Oatmeal Cookies | Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are an absolute delight to eat. Using whole wheat flour makes these whole-grain oatmeal cookies a bit healthier, so you can go ahead and reach for a second without any guilt. Best of all, the prep takes just 20 minutes!

single oatmeal cookies kept on a white plate on a cream napkin with a small glass bottle of milk in the background

About Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Who doesn’t like an old fashioned cookie recipe with a twist? This recipe is just that!

Oatmeal raisin cookies are about as classic as they come, but true to my healthy nature, I’ve made them on the more nutritious side.

Using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose means these cookies are made with only whole grains, which means they have a decent amount of fiber and nutrients.

I also opted to use unrefined cane sugar to cut down on processing chemicals, and old-fashioned rolled oats are already a healthy choice. Add some dried fruit to the mix in the form of raisins and you have a pretty darn virtuous cookie!

While the method of making these tasty cookies is different from what you’re used to, it’s very easy. Instead of creaming, butter is cut into the flour which leads to a crispy texture around the edges.

Chewy oats and raisins round them out, making these oatmeal cookies the perfect mix of salty & sweet, chewy & crispy, decadent & healthy.

Whether you serve these addictively delicious oatmeal raisin cookies with milk, tea, or coffee, one thing is certain: they’ll be gone before you know it!

oatmeal raisin cookies kept on a white plate on a cream napkin with a small glass bottle of milk in the background .
Step-by-Step Guide

How To Make Oatmeal Cookies

Prep and Make Cookie Dough

1. Take ⅓ cup sugar (60 grams) in a mixer or grinder jar.

raw sugar in a mixer jar.

2. Powder finely. Keep aside.

If you prefer, you can use ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons of store-bought powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar or castor sugar.

raw sugar powdered finely.

3. Grease a pan or tray with some softened butter and keep aside. Also preheat oven at 180° C (356° F) for 15 minutes.

If using an OTG or a regular oven, then use both the top and bottom heating elements on.

For convection ovens you can preheat at 180 degrees Celsius 180° C (356° F) for 15 minutes.

baking tray greased with some butter.

4. Take ½ cup whole wheat flour or atta (60 to 70 grams) in a mixing bowl. Also add ⅓ cup chilled unsalted butter (50 grams).

whole wheat flour and cold butter cubes taken in a steel mixing bowl.

5. With a knife or pastry cutter, cut the butter into flour to make a breadcrumb-like texture in the flour.

Alternatively, a stand mixer also can be used. If the butter starts melting, then keep the mixture in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.

You can also use your fingertips to mix the cold butter in the flour till the mixture resembles a breadcrumb-like texture.

butter cut and mixed with flour to a bread crumb like texture for making oatmeal cookies.

6. Next add the powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar or castor sugar.

powdered sugar added to the bowl.

7. Then add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract.

You can also add ⅛ teaspoon vanilla essence instead of vanilla extract.

cinnamon powder and vanilla extract added.

8. Mix very well with a spoon.

oatmeal cookie ingredients mixed very well.

9. Next add ½ cup rolled oats (60 grams) and 2 tablespoons golden raisins.

added rolled oats and golden raisins.

10. Mix again well with a spoon.

oats and raisins have been mixed in and the dough is quite dry and rough.

11. Now add 2 to 4 tablespoons of chilled (cold) milk in parts, as needed.

The amount of milk to be added will depend on the type and quality of whole wheat flour. Only add enough to help the mixture gather into a uniform dough.

milk being added in parts.

12. Mix and bring the mixture together so that it binds into a dough. Do not knead.

oatmeal cookie dough has gathered into a sticky ball, meaning no more milk is needed.

13. Just add enough milk in parts to mix and bind the mixture very well. The cookie dough will be sticky.

making oats cookies recipe.

14. Now scoop out the dough with a tablespoon or any spoon.

scooping oatmeal raisin cookie dough with a tablespoon.

