Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Soft and chewy with that trademark homemade flavor, these are the best soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. Made with brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, chewy oats, sweet raisins, and a secret ingredient, this recipe wins for flavor and texture. Your family will love these easy oatmeal raisin cookies!

oatmeal raisin cookies

There are two types of people in this world. Raisin haters and raisin lovers. I fall into the latter category. Besides homemade apple pie, oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite dessert. There’s something incredibly magical about their chewy texture, soft centers, plump raisins, and cinnamon flavor. Please tell me I’m not the only raisin lover!!

oatmeal raisin cookies on a baking sheet

What Makes These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies The Best

The competition is strong, but here’s why you’ll fall in love with these cookies.

  • Moist and tender centers
  • Slight crisp on the edges
  • Sweetened with brown sugar
  • Loaded with oats
  • Studded with raisins
  • Cinnamon spiced
  • Buttery flavor
  • 30 minute chill time

It doesn’t get much better than this!

oatmeal raisin cookie dough balls on a baking sheet before baking

Ingredients in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies are made with very basic ingredients.

  1. Butter: Butter is the base of any delicious cookie recipe. Make sure it’s appropriately softened to room temperature.
  2. Brown Sugar + Granulated Sugar: Sugar is not only used for sweetness, but also for providing structure and tenderness. I like to use more brown sugar than white sugar because (1) brown sugar has incredible flavor and (2) brown sugar contains more moisture than white, which produces a softer cookie.
  3. Eggs: Eggs help bind everything together. You need 2 eggs in this recipe.
  4. Pure Vanilla Extract + Salt: Both provide flavor.
  5. Cinnamon: Raisins, oats, and cinnamon are winning flavor combination.
  6. Baking Soda: Baking soda helps the cookies rise.
  7. Molasses: Molasses is my secret ingredient! 1 scant Tablespoon enhances all the wonderful flavors of these buttery, cinnamon-sweet oatmeal raisin cookies.
  8. Flour: Flour is the structure of the cookies.
  9. Oats: There are a ton of oats in this recipe! Oats provide a fabulously chewy texture.
  10. Raisins: I love to soak the raisins in warm water before using. This step is optional, but it guarantees they are plump and soft. Blot dry before adding to cookie dough. (You can also use this cookie dough to make my white chocolate chip cherry oatmeal cookies.)

I like to add chopped walnuts. Nuts are totally optional but highly recommended. These simple ingredients combine to make the best oatmeal raisin cookies!

oatmeal raisin cookies


How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

There’s only a few steps between now and a batch of warm oatmeal cookies. 🙂

  1. Cream butter + sugars: Use a hand or stand mixer to cream the softened butter with both sugars until smooth, about 2 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, + molasses: Add eggs, then mix on high for about 1 minute until incorporated. Add vanilla and molasses, mix until combined.
  3. Dry ingredients: Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a separate bowl. Pour this into the wet ingredients. Combine together on low.
  4. Add the extras: Beat in the oats and raisins on low speed. Dough will be thick and sticky.
  5. Chill: Refrigerate the cookie dough for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Roll: Roll cookie dough into balls and place on a lined baking sheet. I love using these baking mats.
  7. Bake: Bake the cookies at 350°F (177°C) for 12-13 minutes until lightly browned. The cookies might look under-baked, but they will continue to set as they cool. This is the secret to a soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookie!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough is Sticky

This oatmeal raisin cookie dough is sticky, so don’t be alarmed. The cookie dough needs to chill for about 30 minutes before baking. I don’t recommend keeping this cookie dough in the refrigerator for much longer because your cookies won’t spread. The oats will begin to absorb all of the wonderful moisture from the eggs, butter, and sugar and won’t expand as they bake. Sticky dough is good dough!

oatmeal raisin cookies on a floral plate

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Oatmeal raisin cookies

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 26-30 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Soft and chewy with that trademark homemade flavor, these are the best soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. Your family will love these easy oatmeal raisin cookies!


