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The BEST From Scratch 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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


The BEST From Scratch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, Dessert, from scratch, From Scratch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 1 minute
Total Time 31 minutes


  • Baking Stone
  • KitchenAid Mixer


  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 2 sticks Butter softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, beat softened butter with 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar until creamy.
  • Add 2 eggs and then mix well.
  • Add 1 teaspoon vanilla to the mixture and then beat well.
  • Then pour in 1 1/2 cups flour to the butter mixture and mix well.
  • Measure and add 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then mix well.
  • Stir in 3 cups Old-Fashioned Oats, uncooked, and then carefully mix well with a spatula.
  • Measure and add 1 cup raisins to the Oatmeal Cookie dough and then mix well with a spatula.
  • 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!

6 responses to “The BEST From Scratch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies”

  1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy

    Definitely tickles the memory bones!

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