15. Place the scooped dough on the greased tray. Keep a space of about 1.5 to 2 inches between the cookies.

making oats cookies recipe

16. Repeat with all of the cookie dough. While working on the cookies, do note that the dough is sticky.

making oats cookies recipe

17. Now gently press the top of each oatmeal cookie with a spatula or the bottom of a glass to even it and make it smooth.

making oats cookies recipe

Bake

18. Place the cookie tray in the preheated oven in the center rack of an OTG. Bake oat cookies at 180° C (356° F) for 12 to 14 minutes or till the cookies become light golden.

Do not over-bake them or you’ll risk ending up with hard, crunchy cookies that resemble granola bars. To see if your cookies are ready, press the top of a cookie with a fork or spoon. It should not create any impression on it.

Since oven temperatures vary do keep a check. The timing can be less or more depending on the oven model, size and heating type.

oats cookies recipe

19. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes.

oatmeal cookies on the baking tray after baking.

20. After a few minutes, use a spatula to place the oatmeal cookies on a wired rack till they are cooled completely to room temperature.

oats cookies recipe

21. Below is a photo of the bottom of the cookie. It should have a golden texture like this.

underside of an oatmeal cookie to show golden color.

22. Once cooled, then store oatmeal cookies in an airtight jar. Serve oatmeal raisin cookie with milk or tea or coffee.

Oatmeal cookies stacked and some kept around the stacked cookies on a white plate on a cream napkin with a small glass bottle of milk in the background.

Oatmeal Cookies Substitutes & Variations

While I love these oatmeal raisin cookies just the way they are, there are plenty of opportunities to customize them to your liking:

  • Use Quick Oats: I love the chew that old-fashioned rolled oats give these cookies. That said, you could use quick cooking oats or instant oats, but then you’ll need to add less milk for the dough.
  • Make Them Softer: For a lighter texture in the cookies, use all-purpose flour. Adding a pinch of baking powder will also make them lighter.
  • Make Them Vegan: Use vegan butter and almond milk or lite coconut milk.
  • Switch Out Your Mix-Ins: Instead of (or in addition to) raisins, you could use any dried fruit or berries (e.g. cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, or currants), chopped dried dates, chocolate chips, or nuts like cashews, pecans, almonds, pine nuts, or pistachios.
  • Swap Out Your Sugar: White granulated sugar can be powdered and used in the recipe. You can also use ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons castor sugar or confectioner’s sugar or, ⅓ cup brown sugar or ⅓ cup maple syrup. For brown sugar, there is no need to powder it.

Expert Tips

Despite being a simple oatmeal cookie recipe, I do have a few words of wisdom for you. Here are some notes to keep in mind:

  • Baking: Bake till the cookies are just beginning to turn light golden. Do not bake for a longer time as the cookies will harden.
  • Use the right raisins. Do not use raisins with seeds in them. Either golden raisins (sultanas) or regular raisins can be used.
  • Freezing: If you like the idea of always having a cookie warm from the oven within reach, freeze the dough into balls on a parchment-lined sheet. Once frozen through, you can add them to a container or zip-top bag to be frozen for up to 1 month.

    Whenever you get a craving for a cookie, pop out however many you need and bake from frozen. You’ll just need to add 1 to 3 minutes of more bake time for them to come out perfectly.

FAQs

Can I make gluten-free oatmeal cookies?

Sure! Just swap in a cup-for-cup all-purpose gluten-free flour substitute.

Why don’t we cream the butter and sugar in these cookies?

I use the method of cutting butter into the flour, which is usually employed for making shortbread-style cookies. Doing so helps to create an irresistibly crisp exterior, which pairs beautifully with the chewy oat center.

What is the best kind of oats to use for this cookie recipe?

I personally prefer using old-fashioned rolled oats for the best, chewiest texture. That said, you can swap in instant or quick-cooking oats if you prefer. Just be sure to add the milk slowly, as doing so will require less liquid than regular oats.

