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

I am always in the mood for a classic cookie: chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, or a good sugar cookie. I also LOVE Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and this is my favorite recipe.

The cookies are soft, chewy, perfectly spiced, and filled with plump and juicy raisins. They are the BEST oatmeal raisin cookies out there. I have tried a lot, so trust me on this one.

A Family Favorite!

I know some people don’t care for raisins in their cookies, but I love them and I really think you should give these cookies a chance. I think they will surprise you!

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. My dad would always make homemade cookies for us and oatmeal raisin were always one of our favorites.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe


  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • Raisins

How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • 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.

Tips for Perfect Cookies

  • 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!

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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  • 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. 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

  2. Glad your grandpa is doing better and you got to spend time with them. Your cookies look delicious!

    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?

  3. Beautiful cookies. I’ve been craving for some cookies lately. I’m not prepared though. I don’t have any cookies at home.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. Glad your Grandpa is doing better. This is just like my recipe that we loooooove so I bet these are delicious!

  7. 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. 😉

  8. There is nothing in the world like a homemade cookie, especially when it’s oatmeal. These look wonderful.

  9. 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.

  10. Sending good thoughts to you grandpa! I think the power of grandkids (no matter their age) and baked goods always lifts spirits 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!

  15. Maria, I am so happy to read that everyone got to enjoy your oatmeal cookies. That is so awesome that you were surrounded by so much love 🙂 Isn’t it great that you could share yourself and the sweetness of these cookies!

  16. I have a soft spot for oatmeal raisin cookies. I’m going to start calling YOU the cookie girl. I appreciate that little dash of nutmeg, which makes everything better.

  17. 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!

  18. 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?

  19. 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! 🙂

  20. I hope your grandpa continues to feel better Maria! I can imagine why he’d love these cookies – they look wonderful.

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

  21. I was born and raised in Hailey (near Sun Valley) but my parents now live near Buhl which is very close to Twin Falls and Jerome.

  22. Best wishes to your grandpa. He would feel better if he had a couple of these cookies. The best medicine!

  23. 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.

  24. Glad to hear you had a nice visit with grandpa and your dad. Its these sorts of visits that will last forever in our mind and hearts.

  25. I’m glad you spent time with your grandpa-grandpas are the best-and with oatmeal cookies how fun!!


  26. 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 🙂

  27. I made these cookies today and they came out well. The taste is awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  28. 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).

  29. Hurray for chewy cookies! Glad your grandpa is feeling better, would hate for him to miss out on these cookies, thanks for posting!

  30. Cookies and milk just go together. Your pictures are great.

    I’m glad your grandpa and dad enjoyed them!

  31. Yum, I love a good oatmeal cookie–when I’m not choosing chocolate! 😉

    Glad you made your Dad and Grandpa so happy.

  32. 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!

  33. Glad you had a chance to spend some time with your dad and with your grandpa… Glad to hear your grandpa is doing better, too. I’m sure the cookies helped… They look fantastic!

  34. 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!

  35. 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.


  36. 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.

  37. 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:)

  38. 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!

  39. 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

  40. 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!

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

  42. 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!

  43. Made these after a cookie craving set in… they hit the spot! Delicious, chewey, and full of home-made goodness 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  44. 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!!!

  45. 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

  46. These, sadly, came out a little thin for me, but the taste is amazing! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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. 

  51. 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 ?

  52. 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!

  53. 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

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

  55. 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!

  56. 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!

  57. Totally looking forward to making these for my husband today! Planning to use raisins and craisins to mix things up a bit.

  58. This is now my go to recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. Ive made them as is , also with and without walnuts. I had trouble getting mine to look round and pretty so i butter a glass dish and smash them down a little. Love them. Thank you.

  59. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! It’s soo good. I’ve made them with egg and also vegan and used flax seed and water as a replacement. They are delicious!!!!

  60. 5 stars
    Hello I’m making these now fo you leave the parchment paper on while baking because I did my oven smoked a little but I watched it lol

  61. 5 stars
    I’ve made them two days in a row now! The only oatmeal raisin cookie recipe I’ll ever need. I’m going to have to write it down. Thank you.

  62. I am wondering if I can use quick oats in place of the old fasion oats? These sound SO GOOD and all the comments agree!

  63. Just made these today. Mine really spread out. What did I do wrong? Also, how many cookies should I have gotten??

  64. 2 stars
    Sadly wasted valuable egg, butter and flour on these. Was treating myself to pandemic quarantine cookie break and major disappointment. Dry and tasteless

    1. Oh no! Not the case, when I made it! Wondering maybe if you added too much AP flour? This recipe calls for much less flour than the usual cookie recipe.

  65. 5 stars
    So delicious I’ve made this recipe twice already! Both times I added a cup of chocolate chips (a mix of semisweet and milk chocolate) and it was so yummy! The second time, I adjusted the brown sugar and reduced it to 1/2 cup rather than 2/3 cup as the recipe calls for. It was just the right amount of sweetness! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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

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

  67. 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”

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

  69. 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!

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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

  73. 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.

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

  75. 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?

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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!

  81. 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.

    2. Gabriela,
      Something with the way the website translates the recipe when you click on the “2x’s” or “3x’s”. I just use the basic recipe and double or triple it without using the 2x or 3x option.

    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.

  82. 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!

  83. 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!

  84. 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!!!!

  85. 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.

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

  87. I made this recipe with substitutions. Oat flour and Stevia brown sugar. The cookies are amazing and my hubby loves them. No guilt cheat cookie! I also cook for 15 mins. The oat flour makes the cookie more moist.

  88. How long do you let raisins soak in hot water for optimal plumpness? Also, how does one get 1.33 cups for brown sugar? Thanks!!!

  89. 5 stars
    These cookies are SUPER! Worth turning on the oven on a hot day. Thank You for another great recipe.

  90. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. I did change the ingredients some for my own purpose. I used an organic coconut sugar and whole wheat flour. I didn’t soak my raisins and I baked it for 9 to 9 1/2 minutes. One of the things that makes this recipe so good is the generous amount of raisins.

    The next time I made it I changed things even more. I replaced half the butter with olive oil, continued with organic coconut sugar and whole wheat flour and also added a quarter cup of shredded unsweetened organic coconut and a half a cup almost of chocolate chips. Raisins and chocolate go together well and these cookies were great. I think orange zest with the original recipe would go together well also. I forgot to mention that I cut back on the oats to one cup
    both times. Congrats on a great recipe.

  91. 5 stars
    I haven’t baked cookies for years, so I was a bit nervous. But the recipe is absolutely fool proof and the cookies are fabulous!

  92. 5 stars
    OmG this was my first time making cookies ever ,I was searching for a oatmeal raisins cookie recipe, I came this one ,very easy to follow and they came out bakery soft ,chewy, and delicious. ❤️❤️