Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

by Alice Currah on January 8, 2010

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies [donotprint]

Today I made a batch of these classic oatmeal raisin cookies for my husband because they are his favorite.  I adapted the classic Quaker Oats recipe,  made 1/2 a batch, and then I ate 6 of them.  I justified eating them by telling myself.. they’re whole grain, they have fiber, and its better than baking and eating the cake I wanted to.  My logic is very screwed up, but still.. at least I get to share them with you!

But seriously folks, classic oatmeal raisin cookies are where its at.  Reminiscent of childhood, I dare you to eat just one.  This recipe is an oldie, but a goodie.  Enjoy! [/donotprint]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Adapted from the Quaker Oats box

1  cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1  cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2  cup granulated sugar
2  eggs
1  teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2  teaspoon salt
3  cups oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1  cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Cream butter and sugars in a mixer until creamy, approximately 3 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.  Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and continue to mix until the dough has come together.  Add oats and raisins until mix until raisins are distributed.  Drop by rounded tablespoons or cookie scoop onto cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow the cookies to remain on cookie sheet for 3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.  Enjoy!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Memoria January 8, 2010 at 3:15 am

I LOVE the cookies from the Quaker box. They really are great. I would love to know what changes you made to the recipe. I guess I could find out for myself haha. Lovely photos!


alice January 8, 2010 at 3:21 am

Hi Memoria,
I increased the amount of brown sugar and butter and also added baking powder, and a touch of nutmeg. Aren’t they great cookies?!



Estela @ Weekly Bite January 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

Oatmeal raisin cookies are a classic.

I love your photos!! The cookies look incredible!


Jessica @ How Sweet January 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

I’ve never made an oatmeal cookie. I need to change that.


Elizabeth W January 8, 2010 at 7:51 am

I love oatmeal raisin cookies. And they need to be big enough to fill your hand. And warm. Yum. :)

Alice, your photos are always so beautiful. What kind of camera/lens are you using?


bright and blithe January 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

Oh, the things I have gorged on while telling myself, “Well it’s better for me than ___________” . Oatmeal Raisin are my honey’s favorite. I’ll have to give your version a spin.


Kate @ Savour Fare January 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

They’re just chewy round granola bars! Totally health food!


Zuri January 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

LOVE your logic ladies – makes total sense to me! Those cookies look awesome! I’ll be making a batch tonight, but will “have” to swap chocolate chips for the raisins (dear hubs doesn’t like the old wrinkled grapes :-S). Ah well… maybe if I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose… that will cancel out the chocolate… right??? :-)


jenn January 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I like your way of thinking!! :-D But I think I’d end up eating half. hahaha… But I do have my glass of milk ready. Got any more to spare little me?


Chris January 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

It’s a toss up, but these and peanut butter cookies are my all time favorites!


jennifer January 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Just made these tonight…yum! They’re much crunchier than the Quaker version, I like that. It makes them kind of a fancy style cookie in that respect, but still down home goodness! Guess the extra crunch is the extra butter! Nutmeg is very nice, too. My3 year old daughter wanted hers w/o raisins and they’re still super! (I made mine with…thinking of adding chocolate chips next time!)

Reply January 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Oh man… these are by far my favorite cookies. I’m not a sweets kinda gal but there’s something about the salt and raisins in these cookies that really does it for me.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Yum… I love oatmeal cookies! They’re calling for chilly temps this week (highs in the 20′s.. yikes!) and I’m thinking baking some cookies will be a great way to warm up.


kamran siddiqi January 9, 2010 at 12:07 am

I absolutely adore oatmeal raisin cookies!

Great post and great photos, Alice!


bradley January 10, 2010 at 1:29 am

Your logic is perfect, I use the same train of thought. I too love oatmeal rasin cookies, but I have to split the batch in half since not everyone in the family does. Try the recipe on my blog – and of course add some raisins. The cookies really aren’t very pretty (the cocoa makes them sort of grey), so I didn’t even bother with pix, but they are one of the better cookie recipes I’ve tried.


deeba January 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

Classic & gorgeous…I love oatmeal cookies! These are just wonderfully delish looking ones!


Martha January 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Oatmeal Cookies are a personal favorite. I also love to replace the raisins with craisins and/or add chopped macadamia nuts and coconut.


vitamin b1 January 12, 2010 at 5:27 am

I like cookies very much.I was looking for something besides our usual cookies and I think I get it here.These classic oatmeal raisin cookies seems yummy and perfect for my breakfast.Now I am going to make it now.Thank you..


farrah January 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

hi! i was wondering if i could add choclate chips to these?would it complement the oatmeal raisin?thanks


Karrie June 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I made these cookies today and they tasted great.
But they didn’t spread as nicely as yours.
They just stayed in their tablespoon shape.


Ashley August 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

Hi Alice, I found your chocolate chip recipe months and months ago (it’s the only one I’ll use!) I decided to check and see if you had an oatmeal raisin.. voila! Of course. I noticed someone mentioning that they are crunchy- Is there a way to lessen the crunch? I love my cookies soft…. :)


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