Thick & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The ingredients that I usually bake with are the ones that are the most popular with my boyfriend, the one who eats the majority of my baked goods: toffee, chocolate, & candy. I rarely bake desserts that contain the ingredients that he hates: oatmeal, coconut, & raisins, (He also hates eating any and every vegetable, so don’t even get me started on that) primarily because they’ll never disappear. I know what you’re thinking… no coconut = no Samoas/Caramel Delights Girl Scout Cookies! How can you live?! I don’t know how he does it because I don’t think you’ve lived until you’ve eaten one of those cookies. They’re pure heaven in a box. Okay now I’m just getting a bit carried away just thinking about them, so back to my story…

Luckily for me, my mom requested a “healthier” cookie when I came home last weekend and I had the chance to bake something out of the norm for me. She requested something with oatmeal, and left the rest to me. Oatmeal raisin cookies it was! I used golden raisins instead of purple raisins and will never go back. They make the cookie much more moist and flavorful. You may not notice a difference, but I do! This cookie also didn’t spread much, so i’d recommend flattening them out and shaping them a bit prior to baking. This recipe is adapted from the Quaker Oats Oatmeal Raisin recipe found on the lid of their box. It makes a heartier and chewier cookie than the original. I put walnuts in half the batch and left the other half as is. The verdict? They’re both equally tasty. My mom loved them and they disappeared within 2-3 days.

I’m at my 97th post right now, and 3 more makes 100! Stay tuned for the 100th post because I’ll be having my very first giveaway! :)

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2-3/4 cup golden raisins (depending on your taste)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins (& nuts if using them); mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.




  1. says

    I LOVE oatmeal cookies! The great thing about them is that they’re relatively healthy, and super easy to hide other healthy elements such as wheat germ and flaxseed meal without being noticed. :)

  2. says

    mommyamy- yes i totally agree! you can definitely hide a lot of healthy into an oatmeal cookie.

    jennifer- :) me too!

    thefoodlibrarian- thanks!

    hayley- you’re welcome!

    donna-definitely. :)

  3. Katie Moss says

    I’ve been craving oatmeal cookies for a few weeks and just remembered you posted about this recently, so I’m going to give this recipe a go! :)

  4. says

    These cookies are so yummy :)
    Ever since first making them a few months ago i’v made it a point to make them every few weeks and they are gone within a few days.
    Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  5. Anonymous says

    I just baked these cookies today. They were terrific! The best cookies I’ve done so far. I reduced the butter by a bit (2 tablespoon) and substituted it with applesauce (2 tablespoon). Turned out great.

  6. Anonymous says

    This was the best oatmeal raisin cookie I have ever had. What I like best is the minimal amount of sugar the recipe calls for and still absolutly delish! Only makes about 2 1/2 dozen small cookies–so I would have made a double batch because I couldn’t stop eating them!!! :)


  7. charlyn says

    I made these for an event at my husband’s office and they were a huge hit! I also made the oreo chocolate chip cookies and both were gone in no time! Thanks for sharing! your blog is definitely a keeper!!!

  8. Rebekah says

    I made these while being snowed in tonight…My mom and boyfriend said they were the best cookies they’ve ever had. I can’t wait to explore you’re blog. I’ve got your blog bookmarked. thanks for sharing! :)

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