Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Loaded with sweet, plump raisins, nutty oats, and pumpkin pie spice, these soft and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are practically bursting with homemade goodness! Best of all, they're easy to make!

Just in time for National Oatmeal Month, this scrumptious homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe is a must-make!

Loaded with sweet, plump raisins, nutty oats, and pumpkin pie spice, these soft and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are practically bursting with homemade goodness! Best of all, they're easy to make!

This easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe is by far my favorite! Each cookie comes out of the oven soft and chewy, and absolutely bursting with flavor! Best of all, there's nothing fancy or complicated about it, just pure homemade, delicious cookie goodness!

stack of oatmeal raisin cookies on plate

If you like the taste of oatmeal, raisins, and spice, then you are going to love these easy made-from-scratch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! Served with a tall glass of milk, it'll be hard to eat just one!

How To Make Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are soft and chewy on the outside, crispy around the edges, and full of sweet raisins and spice. Find the complete ingredients and instructions in the printable recipe at the end of the post.

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Ingredients Needed for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This quick and easy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe uses everyday ingredients to create a delectable, moist, soft, and chewy cookie. Unlike most oatmeal raisin cookie recipes, this one calls for pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. I find that it really adds to the ‘spice' flavor which combines so well with the sweetness of the raisins!

These easy-to-make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are soft, chewy, and packed with flavor!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Instructions

Making these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies is pretty much like making any other cookie. You'll start by combining the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another. Then you will add the dry ingredients to the wet, mix well, then toss in the raisins and mix again.

After that, you'll put the dough in the fridge to allow it to chill for about 30 minutes before forming small balls and baking. This helps the flavors marry together better, prevents spreading, and allows the dough to bake up into thicker, chewier cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies stacked on plate

Once the dough is chilled, you'll scoop out and roll about 24 equal-sized dough balls and drop them on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave about 1-2 inches between each one. Then, to get a nice round shape to these cookies, use the bottom of a glass to press the dough and slightly flatten each one.

Tip: To keep the dough from sticking to the glass, wet the bottom of the glass before pressing down on the dough.

After that, you simply pop 'em in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies might look under-baked, but they'll continue to set as they cool. Not overbaking is the secret to a soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookie! 😉

How Do You Keep Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Fresh?

If you are lucky enough to have some oatmeal raisin cookies leftover for later, you can store the leftovers in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. It doesn't matter which, as long as it seals. This will help keep the cookies fresh, soft, and chewy. Be sure to keep them out at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

How Long Do Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Last?

These delicious oatmeal raisin cookies will keep for 2-3 days on your counter or pantry as long as they are in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze these oatmeal raisin cookies if you wish. In fact, baked oatmeal raisin cookies will last in an airtight container in the deep freezer for around 4-5 months!

And, you can even freeze the dough before baking too! I love doing this because you can have freshly baked cookies in just minutes. To freeze the dough, drop by spoonful on a prepared baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once the dough balls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or other sealed container.

When a cookie craving hits, simply take out as many as you need, then allow the cookies to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before baking them at 375° for about 8 to 10 minutes.

made-from-scratch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies served on plate

Why Do My Oatmeal Cookies Come Out Flat?

When oatmeal raisin and other cookies come out flat, the biggest and most common culprit is butter. If the dough is made with butter that's too soft or even melted, then your cookies will spread and come out flat. The best way to avoid this is to allow the butter to come to room temperature before using it. I usually cut the butter into pieces then let it sit out. It usually takes about 30 minutes for it to come to room temp.

Another common issue that causes cookies to come out flat is using too little flour. To avoid this, make sure you are using the most accurate measuring method and the correct measuring tools. I use a spoon to fill my measuring cup with flour (never scoop it out of the bag with the measuring cup). Once the cup is full, I then run a butter knife across the measuring cup to level it and knock off the excess flour back into the container or bag. You could also use a Baker’s Math Scale, as well.

Lastly, cookies will often come out flat if the dough is placed on and baked on hot cookie sheets. To prevent this, cool your cookie sheet in between batches. You can do this by allowing the sheet to sit at room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes, then running it under cold water and drying with a towel.

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe – Printable

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Soft and Chewy Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on plate
Loaded with sweet, plump raisins, nutty oats, and pumpkin pie spice, these soft and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are practically bursting with homemade goodness! Best of all, they're easy to make!
84758d602cdcd90fa2a5d32530aef165?s=30&d=mm&r=gKelly Reci
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chilling Dough 30 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes


  • 1 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups quick oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla, and mix on low speed to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, and then add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Slowly stir in raisins until combined.
  • Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Divide the dough into 24 equal-sized balls. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet with 1-2 inches between balls of dough. Press balls down with the bottom of a glass. Be sure to wet the bottom of the glass before pressing it in the dough to prevent the dough from sticking to it.
  • Place in the preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Loaded with sweet, plump raisins, nutty oats, and pumpkin pie spice, these soft and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are practically bursting with homemade goodness!

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