The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies we’ve ever made! Soft, chewy, packed with raisins… You’ve got to try them.

The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever!
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Oatmeal cookies are one of the simplest cookies to make well. Even grocery stores can do it.

If I ever grab a cookie off a pre-made cookie platter, I always go for the oatmeal raisin cookies because they are the most likely to taste somewhat homemade.

Honestly The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever!

Even so, there are definite standouts in the oatmeal cookie category. Today I’m sharing The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I’ve ever made or tasted.

Although the ingredients are humble pantry staples, the cookies are ridiculously divine. I’ve been tweaking this recipe for a long time, so I’m very excited to share it with you!

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The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies cookies are crispy on the outside, and moist on the inside. The oat to raisin ratio is perfectly balanced. A little hint of baking spices accentuates the comforting oat flavor, making them taste the way your very best childhood memory feels.

And best of all, unlike most cookies that dry out over time, The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies seem to improve over time!

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Honestly, my whole family agrees they are even better day-old.

Oats have a distinct ability to hold in moisture. When combined with just the right amount of sugar and butter, oats keep cookies from drying out. That means The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are crisp when they first come out of the oven, but soften after several hours.

Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever!

That makes The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a marvelous treat to make-ahead for school or work events and weekend gatherings!

The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever!
4.88 from 24 votes

The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe Ever - My mom makes the most amazing oatmeal cookies. Soft and chewy on the inside, crispy around the edges!
Servings: 45 cookies
Nutrition Facts
The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 58mg 2%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice.
  2. In the bowl on an electric mixer, cream the butter and both sugars in high until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape the bowl with a spatula, then beat in the vanilla and eggs. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in the flour mixture. Scrape the bowl again then turn the mixer on low and mix in the oats and raisins.

  3. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough into equal portions and spread the balls out two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. 

  4. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before moving.

Recipe Notes

For thicker puffier cookies, chill the dough for 30-60 minutes, then bake for 15+ minutes.

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66 comments on “The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  1. Joelleposted May 23, 2019 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Really good flavours but 375 was too hot, kept coming out overdone. I turned oven down to 350 and reduced cook time to 9 minutes. Very good.

  2. Kellyposted May 6, 2019 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Chiming in for those who don’t prefer super sweet cookies. These were WAY sweet for me. The recipe worked well, baked lovely but whoa, way too much sugar. I will try to adjust for my taste next time. Hoping I don’t have to throw them all out:(

  3. Wendyposted April 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Pretty great. Easy to follow directions. Thank you

  4. David Ervinposted April 12, 2019 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Howdy from Fort Worth, TX.. Just baked your cookie recipe,
    You said they were The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Well
    you were wrong!! No they are “The Bestest Oatmeal Raisin Cookie in Whole World I have ever Had”!!!!! Wow!!
    Now I did change one thing, I used unsalted Brown Butter instead of unsalted butter ( I really like brown butter it adds
    so much more Butter-lish-es-ness,, I know that’s not a real word,,
    to any cookie!!! So much more depth and taste appeal!!!
    But that’s just me!! Again thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe!!!!

  5. gloposted April 4, 2019 at 5:02 pm Reply

    If you like a soft cookie, this is it. It is very tasty and full of favor.
    I plan to make it again. I would use a larger mixer next time.
    The parchment helps to make it easy to take off the sheets.
    I cooked them at 350 for a little longer.

  6. Bposted April 3, 2019 at 9:48 am Reply

    I followed the recipe exactly and mine came out SO buttery tasting! I see I am alone in my experience as all the other reviews say how wonderful they are but both me and my husband looked at each other and decided although they are good, the butter and salt flavor just took over way too much. I am thinking these are better the next day and days after, not so much right out of the oven. I made them last night and will try them today! 

  7. Sylvia Burgerposted April 3, 2019 at 8:36 am Reply

    Hello! Can you help me to convert the cups of the ingredients from the recipe to European grams?

    Kind regards,

    • Sommer Collierposted April 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm Reply

      Hi Sylvia,

      We actually have a metric converter button in the recipe from. Happy Baking!

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  9. Loriposted February 20, 2019 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Hi I too have been searching the net for the best recipe for these cookies Have too make for work so my question is will they freeze ok Thanks Lori

    • Sommer Collierposted February 20, 2019 at 9:26 pm Reply

      Hi Lori,

      Yes, you can either freeze the dough, or bake the cookies and freeze them after baking. Either way, just make sure to wrap them well, to avoid freezer burn.

  10. Susanposted February 20, 2019 at 2:22 pm Reply

    My 84 yr old father-in -law comes over for dinner every Tuesday. I am always looking for quick, healthier desserts to fix while prepping dinner after work. Thought I’d give these a try. He absolutely loved them. Thank you!
    (I did throw in some mini dark chocolate chips…yum!)

