Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients

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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!

Yields 24 Cookies

Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients

20 minPrep Time

9 minCook Time

29 minTotal Time

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Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Only 6 Ingredients
Author: Baker Bettie
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24 Cookies
1 CUP SUGAR, preferably dark brown sugar
1 EGG (or egg replacer)
1/2 TBSP vanilla (optional)
1 tsp baking powder (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp kosher salt (optional, but recommended)
1 CUP PLUS 2 TBSP FLOUR (preferably all-purpose)
1 CUP RAISINS (soaked in rum or bourbon for 6-12 hours and drained, optional)


  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 undercooked, about 9 minutes.

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Comments 196

  1. Colleen

    These look delish! I think I might make a batch today…they would be a special treat in my daughter’s lunch box next week too! (minus the rum or bourbon – ha!)

  2. Alison Levesley

    Sitting in a coffee shop reading this and desperate to get home to try them out! They look awesome. Going to add some almonds and cranberry too. Question- how to you get such perfect mounds of cookie dough?

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      Baker Bettie

      Hi Allison! I use a cookie scoop. My favorite brand is the Oneida trigger scoop. I have made literally thousands of cookies with them and they never break. The large one is my favorite: But I have the small one too to make small cookies:

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      Baker Bettie

      Neither. You want to use old-fashioned rolled oats. I will edit the recipe to be more clear. (quick oats will work but the texture will be different.)

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  4. Catz Villanueva

    im thinking of learning how to bake and came upon your page, just have a question.. can I use regular (instant) oats if I don't have the rolled oats?

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  5. Walter Sinclair

    I baked one tester at 350 for 9 minutes. It wasn't ready. I baked it for three more minutes. Not ready. Two more minutes and it still wasn't cooked and my oven is working just fine. I'm going to adjust the temperature and the time.

  6. Paul Misseghers

    Time and temperature and moisture are dependent on altitude…..maybe the recipe was written by someone in Montana…. 🙂

      1. Amanda

        Mine were also not done in the specified timeframe. Not because I like a different texture, they just were not cooked completely.
        I use gold baking sheets – I upped the temp to 375 and baked for 11min. Worked well for me!
        I did use all optional ingredients, added 1/2C pecan pieces, and half craisins, half raisins (what I had on hand).

  7. BakerBettie

    Paul Misseghers I lived in Philadelphia at the time when I wrote this recipe. It does depend on altitude, and Winnipeg is a higher altitude and Philadelphia, but it can also depend on if your oven is cooking at the correct temperature and how large you make the cookies. I'm glad it is working for you now! I find that it is common to think the cookies look underbaked when pulling them out of the oven. They will keep cooking for a few minutes after removed and this is how you keep them chewy and perfect. Unless you like a crunchier cookie, then you can leave them in the oven until the look done.

  8. TK Butler

    These were great! I needed a quick recipe for my boss' birthday tomorrow. Oatmeal raisin cookies are her favorite! This was fast and easy and they're extra delicious. Managed to get the entire batch done during the same time as I was cooking supper. (I might have sampled a couple.) Thanks so much for posting!

  9. elaine

    I made 23 small cookies. The flavor is mainly sweet, I’ve tried other recipes where the salt was inside the mix so it had a more salty and sweet flavor. They turned out very soft and chewy.

  10. Sharice Hunt

    OMG.. Love these cookies!!! My only change was switching the sugar to 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 brown sugar. Made them while I was making breakfast yesterday and I only have 2 left! My house is starting to prefer these to chocolate chip too.

  11. Kailee

    This recipe is amazing! We didn’t have raisins, but we did have baby Hershey bars leftover from Halloween… SO delicious! Easily my new favorite cookie.

  12. Sonia La Shawne McDade

    I made these tonight – I did a half shortening, half margarine… (out of my beloved butter) a full tablespoon of Vanilla, some really roasted slivered almonds ( did a rough chop in my spice grinder) and a 1/2 cup of Craisins – WE ARE IN LOVE!!! – THANK YOU!

