Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are a family-favorite! This classic cookie recipe is easy to make and goes great with a glass of milk. Seriously one of the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipes you’ll ever make.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

We went on a road trip and I made a batch of Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to take with us. Cookies are a necessity for road trips, especially these soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. They are PERFECTION! They are the BEST oatmeal raisin cookies out there. I have tried a lot so trust me on this one.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

A Family Favorite!

I grew up loving oatmeal raisin cookies because my dad LOVES raisins. I love classic oatmeal cookies but my dad’s favorite are oatmeal cookies WITH raisins. Oatmeal raisin cookies are a classic cookie. My dad would always make homemade cookies for us and oatmeal raisin were always one of our favorites. I grew up eating these cookies and they are for sure a family favorite!

How do you make oatmeal cookies with raisins?

  • It’s SO easy! We start with a chewy oatmeal cookie recipe. I really like this cookie recipe because it is so soft and chewy. The butter, brown sugar, and oats make the cookies super chewy. This recipe has ALL brown sugar and no granulated sugar creating a super chewy cookie.
  • To plump up the raisins, soak them in hot water before adding them to the cookie dough. Just make sure you drain then well and dry them on a paper towel so they don’t add too much moisture to the cookies.
  • I use old fashioned oats for this recipe, not quick oats. I like the bigger, chewy oats!
  • Good oatmeal raisin cookies need to have cinnamon and a little pinch of nutmeg. The spices give the cookies so much flavor.
  • If you don’t like raisins in your cookies, I am sorry:) You can use chocolate chips instead of raisins if you must:)

This is the PERFECT recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! They are a classic and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

These soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are the BEST!
4.62 from 67 votes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl add the raisins and cover with water. Let them sit for five minutes. This will help plump them up. Make sure you drain them well and let them dry out on a paper towel.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth and creamy. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture. Blend until combined. Stir in the oats and raisins.
  • Spoon about a tablespoon of dough into a round ball and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes. Take them out when they are golden at the edges but still a little under baked in the middle. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to cooling rack.


Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 53mg, Potassium: 70mg, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Keywords oatmeal cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies

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    1. Sure! If you like salt, you can still add a pinch, but that is up to you!

  1. I have never had oatmeal raisin cookies before this recipe and these are the BEST COOKIES EVER!!!

  2. I’m making these now with chocolate chips instead of raisins. Am I correct in not measuring a “packed” amount of brown sugar? I measured it loosely because it didn’t say “packed”

  3. I use cran – raisins. My husband loves raisins but they don’t love him so I started swapping cranraisins ( dried cranberries) for the raisins.

  4. 5 stars
    These turned out SO YUMMY! I used margarine because I find it easier to mix, and they still came out perfect. Not too sweet, perfectly soft and chewy. So good!

  5. So far I’ve followed the recipe to the T. Only thing I did different was chill the dough for 30 mins. Can’t wait to taste them!! The dough tastes delicious.

  6. These are the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever! I increased the raisins to just shy of 1 c (to finish my stock) but, other than that made no changes. No need to try another recipe, this is a keeper.

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious the recipe was easy I had all the ingredients and it made the amount indicated
    Nice idea for our first NH snow day

  8. I’m making these cookies (oatmeal and raisin) are they suppose to spread when baking? Or do you push down with a fork? Thank you, Katherine Powers

    1. 5 stars
      No need to press them with a fork. Just plop them on the cookie sheet and they will spread, but you probably already figured that out! I like them with half raisins and half dried cranberries too.

  9. My new favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookie! These cookies are absolutely delicious with just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg! Love them!

  10. Followed this recipe exact except I used a cookie scoop instead of Tablespoon. My cookies came out flat! Was I supposed to refrigerate the dough?

    1. You don’t have to chill the dough, but you certainly can. Was your butter too warm?

  11. I add a cup of course chopped walnuts too. These are my go to recipe for oatmeal raisin. Haven’t found a recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod I don’t like.

  12. 5 stars
    These are delicious. I’ve already made them twice doubled the batch the second time. I’ve frozen half the raw dough and hope that will be fine for backing later.

  13. 5 stars
    Exactly 24. I used dried cranberries. They’re perfectly buttery, not excessively sweet. The batter did not fall apart despite having a lot of oats.

  14. 5 stars
    Exactly 24 cookies. I used dried cranberries. They’re perfectly buttery, not excessively sweet. The batter did not fall apart despite having a lot of oats.

  15. 5 stars
    Very tasty but did not rise and are a little greasy. I double checked my measurements to be sure they were correct. Will make them again!

  16. Hi, please excuse my ignorance but I am going over you aotneal raisin recipe for about 72 cookies and you list of ingredients has me confused. Would you mind explains to me how I should measure the dry ingredients. You have them listed as 2.25 teaspoons,2.25 cups of flour, .75 ,.38 teaspoons.
    Thank you in advance,

    1. The recipe doesn’t make that many cookies, only 24. Please see the recipe card at the end of the post for ingredients and instructions.

    1. Glad you loved the cookies. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 2 months.

  17. 4 stars
    I made these for a meal train I was participating in today. I hadn’t made oatmeal raisin cookies in years so I was eager to see how this recipe was going to turn out. I was pleasantly surprised! They had good taste and they were crispy on the bottom and soft in the middle. I’ll be making these again!

  18. 5 stars

    This recipe is my favorite and never disappoints. I love the addition of nutmeg and no granulated sugar.

    It’s my go-to oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.

    Thanks so much!

  19. I have been using this recipe for 6 years and I love it. The only changes I made was more cinnamon and nutmeg and sometimes cloves only sometimes like in the winter. And very important chopped walnuts. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorites I could eat them everyday …if my waist allowed, lol. Thank you for sharing this AWESOME and do simple recipe just simply delicious!!!!

  20. 5 stars
    I liked the recipe and cookie that I made. Plumping the raisins made a softer cookie. Althhough next time I think I will added some finely chopped nuts for little extra flavor and texture. I will let you know how it goes.

  21. Can the spoonfuls of cookie dough be rolled into ball, and then frozen to bake later? Or baked and then frozen?

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