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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.

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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.

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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!

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The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
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



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


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


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 148kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 58mg, Potassium: 85mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 200IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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70 comments on “The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies”

  1. Have tried numerous “best oatmeal raisin cookies” in my life, never been happy with any of them. Although oatmeal raisin cookies are not my favorite, these are the best of the best. Only one’s i liked better, and can’t get the recipe for (store closed now) along with their chocolate chip cookies was at Isalys. Thanks for the “second best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.

  2. Made this recipe tonight it is excellent flavor I also added walnuts and chocolate chips. I do like putting the dough in the refrigerator makes a huge difference cookies are plumper just like they said. Husband  agreed delicious

  3. THIS IS A REAL HIT WITH MY FAMILY !!!! Thank you so much! I love to bake wholesome  snacks & after using the Betty Crocker’s Oatmeal mix for many years as my usual go to recepie,  I told myself someone has to have the perfect recepie for oatmeal cookies and I have found yours!! Thanks for sharing it!!! My only question is, can you use whole wheat flour instead of white flour?

  4. best cookies I have ever tasted!

  5. 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.

  6. 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:(

  7. Pretty great. Easy to follow directions. Thank you

  8. 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!!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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! 

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

    Kind regards,

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  13. 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

  14. 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!)

  15. 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!!!

  16. Great recipe, best I have ever made! 👍

  17. 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. 

  18. 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 

    • 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. :)

    • 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. 

    • 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!

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

  20. 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

    • 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!

      • 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!

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

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

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  25. 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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  27. 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. 

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

  29. 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 aspicyperpective.com

  30. Amazing!

  31. 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.

    • 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?

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

  33. 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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  37. 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!

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

  39. 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.  

  40. 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! 

  41. Perfect recipe for perfect cookies! Loved them!

  42. 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!

    • 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. :)

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

  44. Awesome

  45. 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!

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

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

  50. I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies!!!

  51. These really do look like the best oatmeal raisin cookies!

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

  53. These look so soft and delicious!

  54. Nothing like a good oatmeal raisin cookie! Delish!

  55. crispy/Chewy oatmeal cookies = Food of the Gods.

    Thank you, Sommer.