These soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are seriously divine! They are easy to make and loaded with quick oats, vanilla, apple sauce, cinnamon and sweet raisins. Each bite has all the best flavors and textures!
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The Best Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
There’s nothing like an old fashioned oatmeal cookie. They’re crisp and chewy around the edges, with a soft and tender center. But do you know what makes them even more delicious? Making oatmeal cookies with raisins. The pop of sweetness from the raisins makes each bite that much more amazing. If you love loaded cookies with a bit of everything including oats and chocolate chips, try this cowboy cookies recipe!
My friend Melissa made this easy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe for me awhile back and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. They have tons of flavor and the absolute perfect texture. They’re everything that oatmeal raisin cookies should be!
She made hers with cinnamon chips instead of making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and let me tell you, they took these cookies to a whole new level. The sweet and rich cinnamon flavor adds another layer of deliciousness that is seriously addicting. Holy cow. Trust me when I say these are the ultimate oatmeal raisin cookies!
- All purpose flour: This provides structure for the cookies so they can maintain their shape while baking.
- Ground cinnamon: A warm spice that gives oatmeal cookies their signature taste.
- Baking soda and salt: Baking soda is a leavener that gives the cookies a slight rise while salt enhances the taste.
- Quick oats: While you can use old fashioned rolled oats, I prefer quick oats in my cookies.
- Sugars: Granulated sugar helps gives the cookies a crisp edge while brown sugar keeps them soft and chewy.
- Butter: Unsalted butter is the norm for baking recipe, but if you have salted butter just decrease the amount of salt added.
- Eggs: 2 large eggs bind ingredients together. Room temperature is best so they incorporate fully with the cookie dough batter.
- Applesauce: By adding applesauce these cookies have less butter but still have a soft, rich taste.
- Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract for best taste.
- Raisins: One cup of raisins ensures there are some in every bite! If you are not a fan, decrease the amount or omit.
- Optional: Cinnamon baking chips and chopped walnuts.
- Swap the raisins for dried cranberries and use white chocolate chips in place of cinnamon chips to make oatmeal cranberry cookies.
- Omit the raisins and add butterscotch chips for oatmeal butterscotch cookies.
- You can also sub with dried cherries, M&M’s or add in about 1/2 cup of nuts (walnuts are my favorite) for an extra crunch.
- Make a simple icing and transform them into an iced oatmeal cookie!
How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Cream butter and sugar: In a large mixing bowl, blend together the butter and sugars with beaters until smooth. Then beat in eggs one at a time. Add in vanilla and applesauce. Mix just until combined.
- Combine dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- Combine wet and dry: Next you will combine the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Stir just until smooth. Then fold in raisins and cinnamon chips if desired.
- Bake: Drop by the spoonful or use a cookie scoop onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Press in a few extra raisins and chips on top if desired. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350°F, or until edges are lightly brown. Remove from the oven and cool on pan for a few minutes then remove to the cooling rack.
The key to the best oatmeal cookies is achieving the perfect consistency. They should be a combination of soft with a chewy texture, crisp and tender. Below are a few tips for the best results.
- Type of oats. I prefer to use quick oats because they have a finer consistency and result in a softer (less chewy) cookie. If you like your oatmeal raisin cookies on the chewier side, feel free to use old fashioned oats instead.
- Measuring the flour. Use the spoon and level technique to measure your flour accurately. Using too much or too little flour can create cookies that are dry, dense or crumbly.
- Softened butter. The butter should be at room temperature before using. I like to set mine out on the counter about an hour beforehand. For a quicker option, learn how to soften butter in the microwave.
- Top your dough. Right before baking, feel free to add a few extra raisins and cinnamon chips (if using) on top of the cookie dough balls. This helps make your cookies look extra pretty.
Yes! By soaking the raisins in warm water beforehand, this helps make them softer and more plump. It’s an easy step that makes a big difference in flavor and texture.
This recipe for oatmeal cookies with raisins does not need to be chilled before baking. If you are making more than one batch of cookies, though, I’d recommend that you chill the remaining dough in the fridge until ready to scoop. You don’t want the butter to get too warm, or else your cookies will spread. It also helps to use a separate baking sheet for your next batch.
