Oatmeal Raisin 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.

Make sure to check out my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies too!

Oatmeal Cookies with raisins and chocolate chips

These Are the BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 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.

Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies broken in half with white chocolate chips and raisins

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 Saigon 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

Can You Use Chocolate Chips Instead of White Chocolate?

Yes absolutely! I like to use white chocolate in mine, because I like the way it pairs with the raisins and cinnamon, but if you prefer chocolate chips that works too.

OR leave out the chocolate chips entirely if you’re a purest!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Pro Tip:

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!

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!

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ever with tips and tricks to the best cookie!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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

Description:

These thick, chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the BEST!


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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.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. In separate bowl whisk flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon together.
  4. Turn mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.
  5. Slowly add in oats and mix until evenly incorporated.
  6. Finally add in raisins and white chips and stir until mixed in. 
  7. Let dough chill for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).
  8. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350°.  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.

Nutrition Information:

1 cookie
161
12.3 g
110.9 mg
7 g
22.1 g
2.2 g
24.9 mg

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Rebecca Roshong
June 16, 2021 8:31 am

I made your recipe of oatmeal/raisin/ white chocolate chip cookies and agree with chilling the dough overnight… The cookies are fabulous!!! They are full of flavor,soft,and downright delicious. I look forward to other recipes….A must to make&bake!!!!

Lisa
May 18, 2021 5:41 pm

One more thing
Just though I’d let everyone know the only thing I did differently, is I used currents because it’s what was in the pantry. But next time it will be raisins & walnuts
Thanks again!

Lisa

Lisa
May 18, 2021 5:36 pm

Hi everyone! Anyone browsing reviews of this recipe, wondering if they should make these WONDERFUL Oatmeal Cookies? The answer is an absolute YES!!!!! They deliver everything Shelly claims. My other 1/2 thoroughly enjoyed these last night, and he’s an “expert” at eating oatmeal cookies. I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie girl. But I have to admit, these are by far the best I’ve tasted! And I used to work in the food service industry. A bonus: their aroma while baking them make your home smell so good! Shelly thank you ! I’ve been using your recipes for about the… Read more »

Sherry
March 12, 2021 1:47 pm

Are you packing the brown sugar when measured?

Kat
March 9, 2021 9:08 pm

BEST COOKIES EVER!! I freeze my cookie dough and when I feel like having a treat I put a few pieces in a ramekin and air fry it at 300 for 17 minutes and it makes my own personal pazooki. Top it with some ice cream and it is to die for!! Thanks for the recipe

Christy
December 1, 2020 11:46 pm

Thanks for your recipe!! Just made these tonight but added semi sweet choco chips and pecans. Soooooo delicious!!!

Eileen
August 29, 2020 4:00 pm

What temperature do I bake these at?

Lee
August 23, 2020 12:56 pm

Can I use Quick Cooking Oats?

Bev B.
July 24, 2020 9:37 pm

Tried this and loved it! My husband is over the moon for them! I’m thinking of maybe adding Macadamia nuts also.
Thanks for all the tips too, chilling the dough really does help.

Douglas Kelly
May 31, 2020 1:38 pm

I substituted cranberries for raisins and added an 1/8th tspn of ground cloves. Unbelievably delicious. Thank you so much.

April 24, 2020 6:58 pm

The perfect cookie! My husband’s favorite, had to hold the chocolate chips but will be making this my go to recipe.

October 1, 2019 7:45 am

I was looking for something different in the cookie department when I came across your recipe, although I don’t like raisins, I thought I would give them a try, they are perfect, I wouldn’t change anything, thank you!

Vix
June 22, 2019 7:39 pm

I used this recipe because i didn’t have any granulated sugar on hand and it was truly serendipitous. This is the best oatmeal cookie recipe ive tried. I subbed white chocolate for dark chocolate (because im not a fan of white chocolate) and I’m glad I incorporated the bitterness. Because, though the cookie was so so so good, it was a bit too sweet for me.

Debo
May 1, 2019 3:57 pm

Love this recipe! Thank you, question, do you always use unsalted butter fir this recipe?

Sunny
January 2, 2019 6:58 pm

I use butterscotch chips and craisins! They don’t last long in our house!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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