Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients

Perfectly soft and chewy easy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe with only 6 ingredients! Easy to put together and the recipe makes the best oatmeal cookies!

Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe- Baker Bettie

This post is overdue. These easy oatmeal cookies are long gone now and I’m just left here editing the photos and wishing I would have saved some. But the beauty of these babies is that they can be whipped together in minutes. Perfect for days like today when I’m not feeling well or any day really. An easy oatmeal cookie recipe created just for you to throw together in a pinch!

I’m not really sure where my fascination for cookies came from specifically. I know it all started about 4 years ago with an idea that became an obsession to create what was my perfect chocolate chip cookie. I think it was partly due to the fact that most cookies I ate were never quite as good as I hoped they would be. So I wanted to create recipes that lived up to my expectations. And this has been my mission for the past 4 years. It probably will not ever end.

And while my obsession for creating unique, over the top, and fancy cookie recipes is bigger than ever, I understand the need for simple classic recipes. I created the Simple 5 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Recipe a few months ago and it has become one of my most trafficked post. I think my notion of the “I need cookies in my mouth in less than 15 minutes” kind of recipe is a common need. So today I am bringing you my most simple Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe. The recipe at it’s core only needs 6 ingredients to produce a damn good cookie. There are a few other optional ingredients that will bring it up a notch if you have them available. I will break it down for you.

#1: Butter: I prefer good old fashioned unsalted butter and that is what I usually have on hand. If all you have is salted butter, margarine, shortening, or vegan butter, any of them will work. This is a “make it work” kind of recipe. I won’t put strict rules on it. But use real butter if you have it.

#2: Sugar: For the best results, use brown sugar, and preferably dark brown sugar. It will give the cookies the most depth of flavor and chew. However, if all you have is white sugar or regular brown sugar that will also work.

#3: Egg: a whole large egg is preferable, however egg beaters or Ener-G egg replacer will also work. This helps bind the cookies together and does some leavening.

#4: Flour: Good old all purpose flour is best, but bread flour, wheat flour, or self-rising flour will all work as well if they are what you have. For more information on flours, read this post. 

#5: Oatmeal: Obviously.

#6: Raisins: Obviously.

-Optional Ingredients to enhance the flavor and texture (these aren’t absolutely necessary to get a decent cookie if you do not have them on hand or the time to add extras):

Cinnamon, Vanilla, Salt, Baking Powder, Bourbon or Spiced Rum

Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe- Baker Bettie

I think I have finally crossed the line over to preferring oatmeal raisin cookies over chocolate chip cookies. I never really liked oatmeal raisin cookies until I started baking a lot of cookies myself. Soaking the raisins in spiced rum or bourbon before baking them was one of the things that really started pulling me across the line. I often do not have time to do this if I haven’t planned ahead enough before baking, and even so I am now preferring oatmeal raisin to chocolate chip. I hope you enjoy this simplified version of the classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and check out the 5 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies as well!

Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients

Recipe for perfectly soft and chewy easy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe with only 6 ingredients! 


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 113 gr) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (7.4 oz, 210 gr) brown sugar, preferably dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (or egg replacer)
  • 1/2 TBSP (0.25 oz, 7 gr) vanilla (optional ingredient)
  • 1 tsp baking powder (optional ingredient, do not add if you are using self rising flour)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional ingredient, do not add if you are using self rising flour)
  • 1/2 tsp Morton kosher salt (optional, but highly recommended if you used unsalted butter)
  • 1 cup plus 2 TBSP (4.8 oz, 136 gr) white flour (can be all-purpose, self-rising, or bread flour)
  • 1 cup raisins (soaked in rum or bourbon for 6-12 hours and drained, optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the egg and mix until incorporated. If using, add the vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, and mix until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the flour then the raisins and oatmeal just until combined. Mixing too much will create tough and dry cookies.
  5. Drop rounded mounds of dough (about 2 TBSP each) on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten the dough mounds slightly before baking.
  6. Bake at 350ºF until just lightly browned on the edges and middle still looks under-cooked, about 9 minutes.
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213 comments on “Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients”

