot like when you taste something really bad and then you want your friend to taste it too… Really makes no sense, but misery loves company, I guess is what I’m saying.

Also ps – before you click, some things can’t be unseen. You’ve been properly warned.

This was also back before I knew about printable recipes, or SEO, or anything that really applies to a running a website.

Except, the recipe was good. And it’s not right to leave baby in the corner…so today we’re bringing these babies back to life with some pictures that do them a little more justice than a blurry close up.

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ever. My kids most favorite recipe I have been making for years and years!

I like to use Saigon Cinnamon in these cookies…or Roasted Cinnamon.  It just gives it a little extra.  You certainly don’t have to.

PhotobucketAlso, I used Old Fashioned Oats (Rolled Oats) in my cookies.  I like the texture and look better than Quick Oats in these, but please note you can absolutely use Quick Oats too! The only difference is Quick Oats are basically coarsely chopped oats, so they cook quicker.  They are great in baking, honestly because your cookie might look a little more uniform than they do using an Old Fashioned or Rolled Oat.

I just happen to like the look and taste of the whole oats in these cookies.  Up to you.

PhotobucketAnd of course raisins…

You could certainly use Craisins too.  Or golden raisins…

PhotobucketAnd my favorite addition…white chocolate chips. I don’t prefer nuts in cookies, but you could use nuts is you want. Or semi-sweet chocolate chips…

But honestly, try white chocolate in these.  You’ll never go back.

PhotobucketNow, here’s the debate:  to chill or not to chill.

I like to chill the dough before I bake them.  I like the thickness it leaves the baked cookies when the dough is chilled, and also, the flavors combine and are just better if you give it an overnight.

BUT you don’t have to.  They will taste great if you don’t chill the dough, but they will spread a bit more while they are baking, so just know that.


Then when they’re baked, you should definitely sit down and eat 2.

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ever. My kids most favorite recipe I have been making for years and years!

Or maybe 3.

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ever. My kids most favorite recipe I have been making for years and years!


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
makes about 36 cookies
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups raisins
  • 1 cups white chocolate chips
  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. Scoop dough out in about 2 Tbsp sized portions 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 min and transfer to cooling rack.
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.

*The photos in this post were updated on 4/21/16. This updated post was published on 1/28/13 and the original recipe was posted 8/29/2009.

Long story short, I updated the pictures twice 🙂

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies were always my dad’s favorites. These look perfect, Shelly!

Colleen @ What

Everyone loves a classic, comforting oatmeal raisin cookie! I love making them with craisins and white chocolate chips. As you said, once you use the white chocolate, it’s really hard to go back… These look fantastic!


Those look delicious. We made a batch of oatmeal cookies this weekend and we used Hershey’s cinnamon chips. Yum.

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker

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

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

omg, the bloopers were even better than the original!


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


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.


Oatmeal raisin is one of my favorite cookies!

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more

my sister loves cookies like these, I would have to pick out the raisins thought;p And old pictures, we all have them, but I choose not to talk about them, I would be in therapy if I did,


Love the blooper reel!!

These cookies look soooo yummy & pinteresty!!!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

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.

Nancy P@thebittersideofsweet

Can we say YUM! I need these immediately!


These look so good, but I am thoroughly entertained by the bloopers video. You two are SO CUTE!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

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!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

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!


The blooper reel was hysterical! You two are as cute as can be! Thanks for the laughs.

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

the blooper reel is so funny! love it 🙂

Colette @ JFF!

White chocolate in oatmeal raisin cookies is

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

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.


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.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

I am not sure if I have ever made an oatmeal raisin cookie, is that wrong? I think they might even be one of my hubbies favorites. But I just don’t like raisins 🙁

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

I’m guilty…I sported a dreadful banana clip myself! These cookies look awesome and the Saigon cinnamon definitely makes me want to try this very soon!

Carla @ Carlas Confections

Love them! So pretty!!! 🙂

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? 🙂


LOVE the outtakes! 🙂 You girls are too fun. The cookies look gorgeous!!


Raisins in cookies are against my religion. But, maybe I could make an except for these.

You and Kristan seriously crack me up.


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!


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.

Luv What You Do

I love oatmeal raisin cookies. They are the BEST! I buy a huge thing of Siagon Cin at Costco and go through it so quickly. I always add extra to my quick breads and cookies.


I made these last night and they are fabulous! Eating 2 or 4 of them for breakfast! They have oatmeal in them after all…


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.


Please tell me, are these cookies soft or crisp?
I have been looking for a recipe for crisp oatmeal cookies!


These look delicious! 🙂 I need to try an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe!

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

Ok, oatmeal raisin cookies are good, but that video: WAY better. I can’t decide which version was better…. 🙂


I made these yesterday for a Super Bowl party and they were absolutely fabulous!!


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…


Made these last night… AMAAAAAZING!!! Thank you!!!

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!


These are my favorite oatmeal raisin cookies! I just had to tell you they are so good!

cookbook queen

Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite things on the planet. I have got to have these!!

Kate | HappyForks.com
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.

Jenny Flake

Ok, I saw these on Insta and Snap yesterday and was craving oatmeal raisin cookies!! Love these!!


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.


hmmm….an interesting recipe – i’ve got to try this one!

Sommer @aspicyperspective

I need one cookie in each hand plus a large plate full of these delicious cookies in front of me asap!


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.


i made it. it is delicious thank u

Megan W.


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


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