Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

How to make oatmeal raisin cookies that are soft in the middle, a little chewy on the outside and full of warm flavors like cinnamon and vanilla. Jump to the Oatmeal Cookies Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.

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How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Soft Centers and Chewy Outsides

These oatmeal cookies are very easy to make and you don’t need any fancy equipment – only a hand mixer. We love easy recipes like this one. Another bonus to this recipe is that you can adapt it — we love to use a combination of regular and golden raisins, but you can add dried cranberries, dried cherries, nuts or even chocolate chips to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

How to Make the Best Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

You can make these oatmeal raisin cookies in minutes. Below are our top tips for making them.

Make the cookie batter by beating softened butter with sugar until creamy. I like to use brown sugar when making oatmeal cookies since it helps to make the centers soft and adds a little extra caramel flavor to the batter.

For structure, we add egg. Then for even more flavor, we pour in some vanilla extract. It’s the combination of brown sugar, butter, and vanilla that makes this cookie batter taste so good! (For vegan cookies, take a look at our extra easy oatmeal cookies recipe.)

For the dry ingredients, we add flour, oats — we prefer rolled oats for their texture, warm baking spices, and some salt. Since posting this recipe, we’ve been asked about using different kinds of oats in the batter. While instant oats will technically work when making these cookies, we highly recommend rolled oats. The rolled oats provide a lovely chewy texture to the cookies. Steel cut oats are not a good option for these cookies.

If you don’t usually have rolled oats in the house and are looking for more ways to use them, try our strawberry banana baked oatmeal, blackberry baked oatmeal, and this apple crisp, which uses rolled oats to make the topping.

Making the oatmeal cookie batter

To combine the wet and dry ingredients, we add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture in a few batches and then stir in raisins. A hand mixer makes quick work of this.

As I mentioned above, we love using a combination of golden and regular raisins for these cookies. In addition to that, we actually “plump up” the raisins before adding them. To do it, just add some hot water to the raisins and leave them for a few minutes. In this time, the raisins rehydrate a little and plump up. Drain them, then stir them into the batter.

By the way, for a slightly less traditional oatmeal cookie, take a look at our oatmeal cookies with cranberries and white chocolate chips or our recipe for edible oatmeal cookie dough.

Adding the plumped raisins

To bake the cookies, you can make the cookies as big or little as you like. Just before baking, we lightly press balls of dough down onto the baking sheet to help them spread and bake into perfectly shaped cookies. After some time in the oven, the cookies smell incredible and are ready to be devoured.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

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In December 2012, we partnered with OXO to help raise awareness about a wonderful charity dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. We were not paid for this recipe, however, OXO products were provided for use in the making of our recipe and video. To learn more, please visit Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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This oatmeal raisin cookie recipe makes cookies that are soft in the middle, a little chewy on the outside and full of warm flavors like cinnamon and vanilla. They are very easy to make and you don’t need any fancy equipment – only a hand mixer. We use two types of raisins in these oatmeal cookies for color and extra texture (the golden raisins are slightly softer). You could, however, choose to only use one kind or substitute them for other dried fruit and they will still be fantastic.

Makes approximately 16 cookies

You Will Need

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup golden raisins

1 cup hot water

3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)

1 cup (200 grams) packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup (100 grams) all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

3 cups (270 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats


    Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

    Add raisins to a small bowl then cover with hot water. The hot water helps the raisins to become plump and juicy. Set the bowl aside for about 10 minutes.

    In a large bowl, beat the room temperature butter and sugar with a hand blender until creamy, about 2 minutes. (You can also use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment). Add the egg and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract then beat until combined, about 1 minute.

    In another bowl, use a whisk to combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Next, add the oats then stir until well combined. Add the oat mixture to the butter and sugar mixture in thirds, beating after each addition until incorporated.

    Drain the raisins then gently press down or squeeze them to remove any extra water. Stir them into the cookie batter. (Use a spatula or spoon for this, not the mixer).

    • Bake Cookies
    • Drop dough by two tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. (You can also use a large cookie scoop for this). Then, wet the tips of your fingers with water and gently press cookies down until they are about 1/2-inch thick. If some of the cookies have no raisins showing on top, steal a few raisins from the bowl and add to the tops of the cookies (they are prettier this way).Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe Step 3

      Bake cookies 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown, the center is still soft. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 10 minutes then move to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • This cookie recipe has been inspired and adapted by Joy of Baking’s Recipe
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 cookie / Calories 240 / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 36 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 19 g / Total Fat 10 g / Saturated Fat 6 g / Cholesterol 34 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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89 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Janet December 2, 2018, 6:43 pm

    Can I use almond flour? If so, will it be the same amount? Thanks!

