Easy Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This is an old-fashioned, easy homemade oatmeal raisin cookies recipe. Its simple, uses ingredients that are readily available at home and makes absolutely delicious oatmeal cookies every single time!

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I love these oatmeal raisin cookies. Firstly because they are so simple to make, easily under less than 30 minutes. Secondly because the ingredients are always available at home, so I get to whip up a batch of these cookies anytime I feel like eating them. 

I also like the fact that I can make these into soft, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies when I feel like eating soft, chewy cookies and light and crispy cookies when I feel like eating light and crispy cookies.

Just my increasing or reducing my baking time, I can get both soft chewy cookies and light crispy cookies all with just one recipe!

Easy Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

By , Mar 1, 2020

 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Family favourite oatmeal raisin cookies recipe with simple ingredients, you can make them any time!


Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Yield: 38
Keyword: Easy Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Category: Dessert


  • 100 g plain flour
  • 120 g butter
  • 20 g castor sugar
  • 100 g soft brown sugar
  • 100 g rolled oats
  • 75 g raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  1. Pre-heat oven to 165 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a clean bowl, mix together the flour and oats with a spatula and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream butter, salt and both sugars until creamy. Add the egg and continue beating until well incorporated.
  4. Add in vanilla essence and beat again for a few more seconds.
  5. Finally, add the flour-oats mixture and beat for another few seconds until the flour is well distributed.
  6. Add the raisins and mix with a spatula until the raisins are well distributed in the dough.
  7. Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and drop onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Place the cookies slight apart to allow room for spreading.
  8. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 165 degrees Celsius for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from oven and cool them on a wire rack before serving.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Recipe Notes

Here are some of my notes for this recipe. Reading these will help you understand the recipe and help in making any adjustments if you wish so.

  • I used both brown sugar and white sugar in the recipe. Brown sugar gives the cookies a deep, molasses-like flavor, and keeps them soft and chewy after baking. White sugar, on the other hand, is only in a much smaller quantity and is meant to give the cookies the light crisp, just on the sides. 
  • The butter used in the recipe is salted butter. I use salted butter in all my baking. Unsalted butter is also fine but remember to increase the salt in the recipe to half teaspoon. 
  • I used whole rolled oats in the recipe, you can always substitute this will quick oats.
  • Baking time varies by cookie size. I shaped mine into small cookies (scooped each cookie with a '1 tbsp' measuring spoon). If you make them larger, you would need to increase the baking time accordingly.
  • The baking time indicated in this recipe will produce cookies that are lightly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. If you wish to make cookies that are crispy all the way, increase the baking time by about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • You can customize these cookies further by adding nuts or chocolate chips to it. The choice is entirely yours. To keep the proportion of the cookie batter to these additions the same, reduce the amount of raisins by the amount of nuts or chocolate chips you add to the cookie dough.
  • The cookie dough for this cookies is slightly sticky, so rolling them by hand is not quite advisable. Use a spoon to scoop and drop the dough directly onto your baking sheets. Use your finger tips to lightly shape the cookies into rounded balls before baking. Don't worry about getting them into perfectly shaped balls, suffice if they are generally rounded, overall.
  • The cookies spread quite considerably during baking, so be sure to place them well apart from one another to avoid them from sticking to each other. 
  • This cookie dough can be refrigerated if you do not wish to bake the cookies immediately. You can keep the batter refrigerated for a good one day. Just bring it to room temperature for easy scooping and shaping. 
  • The cookies are best served when they are warm, but if you do not intend to serve them while still warm, keep the cookies stored in an airtight container.

Soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies baked to perfection.Easy Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Stack

How to Bake Easy Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies From Scratch

These oatmeal cookies are super simple to make. The ingredients are pretty basic too with most of them likely readily available in most homes. This, along with a preparation time of about 15 to 20 minutes and a baking time of 8 to 10 minutes, you can literally have a tray of these freshly baked, ultimate,oatmeal raisin cookies in under 30 minutes!

  • The process starts with creaming of the butter and both sugars (white and brown sugars) and the salt until creamy. Unlike cakes, you need not beat the butter and sugars until its all light and fluffy, suffice if it is well creamed. In fact, beating too much will cause the cookies to spread too much during baking.
Cream the butter with both the brown and white sugars

  • Next to go in to the creamed mixture is the egg and vanilla essence. Beat them into the creamed mixture until well incorporated. 

Add in the egg to the creamed butter and sugar

  • In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking soda and add in the rolled oats. Mix them well with a spatula or whisk.

Mix the oats with sifted flour.

  • Add these flour-oatmeal mixture into the creamed mixture and beat until the flour and oats are well incorporated. This should take approximately 15 to 20 seconds.

  • Next, add in the raisins. Mix them in with a spatula until well distributed into the cookie dough. The raisins are best mixed in with a spatula rather than a mixer so that they don't get blended into smaller pieces.
Add in the raisins to the cookie batter and mix with a spatula
Oatmeal raisin cookie batter ready to be shaped and baked.

  • With all the ingredients in the batter, the cookies are ready take shape. At this stage, the cookie dough is slightly sticky. I used my 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop the cookie dough onto parchment lined baking trays, and shaped them lightly with my fingers so that they are all rounded. I also make sure the cookies were placed apart to avoid spreading during baking. 

Place the cookie dough well apart on a baking tray to give allowance for spreading when baking.

  • Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes until the sides have turned slightly brown. At this stage, the cookies are lightly crispy on the edges and soft and chewy in the centers. 

Let the cookies cool down on a wire rack. Store them in an airtight container if not consumed immediately.

And that's pretty much my easy homemade oatmeal raisin cookies recipe for you! Enjoy :)

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