Thick, Soft, and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These oatmeal raisin cookies are moist, thick, soft, and chewy.  I think these are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever baked.  

Perfect texture and amazing taste.  How can you go wrong?

Oatmeal raisin cookies on a baking tray lined with a silpat.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter – Always use room temperature butter. If you are using salted butter cut the salt to about 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar – The use of both brown and white sugar provides sweetness and structure to the cookie. Brown sugar contains more moisture and a little molasses flavor. Plus it produces a little softer cookie.
  • Eggs – Acts as a binder.
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt – Amazing flavor in the cookies.
  • Vanilla extract – Use good quality vanilla for great flavor.
  • All-purpose flour and baking soda – For structure.
  • Old-fashioned Oats and raisins – Tons of oats for a chewy texture.
Cookie dough mixed in a metal bowl.


  • The use of old-fashioned oats gives a thick, chewy texture to these cookies.
  • You can soak the raisins in warm water for about 10 minutes for plumper raisins. Be sure to dry them off before adding them to the dough. You don’t want added moisture.
  • Always measure your flour properly. Spoon it into the measuring cup then level off with the back of a knife.

How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; mix well

In a large bowl, beat the softened butter with the granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well. Add flour mixture, and mix well.

Add old-fashioned oats and raisins and stir to combine well.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough balls on a silicone baking mat.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment/silicone mat-lined cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.

Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on a silicone mat lined baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

These only lasted one day at my house.  So you might want to double this great recipe if you expect to eat any yourself.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies stacked on a baking sheet.


Can I use quick-cooking oats?

You can but old-fashioned rolled oats give a thicker and chewy texture in this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.

Do I need to chill the dough?

This cookie dough does not require chilling. So bake away!


Store in an air-tight container or resealable bag at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Freezing the baked cookies

You can freeze the baked cookies stored properly for up to 3 months.

Freezing the Dough

Portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes, until hard. Then place in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake straight from the freezer, and add 2-3 more minutes of cooking time.

Baked old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies on a wire cooling rack.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

These are the best moist, soft, and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies you will ever eat.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best, chewy, cookies, oatmeal, raisin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 123kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter, softened plus 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup Dark brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg (I use fresh ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 cups Old fashioned oats uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
    1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon Baking soda, 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
    1/2 cup Unsalted butter, softened, 3/4 cup Dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
    2 large Eggs, 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Add flour mixture, mix well.
  • Add oats and raisins; mix well.
    3 cups Old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup Raisins
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment/silicone mat lined cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered. (Note baking time will depend on the size of your cookie. Bake until golden brown.)


Do not use steel-cut oats (too hard) or quick oats (too mushy). 
Don’t overbake the cookies. The tops should still be soft and they will continue to cook on the baking sheet.
Storage – Place completely cooled cookies in an airtight container or bag and store them at room temperature for up to 1 week. Or freeze them for up to 3 months.


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Adapted from isavea2z

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  1. Great cookie! taking me down memory lane! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!

  2. These look so delicious I have a soft spot for delicious oatmeal raisin cookies. Could use some with a hot cuppa right now. lol Will pin recipe for later. Thank you for stopping by LTM and linking up to SWM. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme5 stars

  3. These look soooo good. I could eat one right now. I love the look of the texture of them and so simple to make.

    Thanks for coming along and joining in #LifeLovingLinkie and sharing your wonderful recipe. I showed my other half and he looked keen to try these out too!

    Sally @ Life Loving

  4. Oatmeal cookies are my husband’s favorites. I’m going to have to try this recipe. It sounds yummy! Thanksgiving blessings!

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