The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Literally The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever!The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies we’ve ever made! 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 16 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 Servings
Nutrition Facts
The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 94
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 58mg 2%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 1.4%
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 a1 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.

Recipe Notes

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

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40 comments on “The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  1. 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. :)

  2. 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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  5. 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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  7. 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. 

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

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

  9. 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

  10. Kiahnaposted May 6, 2018 at 11:33 pm Reply


  11. 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?

  12. 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!

  13. 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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  17. 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!

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

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

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

    It was scrumptious.

  20. 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.  

  21. 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! 

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

    Perfect recipe for perfect cookies! Loved them!

  23. 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. :)

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

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

  25. Karen Englishposted September 27, 2017 at 12:10 am Reply


  26. 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!

  27. 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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  29. 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. :)

  30. 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.

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

    I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies!!!

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

    These really do look like the best oatmeal raisin cookies!

  33. 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!

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

    These look so soft and delicious!

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

    Nothing like a good oatmeal raisin cookie! Delish!

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

    crispy/Chewy oatmeal cookies = Food of the Gods.

    Thank you, Sommer.