    • Sommer Collierposted February 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm Reply

      Hi Susan,

      I so glad he enjoyed them! Chocolate chips are a great add-in. :)

  11. Wendyposted February 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm Reply

    After a ridiculous amount of perusing oatmeal cookie recipes on the internet, I decided to try this one. It is OUTSTANDING! I have finally found my forever recipe for oatmeal cookies!!! Thank you!!!

    • Sommer Collierposted February 19, 2019 at 11:36 am Reply

      Hi Wendy,

      YAY! You just made my day. I’m so very glad you loved them! :)

  12. Karenposted January 28, 2019 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Great recipe, best I have ever made! 👍

  13. Amy Heflingerposted January 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm Reply

    I made these last night and let me bow down to you! These are BY FAR the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever made. Perfect when they came out of the oven and equally delicious the next day. Thank you for sharing this! You’ve totally nailed it with this recipe. 

  14. Colleenposted January 5, 2019 at 10:36 pm Reply

    3 cubes of butter seems like too much . Every others recipe with same proportions only uses 1 cup( 2 cubes) 
    Could this be a typo.? 
    I luv the reviews but feel hesitant 

    • Sommer Collierposted January 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm Reply

      Hi Colleen,

      Yes, it is 1.5 cups softened butter. Promise! These cookies turn out so soft and chewy, compared to many oatmeal cookie recipes. :)

    • Amy Heflingerposted January 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm Reply

      All I can say is do not skimp on the butter. That’s what gives them the perfect texture, flavor and tiny bit of crispy, buttery edge. 

    • Kelposted March 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm Reply

      It is too much butter. They flattened too much and were VERY rich. There are other ways to make a soft chewy cookie w/o so much butter. LOVED the spices however!

  15. Michael Wallaceposted December 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm Reply

    If i don’t hve parchment paper, would it be ok to cook on an ungreased  baking sheet?

    • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm Reply

      Hi Michael,

      Yes, but depending on your sheets they may stick a little. Baking stones are a great option.

  16. Penny Wellsposted November 21, 2018 at 10:32 am Reply

    I have not made the recipe yet but wanted to ask a question first.   I have tried making oatmeal raisin cookies over the last 15 years because they are my sons favorite cookie.  I’ve finally stopped trying.  When I’ve made oatmeal raisin cookies before by any recipe the oatmeal taste and feels little pieces of paper in your mouth.  I have tried all different types of oatmeal, Old fashion, quick oatmeal types, well every variety out there and it all turns out the same….pieces of paper feeling :o(    I’ve always followed recipes exactly with no luck.  The oatmeal flakes just don’t soften.
    What do you think could be wrong?  I used to make the boxed Sunmaid Raisin cookies for my son and he loved them but sadly they don’t make them anymore.  
    Any suggestions what might be causing this?  I would like to try again but don’t want to end up with a trash can full paper filled cookies LOL

    • Sommer Collierposted November 22, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply

      Hi Penny,

      It sounds to me that you just don’t like oatmeal cookies. LOL! ;)

      Try grinding some of the oats in a food processor so the pieces are much smaller (even powdery.) Some people add a little apple sauce to the cookie dough as well for extra moisture. Maybe 1/4 cup per recipe. That might help change your mind about oatmeal cookies!

      • Penny Wellsposted November 22, 2018 at 9:48 am

        Thank you for the suggestion of applesauce, maybe that will help soften the oatmeal flakes.  
        I’m also going to try grinding the oats some.  
        I like oatmeal raisin cookies but with soften oats.  I just can’t figure out how bakeries that make and sell them get their oats to not feel like you have a mouth full of raw oats :o(
        Well hopefully your suggestions will help LOL
        Thank you so much for the ideas!

  17. Robyn Smithposted October 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm Reply

    How long would the cookie dough last in the fridge? I have some left over and just wondered…they were delicious 

    • Sommer Collierposted October 30, 2018 at 9:55 pm Reply

      Hi Robyn,

      If you use it within 10 days, it should be fine. :)

  18. Debbie Carpanposted October 14, 2018 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Crispy around the edges, lightly spiced flavour, chewy goodness inside…what’s not to love?? :P Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Denise Bposted August 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Your recipe sounds great! I want to make some as a thank you for a friend who did us a favor. In the past I have been using pumpkin pie spice instead of apple pie spice (in various recipes, sprinkled on apple slices, etc), because I really like the addition of ginger in the pps (and am not a fan of the whole “psl” craze)… How do you think that would do here?

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  23. Kay - Ellicott City, MDposted July 21, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply

    The easiest and best oatmeal cookies ever. My family loved them. Took them on vacation. They held up (while they lasted) in a freezer bag inside of a tin can. 