    • Joanne December 3, 2018, 1:07 pm

      Hi Janet, We have only ever used all-purpose flour for these cookies so are unable to say what to expect if you were to use almond flour. You may need to do some testing in your kitchen on this one (or maybe another reader can comment with their experiences).

  • Audrey Shabazz November 15, 2018, 2:39 pm

    I love the hot water in the raisins I’ve also added craisins, white chocolate,organic light brown sugar and 1/2 a cup of cream cheese omg they are soo moist. my cooking time was 11 min.

  • Helene October 7, 2018, 5:00 pm

    These are absolutely the best oatmeal raisin cookies I have ever made! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  • Angela August 2, 2018, 12:23 am

    I’ve never tried used golden AND regular raisins in an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe which was clever. I thought your step of leaving them in hot water really made them plump and soft. I love how the cookies are a little crunchy on top yet still a little chewy!! I just love your recipes!! Thank you 🙏 I’m a huge fan ! Especially of your blueberry muffins’ one!!

  • Sarah June 9, 2018, 11:07 am

    Can i use instant oatmeal? Its all i have

    • Joanne August 7, 2018, 1:26 pm

      Hi Sarah, You can use instant oatmeal, but the texture of the cookies will be different.

  • Laura January 27, 2018, 5:36 am

    Tried this recipe and we all loved it! However, I only added — 1/2 cup of raisins cause only a small pack was available at home. I also added — 1/4 cups of toasted wallnuts (crushed) and — 1 tsp (instead of 1/2 tsp) of cinnamon. This will be my go to recipe from now on! It’s crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Thank you inspired taste!

  • Scott January 1, 2018, 10:32 am

    This recipe is spot on. People went crazy over these cookies. I made a glaze and drizzled on top. Perfection.

  • Eleonora Lozanova December 13, 2017, 1:16 am

    Dear Joanne and Adam, Hello from Bulgaria. I`m so pleased to find your blog! I`ve tried the Oatmeal raisin cookies recipe and It’s definitely is the most delicious I`ve ever made. I already added it to my family`s favourites. The cookies are chewy and tasted like those my mother did when I was a child. It is so romantic return to my childhood, even for a moment!
    I shared your blog and this recipe with all of my friends, who tried the cookies and they really enjoyed it. My son is real fan of your pet cat, the cutest one that I`ve ever seen! By the way, what breed is your Marmalade? We are really looking forward to bring home a new cat or kitten. Thank you for these positive emotions!

  • Patti December 6, 2017, 12:59 am

    I once had a recipe exactly like this but it called for shredded coconut. Made them really chewy! Wonder if I could add it to this?

    • Joanne May 4, 2018, 12:57 pm

      Hi Patti, Adding coconut is a lovely idea.

  • Susan Seabright November 23, 2017, 8:13 am

    Made these cookies for a group meeting. Did not have the brown sugar but use unrefined sugar. Everyone loved these cookies. The ladies wanted the recipe because it tasted like bakery cookies

  • Twinkle October 17, 2017, 4:14 am

    They are soooo yummy!! I really love cinnamon. Not too sweet and super chewy. My family loved it!!! Would bake some again ♥️👌🏻

  • Cindy Hughes October 2, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Oatmeal raisin are my dad’s favorite cookie, so when my parents came to visit for the weekend I made these!! These were the best!! Both my parents and my husband kept talking about how good they were. My mom requested the recipe!!

  • dale September 13, 2017, 9:36 am

    hello from the phiippines. we made the cookies and everyone loves them. thank you and very happy I found your website. dale and chuchi robinson

  • Kinjal June 21, 2017, 12:02 am

    Very delicious

  • Adeline June 7, 2017, 11:57 am

    Love oats in my cookies and thought u give this recipe a try since I wanna try a soft chewy texture in my cookie. Glad I saw your recipe and it is indeed a very interesting texture and definitely good for a hurry snack when you’re busy!! Thank you 😘

    • Mariano December 24, 2017, 5:10 am

      Easy and Chewy Oatmeal cookies. My little daughter loves it for breakfast! Thanks from Argentina.


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