  13. Jelly B.

    Okay so I made these last night and I wanted to post as soon as they came out of the oven but I was in a cookie coma. 🙂 these were absolutely delicious, my family loved them! My adjustments were I used light brown sugar instead of dark and I used vanilla and added dark chocolate pieces and i also used baking soda. I made about 18 big cookies and they were amaze balls. Can’t wait to try more recipes and just in time for the holidays. 🙂

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  14. Maddie Lynn

    I only ever use instant oats in my cookies. My kids won't eat them otherwise. The cookies turn out fine, a bit smoother in texture compared to rolled.

  15. Maddie Lynn

    I made this for the first time just now, and they're great. I used instant oats and omitted the raisins, used the optional ingredients. I live in Montana at 3200 feet elevation, and after 12 minutes they were baked to perfection for the size I made them. Thanks for this great recipe.

  16. aparna

    I just got my otg yesterday and wanted to try out a simple cookie. I have never baked in my life and neither anyone in the family. So this was something of an experiment. I substituted unsalted butter with salted one coz that’s what I had at home and the shops were not open yet. I found this recipe online and found it very simple and easy. I tried it and voila, I made my first set of cookies today. It was yummy too. I really didn’t follow the recipe coz I didn’t have a measuring cup, but still it came out fine. Thank a ton for this wonderful recipe which did instill in me the courage and urge to bake more

  17. Jessica Pacynski

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you also gave vegan options that will work! My biggest problem when converting recipes to vegan is not knowing if the vegan version, like Ener G Egg will do the job a real egg does for the recipe. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  18. Angelm

    For some reason my batter was kind of dry and after 9 minutes in the oven the cookies appeared much lighter than yours. Any idea what could have caused this? Ps: I used quick oats.

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      Baker Bettie

      What kind of sugar did you use? If you used light brown sugar or regular granulated sugar that could be the difference in color. As far as the batter being dry it could just be where you live or the way you measured your flour. It is easy to accidentally pack too much flour in the measuring cups. Always feel free to add a TBSP or two of milk or water if you cookie batter is too dry.

      1. Angelm

        Hi Bettie! Thanks for your response you’re so kind. As you suggested and I figured out afterwards, the white sugar is to blame for the light cookies. Btw, this recipe is perfectly delicious. Thanks for sharing!!!

  19. MelissaBakes

    Thanks for this great recipe! I’ve made dozens of these with different variations like, cranberries, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and also cocoa powder and almonds!! The list could be endless!!!

    They always taste great each and every time!

    Merry Christmas from Florida!

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      Baker Bettie

      I’m so glad it has been working out for you Melissa! I love all of your variations. That is what I love about cookies. You can take 1 base recipe and make endless flavor combinations with it. Merry Christmas to you too!

  20. brave heart

    I am sorry but these are the worst cookies I have ever tasted. far too much flour, not enough eggs and butter.
    and the baking time was all off.. they had no flavor and are ere very dry. I said I am sorry, but this is the truth. you should adjust this recipe.

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      Baker Bettie

      I’m sorry the cookies didn’t work out for you. This is actually a tested recipe that has worked well for numerous other bakers. The ratios of flour to butter and egg is very standard for basic cookie recipes. I’m wondering where you live and if this affected how much flour was in your batter? I recently found out that measuring cups in other countries are bigger than American measuring cups. If you are using american measuring cups, make sure that you are lightly spooning the flour in and then leveling off, making sure not to pack the flour down in. I will edit the recipe to include weight measurements for those people who do have a digital scale. That is always the most accurate way to measure. Hope you have a Happy New Year!

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  21. Margi Fisher

    Cookies turned out great! I used the cinnamon, vanilla and a sprinkle of salt on the top. After 9 minutes they were the soft texture I like my cookies to be. Used left-over golden raisins I had from Christmas. Great recipe!