  1. These are great, they turned out perfect when we made them. Thanks for posting. Simon
  2. believe me, i rarely ever leave comments, like never. but oh my goodness. these are to die for. the most yummiest raisin cookies ever. and i used granulated sugar, i cant imagine how much yummier they will be with brown sugar. if only i knew how yummy these are, i would double and double this recipe as i have a big family to bake for;) thank you!!!!
  3. Made 4 batches of these and loved every one of them - rum raisin, chocolate chip, cranberry & cranberry chocolate chip. Took them to a Thanksgiving dinner and didn't bring any home, so it's time to make more.....great recipe and easy to follow!
  4. I just made the easy oatmeal raisin cookies using salted butter, regular brown sugar and all the optional ingredients. I soaked the raisins in rum. I'm not sure it made much difference in the overall flavor of the cookie. My intention was to also add walnuts but I forgot them. Whoops! They were delish! Turned out exactly as pictured. Recipe made 24. I will definitely use this recipe again. Thanks!
  5. These cookies were amazing! We used all the optional ingredients and even added in some apple pie spice for a little bit of an extra kick! They were so easy to make and they tasted amazing!
  6. I have Old Fashion Oats & Quick 1 Minute Oats. Which do I use?
  7. Absolutely best oatmeal raisin cookies I've ever had. Followed recipe with all options except soaking the raisins. Baked 11 mins, they came out perfect. Thanks for this great recipe, will use from here on out.
  8. This recipe was absolutely amazing. My family loved it.
  9. Just made these (ate 3) and they're my new fav! I didn't have baking soda in the house but I was craving cookies..I don't have any chocolate chips so oatmeal it was!
  10. I baked these for a work function. It was a last minute thing. I didn't have brown sugar or vanilla extract, but these cookies came out great!
  11. As a celiac, I've struggled to find a great oat cookie recipe. They always turn to oat-crisp-cookies; thin, flat discs that taste okay but are definitely not cookies. So too, was the first batch of this one, followed faithfully but using Pamela's Baking Mix for the flour. Batch 2 added in chopped walnuts and one extra egg, was stuck in the fridge for a day, only one tablespoon of batter rolled into a ball and placed on a paper-lined baking tray and NOT flattened, and put into the oven as it was still heating (about 275F) then 9 minutes on the timer when the oven hit 350'F. Oh... my... deliciousness! Perfect, snickerdoodle size and shape cookies. Chewy, nutty oat goodness. The cookies did not make breakfast. They disappeared from the cooling rack before they were cool! Thank you for my new favorite cookie recipe. Well, 2nd-favorite. Gingerbread cookies still own my heart! ;)
  12. Every time I make oatmeal cookies, they end up super hard. I'm gonna make these today and hopefully, they turn out better.
    • Make sure not to over bake! The temperature of cookies continues to rise after you pull them out of the oven so you want to pull them when they still look a little bit under done.
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  14. My child is allergic to wheat and dairy, so i used coconut oil in place of butter and brown rice flour. This recipe worked very good. I left the cookies in the turned off oven for few extra minutes, that made them a little crispier. However they tasted great, and next time i will remove them right after. A big thank you for sharing this recipe.
    • Hi there! Thank you so much for your comment! I am so happy to hear that these cookies worked well with rice flour so that your child could enjoy them! I have not made them that way yet, so it is so good to know that it works! Did you make the substitute cup for cup?
  15. I'm going to make these today. Thanks! :-D
  16. Wonderful recipe. I've tried many  and this is the best. For anyone only having white sugar, no worries, they turn out great! A little pale and not quite as "pretty", but perfect flavor. My only change I think would be to add one more teaspoon of butter and an additional egg. The batter is a bit dry. I have decided after this recipe that baking soda has no place in oatmeal raisin asin cookies. That single ingredient has been my downfall all these years. Thank you for an incredible cookie!! Can't wait to experiment with chocolate chips, craisins, nuts and seeds. A store here sells the everything cookie which is our favorite. Packed with healthy ingredients. Can't hurt to boost these! 
  17. Can't wait to try them, going to soak the raisins now will let them soak overnight. Is the oatmeal old fashion or quick?
  18. I made these with cinnamon, baking powder, all purpose flour, vanilla extract, and without the raisins. They are amazing! I even drizzled a little frosting on the them... YUM. I'm totally outdone at how quick and easy this recipe is.
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