Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:- These are the greatest oatmeal raisin cookies—soft and chewy, with that distinctive homemade flavor. Flavors and texture are won over by this dish, which is made with brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, chewy oats, delicious raisins, and an unidentified ingredient. These simple oatmeal raisin cookies are sure to please your family.

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies



In this world, there are two kinds of people. Both sultana lovers and haters. I belong to the latter group. My favorite treat, aside from handmade apple pie, is oatmeal raisin cookies. The chewy texture, soft centers, juicy raisins, and cinnamon flavor all have a really enchanted quality. Tell me I’m not the only one who like raisins, please!

What Makes These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies The Best

  • 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!


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Ingredients in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies are made with very basic ingredients.


Butter: Butter is the base of any delicious cookie recipe. Make sure you are using room temperature butter.

  1. 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.
  2. Eggs: Eggs help bind everything together. You need 2 eggs in this recipe.
  3. Pure Vanilla Extract + Salt: Both provide flavor.
  4. Cinnamon: Raisins, oats, and cinnamon are winning flavor combination.
  5. Baking Soda: Baking soda helps the cookies rise.
  6. Molasses: Molasses is my secret ingredient! 1 scant Tablespoon enhances all the wonderful flavors of these buttery, cinnamon-sweet oatmeal raisin cookies.
  7. Flour: Flour is the structure of the cookies.
  8. Oats: There are a ton of oats in this recipe! Oats provide a fabulously chewy texture. I use and recommend old fashioned whole oats here—just like I do for flourless peanut butter oatmeal cookies.
  9. 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.)

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

Don’t be alarmed—this oatmeal raisin cookie batter is sticky. Before baking, the cookie dough needs to chill for about half an hour. Because your cookies won’t spread, I don’t suggest refrigerating this cookie dough for too long. As they bake, the oats will not swell because they will start to absorb all of the delicious moisture from the eggs, butter, and sugar. Good dough is sticky dough!

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Try any of these SOFT cookie recipes if you enjoy these oatmeal raisin cookies. You’ll question why you didn’t bake these earlier!



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!


  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp226gunsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50ggranulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs*
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract (yes, Tablespoon!)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) unsculptured or dark molasses (do not use blackstrap; I prefer Grandma’s brand)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188gall-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (255g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats*
  • 1 cup (140graisins (see Note below)
  • 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, 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. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Special Tools (affiliate links): Electric Mixer (Handheld or Stand) | Baking Sheets | Silicone Baking Mats or Parchment Paper | Cookie Scoop | Cooling Rack
  • Oats: For these oatmeal raisin cookies, I use old-fashioned whole oats. They provide the ultimate hearty, chewy, thick texture we love!
  • Eggs: Room temperature eggs preferred. Good rule of thumb: always use room temperature eggs when using room temperature butter.
  • 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.
  • Adapted from Loaded Oatmeal Cookies & Oatmeal Crème Pies. Recipe originally published on Sally’s Baking Addiction in 2014.


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