Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

I don't often call recipes perfect, but these oatmeal cookies are soft, chewy, and warmly spiced - everything a good oatmeal raisin cookie should be.

Oatmeal cookies

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to share these oatmeal cookies with you today because they truly are the best. A few weeks ago, I got an intense craving for a good oatmeal raisin cookie. I ran to the kitchen and hastily threw together ingredients that I happened to have on hand and, without really measuring, I made some ok oat-ball kind of cookies. They halfway hit the spot, but my craving continued. So when I flipped through Sarah Copeland’s beautiful new book Every Day is Saturday, her oatmeal cookie recipe grabbed my attention.

Sarah writes, “there are three kinds of oatmeal cookie: over-sugared and raisin-laden; too wholesome (a hippie cookie in disguise); and then these little nuggets of joy you can’t stop eating – that just right kind of cookie. These live in the third camp: sugar under control, but present, and no skimping on the butter (although I used coconut oil and they were still perfect). Cinnamon and vanilla give these big flavor. And for the sweet-toothed, a sprinkling of raisins, and buttery pecans (I used walnuts) do the trick.”

My personal verdict? These cookies totally hit the spot! They were exactly what I was craving, the only problem is that they disappeared too quickly!

Sarah is the author of some of my favorite cookbooks including the Newlywed Cookbook and Feast. Her newest book, Every Day is Saturday, is a gorgeous book full of recipes that are easy and doable for weekdays but that will infuse a dreamy weekend vibe into your everyday.

Oatmeal cookie recipe ingredients

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients to this recipe are simple – you likely already have them in your pantry!

  • All-purpose flour and whole rolled oats are the base of the dough.
  • Baking powder and baking soda make them nice & puffy.
  • Brown sugar adds the perfect caramelized sweetness.
  • Sea salt offsets the sweet sugar and raisins.
  • Cinnamon and vanilla extract give them that delicious warm, spiced oatmeal cookie flavor.
  • Coconut oil or melted butter adds moisture and richness. I used coconut oil, and these tasted wonderfully buttery just the same!
  • 1 large egg + an extra egg yolk give them a rich, thick dough and a moist, light final texture.
  • Raisins dot them with chewy pops of sweetness.
  • And walnuts add nuttiness and crunch.

Pouring wet ingredients into a bowl of dry ingredients

How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Making this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. In separate bowls, whisk together the dry and wet ingredients.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Fold in the oats, raisins, and walnuts. The mixture will be thick!
  4. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Then, roll it into balls.
  5. Bake the balls at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes, until nicely golden brown.
  6. When you take the cookies out of the oven, they should look slightly under-baked. Don’t worry, though – leave them on the hot baking sheets for 5 minutes out of the oven, and they’ll be delectably soft and chewy.
  7. After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely, and enjoy!

Spatula folding together wet and dry ingredients in a mixing bowl How to make oatmeal raisin cookies Cookie dough in a mixing bowl with spatula

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Tips

Sarah has a few excellent pointers in her book. These are her tips for making the best oatmeal raisin cookies:

  • Use brown sugar. Instead of using a mix of brown sugar and granulated sugar, Sarah opts for all brown sugar. It gives these oatmeal raisin cookies a delicious caramelized sweetness.
  • Go for melted, not creamed, butter. According to Sarah, creamed butter cookies are unpredictable: they can easily spread too much or be too firm. With melted butter, though, you’ll get moist, chewy cookies every time.
  • Let the dough rest 20 minutes before baking. Those 20 minutes will make your dough easier to roll into balls, so the cookies will keep their shape and develop a yummy chewy texture in the oven.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely for the best texture and flavor. It may be agony, but letting these oatmeal raisin cookies cool completely only makes them better. They’ll be chewier and fully infused with brown sugar flavor. Sarah likes these best a few hours to 1 day after baking. (Though I can attest that they’re still good if you can’t wait that long.)

How to make oatmeal cookies

My Favorite Variations for Oatmeal Cookies

If you follow this recipe as written, you absolutely will not be disappointed: these oatmeal cookies are buttery, nutty, and perfectly spiced. If you want to step outside the traditional oatmeal raisin cookie box, though, here are a few suggestions to change them up:

  • Substitute chocolate chips for the raisins to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, or use a mix of both.
  • Try using pecans instead of walnuts.
  • Swap the raisins for dried cherries or cranberries.
  • Add a dash of cardamom or ginger to the dough.
  • Skip the raisins and use butterscotch chips or a mix of chocolate and butterscotch chips for extra-buttery flavor.

