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The BEST recipe for Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that come out soft and chewy every time. Loaded with oats, raisins, and warm spice, this is by far the best recipe out there.

OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES IN A WIRE RACK

You should know something about me. I am a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies. Like, a HUGE fan of them. My husband, Jeremy, can’t understand why I want raisins in my cookies.

Well, just in case you’re on my side of this debate, I’m going to share with you my favorite recipe for Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

Now, if you’re on Jeremy’s side, I know what you might be thinking, “Oatmeal? Raisins? In a cookie?” Yes, and trust me, these Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are out-of-this-world delicious! 

They’re soft, chewy, slightly crisp around the edges, and absolutely loaded with juicy raisins. Go big or go home, right? These are the best oatmeal raisin cookies you’ve ever come across. I promise you that!

There’s a hint of cinnamon in this great recipe that really makes these cookies sing. It’s like getting a warm, cozy hug from Grandma every time you bite into one!

Trust me, even if you’ve been skeptical of oatmeal cookie recipes in the past, you’ll save this recipe card for later. One bite and you’ll be a believer! They’re the best thing since sliced bread! (Too much? Haha!)

This is one of my favorite family recipes that’s been passed down for generations. I’ve tweaked the original recipe just a bit (yes, it’s ok to change family favorite cookies) to make these into the perfect oatmeal raisin cookie. That might be my biased opinion, but you can be the judge!

These classic cookies are moist, chewy, and oh-so-delicious. They’re an easy dessert or snack that always brings out childhood memories for me. 

So get out your wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and let’s get into these Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. You may have just found your new favorite cookie recipe!

Some of our other favorite cookie recipes we have on our site include: The Best Oreo Cookies and Cream Cookies Recipe, Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies and Strawberry Sugar Cookies.

a stack of old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Simple Ingredients: This recipe is all about simple, everyday ingredients coming together to make something special. We’re using old-fashioned oats, butter, and cinnamon, which you probably already have in your pantry.
  2. Perfect Texture: Thanks to the old-fashioned oats, these cookies have a wonderfully chewy, unbeatable texture.
  3. Bake and Store: These cookies bake up perfectly golden brown and store well too, remaining chewy and delicious for days.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • All-purpose flour
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Fine sea salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Raisins
ingredients needed to make old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies

HOW TO MAKE OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line sheet trays with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and set aside the dry ingredients mixture.
  3. In the body of a stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric band mixer, whip the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix in the first egg completely before adding the next. 
  5. Add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix it in until combined, scrape the sides.
  6. Add in the oatmeal and raisins, mix until they are distributed but do not overmix.
collage of images showing how to make the dough for old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies
  1. Roll two tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place them on the prepared baking sheets 3 inches apart. Gently press down the tops of the cookie dough balls with your hand so the tops are flat.
  2. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the start to turn lightly golden brown along the edges, do not overbake. Let the cookies cool on the sheet tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
collage of images showing how to bak old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

WHAT KIND OF OATS SHOULD I USE?

Old-fashioned oats work best for this recipe. They give the chewy oatmeal raisin cookies the correct texture.

You should not use stone ground, instant oats, or quick oats (quick cooking oats) for this recipe.

DO I HAVE TO CHILL THESE COOKIES?

Chilling the cookies isn’t necessary for this recipe; that’s one of the reasons why I love it so much!

old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies on a wire rack

CAN I ADD OTHER SPICES?

Absolutely! Feel free to add other warm spices like nutmeg or clove for extra flavor.

ANY ADDITIONS?

Cookies love variety; they’ll be delicious! Here are some ideas:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts
  • Dried cranberries
  • White chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Coconut flakes
  • Dried cherries
  • M&Ms
  • Chopped dates
  • Drizzled with melted white or dark chocolate

ANY SUBSTITUTIONS?

Yeppers!

  • Substitute the granulated sugar with coconut sugar for a healthier option.
  • Swap the raisins with dried cranberries for a tangy twist.
  • Use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • You can use vegan butter or coconut oil instead of regular butter.
  • Substitute the eggs with flax eggs to make them vegan.
a hand grabbing an old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie

HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator: Place the cookies in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for about 4 days and in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Freezer: You can freeze the baked cookies in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Always use softened, room-temperature butter for the best results.
  • Don’t overmix the dough, as it can make the cookies tough.
  • Bake cookies on the middle rack of the oven for even baking.
  • Use a cookie scoop for evenly sized-cookies.
  • Make sure to leave plenty of room between the cookies on the baking sheet as they will spread.
  • Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet before moving. This helps them set and keeps them from breaking apart.
a stack of old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies with a bite taken out

These Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the epitome of homestyle baking. They’re soft, chewy, and filled with sweet raisins and a hint of warm cinnamon.

Every bite takes you back to simpler times, remembering baking with Grandma or just enjoying a sweet treat after school. So why not don your apron and whip up a batch?

If you’ve tried this OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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5 from 17 votes

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
The BEST recipe for Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that come out soft and chewy every time. Loaded with oats, raisins, and warm spice, this is by far the best recipe out there.
Servings 38 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line sheet trays with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and set aside the dry ingredients mixture.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • In the body of a stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric band mixer, whip the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides.
    1 cup unsalted butter, 1 & 1/2 cups light brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, mix in the first egg completely before adding the next.
    2 large eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix it in until combined, scrape the sides.
  • Add in the oatmeal and raisins, mix until they are distributed but do not overmix.
    3 cups old-fashioned oats, 1 & 1/2 cups raisins
  • Roll two tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place them on the prepared baking sheets 3 inches apart. Gently press down the tops of the cookie dough balls with your hand so the tops are flat.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the start to turn lightly golden brown along the edges, do not overbake. Let the cookies cool on the sheet tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Notes

  • Always use softened, room-temperature butter for the best results.
  • Don’t overmix the dough, as it can make the cookies tough.
  • Bake cookies on the middle rack of the oven for even baking.
  • Use a cookie scoop for evenly sized-cookies.
  • Make sure to leave plenty of room between the cookies on the baking sheet as they will spread.
  • Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet before moving. This helps them set and keeps them from breaking apart.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 162IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Baked Good, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American

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