If you have measured the ingredients inaccurately or overbaked your cookies they will be dry. To avoid overbaking your cookies, the centers should look a little underdone when you remove the cookies from the oven. Let them sit on the pan for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack (they will continue to cook as they set). This will give you the perfect soft center with crisp edges.
How to Store
These oatmeal raisin cookies will stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You may also freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or pop them in the microwave to warm through.
You can also freeze the cookie dough and then bake from frozen. Simply scoop the dough onto a baking sheet and then flash freeze until hard, about 30 minutes to an hour. Then transfer to a freezer bag and store in the freezer for about 2-3 months. When ready to bake, let the frozen cookie dough sit on the baking sheet as the oven preheats. Then bake as directed, adding 1-2 minutes of baking time if needed.
Love oatmeal cookie recipes? Try banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal M&M cookies or Neiman Marcus cookies.
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Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar , packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup apple sauce
- 3 cups quick oats
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins , more if desired
- cinnamon chips , I use about 1 1/2 cups
- walnuts , if adding I add about 1/2 cup
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Gather ingredients.
- In a large mixing bowl, blend together the butter and sugars with beaters until smooth. Then beat in eggs one at a time. Add in vanilla and applesauce. Mix just until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Next you will combine the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Stir just until smooth. Then fold in raisins and cinnamon chips if desired.
- Drop spoonful’s onto pan lined with parchment paper. Press in a few extra raisins and chips on top if desired.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are lightly brown. The middle should still look slightly soft. Remove from the oven and let sit on the pan for a couple minutes. Then remove to the cooling rack.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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These look great and I have saved the recipe but what makes me smile is all the talk about cinnamon chips. I found these a couple of years ago, bought a bag, sprinkled them on rice crispy treats made with multigrain “o”s , won my nephews heart and then could not find them again! I live in east San Diego county and the only store to have them on occasion is Ralph’s. My hope is all the talk will open the eyes of enough people to these amazing little morsels and stores will start to carry and not just during the holidays. Cinnamon chips scones are the best ever…just saying!!
Its look sooo delicious. Perfect dish!
thanks for sharing recipes with us here.
I can’t wait to make the jello cookies and chocolate chip cookies for my
I live in the Midwest and usually purchase my cinnamon chips at the Dutch Bakery markets. Never fails…any Amish store will carry them! I put then in my pancake batter. My boys LOVE pancakes this way!
Mmmm I need to try them in pancakes now! Thanks for the idea. :)
I like all your cookies recepeis
These look yummy. I’ve never seen cinnamon chips before. In which Albertsons did you find them at
I found them at my Albertson’s here in Goodyear, AZ. But I’ve seen them in CA too. They are delicious!
My wife loves them! Oh yes they are super yummy! I like that you used applesauce I the recipe too.
Cinnamon Chips are a Holiday seasonal Item.
They are real hard to find out of season.
I found them and bought 5 bags to store in my freezer.
My wife never heard of them either.
I let her taste a few Cinnamon Chips, and she begged me to make some Cinnamon Raisin
i will use 1 Cup Unbleached Bread Flour and 1/2 cup Wheat Flour.
(Regular Bleached Flour is unhealthy)
I will also use the Regular Old Fashion Cooking Oats.
they are much more healthy than the Quick Oats.
I agree with the ungreased pan. Greasing the pan causes the cookies to spread out
instead of rising up. I use a special nonstick cookie Sheet.
I will also try a little trick I use when I make Blueberry Pancakes.
My wife loves them! They are her favorite!
I will separate one of the eggs and whip up the egg white to fluff up the cookie.
It works great with pancakes, I will see what it does with cookies?
I will definitely adhere to the 10 min baking time,
It is so important to avoid over baking cookies. (Dry hard cookies)
Thanks for the great recipe..
those look so yummy! now I’m craving something sweet :)
I know.. they are so good! I’m craving something sweet too. Hmm maybe i’ll pull out the batch from the freezer. ;)
Ok, so these look soooo good & I decided to make them. Well, I have never heard of cinnamon chips but I saw cinnamon sugar crystal things and used those….well, lets just say that did NOT go over well!! When I mixed it all together the whole mix turned pink and they are very sweet! Not bad but not what yours are like I am sure :) Ha! Oh well, you live & learn!