The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These soft, chewy oatmeal cookies with plump raisins are the best oatmeal cookie recipe on the planet!
I grew up eating A LOT of oatmeal raisin cookies.
It is hands down my Mom's favorite cookie. I would get so excited to see homemade cookies on the kitchen counter, only to discover they were oatmeal raisin, not chocolate chip.
As I have worked for years creating recipes for my website, I realized that I didn't have a traditional oatmeal cookie recipe yet. I wanted to create an oatmeal cookie recipe that my kids and husband would actually eat...and ultimately love to eat them. Challenge accepted.
First of all...they had to be soft and chewy. They couldn't be dry with zero flavor. They needed to have enough sweetness from a mixture of brown sugar and sugar. In order to be perfect oatmeal raisin cookies, they needed to be chewy which comes from a higher ratio of brown sugar to sugar and just the right amount of oats.
I also love to add one type of leavening agent and one thickener -- cornstarch to make them extra soft and baking soda to give them the rise they need. Cornstarch helps to keep the cookies moist for a longer time.
As I played around with the recipe to get it just right, I brought in my brutally honest taste testers. Let me be honest here, my teenagers weren't exactly thrilled at the idea of eating oatmeal raisin cookies.
Until they tried them.
They all went back for seconds...and I knew my job was done. I turned them into oatmeal raisin cookie lovers. I also turned into one and so did my husband. We made two batches, two days in a row because our cravings struck again! I am officially hooked.
These truly are the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever!
How to make the BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:
- In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 4 minutes until light and fluffy. This allows the butter to wrap around the sugars and to create a creamy texture. It also whips air into the cookie dough which allows the cookies to rise more once the cookies hit the oven.
- Use pure vanilla extract. This helps to bring some flavor to the dough so don't miss out on this one. If you want to add some warmth to the cookies, you can add cinnamon. My kids prefer the cookies without so it is a personal preference.
- Use both cornstarch and baking soda. Cornstarch is a game-changing ingredient and makes the cookies extra soft.
- Make sure to use soft, fresh raisins. You don't want hard, stale raisins. If they aren't as soft as you'd like, let them soak in very hot water for 15 minutes, until they begin to plump up.
- Bake for only 9-11 minutes. Be careful not to overbake! You want them to be soft and slightly underdone. They will continue to firm up on the baking sheet once you take them out of the oven.
Here are some more favorite oatmeal cookie recipes:
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Levain Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Here are some of my favorite baking tools:
Light Colored Baking Sheets
Parchment Paper Sheets
Modern Honey cookie recipes are 3 for 3 for me! (The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, and The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies). They are all 5 star cookies!
I just made The Best Oatmeal Cookies and even though my husband and I are not huge raisin fans, we both LOVED this recipe! I did use cinnamon in the recipe as I am a huge cinnamon lover. I also microwaved my raisins in water to plump and soften them (googled how to plump and soften raisins), and think I will cut the raisins back to 1 1/2 cup on my next batch because it did make the raisins a bit bigger. I am going to make these a larger cookie (4” x 4” finished) to serve at a bridal shower brunch. I am sure they will be a big hit! Thanks for all the fabulous cookie recipes!!!!!
These are the best oatmeal raisin cookies!! So delish and plump and chewy and tasty. Our favs!!! Love your cookie recipes. I’m a fan!!!! 😊
Hi! I’m about to make this recipe but there’s no instructions about how to shape them! Do you spoon them and they spread? Should we make them as balls? Or do you flatten them?
I drop them in rough spoonfuls and they spread in the oven. Make sure to leave enough space between the drops. Good luck!
What's the difference between this and the levain oatmeal cookies? I'm a huge fan of oatmeal raisin and don't know which to try. I've tried something similar before but the cookies ended up being super thick and way to hard to eat without microwaving it first, which is why i don't try levain cookies anymore. And what about using brown butter instead?
Hi, just wondering if I soaked the raisin in hot water, wouldn't they lose their flavor? And do you need to dry it first before adding?
These are definitely the best oatmeal raisin cookies I've ever made...thank you for sharing this recipe. 🙂
Even at 11 minutes, 5 minutes on cookie sheet and 15 minutes on cooling rack, still a bit underdone. I will see what happens tomorrow. That may be the best day.
Hi, can I use unsalted butter instead of salted?
How does this recipe compare against the levain recipe?
Just checking - the oven temperature is 365 degrees? Thank you!
You got it! It is 365 degrees.
These cookies are magical. Thank you so much!
Tristan Robin Blakeman
These really *are* the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever! So-o-o-o-o-o soft and chewy! After my 4th-count-em-4th cookie, I decided I would like a little crunch, so next time I'm adding a few nuts to the batter. I also had no idea of my raisins were plump and soft enough, LOL, so I used your hot water tip - wow! - what juicy fat little nuggets of deliciousness! These cookies really are decidedly more luxe than I was expecting them to be. I'm beginning to think that next time, in addition to a few nuts, I might make a brown sugar glaze to really top them off.
Thanks - as always - for another terrific recipe! And I'm sure some of my holiday guests - though they'll be fewer this year than usual - will be thanking you as well!
My family of three devoured these in a couple days - but the 24th cookie remains mysteriously uneaten in the cookie bowl. Perhaps a tribute to our politeness? Or the misguided belief that the last cookie contains all the calories from the entire batch? Nevertheless, this recipe was a winner. We loved how much the cookies changed from when they first came out of the oven - soft, gooey, yum - to when they'd cooled - chewy, satisfying, with crispy edges. Your recipes produce consistent results so I get the impression you must be testing them well, something that definitely sets you apart from many other recipe bloggers. My wife even commented on the "uniformity" of the cookies' appearance. As my 6-year-old likes to say, "it's a make-again!"
What a kind comment! Thank you, Bill. I love the detailed comment and it made me laugh. The last cookie is definitely a tribute to your politeness! 🙂 I appreciate you trying them and for taking the time to comment. It made my day!
I have tried many of your recipes and all are great. In the cookie recipes, do I add more flour for high elevation ? Or anything different for higher elevation cookie baking
Can't wait to try this recipe. I have been looking for a recipe for soft and chewy Oatmeal Raisin cookies and none has ever been. When you measure the brown sugar is it packed or just spooned into the measuring cup?
Hi Debra! That's a great question. In all of my recipes, I pack down the brown sugar. I hope you love them!
With this oatmeal rasin cookie recipe, my question for you all, may I add walnuts, if so when and how much? Thank you
Hi Pauline! I would suggest folding in 1 1/2 cups of walnuts when you add the raisins. They will be delicious in this cookie!
Delicious! I added 1/2 cup of toasted pecan pieces. So good.
I was just thinking about a recipe for oatmeal raisin today and voila! the “cookie queen” delivers. Can’t wait to try this out!!
I am so glad we were on the same wavelength! Hahaha! It was about time to put my oatmeal raisin cookie on the blog. Thank you so much for following along! 🙂
I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies, and I've been trying to tune my recipe and master the art. My struggle, however, is getting the butter and sugars whipped to my satisfaction. It never seem to get "light and fluffy" like everyone says. Sometimes its actually grainy. Then I read that you can overdo it, whip too much. Any special tricks? Thanks