Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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These oatmeal raisin cookies are soft and chewy with crisp edges. They’re absolutely addicting and guaranteed to be a new family favorite!

It’s crazy to think that I first shared this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe back in 2012. I made them for a New Year’s Eve party and they were a big hit, so of course I had to share them here!

I’ve made a few adjustments to the original recipe over the years, but these oatmeal raisin cookies never disappoint! The combo of oatmeal, raisin and cinnamon is pure perfection.

Oatmeal raisin cookies on a cooling rack with one cookie having a bite taken from it.

Why I Love These Cookies

  • Healthier – These cookies are a tad healthier than classic oatmeal raisin cookies, IMO! They’re made with oat flour, sweetened with coconut sugar and instead of butter we’re using coconut oil and applesauce to add moisture.
  • Simple ingredients – You only need simple pantry staple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
  • Perfect texture – These cookies are perfectly soft and chewy in the center with crisp edges.
Ingredients measured out to make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: oats, oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, coconut oil, sea salt, applesauce, coconut sugar, eggs, vanilla and raisins.

Ingredients Needed

You only need simple, pantry staple ingredients to whip up these cookies. I bet you already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen right now!

  • old-fashioned rolled oats – I like Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats as they are certified gluten-free. Oats can be easily cross contaminated so make sure to grab certified gluten-free oats if needed!
  • oat flour – use store-bought or you can make your own using my oat flour recipe. I haven’t tested these cookies with another flour, so I’m not sure how they’d turn out. Some people have said that almond flour and all-purpose flour worked well, but I haven’t tried it.
  • baking soda and baking powder – leavening agents! You need both.
  • cinnamon – the perfect spice pairing for oatmeal raisin cookies!
  • sea salt – brings all of the flavors together.
  • coconut oil – instead of butter we’re using coconut oil, which keeps the cookies moist! As a substitute you can another neutral oil like olive or avocado oil or butter (vegan or regular) in place of the coconut oil.
  • applesauce – make sure you’re using unsweetened applesauce! You can use store-bought or you can make your own using my applesauce recipe. If you don’t have applesauce on hand you can use mashed bananas instead.
  • coconut sugar – I like using coconut sugar, but you could also use organic brown sugar.
  • eggs – a binding ingredient and what helps give these cookies structure. Egg whites will also work.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • raisins – the star of the show! Even though these are oatmeal raisin cookies you can easily swap the raisins with chocolate chips, chopped nuts or your favorite mix-in!
Oatmeal raisin cookies stacked on one another with the top cookie having a bite taken from it.

Dietary Substitutions

  • Gluten-free – Just be sure you’re using gluten-free certified oats and oat flour.
  • Vegan – If you want oatmeal raisin cookies without eggs, try making these oatmeal breakfast cookies instead!
  • Low-sugar – Try these oatmeal raisin protein cookies instead which have no added sugar.

How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Step 1: In a medium bowl, add the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and stir to fully combine.

Side by side photos of the dry ingredients for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies before and after being mixed.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl add the oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the wet ingredients together until smooth.

Side by side photos of the wet ingredients for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies before and after being mixed.

Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and using the hand mixer on low speed, mix until combined. Using a spatula or wooden spoon stir in the raisins.

Photo of dry ingredients being added to wet ingredients for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Next photo is of raisins added to the cookie dough.

Step 4: Using a medium cookie scoop, drop 1 Tablespoon worth of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Lightly press each cookie down with a fork.

Cookie scoop adding batter for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to a sheet. Next photo is a fork pressing the cookie dough balls down slightly.

Step 5: Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Oatmeal cookies on a cookie sheet and on a cooling rack.

Tips For Making The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Watch the baking time: Oatmeal cookies can go from perfectly chewy to overly crisp quickly. Start checking them at 8 minutes and take them out when they’re just golden brown on the edges. They might seem too soft, but they’ll continue to firm up as they cool, trust me!
  • Cool properly: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set without becoming too hard. If you move them too soon they could just fall apart.
Multiple oatmeal raisin cookies on a cooling rack.

How to Store Cookies

After letting your cookies cool completely, I recommend storing them in an airtight container. They’ll last 3-4 days on the countertop, a week in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I love making these in advance, freezing and then serving during the holidays!

Be sure to check out all of my cookie recipes as well as the full collection of dessert recipes on EBF!

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4.25 from 73 votes

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These oatmeal raisin cookies are soft and chewy with crisp edges. They're absolutely addicting and guaranteed to be a new family favorite!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or with silpat mats and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg if using. Set aside.
    A large mixing bowl of dry ingredients used for oatmeal raisin cookies.
  • In a large mixing bowl with the mixer set on medium speed, beat together oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy and smooth.
    A large mixing bowl of wet ingredients used for oatmeal raisin cookies.
  • Slowly beat in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined.
    Dough used for oatmeal raisin cookies in a large mixing bowl.
  • Gently mix in the raisins.
    Raisins added to the dough in a large mixing bowl for oatmeal raisin cookies.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, drop 1 Tablespoon worth of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down with a fork.
    A woman's hand uses a fork to press down oatmeal raisin cookies on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies will seem a little soft, but do not over bake or they’ll get too crisp. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes or until they start to harden up a bit. At this point you can transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Oatmeal raisin cookies on a baking tray after being baked.

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Notes

  • Coconut oil: Use another neutral oil like olive or avocado oil or butter in place of the coconut oil.
  • Applesauce: Mashed bananas will work as a substitute. 
  • Coconut sugar: You can use brown sugar or regular sugar instead. 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: oatmeal raisin cookie, oatmeal raisin cookies
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    1. YUM! I am so glad you have these a try and they turned out amazing for you, Sara. Thanks for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

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