  22. Steph TC Michele

    i actually just made these. im vegan so used egg replacer. i added everything except the salt and baking powder and used a full tbsp of vanilla instead of half and just soaked the raisins in water for about 25 mins and the cookies turned out awesome!! thank you for this wonderful recipe BakerBettie 🙂

  23. Steph TC Michele

    i actually just made these. im vegan so used egg replacer. i added everything except the salt and baking powder and used a full tbsp of vanilla and full tsp of cinnamon instead of half and just soaked the raisins in water for about 25 mins and the cookies turned out awesome!! thank you for this wonderful recipe BakerBettie 🙂

  24. Tara

    Awesome cookies!! Made them this evening and my son and husband loooooved them! Super easy and quick and especially good tasting! Thx for the recipe!

  25. Kat

    I made these yesterday and subbed a 1/2 cup of large chocolate chips for the raisins and a stick of margarine, because it was what I had on-hand. Brought them in to share with my co-workers and they’re a hit! They want seconds tomorrow! Thanks a bunch!! (:

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  28. Eileen Wold

    just made these with my two kids. we used eath balance instead of butter and they added a cup of craisins too. So good!

  29. Eileen

    Just made these beauties and I was skeptical taking them out of the oven when they didn’t look done. I love them!!!!!! The real test is my son who is coming over soon. He loves my oatmeal raisin cookies. I have used the same recipe for over 30 years and he brags on them. I don’t know, I just might switch to your now. I will keep you posted about my son’s rating of this recipe.

    Thank you

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  31. Emma Pickering

    Why does it say "oatmeal" at the top of the page, and then "rolled oats" at the recipe stage!?? They are different creatures!

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      Baker Bettie

      Hi Emma. I’m a little confused about your comment. Rolled Oats are just one of the forms of oats that we refer to as oatmeal or use to make the porridge we call oatmeal. Oatmeal refers to (at least in the states) any kind of ground oats and can be steel cut oats, crushed oats, rolled oats, quick oats. It is a general words used for referring to the ground oat groats used to make porridge. “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” is a very common name for a very common cookie (at least in the states) made with raisins and rolled oats. The reason I specify “rolled oats” is because this cannot be made with the cooked porridge and it cannot be made with steel cut oats. Does that make sense?!

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  33. Deirdre Stinson

    I made these yesterday. I left out the raisins as we're not raisin fans. I did add the vanilla, cinnamon & baking powder. They were still super simple & quick to make. I got 2 dozen large, delicious cookies. My fiancé has commented several times that these take him back to visits to his Gram's house as a little boy. He keeps saying, "They're just like my Gram's". They are now all gone. Thank you! 🙂

  34. Dawn

    I have been asked to make oatmeal raisin cookies WITH peanut butter…Any suggestions? I have searched other recipes but you seem to have the most positive remarks so I hope you can assist!!!

  35. nada

    hey….thanks for your recipe.i tried ur recipe and it was very tasty. but it became little soft.its real texture is soft or??how can I make little hard??I used butter in room temperature.

    thanks you.

  36. Kate Elizabeth Carrera

    Just made these and they're sooo good! I made a couple changes, though: I used about a third cup of whole wheat flour; my husband and I don't like raisins so I replaced them with slivered almonds, white chocolate chips, and dark chocolate chips; and I dipped the dough balls in a mixture of Kosher salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. They came out chewy and gooey and delicious! Thanks for a dynamite recipe! 🙂

  37. BakerBettie

    Wow! Those adaptations sound amazing! Thanks for sharing. I love it when people make it their own and then share with me so I can try it too! So glad they turned out well for you!

  38. Katherine Galliford

    If I leave out the baking powder will it still rise a bit or be flat? Also, can I freeze the dough (freeze uncooked for later use so that I have some for later in the middle of the night or early in the morning when I have a cookie craving). The cookies sound yummy

  39. Admarie

    Just made a batch and my two sons and I just can’t stop eating them. They are delish!!! Thanks a lot for the recipe.

