Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies EVER! Just the way grandma made them, with old fashioned rolled oats, brown sugar, and plenty of raisins.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

So, my favorite cookies in the whole wide world are these oatmeal raisin cookies. Could it be because my grandmother used to bake them with me when I was little?

I got to lick the bowl (they don’t let kids do that any more because of the raw eggs, a shame), a privilege we kids fought over. Whoever helped with the cooking got first dibs, so guess who was the first to volunteer to help?

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Cooling on Rack

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen cookies

My grandmother used shortening, not butter, when making these cookies. These days I almost always use butter. Either will do; the shortening cookies I think tend to be a bit chewier.

By the way, if you make the cookies extra large, they will be chewier, just cook them longer (20 min instead of 10).

Do not over-bake these cookies! The edges should be brown, but the rest of the cookie should be very light in color.

If you use salted butter, omit the salt called for in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (1/2 pound or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, OR 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3 cups rolled oats (We use Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned. Do NOT use instant.)

Method

1 Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease two large cookie sheets or line with Silpat or parchment paper.

2 In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add the brown sugar and white sugar, beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract.

3 Mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in medium bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture. Stir in the raisins and nuts. Stir in the oats.

4 Spoon out the dough by large tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie.

5 Bake until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Note that the cookies will seem underdone. That's okay, they will firm up as they cool.

6 Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Then carefully remove them, using a metal spatula, to a wire rack. Cool completely. They will be quite soft until completely cooled. Store tightly covered.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Liz

    Just made them for the third time. Family can’t get enough of them

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  2. Kathie

    Disappointed- these cookies did not spread and flatten – they stayed mounded. Of course they won’t be chewy then.

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  3. Sara

    These are seriously the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever made and my daughter thinks so too. I substituted a little bit of the granulated sugar for agave nectar and also put a little bit of peanut butter powder in the 2nd batch. Yum! The recipe is easy to follow and they are quick to make. They’re so moist and buttery!!

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  4. Cathy

    I make these cookies with half the sugars and add 1/2 c dark chocolate chips in place of 1/2 c raisins. Don’t miss the sugar at all. Delicious!!

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  5. Gabirela

    I made these with my mom because oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite, and they were AMAZING! 100% must try!

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