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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious.  The key it to boil and chop the raisins!  Makes a big batch.

I don’t know what the weather is like right now where you are, but here it is COLD. I’m talking -29 degrees C with -41 degree windchill cold.  Freeze your buns off cold. But call me crazy, I love this kind of winter weather in January/Feb…it makes me feel like baking and nesting.  So how about a cookie recipe to beat the cold weather! Nothing like cookies to make a house feel cozy.

a plate of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. in the background is a cooling rack full of cookies and a cookie sheet with more cookies

Soft, chewy and SO delicious.

This amazing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe is adapted from the Joy of Cooking (my favourite cookbook ever!). These cookies are so soft. So chewy. So delicious.

a mason jar glass of milk, a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies. in the background is a cookie sheet of more cookies

It’s all about the raisins.

I think it’s the chopping up and boiling of the raisins that make this cookie so good!  The raisins are small and soft… even raisin haters find themselves enjoying these.  Also, this is a great recipe for old and dried up raisins which are brought back to life after simmering in a little water.

a stack of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies beside a glass of milk

A DELICIOUS NUT-FREE COOKIE.

These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are perfect for lunches because they’re nut free and hearty!  They’re also delicious as a snack or breakfast cookie with a big glass of milk or a cup of tea.

a mason jar glass of milk, a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies. in the background is a cookie sheet of more cookies

a top down view of a plate of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. in the background is a cooling rack full of cookies and a cookie sheet with more cookies

Feel free to add chocolate chips.

Sometimes I will add chocolate chips to half a batch of these cookies…I just press them into the top of the dough before baking.  Kids love this.

a top down view of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, a cooling rack full of cookies and a cookie sheet with more cookies

Makes a big batch.

I also love this recipe because it makes a huge batch of cookies, so you can enjoy half now, and freeze half for later.  I always thank myself when I make extra baking for the freezer…it’s so helpful on days when you just need a snack for lunches and there’s a bag in the freezer waiting for you!

a stack of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies beside a glass of milk. in the background is a plate of more cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe Tips:

  • Oats:  This recipe works best with old fashioned rolled oats.  I have used instant oats and they turned out well too.  Cookies with the old fashioned oats make a chunkier cookie, and cookies with the instant oats make a more chewy cookie.
  • Optional Ingredients:  You can add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to this recipe if you wish!
  • Storage:  Store in an air tight container to keep them soft.
  • Freezing:  These cookies freeze well.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious.  The key it to boil and chop the raisins!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raisins (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure the 1 cup of raisins, chop them up, then boil them in 1/4 cup water for 1-2 minutes. Set aside to cool, then drain.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl cream the butter and sugars together.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time. Combine until creamy and smooth.
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Add the flour mix to the butter mix. Combine.
  8. Add the oats.
  9. Add the cooled chopped raisins.
  10. Bake for 6-9 minutes. The less time baking, the softer the cookie.

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This recipe was originally published in January 2012. I have recently updated it with new and delicious images!  Same great recipe.

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  1. I just made these tonight. I am 9 months pregnant and they hit the spot! I am definitely keeping this recipe!!

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