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!
4.5 from 26 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. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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).

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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:)

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!!

  15. 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

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

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