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      Baker Bettie

      Thanks for letting me know Admarie! That makes my heart sing! I’m so glad you got to share and enjoy them with your family. It means so much to me to hear those things!

  40. BakerBettie

    Hi Katherine! The cookies in the pictures were made with only the 6 ingredients listed necessary. So they were made without baking powder and that is how tall they turn out for me! One trick you can always do to keep them tall is to scoop the dough and then let the mounds chill for some time before baking. If I do this, I usually put the whole cookie sheet in the freezer for about 5 minutes before baking. This will allow the cookie to set before spreading out keeping your cookies really nice and thick!

  41. Kevin Howard

    This recipe sux donkey balls, after mixing the wet and dry ingredients i had a bowl full of crumbs, wouldn't form into any type of cookie, had to add in other things like honey to give some consistency to be able to form anything to put on the cookie sheet…

  42. BakerBettie

    Hi Kevin! I'm sorry it didn't work out for you but this is a tested recipe so I would love to help troubleshoot! It sounds like you had too much flour in your batter. Make sure to fluff up your flour and lightly spoon it into your measuring cups and then level it off. Do not pack it down! this is a common error in measuring flour. If you have a kitchen scale, it would be even better to weigh your flour. 1 cup of flour should weight about 4.5 oz. So for this recipe you need about 5 oz of flour, or 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons. Hope that helps!

  43. Barbara Lane

    Just made these with all the optional ingredients. Very tasty! Doesn’t make a huge batch which is perfect for our family.

  44. Juliet

    I found this simple recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies and immediately I knew I had to try it. I am not an expert when it comes to baking so I followed the ingredients and baking instructions as precise as possible. The end product made these cookies the best oatmeal raisin cookies I have ever had.

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  45. Sarah-Jane Crane

    Just made these (batch 2 in oven now!). Used light brown sugar, sultanas soaked in brandy and salted butter as that's what I had in, with 1tsp of vanilla extract and 3/4tsp of cinnamon. I first thought the mixture looked a bit too dry so I added a couple of tsp of the drained brandy and they came out perfect, better than shop bought!
    Will definitely be trying your other recipes xx

  46. Ilky

    I really felt like something sweet and simple and it was around 10:00 pm here in Australia, I came across your recipe and made it and it was perfect ! My husband who does not like raisins loved this cookie recipe will definitely make again.
    Thank you !

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  47. angie

    i tried these Cookies and they are sooo good and its very easy and quick to throw together perfect for when u have a craving that just cant wait lol i also tried it with coconut flavor and chocolate chips instead of vanilla and raisins and they were to die for!!! Love the cookies and the versatility of it thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Helaine

      Hi. I want to try this recipe and i will just use an oven toaster (beginner). And the max temp thatbit has is 250F. It says in te recipe that it should be preheated in 350F. How do i alter this? And rolledd oats?? Is it just the ordinary oats we buy in the market?

  48. Briana

    Just made these and they were AWESOME, I added Peanut Butter and Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to mine 🙂

  49. Jason

    These are probably the best cookies I’ve ever had. I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose, and I use 2/3 cup sugar instead of 1 cup (2/3 is the perfect amount). I also add chunks of 86% dark chocolate. After cooling, I gobbled up around 6 of these before my wife made me stop.

  50. Jason

    I’ve never heard of a toaster oven that only goes up to 250F. I suggest you double check the settings or review the instruction manual. Most go to 450-500C I think.

    And yes, I just use the regular oats you buy in the store in the cardboard tube containers (“quick cook” or “old fashioned”).

  51. Deepak

    Hi, I have just finished making those cookies and they came so good. I also added almond and chocolate chips. Thanks for the recipie.

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  52. monay28

    Perfect! I made them last night I made 21 and by tonight there’s only 3 left ! Simple recipe loved it! Well #myhubisacookiemonster lol

  53. Joanne McKinnon

    Turned out kind of dry for my liking, but the taste was superb! Next time I will try a tad more butter and maybe some vanilla?

