Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These soft & chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are just like how grandma used to make them. Nothing fancy or complicated, just pure homemade goodness.
There are two types of people in this world. Raisin haters and raisin likers. I don’t know if anyone actually *loves* raisins except for me? I’m 80 years old.
I’m going to be real honest here. Besides apple pie, oatmeal raisin cookies may just be my favorite dessert. Their chewy texture, plump raisins, soft centers, buttery and cinnamon flavors all make my heart sing. They’re my ultimate weakness any day of the year. Sorry, raisin haters. I’m not hiding my love anymore!!
I have oodles of oatmeal cookie recipes on my website. Have you tried these loaded oatmeal cookies yet? Or my oatmeal creme pies? Or these lip-smackin’ milky way beauties? Chances are you have and you love all three. I combined the recipes to make the best version of an old-fashioned favorite.
Moist and tender centers, slight crisp on the edges, sweetened with brown sugar (of course), studded with raisins for sweetness, and spiced with cinnamon for depth of flavor. Today’s oatmeal raisin cookies undoubtedly the best I’ve ever had.
And yes, I absolutely overindulged in them this week. And then had boring salad for dinner. It all balances out, I swear.
Let’s chat about the cookie dough real quick.
Which is all sorts of ridiculously good, by the way. The dough starts with creamed butter, brown sugar, and granulated (white) sugar. A good thing to note is that the sugar we use here is not only for sweetening the oatmeal raisin cookies. Rather, it provides structure and tenderness. I like to use more brown sugar than white sugar because (1) I love brown sugar’s taste and (2) brown sugar contains more moisture than white – and thus produces a moister cookie.
Don’t leave out my little addition of molasses. The 1 scant Tablespoon enhances all the wonderful flavors of these buttery, cinnamon-sweet oatmeal raisin cookies.
There are a ton of oats in this recipe. 3 whole cups. I prefer oatmeal cookies to taste very oat-y. (Technical terms here.) Oats provide that fabulously chewy texture you know and love. And they hold onto so much moisture as the cookies bake. One of the most confusing ingredients in the world are oats. There is always the question of which type of oats to use in recipes. Quick? Instant? Whole? For these oatmeal raisin cookies, I use old-fashioned whole oats in this recipe. They give more texture: hearty, chewy, thick, goooood.
This oatmeal raisin cookie dough is sticky. Don’t be alarmed! It’s supposed to be that way. The dough will need to chill for about 30 minutes before you roll and bake. Not much longer or else your cookies won’t spread. The cookies will be incredibly soft when you take them out of the oven – perhaps even look underbaked. That’s what you want.
I like chopped nuts in my oatmeal raisin cookies. 10 year old Sally would hate this cookie recipe. But I’ve warmed up to these little chunks in my baked cookies. They give so much toasty flavor and enhance the texture. I even (gasp!) like walnuts in my brownies.
Don’t worry, the nuts are totally optional.
By the way, the verdict from my friends? “Your best cookies yet.” That says a lot about an innocent little oatmeal raisin cookie. Watch how they’re made!
Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs1
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (yes, Tablespoon!)
- 1 Tablespoon molasses
- 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups (240g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats
- 1 cup (140g) raisins2
- optional: 1/2 cup (64g) chopped toasted walnuts
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix on high until combined. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Beat in the oats, raisins, and walnuts (if using) on low speed. Dough will be thick, yet very sticky. Chill the dough for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator (do the full hour if you're afraid of the cookies spreading too much). If chilling for longer (up to 2 days), allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
- Roll balls of dough (about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft and undone. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will continue to "set" on the baking sheet during this time.
- Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked cookies freeze well - up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well - up to three months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw.
- Room temperature eggs preferred. Good rule of thumb: always use room temperature eggs when using room temperature butter.
- Soak your raisins in warm water for 10 minutes before using (blot very well to dry them) - this makes them nice and plump for your cookies. OR even try them with Raisinets!
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More oatmeal cookies:
Thick Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies (yep, raisinets!)
Magic 5 Cookies (butterscotch and coconut!)