What’s your favorite way to make oatmeal cookies? Let me know in the comments!

Folding raisins, nuts, and oats into oatmeal cookie recipe dough

Make-Ahead Oatmeal Cookies

If you’re someone who likes to keep cookie dough on hand in the fridge or freezer, this oatmeal cookie recipe is for you. You can mix up the dough and keep it in the fridge for 7-10 days or freeze it for up to a month.

To store the dough, roll it into balls and freeze them briefly. Then, transfer them to airtight plastic containers or Ziploc bags and refrigerate or freeze. You can also roll the dough into a log, using an 8×12-inch piece of parchment paper as a guide. Wrap the log tightly in parchment to refrigerate or freeze, and slice the cookies into rounds before baking.

Bake your cookie dough straight from the fridge. If it’s frozen, allow it to rest for 15 minutes at room temperature before putting it in the oven.

Balls of oatmeal cookie dough on a baking sheet

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Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

rate this recipe:
4.98 from 86 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves 20
These soft and chewy oatmeal cookies are the perfect afternoon treat! Try stirring in chocolate or butterscotch chips for a fun variation. From Every Day is Saturday by Sarah Copeland.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour,

    spooned and leveled

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup whole rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, sugar, whole egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, whisking vigorously.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir in the oats, raisins, and walnuts, if using, folding into a tight batter. Set the dough aside for 20 minutes while the oven preheats. (Note: if your dough seems too wet to become scoop-able, chill it in the fridge for this 20 minutes and it'll firm up). If your dough is too crumbly, stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons water.
  • Scoop into 20 tablespoon-sized balls and roll lightly in barely damp hands to make them round. Spread out onto the prepared baking sheets and bake until puffed, golden, and a touch underbaked-looking, 10 to 11 minutes. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

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  1. Bern from loveandlemons.com
    09.26.2021

    Going to try making them. They look yummy. Can u omit the raisins ?

  2. Chelsea
    09.11.2021

    4 stars
    These were so yum! Very moist and almost like a meal! Not your average cookie! My dough/mixture was very wet so I put in fridge as recommended, this made it easier to roll balls. I used normal butter and did Walnuts and raisins. Just wondering what I would change next time to make them crunchy on outside and soft and chewy in the middle?? Seems like less butter? Or maybe one egg and no extra egg yolk? Feedback would be appreciated! Thanks

    • Chelsea
      09.11.2021

      Also thought I’d add, I live in New Zealand, currently just coming out of winter, not sure if climate has anything to do with it? Haha

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.11.2021

      Hi Chelsea, I’m glad you enjoyed these! They’re definitely chewy cookies with just a light crispness on the bottom. I think crunchier cookies are made with a higher butter to flour ratio… but without testing, I’m not sure that changing the ingredients here will get exactly what you’re looking for. I might just search for someone’s recipe that is already created as a crispy cookie recipe. Hope that helps!

  3. Teresa Lozoya
    09.03.2021

    Please tell me the amount one should expect from this recipe. I’m sorry but I couldn’t find it.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.04.2021

      Hi Teresa, about 20 cookies.

      • Jeanne
        09.12.2021

        I am excited to make these vegan cookies! I am confused about one thing though. The picture above shows 20 balls of dough on one baking sheet and if this recipe makes 20 cookies as you replied, why is it necessary to prepare two baking sheets? I initially thought maybe 20 “servings” meant 2 cookies per serving but the instruction says to make 20 balls.

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          09.13.2021

          Hi Jeanne, they should be spread out on the baking sheet more than I have shown in the photo – so it’s best to use 2 sheets.

  4. Stephanie
    08.28.2021

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe!! I’m making them again tonight ❤️

  5. Jennifer
    08.22.2021

    5 stars
    These were amazing! I did not have raisins on hand so I used dried cranberries! My husband loved them and was surprised how much he loved them with cranberries instead of raisins.

    hmmm btw, why do men love LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies so much? hahahaa

  6. Julie McMillan
    08.20.2021

    I put chocolate chips in my oatmeal cookies. It is delicious

  7. Cindy T
    08.13.2021

    5 stars
    Yummy cookies! I used a 1 to 1 GF substitute and gf oats. Best GF cookies I’ve made. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Gg
    08.13.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious!! I made them with 1/2 raisins, 1/2 dried cranberries because I didn’t have enough raisins and they are so good!

  9. Tina
    07.30.2021

    What type of coconut oil refined or unrefined?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.30.2021

      either will work – unrefined will have a coconut flavor, refined will taste more neutral.

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