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  55. Gina Jean

    I made them on Friday and really enjoyed them. I made half regular and the other half i added almond and espresso paste to them and They were such a big hit!!!!! Easy to follow recipes and will be part of my family recipe book for ever! Ty.

  56. Maria Zarif

    i made these cookies in 15 minutes (including the baking time which was 10 minutes). They are DELICIOUS and the best part is that you can change the recipe here and there (like if you want less sugar or less oil like i do). I love how you explained the point of each ingredient at the beginning rather than making me follow a recipe blindly (which i hate doing and never end up doing by the way)

    Thanks! Looking forward to making some of the other things (:

  57. Diana Herrera

    I tried these cookies last night, wish I would have used a little less sugar and did not add any raisins…. but, I did combine some cinnamon and Tahitian vanilla powder, yummy, the taste was out of this world. I was forced to add more oats and flour as the dough was really loose. these cookies turned out more like cookie bars from spreading across the baking sheet, but, they taste awesome. I think maybe I just added a little baking soda instead of baking powder, next time. Thanks.

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      Baker Bettie

      Sounds like an elevation problem Diana! Do you live at high elevation? You can also try to pop the baking sheet with the dough mounds on it in the freezer for about 5 minutes before going into the oven. This also helps keep them taller. And yes, you can reduce the sugar if desired by 1/4 cup. If you do decide to use baking soda instead of powder make sure you are using dark brown sugar. You need the acidity from the molasses to activate it.

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  59. Jenni

    Didn’t soak the raisins, had salted butter, and ALWAY at least double the vanilla of every recipe because I’m obsessed. Tasty batter! they’re still in the over.. already double the cook time. Maybe I mad them too chubby? lol Update soon.

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      Baker Bettie

      It’s very possible that your oven needs to be calibrated too. They will definitely look a little underdone when you take them out. They will keep cooking a little on the baking sheet.

  60. Dee

    Was just about to sit down with the hubby to indulge in some “Orange is the New Black” when he randomly stated, “man, I wish we had some oatmeal raisin cookies!” A google search led me here, and 20 minutes later we had the most delicious cookies! We followed the recipe as written, minus the soaking of the raisins. Will be trying that next time. Baked for 8 mins and turned out perfect! Glad I found your site, thanks for sharing!

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      Baker Bettie

      So glad they worked out for you Dee! One thing you can do to quick soak the raisins is to heat up the liquid and toss the raisins in and let them soak for 5-10 minutes. I think the texture is better if you let them soak in room temp liquid over night, but this definitely works too if you want them in a hurry!

  61. Elias Patellis

    I just made these cookies(06/30/14), I used the baking powder, vanilla, and cinnamon. I baked mine for 15 minutes. They were awesome. Now I have the chocolate chip cookies baking. So easy, so delicious. Thanks for the great recipes.

  62. Samantha Robin

    For all the people who have have failed so tremendously (which is ALL of us if we are honest), this makes us feel better. Thank you for sharing. XD

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      Baker Bettie

      Hi Margy! As the recipe states, if you want to soak your raisins you just put them in the liquid for at least 6 and up to 12 hours. Do this at room temperature. I just do it the night before I’m going to make the cookies. If you want to do it faster you can heat up the liquid and then put the raisins in for about 10 minutes. This works okay, but I think the texture of the raisins are better if you do it for the longer period of time at room temp.

  63. Amy Price Patrick

    added maple syrup since i had no vanilla and they were excellent. On my second patch I added mulberries and now I know what to do with mullberries.

  64. Sarah Auzina

    I need cinnamon raisin cookies NOW– I knew just where to come for the recipe! 🙂 I love the mobile site, it’s terrific!!!

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  65. Brittany

    Just made these and they turned out perfect. Think I might use less sugar next time so my daughter can enjoy them with me ( sweets + toddler = squirrel with ADD). Overall though, awesome, easy recipe. Thanks for posting:)

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  66. Cassi

    Awesome recipe. They take a little longer in the oven (wouldn’t doubt if it was my crappy oven), but I love them! I used Craisins instead because I have a lot of them and plus I don’t really like raisins. Great recipe, especially since I don’t usually have stuff that other recipes require. Would love to see more of your recipes!

