Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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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

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

These soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are the BEST!
4.6 from 15 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Glad you got to spend time with your Dad & Grandpa and even more glad to hear Grandpa is doing better! Awesome that his first more solid food was one of your cookies 🙂 They look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope your Monday treats you well

    1. 5 stars
      I made these yesterday and they are the best oatmeal raisin cookies! So soft and chewy! Will definitely make again! I’m wondering if I can substitute butterscotch chips for the raisins?

  2. You should have stopped by my house and said hello! You all passed right by us! Maybe next time;). My brother and his wife live in Twin Falls, it’s a nice community. Im glad your Grandpa is doing OK..Im sure he felt much better after that yummy cookie! It’s so nice to spend time with our loved ones. Im sure he appreciated that visit more then you’ll ever know.

  3. I’m sure you lifted your dad’s and grandpa’s spirits a ton just by being there! And the cookies helped too 🙂 They look great. Hope your grandpa is on the mend and out of the hospital soon!

  4. What a great weekend….you and your guys 😉 Glad your grandpa is doing better. I am sure these cookies totally raised his spirits! They look wonderful. 😉

  5. one of my fav cookies because they are healthy and give you oats.
    glad your gramps is ok. looks like the longevity gene runs in your family. it does with me as well; my great-gram died at 100.

  6. You are just the sweetest thing! I’m sure your grandpa really appreciated the fact that you were there. And I’m also sure that the cookies brought a smile to his face. They look great.

  7. Raisin cookies and grandpa’s seem to go together. How nice that you could see both your father and grandfather. I love raisin filled cookies because they remind me of my grandparents!

  8. You truly are lucky to have good men in your life. I’m glad you had fun with them and was able to make something special for them. I love Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Yours looks so chewy and moist!!

  9. glad your gramps is a strong fellow–plenty of cookies will do that for ya! you know a batch of cookies is chewy when you can tell just by looking at the pictures! good stuff, maria!

  10. I’m glad your grandpa is doing okay. I’m sure these cookies could make anyone feel better. I especially love oatmeal cookies when they are chewy!

  11. So glad that your grandpa is doing better and you were able to spend time with your Dad. What a fun time. My grandma was that same way–only she always wanted her coffee whenever the doctors gave her the okay. And not hospital coffee–good stuff. Our grandparents are so important to us and don’t always understand how much of a role they play in our lives!

    1. Pam-my grandpa lives in Jerome, right outside of Twin. My dad grew up there on the farm. Where are you from?

  12. AW, your grandpa sounds like a sweetie! I bet it was wonderful hearing stories of the good ‘ol days. I know I never tire of it and am always ready to sit and chat. Hope your grandpa continues to improve.

    That’s funny that we posted oatmeal cookies/bars on the same day. Last time it was pretzels. Great minds, Maria! 🙂

    1. Thanks everyone for your well wishes. My grandpa is doing much better. I am sure the cookies were the boost he needed..ha!

  13. Hi Maria,
    Glad to hear your grandfather is doing better and you were able to spend some time with him and your dad. I’m sure they both enjoyed seeing you especially since you brought these cookies with you. They look and sound wonderful! I love oatmeal cookies and even more if they are chewy. I have these on my list to try.

  14. it’s always nice to spend time with family as they get older, i’ve learned so many new things hanging out with my grandparents (and even aunts) lately!! fabulous cookies 🙂

  15. The cookies look great. I love the addition of the nutmeg. Right now I have no cookies in my house and my kids are really made at me! There’s just something about milk & cookies that makes kids smile (and moms too).

  16. All I have to say right now is YUM! Those are my favorite cookies. I finally went to the store last night and bought more flour just so I could bake cookies on Friday. Always great recipes Maria!

  17. grandparents are amazing and it’s important to spend all the time one has with them. these cookies look awesome maria. chunky chewy just the way we like them!

  18. Made these with my kids today, first batch is done, cooled and tested. Second batch is baking! The smell is ridiculously good! Thanks for the perfect oatmeal cookie =) For some reason mine aren’t as round as yours.. didn’t spread quite as much, but they taste delicious.