  24. Kaityposted June 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Perfect cookies!!! They’re soft and chewy with a little bit of crispy edges. Amazing!

  25. Alexposted May 19, 2018 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Yesterday, had everything set to go, ingredients measured and set, and website went south.  Sent note to Sommer and, as ingredients were set to go,  winged it guessing temp, order of ingredients, and time. Cookies are delicious! Best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever tasted. Sommer sent message to my e-mail, apologizing for glitchy site. It was undergoing work. Very pleased with  experience with

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  27. Jack Kaneposted May 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm Reply

    I’m a recipe follower, and if the recipe does not say when to put something in, it’s can be left on the countertop. Such was the case with this recipe (no apple pie spice or baking powder in the mix). I caught it as I was putting stuff away while the first batch baked. The first batch was fine, the other were cakier and smelled better, but all were good.  I only ask that you say when to add these two ingredients in the recipe.

    • Sommerposted May 8, 2018 at 11:32 am Reply

      Hi Jack,

      These ingredients are listed in step one of the instructions? They have always been there. Did you find our recipe partially listed somewhere else?

  28. Fran Fettersposted May 1, 2018 at 11:34 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to make these tomorrow, they sound delicious! I will be adding walnuts & coconut too. Thanks ahead of time!

  29. John Sachsposted April 6, 2018 at 7:48 pm Reply

    I have used several recipes but this one is certainly the best of ever, as the recipe title says!!! I plan to only use this recipe when making my cookies to eat or share with others!!! I added some ingredients of my own, almonds, walnut and coconut!!! Delicious!!!!

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  33. Pamposted January 2, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply

    These really are the best oatmeal cookies that I have ever made! And they keep so well! This is it the recipe I will always use from now on!

  34. Catposted December 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply

    I take it they would be equally delicious without the cinnamon and nutmeg?

  35. Meowposted December 17, 2017 at 11:50 am Reply

    It was scrumptious.

  36. Jordynposted December 10, 2017 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Great recipe. My husband is a critic of oatmeal raisin cookies. Haha. My only disappointment was that they were very salty but maybe I accidentally added too much. Just watch the salt! And I was down to only one stick of butter and substituted with a pack of apple sauce with one stick of butter.  

  37. Gabriela Lucasposted December 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer, Im a Mum also living in Queretaro, Mexico and I work in communities were we are fighting malnutrition with vegetable production and  oat milk, oat meat, oat everything…. oat has so much qualities. I will try your recipe there!! Thanks for sharing! 

  38. Yelenaposted November 23, 2017 at 12:55 am Reply

    Perfect recipe for perfect cookies! Loved them!

  39. Sandyposted October 21, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

    I really like the nutritional information where it says, “Nutrition Information

    Yield: 45 cookies, Serving Size: 45”

    serving size 45! granted I could try to eat all 45 but I think less would be a more appropriate serving size… LOL! Dang! these HAVE to be good to eat 45 in one sitting! LOLOLOL! gonna try these… but will eat one or two at a time… =D Thanks Sommer!

    • Sommerposted October 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

      Hi Sandy,

      Thanks for catching that. LOL! The recipe calculator we use spits out numbers, then sometimes I have to tweak them to make more sense. Obviously I didn’t notice this one. :)

  40. Lacy Deckerposted October 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Your recipe doesn’t include instructions for adding the oats and raisins!

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  42. Betty Johnsonposted September 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

    This is, without a doubt, the best oatmeal raisin cookie i have ever made! My sons loved them as well as myself. I would recommend this cookie above all others i have tried!

  43. Michelleposted September 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm Reply

    A great recipe! I wouldn’t change a thing about it. The cookies turned out chewy and moist. Just for fun, I threw in a few craisens and they tasted great. A keeper for sure!

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  45. Gisselleposted July 22, 2017 at 2:05 am Reply

    Can I substitute chocolate chips for the raisins? And could I easily add coconut as well?

    • Sommerposted July 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

      Hi Gisselle! Absolutely on both questions. :)

  46. Aprilposted July 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm Reply

    I just made these and they came out just like the pictures I did chill the dough and they are delicious and puffy.

  47. Heather Christoposted February 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm Reply

    I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies!!!

  48. Marla Meridithposted February 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm Reply

    These really do look like the best oatmeal raisin cookies!

  49. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 21, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply

    Oatmeal and raisin cookies are a classic with good reason and these ones look amazing!

  50. Maria Lichtyposted February 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm Reply

    These look so soft and delicious!

  51. Julie | Table for Twoposted February 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Nothing like a good oatmeal raisin cookie! Delish!

  52. Fork on the Roadposted February 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

    crispy/Chewy oatmeal cookies = Food of the Gods.

    Thank you, Sommer.