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  67. Steph

    Hi, i was wondering if anyone else had troble with this recipe, i made these today and they came out very dry i had to give them to the crow’s. anyone tell me where i went wrong please or what i can do to make this a better recipe.

    i only put the – Butter, Sugar, Oats, Egg, Flour, Rasins


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      Baker Bettie

      Hi Steph! That definitely sounds like you had too much flour in your batter. This can easily happen depending on where you live and the climate, as well as the way you measure your flour. I would suggest reading this post: And then when you make the cookies leave out about 2 tbsp and see how the dough feels. If it is very wet, then you can add in the rest of the flour. If it feels like the right consistency, then go ahead and bake them. Also make very sure that you do not mix for very long after the flour is added. This can make them tough and dry as well. Mix just unitl incoroporated then stop.

  68. Anne

    I’m in trouble. The vast majority of recipes I try to halve and quarter wind up being failures … I managed to quarter this recipe, skip the egg, the baking soda, the raisin soaking and added some balkan yoghurt by eye/feel as a replacement for the egg plus added extra oats (1/2 cup instead of a 1/3 cup). My only complaint is, “why didn’t I use more cinnamon?”

    I typically give over a sacrificial first batch to the oven because most of the time oven temps are never spot on; ovens be fickle beasts. My brand spankin’ new oven undercooked them a bit at 10 minutes. One TBSP dough per cookie btw.

    I think next time I’m going to add some dried apple.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  69. Michelle

    I was craving something sweet so I just made these. I substituted whole wheat flour for the unbleached, coconut oil for the butter, and coconut palm sugar for the regular sugar. Oh, and also chocolate chips for the raisins! Alot of switches!!! I didn’t anticipate the amount of sweetness the chips would add, so they were a little too sweet. Next time I’ll try it with maybe half the sugar. They were, however delicious and I quickly scarfed down two of them with a glass of milk!

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  71. Lisa O.

    I was a little skeptical of this recipe at first (it really just seemed almost too simple!), but they turned out surprisingly well! I have always been a fan of oatmeal cookies, more than chocolate chip or sugar drop, and I like how this recipe is so quick and convenient. I made one alteration, I added orange rind which usually turns out super, but this time added too much. Will try soaking the raisins in rum next time.

  72. Ronni

    Just made these with my daughter for a club she is in. OMG they are amazing. We followed the recipe for the most part. Used granulated sugar and quick oats as that is what we have on had. Also added nutmeg. They taste just like my grandmas. Thank you so much for a super simple recipe. We will definitely be making these again!!!

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  75. Menna

    I’ve made these twice now, once with chocolate chips for my sister (she doesn’t like raisins in her oatmeal cookies…) and for Christmas, with chocolate chips, with raisins and plain. I like the raisin ones the best, my family liked the chocolate ones best (once again, heathens who don;t like raisins in cookies). My sister liked them so much that she demanded I make them again for her birthday! So thank you, this recipe will be my go-to oatmeal recipe for years to come!
    (i’ve also used margarine instead of butter.. i’m a poor college student. and i’ve slightly melted it in the microwave, so that i could just stir the sugar in, which worked great! I’ve made them with and without baking powder, and they turned out great both times, maybe they were a little bit poofier with the baking powder, but if you don’t have any it won’t make that big of a difference)

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  77. Brandy

    I soak them in a brown sugar bourbon and they fly out of my kitchen! I have to get my local liquor store to special order the bourbon for me, but its worth it.

  78. Christina

    Just made these with my children….Most Delicious and easiest oatmeal cookies we ever made… I decreased brown sugar a little and did in fact use salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. We also added pecans. I did use fresh ground soft wheat flour – not white flour. Also I did increase cooking time by a few minutes . Next time I will try to sub sucanat for brown sugar to see how the results change.
    My 12 year old had me copy this recipe for her and will actually be making these herself -start to finish -from now on!
    Thank you for this easy and yummy recipe- wholesome and chewy!