  19. I made these last night to send to my Grandma who just moved seven hours away from us after 37 years of being within a 15-minute drive. She loves oatmeal raisin cookies and I thought I’d try this. They are – undoubtedly – the BEST oatmeal raisin cookies we have ever made. Wonderful flavour! And yes, chewy. Previously, I’d used quick cooking oats, and last night used large oat flakes – that my Grandma left with us when she moved – and this made all the difference in the world. I can’t say enough about them, or grandparents! Thanks for the recipe.

  20. Wow, these cookies were not only delicious, but easy to make. My boyfriend loves oatmeal raisin cookies, so I made these for him on a whim. He loved them and so did the rest of my family. Thank you!!!!!

    1. Glad you liked the cookies. Walnuts would be great, I just don’t add nuts because Josh is allergic:)

  21. This is the only oatmeal cookie recipe I use! Soaking the raisins makes all the difference. I also make them using dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Yum!

  22. loved making these< thanx for the tip to soak the raisins great idea :). My boys (4-6) helped mix and stir and roll. gonna go eat them now timer just went off 😀 yyiippeeeee!!! keep the yummy recipes coming

  23. Great recipe! I tweaked by adding some golden raisins with the regular and chilled the dough for a bit before baking and they didn’t spread as much. The kids just loved ’em! Thank you for posting!

  24. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you for this recipe. The hardest part is trying to eat just one cookie; I never have succeeded in that department;-)

  25. I am glad I chose your recipe. The cookies came out fantastic. I got 18 humungous cookies out of the deal and I happened to use instant oatmeal (Quaker Oats). They really turned out fabulous. I also added some Cranberries along with the Raisins. Thank you so much for posting your recipe – please try her recipe to those who haven’t yet, you won’t be dissappointe!!! Yummy!

  26. Just pulling them out of the oven, smell amazing!!! Used Coconut Oil in place of butter and used Unbalanced Almond Meal in place of flour. If I was thinking I would have used Honey in place of brown sugar but there is always next time.
    The cookies spread quite a bit but I make them larger than suggested, probably will increase Almond Meal next time from 3/4c to 1c.
    (finally cool enough to taste) Love that they taste like Oatmeal cookies and not flour with Oats in it cookies!
    Texture amazing! A bit on the breaking side of things but Im sure that is because of the Meal substitution
    FYI this is not my go to oatmeal cookie….the one I normally used the website looks like it no longer exists. So glad I found yours!!!

  27. I added some cranberries to my batch and I think they are yummy. I also cooked the oats over med for 5 mins until they smelled like popcorn. They didn’t taste like oats rolled in flour.. This recipe is a keeper

  28. I followed the recipe and they didn’t turn out good . Too floury , didn’t spread . Very disappointed and I bake a lot .

  29. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I was in the mood for oatmeal chocolate chip so I swapped out the raisins. Can’t wait to make this again!

  30. In the oven now, on a rainy, snowy April afternoon, and they smell GOOD! Must confess I ate almost an ice cream scoop’s worth of the dough raw. Hope I don’t go into convulsions, as my mother is sure would happen.

  31. 5 stars
    Hands down THE BEST oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever had. Crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle. Soaking the raisins makes all the difference. The raisins stayed plump and juicy even after two days. I’ll be making these for years to come. Thank you for sharing. 

  32. 5 stars
    Excellent!  I have a hard time making oatmeal cookies but this recipe was so easy and turned out great!  Can I double it ?

  33. 5 stars
    Great recipe wife and I got the munchies after the kids were in bed I got the craving for oatmeal gas in, chanced upon this page and an hour later here I am typing after having eaten nearly a dozen myself. Thank you, I’ll be keeping this one!

  34. 2 stars
    not the best recipe, followed it exactly and the dough was too thick and the cookies didn’t sink at all i had to press them down with a fork and still they were sort of stodgy. I’d try a different recipe next time

  35. I made these last night, mine didn’t turn out soft and chewy. They were still very good. Not sure what I did wrong.

  36. My husband and his brother along with friends have a game night each Tuesday and last week they asked for Oatmeal Raisin cookies so I made these. They were so simple to make and three year old loved helping. Even better my husband said the 2 dozen I made were gone almost immediately and they are begging for more tonight. So great recipe, thank you!

  37. 5 stars
    Just made these oatmeal raisin cookies and they are great! I did add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans but that’s the only change I made to the recipe. It was easy, using ingredients I had in my pantry!

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