Ingredients

  • 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 eggs*
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract (yes, Tablespoon!)
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) 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) raisins*
  • optional: 1/2 cup (64g) chopped toasted walnuts

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk 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.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  4. Roll balls of dough (about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. I recommend using a cookie scoop since the dough can be sticky. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft and under-baked. 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.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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. Here’s how to freeze cookie dough.
  2. Oats: For these oatmeal raisin cookies, I use old-fashioned whole oats. They provide the ultimate hearty, chewy, thick texture we love!
  3. Eggs: Room temperature eggs preferred. Good rule of thumb: always use room temperature eggs when using room temperature butter.
  4. Raisins: 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.
  5. Adapted from Loaded Oatmeal Cookies & Oatmeal Creme Pies. Recipe originally published on Sally’s Baking Addiction in 2014.

Keywords: cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies

1321 Comments

  1. I made these last night. I substituted pancake syrup for the molasses because I was out of molasses. I also used a thumbprint to flatten them just a little. CAME OUT GREAT! They were soft and had wonderful flavor. I made them for a friend, have to say, I kept a few for myself.
    Thank you Sally

  2. These were fantastic! I omitted the molasses as I did not have any but otherwise kept to the recipe – They came out absolutely delicious. soft and chewy and perfectly baked! I highly recommend using a scale to weigh out the ingredients (good rule for baking) especially when using flour and other dry ingredients! It can be the difference between a great bake and a subpar one!
    Next time I am going to try adding molasses as I do feel it would add a nice depth of flavor!

    1. Richard Tester says:

      I use applesauce instead of molasses

  3. Elizabeth Walters says:

    These came out delicious. I didn’t have any molasses and I used the oatmeal from The Dollar Tree.

  4. This recipe is excellent! Cookies came out delicious right the first try!
    Compliments Sally

  5. Great recipe! Second time using. I make a few modifications. I soak my raisins in rum for a few days and omit the vanilla. I also add dried unsweetened coconut. I use gluten free rolled oats an half flour and half a blend of almond meal, flax meal, oat bran. Dark brown sugar is a must and I double the cinnamon. This time I also added mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Lastly, I make large 4 once cookies and bake for 20 min. I big cookie is great for dessert or a late afternoon snack. Even breakfast if your so inclined.

  6. I made these cookies for the nurses and doctors at a hospital and they enjoyed them very much thank you very much Sally great recipe

    1. Sandra Smith says:

      I’m making them right now for the nurses at the hospital for nurses week

  7. I tried this.. It was my first time baking cookies. It was delicious!

  8. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Ut has been a while since I made oatmeal cookies, and these were so delicious. My husband said these are his new favorites.

  9. Do you have any recommendations for replacing the vanilla extract? I am allergic to vanilla.

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi James, we haven’t tested it, but you could try replacing the vanilla with some bourbon or maple syrup. Let us know what you try!

    2. If you can have the alcohol in extracts then you could try almond, maple or rum. There’s also cake batter and butter flavor extracts that I’ve tried(for calorie reduction purposes) and they are decent too. If they don’t turn out great then you can use the cookies in ice cream or yogurt or find some non picky kids to eat them.

  10. Let me first say that I am pregnant and have been craving oatmeal raisin cookies for weeks. I finally decided to make some myself and these are AMAZING! So soft and chewy, but have a nice crunch along the edges. It took no time to whip up. Doesn’t get much better than this. Thank you for satisfying my craving, Sally!

  11. These are truly awesome. I love all the things that you bake!!!

    1. Great recipes. I’ve used chocolate chip, oatmeal rasins and Very very peanut butter cookies many times and they have came out every time.These are easy to follow. Thanks a bunch for making my life a little bit easier.