  79. Dynamo of Dixie

    I followed the directions exactly (except for vanilla which I didn’t have on hand), but the oatmeal didn’t incorporate very well into the mixture. As a result, it was extremely difficult to create rounded mounts of dough, with oatmeal falling everywhere and all over the baking pan. Please help.

  80. Christine

    I just made these and they are so good! My husband has had 4 cookies since i’ve pulled them out of the oven and he keeps telling me how good they are. 🙂
    I added the baking powder/salt/cinnamon, upped the vanilla to 1 TBS (we like the extra flavor!), and did NOT add raisins b/c we aren’t raisin fans. These were soft and chewy and oh so yummy. I don’t see these lasting more than one more day 😉

    I bookmarked this recipe and will definitely be making it again!

  81. Sezzy

    These are the reason I started baking!
    All the shop bought ones all left me disappointed, I’ve tried a few recipes but this is the best and most amazing…..I make spiced rum soaked raisins for adults and apple juice soaked raisins for kids.
    I’ve made this recipe now soo many times I don’t need to look at the recipe much any more!

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  83. Carol

    Just made these, Very simple to make. I did not add the raisins. I added 1 tsp of the vanilla and cinnamon, quick oats, light brown sugar, flour, butter and the egg. I baked them in my toaster oven for 9 mins on the first batch then went up to 9 min 40 seconds on the rest. I noticed when i mixed it that it was dry, crumbly and I thought oh great now what did I do, but i mixed it a little longer then suggested and everything came together nicely and the moisture did work its way through everything and when baked it was still a soft cookie. Came out great! Thanks! Will be trying the chocolate chip one next!!

  84. Michael

    My wife and I just made a batch using a different recipe, which is why we are looking for another. They were terribly hard and dry and it must have been that recipe called for 400 degrees F. Anyway, I like the idea of raisins soaked in spiced rum. My question is, does the left over spiced rum make for an interesting rum and coke! Can’t be wasting expensive spiced rum!
    We’ll be trying your recipe this weekend.

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  87. Cheryl Adams

    Loved these! I did change a couple of things .. I added rum imitation, flax seed, and sun flower seeds. Sounds odd I know but they turned out really good and are toddler approved 🙂

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  89. Centelleo

    This is a wonderful recipe. I had to substitute quite a bit based on what I had available and thanks to the versatility of the recipe, the cookies turned out well!

    I used oat flour instead of all-purpose, cranberries instead of raisins, coconut oil instead of butter, coconut sugar/sucanat instead of regular sugar, and ginger instead of cinnamon.

    Thanks again for creating such delicious recipes!

  90. Summer

    I used this recipe but instead I put in half a cup of dried cherries and half a cup of chocolate chips. It was delicious!!!

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  93. Karen

    I just made these oatmeal cookies as a “thank you” for a kind person, and he texted me within minutes of leaving my house to say that they were “the best oatmeal cookies he had EVER had in his life.”
    Please note: 1) oatmeal cookies are his favorite kind 2) this was my first time trying your recipe 3) I’m a vegan so I made his cookies that way, and he didn’t’ know it (vegetable oil-based margarine instead of butter, 1 tbsp flaxseed + 2 tbsp water instead of an egg).
    So–I’m grateful that you helped me make someone happy.
    I certainly will be baking these again.
    Hope the happiness comes back to you, and then some.

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  94. Teena

    Just made these cookies, soft and chewy in the center, only thing I would do differently is less vanilla (you can taste it a tad to much) and more brown sugar maybe sub some for white sugar? Just needs a hint more sweetness. Either way they were a hit with my kids.

  95. nelly

    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!!!!

  96. Blake

    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!

  97. stephene van natta

    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!

  98. Amanda

    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!

  99. Sandra Stuckey

    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.

  100. Stefanie

    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!

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