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Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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This easy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe makes soft and chewy cookies. They are compulsively eatable! One of our favorite cookie recipes.

Why You’ll Love These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Perfectly sweet – These cookies are made with two kinds of sugar, raisins, and orange juice. The combination of flavors and sweetness is just right.
  • Chewy. These easy oatmeal raisin cookies are thick, soft, and chewy.
  • Plump raisins – Because the raisins are soaked in warm juice before being added to the batter, they are plump and soft. No hard bits of raisin in these cookies!
  • Flavorful – Brown sugar adds a slightly caramel flavor, while cinnamon and vanilla add warming notes ideal for fall baking. Your home will smell amazing by the way!
  • Easy – This is a simple cookie recipe without any complex ingredients or complicated techniques. Always a good thing in my book! I’m all about maximum cookie enjoyment for minimum effort.

Ingredient Notes

Here are some quick notes about some of the cookie ingredients. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredient list.

  • Unsalted butter – I recommend using unsalted butter so that you can have more control over the amount of salt that goes into the cookies. Make sure to take the butter out of the fridge a few hours before making these cookies, so it has time to soften. You can also put it in the microwave on low power for 30 seconds if you’re in a pinch.
  • Brown sugar – Don’t skip it. Brown sugar helps keep these cookies moist and chewy.
  • Eggs – Let them come to room temperature first. Room temp eggs are easier to combine with other ingredients. 
  • Rolled oats – It’s important to use rolled oats for this recipe, and not a different style of oats.
  • Raisins – You can use regular or golden raisins for this recipe. If you want to substitute the raisins, dried cranberries or dried blueberries work as well.
  • Orange juice – We’ll soak the raisins in juice before adding them to the cookie dough. You can also use apple juice.

Why are the raisins soaked in juice?

Soaking the raisins in orange juice helps the cookies in two ways. First, it plumps up the raisins as they absorb the juice. The raisins will be softer and juicier as a result. And second, it adds an additional layer of flavor that you don’t normally get in oatmeal raisin cookies.

Can I use applesauce instead of butter?

I wouldn’t recommend that in this recipe. However, if you want to make oatmeal raisin cookies that use applesauce, I have these Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies that are also lunchbox favorites!

6 oatmeal raisin cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper

Do I Have to Chill the Cookie Dough? 

Yes, you have to chill the cookie dough. I know, I know who wants to wait for the dough to chill right? But trust me, it’s worth it. Chilling your dough gives the oats time to absorb moisture from the surrounding batter, which means your cookies will be soft and chewy. The chill time also firms up the dough a bit so that your cookies won’t spread too much during baking.

Tips for the Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Don’t overbake them. The cookies will keep cooking even after you’ve taken them out of the oven, so it’s important to pull them out when the middle is still soft. If you bake them for too long your cookies will be hard.
  • Beat your butter and sugar. It can be tempting to just mix the sugar into the butter and move on to the next step in the recipe. But if you thoroughly beat your sugar into the butter, you’ll create small pockets of air in the dough that make the cookies lighter and fluffier.
  • Don’t skimp on cooling time. The residual heat will finish baking the cookies, while cooling will allow the dough to firm up. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking rack before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. If you try to transfer them too soon then the centers won’t have set and your cookies will break.
3 oatmeal raisin cookies on a plate, one with a bite taken out

How to Store Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Counter: You can store these oatmeal raisin cookies on the counter in an air-tight container or bag. Cookies stored this way will last up to five days, but may not last as long if your home is super hot.
  • Fridge: You can store your cookies for even longer in the fridge. Place them in an airtight container so that they don’t dry out. They will last for up to 1 week when stored this way.
  • Freezer: Cookies can be frozen for up to six months. Keep them in an air-tight bag, and make sure that you remove as much air as possible from the bag before placing it in the freezer. Individually wrapping each cookie in saran wrap also helps reduces freezer burn. To thaw the cookies, simply take them out of the bag and leave them at room temperature until they’re fully thawed. 

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

5 from 6 votes
These chewy oatmeal cookies are moist and cakey, with a hit of flavor from plump raisins soaked in orange juice.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Chill Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup orange juice or apple juice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats

Instructions

  • Prep the raisins. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the raisins and juice. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Set aside for at least 15 minutes.
  • Combine wet ingredients. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and both sugars. Beat on medium low until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, then beat on low until just combined.
  • Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and rolled oats.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add half of the dry ingredients to the stand mixer, and mix on low until just combined. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined.
  • Add the raisins. Pour the raisins into a sieve to remove the juice, then add to the stand mixer bowl. Mix on low until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl to make sure there are no dry bits of dough.
  • Chill. Cover your stand mixer bowl with saran wrap and place it in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
  • Prep your tools. Preheat your oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.
  • Shape the cookies. Scoop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on the prepared cookie sheet, gently pressing down to slightly flatted the cookie dough ball. These cookies will spread slightly, so make sure to leave enough room for them to do so. I recommend baking 6 cookies at a time, placing the dough back in the fridge in between scooping. You will need to bake these cookies in batches. If you have more than one cookie sheet, you can use 2 at a time.
  • Bake. Place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are a light golden brown. The centers of the cookies will still be quite soft but this is normal, they will firm up and the cookies will finish baking as they cool. Do not over bake the cookies or they will be hard.
  • Cool. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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