  12. I love oatmeal cookeis and this oatmeal cookie recipe is 100% fool proof, just like all of your other recipes! Everytime I make these they turn out PERFECT! I omit the molasses and vanilla since I never have any and they still turn out amazing! The perfect amount of raisins and walnuts in these cookies! Everyone in my family loves them and they are pretty easy to make, the most time consuming proccess for me was creaming the butter and sugar and mixing all the ingredients together and then just chilling the cookie dough. I’m defintley going to use this oatmeal cookie recipe from now on! 🙂

  13. Following recipe with a few exceptions. Mixed oatmeal/ blueberry granola (KIND). Golden raisins along with regular and dried cranberry (1/2 -1/3 cup total). Crushed walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

  14. Marsha Chaseau says:

    Why do you use the molasses?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Molasses is the secret ingredient! 1 scant Tablespoon enhances all the wonderful flavors of these buttery, cinnamon-sweet oatmeal raisin cookies.

  15. I made the recipe almost as is. I subbed chocolate chips for the raisins and didn’t do any of the chilling the dough/rolling the dough steps (I just scooped them onto the baking tray like any other cookie) and they came out great! No major spreading at all. My only complaint is that they weren’t very sweet (like at all) which was disappointing. I’ll be adding probably 1/4–1/2 cup more white sugar next time.

  16. Made these for the first tone and my family loves them. I for once did not have the old fashioned oats, used the quick oats instead. Still turned out amazing. Definitely making again.

  17. Cathy Roelle says:

    I’ve made a lot of Oatmeal cookies in my life but this recipe is moving to the top if my list…I tend to improvise but for a change I followed the exact recipe. I think whipping the butter mix and adding the molasses made all the difference! These cookies are soft, chewy , moist and delicious!
    Thank you Sally

  18. You NEVER disappoint!! Thank Sally – another delicious recipe!

  19. Cathy wilk says:

    I always have great cookies with your recipes and tips. I always go to your recipes for ideas and have made several cookies and muffins/bread with great results.
    Tonight I chose to make these cookies and while the oven was heating it starting smoking.
    Darn.. I shut it off and opened a window. I’ll have to bake in the morning after cleaning the oven. Must have been bacon spatters from yesterday (no smoke then). My oven is kept clean but this first bacon in the oven threw a wrench in plans. Will let you know …I am sure they will be delish!

  20. Trying this recipe with peanut butter and chocolate pieces.
    In the oven. Can’t wait to see how they will turn out.
    Let you know later.

    1. Audrey here try these cookies with peanut butter and chocolate pieces not bad at all.
      Will do again.

  21. Cookies were good but not Chewy at all….

  22. THE PHOTOS ARE A LIE! No where in the recipe do I see walnuts listed as an ingredient!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ombe! See the last ingredient in the ingredient list in the gray recipe card — “optional: 1/2 cup (64g) chopped toasted walnuts.” Hope this helps!

  23. Just the smell out of the oven alone took care of my oatmeal cookie craving! Awesome recipe. The kids gobbled them up faster than you could blink. Baked as the standard recipe, no substitutions or changes. Will definitely make again!

  24. Hi so I made these cookies last night they came out great but the only thing is I need them to be a little bit sweeter so do I increase the brown sugar or do I increase the white sugar to make them sweeter because I don’t want to change the texture if I use the wrong sugar increase thank you so much I hope to hear from somebody

    I would like to make them again today

  25. Second time I’m making these cookies. They are sooo good.

  26. They taste great but because I put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes they did not spread out.

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Carol! Chilling the cookie dough longer may help for next time. Here’s more tips to Prevent Cookies From Spreading as well!

  27. The first time I made them they where bad lets hope the 2nd batch is good

  28. Can I leave the raisins out? I’m not a fan of raisins but love oatmeal cookies.

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Isla, you certainly can — or you might like these oatmeal cookies instead!

  29. Tried these cookies and they were yummy and the perfect texture too. I wanted to bake these for a friend and was wondering if I could replace the eggs in the recipe with the same number of flax eggs? If not, what would you recommend? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Anita, we don’t have much experience with egg-free baking, so we’ve never tried this recipe with flax eggs or another substitute. If you give anything a try, we’d love to know how it goes!

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