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Oatmeal Cookies | Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are an absolute delight to eat. Using whole wheat flour makes these whole-grain oatmeal cookies a bit healthier, so you can go ahead and reach for a second without any guilt.
4.94 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American, World
Course Desserts, Sweets
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 11 medium-sized cookies
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Ingredients

  • cup raw sugar – 60 grams or add white sugar
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour – 60 to 70 grams
  • cup Butter – cold & unsalted, 50 grams
  • ½ cup rolled oats – 60 grams or add quick cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk – cold or chilled, add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (ground cinnamon)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract ⅛ teaspoon vanilla essence

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Take the sugar in a grinder jar or coffee-grinder.
  • Powder finely. Keep aside.
    If you prefer, you can use ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons of store-bought powdered sugar or confectioner’s sugar or castor sugar.
  • Grease a pan or tray with some butter and keep aside. Also preheat oven at 180° C (356° F) for 15 minutes.
    Heat both the top and bottom heating elements of your oven or OTG.

Making oatmeal cookie dough

  • Take whole wheat flour and cold unsalted butter in a mixing bowl.
  • With a knife or pastry cutter, cut the butter in flour and make a bread crumb like texture in flour.
  • You can also use your fingertips to mix the cold butter in the flour till the mixture resembles a bread crumb like texture.
    Alternatively a stand mixer also can be deployed. If the butter starts melting, then keep the mixture in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Then add the powdered sugar or confectioner's sugar, cinnamon powder and vanilla extract.
  • Next add rolled oats or quick cooking oats and 2 tablespoons golden raisins. Mix again well.
  • Now add 2 to 4 tablespoons chilled (cold) milk in parts.
  • Mix and bring the mixture together so that it binds into a dough. Do not knead.
  • Just add enough milk in parts to mix and bind the mixture very well. The cookie dough will be sticky.

Making oatmeal cookies

  • Now scoop out the dough with a tablespoon or any spoon.
  • Place the scooped dough on the greased baking tray. Keep some space of about 1.5 to 2 inches between the cookies.
  • Make cookies this way with the entire cookie dough. While working on the cookies, do note that the dough is sticky.
  • Now gently press the top of each oatmeal cookie with a spatula just to even it and make it smooth.
  • Place the cookie tray in the preheated oven in the center rack of an OTG or a regular oven.
  • Bake the cookies at 180° C (356° F) for 12 to 14 minutes or till the cookies become light golden. 
  • Do not over bake them or make them too much golden as then oatmeal cookies will become hard.
    A way to test is with a spoon or fork press the top of the cookie. It should not create any impression on it. 
  • Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Then using oven mitts and a spatula remove the cookie and place them on a wired rack.
  • Once cooled then store oatmeal cookies in an airtight jar. Serve these chewy oatmeal raisin cookies with milk or tea or coffee.

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Notes

  • Oats: You could use quick cooking oats or instant oats, but then add less milk while making the cookie dough. 
  • Flour: For a lighter texture in the cookies, use all-purpose flour. Adding a pinch of baking powder will also give a lighter texture.
  • Vegan options: Use vegan butter and almond milk or lite coconut milk. 
  • Dry fruits, berries and nuts: You could use dried berries (cranberries, blueberries, black berries) or even chocolate chips or nuts like cashews, pecans, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios instead of raisins. Do not use raisins with seeds in them.
  • Sugar: White granulated sugar can be powdered and used in the recipe. You can even use ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons castor sugar or ⅓ cup brown sugar or ⅓ cup maple syrup. For brown sugar you do not need to powder it. 
  • Baking: Bake till the cookies are light golden. Do not bake for a longer time as the cookies will become dense and hard.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Cookies | Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.05mg3%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.03mg2%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.3mg2%
Vitamin B6 0.04mg2%
Vitamin B12 0.03µg1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Vitamin D 0.03µg0%
Vitamin E 0.2mg1%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 4µg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
Magnesium 14mg4%
Phosphorus 42mg4%
Zinc 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Oatmeal Cookies recipe from the archives, originally published in November 2017 has been updated and republished on February 2023.

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29 Comments

  1. Hello, I am a big fan of ur recipes, always try ur recipes and it comes out perfect but I don’t have oven. So, please share recipe of choco chip cookies with out oven.

  2. Hi dassana, can we skip vanilla essence or vanilla extract, this is for just smell purpose or does it give any extra taste, can we add cinnamon powder in this, if yes, what’s the quantity

    1. It is for the aroma. You can add 1/4th to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

  3. Hi dassana, thanks for this lovely and healthy recipe, I have a doubt, in convection otg which mode should I use (both bottom and top rod on or only bottom rods on)