Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Have you ever found a cookie recipe that was actually perfect? That everyone likes, or at least those who like raisins does? Many recipes I have in my binder are altered or changed in some way, but this Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe has never changed.

Oatmeal raisin cookies cooling on rack

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Published October 18, 2021
Updated March 18, 2022
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Healthy as a cookie

This recipe makes four dozen Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Four dozen soft and chewy and delicious cookies, and a day later we have ten remaining. As much as we like to eat homemade and healthy recipes, I am actually completely okay with our kids eating these cookies. Truly! To be honest, they are not the healthiest, but they are delicious, and being homemade from scratch I know exactly what is in them.

Buying cookies from a grocery store is fine, we have done it many times, but there is something special about making cookies from scratch with your kids’ help. A unique experience to have them learn to pour ingredients, measure out flour and salt, and have the fun kid experience of licking the beaters. With four kids, they ALWAYS fight over who gets to lick them, and as a result, only two getting the beaters to lick and the rest get a big spoon filled with cookie batter to eat. That leaves this momma is left to fend for herself with nibbles as she bakes. What a shame, what a shame. Little do the kids know, that the last person always gets the most to nibble on; if you won’t tell, I am not going to tell.

Why this recipe works

If you like cookies and raisins, this recipe is for you! They come out moist, soft, sweet and delicious while maintaining a crunch on the outside. Mixing the ingredients one-at-a-time helps to blend them together really well, while avoiding pockets of oats without a raisin bite. What I love most about this cookie recipe is how the raisins never end up being over-cooked resulting in a moist and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.

In addition to the raisins, mixing the dough with half white sugar and brown sugar helps to keep the cookies moist and not crispy.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup raisins
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp both vanilla and cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/2 cup flour

There are days when I want to cook alone in the kitchen. But when it is cookie making day, those littles love to be in there helping me! Even as little as two and five, kids can help in the kitchen. At five, Levi loves to pour the measuring cups into the bowls. Elliana might only be two, but she is great at counting and learning what each ingredient is!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, beat softened butter with 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar until creamy. For this recipe I used a hand mixer instead of my KitchenAid Mixer and it worked perfect.

3. Add 2 eggs and mix well. Teaching kids to crack eggs can be a messy job, but they need to learn at some point. At five, Levi does not crack them yet but he can pour them into the bowl after they are cracked into a bowl for them to use.

butter mixed will into the sugar in large bowl and two eggs added
Add 2 eggs.

4. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla to the mixture and beat well. I was blessed to have Levi our 5-year-old help me make the cookies today, even though he did it to lick the beater. He was so helpful by adding the ingredients and holding spoons and measuring ingredients.

Levi adding vanilla extract to oatmeal raisin cookies batter in large bowl
Add vanilla.

5. Pour in 1 1/2 cup flour to the butter mixture and mix well. The flour might puff up when you first start mixing, so go on slow until the flour is incorporated into the butter mixture.

flour added to large bowl
Add flour.

6. Measure and add 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt and then ix well with a hand mixer. Levi was so helpful measuring and adding these ingredients to the big bowl. Pardon the horrible lighting in these pictures, the light above our counter right here is more like a spotlight than anything that is useful. It is one of those old-style ceiling lights that are tube-like in the drywall. Good old 90’s style lighting, am I right?!

7. Stir in 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats, uncooked, and mix well with a spatula. Quick oats will fall apart and not hold up in this recipe. Make sure you use the Old-Fashioned Oats!

8. With a spatula, carefully mix in 1 cup raisins to the oatmeal dough. Instead of using my KitchenAid Mixer for this recipe, I use a hand mixer and then a spatula to maintain the shape of the oats. It might be harder to mix once the raisins are added, so make sure to use a big sturdy one! The Pampered Chef has some great spatulas, ones that are huge and great for mixing cookie dough! They help to get the rest of the batter off the bowl to eat when you are all done scooping cookies also.

9. Using a Tablespoon, or an ice cream scoop, drop cookie dough batter onto a Pampered Chef baking stone. I dropped six drops of dough onto the baking stone and used a spoon to cut them in half. Not only did this give each cookie an equal amount in size, but it helps to pack the ingredients in, so they are nice and dense.

oatmeal raisin cookies ready to bake
Drop cookie dough onto baking stone.

Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Cooking times may vary from oven to oven. In our old house, we had a gas stove, and it was closer to 11-minutes for them to be done. This oven we now have is electric and these cookies take closer to 14-minutes to cook.
Remove the baking stone or baking sheet from the oven when done and cool for 1-minute, then enjoy!
~Monica

baked oatmeal cookies on baking stone cooling down

Recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup raisins
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp both vanilla and cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/2 cup flour

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, beat softened butter with 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar until creamy.
3. Add 2 eggs and then mix well.
4. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla to the mixture and then beat well.
5. Then pour in 1 1/2 cups flour to the butter mixture and mix well.
6. Measure and add 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then mix well.
7. Stir in 3 cups Old-Fashioned Oats, uncooked, and then carefully mix well with a spatula.
8. Next, measure and add 1 cup raisins to the Oatmeal Cookie dough and then mix well with a spatula.
9. Finally, using a Tablespoon, drop cookie dough batter onto a baking stone making sure the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are 1-2 inches apart.
Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and cool for 1-minute and enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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