The BEST, soft and chewy, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe
Soft and chewy, old fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg! Delicious, homemade cookies like you enjoyed in childhood!
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There’s not much to say when it comes to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. You either love them or you hate them.
If you’re my kids, you hate them. You expect to bite into one and have it be chocolate chips, only to be surprised by a chewy raisin.
Me? I love them. I love the chewiness.
I love the cinnamon.
I love the hint of nutmeg.
The delicious raisins (or even a chocolate covered raisin is fantastic…although man, that REALLY throws the kids off)!
How to make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine butter flavored crisco, sugar, brown sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla extract.
Add in the dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until blended.
Fold in RAISINS.
Drop by large tablespoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 11-13 minutes. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
How to store Oatmeal Raisin cookies
Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
You can freeze Oatmeal Raisin Cookies too! Slide baked cookies into ziploc freezer bag and squeeze out excess air. Store in freezer for up to 3 months.
Thaw at room temperature overnight and enjoy.
Freezing Cookie Dough
Why not double the cookie recipe and freeze half the dough? Or if today’s recipe is too much for your family, freeze some!
Of course you can freeze the baked cookies, but have you ever frozen cookie dough balls instead?
Line a metal cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil. Drop cookie dough balls onto pan and freeze for 30 minutes.
Remove cookie dough from freezer and slide partially frozen cookie dough balls into freezer safe ziploc container (in a single layer).
Label ziploc with type of cookie and baking time.
Return to freezer.
When ready to bake, just place frozen cookie dough balls 1 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake according to recipe directions. You may need to add a couple minutes for frozen dough.
Now you can have fresh baked cookies ANYTIME.
Tips for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe
I use butter flavored Crisco in my recipe. I think it gives these cookies the perfect texture.
If you’re going to use butter instead (because I know there are some of you who will ask), just know that your texture will be different. They will be a little flatter (as they will spread more in the oven). I would chill the dough before using it, personally, to help combat the spreading if using butter (for 8-24 hours!).
Use fresh raisins. If you start with stale raisins, you’ll end with stale raisins.
Here’s why my cookies are the BEST:
- Soft and Chewy middle
- Slight crunch to the outside and edges
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg spiced
- No Chill time
Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie substitutions
Of course you could easily swap out the raisins for chocolate chips and make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Still soft and chewy oatmeal cookies, but without the raisins!
You can also use dried cranberries instead of raisins if you’d prefer, and add in some white chocolate chips. YUM.
Ingredient List for Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- Butter Flavored Crisco (or Unsalted Butter)
- Light brown sugar
- Granulated sugar (sometimes called White Sugar)
- Large eggs
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Quick cook oats
- Baking soda
- Kosher salt
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These Easy Traditional Kolachky Cookies Recipe for Christmas have a melt in your mouth cookie base and are topped with sweet preserves. Don’t forget the extra powdered sugar!
This Monster Cookie recipe is full of M&Ms, chocolate chips, peanut butter and oats for a cookie that is fun, chewy and delicious! Easy to make and perfect for sharing or freezing!
Easy recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies! The peanut butter with chocolate and oats gives these cookies so much flavor!
Delicious, copycat Iced Oatmeal Cookies. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these glazed Oatmeal cookies are a hit!
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- 1 1/2 cups butter flavored Crisco
- 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups quick cook oats
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 3 cups raisins
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat Crisco, sugars, egg, milk and vanilla until creamy. Add in flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until blended.
- Fold in raisins.
- Drop by large tablespoon (I use this cookie scoop) onto baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. ENJOY
*If you want to freeze the cookie dough, drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes. Place partially frozen dough balls in a freezer safe ziploc bag and store until ready to bake. Add a few minutes to baking time if baking from frozen. ENJOY.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 94mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Protein: 2g
Recipe originally published April 11, 2016
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