And there goes down the drain my attempt to avoid sugary treats for a while! I knew it was not possible for me considering how much I love to bake. Sometimes I wonder if I should have had a “baking blog” only to begin with. But then I love to cook just about everything and anything but the heart lies with baking. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are classic just like Chocolate Chip Cookies and they also happen to be one of my favorites. Yesterday I had this sudden craving to have one giant Oatmeal Cookie and so before I knew, the cookies were in the oven!
I remember the first time I baked Oatmeal cookies, my husband wasn’t sure of how they would taste. He doesn’t like oatmeal and so I had to literally convince him to try one cookie. Of course what happened after that is a different story altogether. After eating one, he didn’t want to share a single cookie!
These are pretty big cookies, I used 1/4 cup dough per cookie. You can make smaller or even bigger cookies depending on how you like them. I know everyone here is crazy for soft baked cookies so if you are also one of those, bake these for 11 minutes. But if you are someone like me, who likes their oatmeal cookies a little more well done, bake for 14-15 minutes at 350 F degrees. I actually baked half cookies for 11 minutes and the remaining for 14 minutes. The later gets my vote but it’s totally a personal preference!
Chilling the dough is mandatory to make sure that the cookies don’t spread much while baking. I chilled the dough for 2 hours, you can chill overnight or more but 2 hours is minimum. Rather than chilling the dough, it’s easier to make balls first and then chill the cookie dough balls. When we chill the dough for more than 2-3 hours, it becomes quite hard. You then have to wait for a considerable amount of time before it becomes soft enough to roll into cookie balls. So it’s better to make the cookie balls first and then chill the dough.
The recipe has a higher ratio of brown to granulated sugar, which helps in keeping the cookies soft and moist. Not only does brown sugar keeps the cookies soft [as it’s hygroscopic and absorbs moisture from air) but also imparts it’s distinctive flavor. The flavor of brown sugar is quite pronounced in these oatmeal raisin cookies.
One big oatmeal raisin cookie with a tall glass of milk is what I need for breakfast everyday!
* You can use any nut of your choice, I used pecans. If you don’t like nuts, just skip them and add chocolate chips in place or add more raisins.
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1.5 cups rolled oats [old fashioned] not instant or quick oats
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup butter unsalted, at room temperature
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated white sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg at room temperature
- ½ cup raisins more to press on top
- ½ cup pecans or walnuts chopped
- In a bowl whisk together rolled oats, all purpose flour, salt, cinnamon powder and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the steel bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or using your stand mixer beat together butter and both the sugars, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula till creamy and smooth, around 3 minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract, egg and mix.
- Now add the oats-flour fix in parts, mixing well after each addition.
- Stir in raisins and chopped pecans/walnuts.
- Take 1/4 cup of the dough per cookie. Make 11-12 large cookie balls and place them on a baking sheet. Press few raisins on top of each cookie ball [optional]
- Place the baking sheet with the cookie dough balls in the refrigerator for minimum of 2 hours, or overnight. Chilling the dough is mandatory.
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Bake the chilled cookie dough balls for 14-15 minutes [personal preference] or for 11 minutes for softer cookies.
- Let the cookies cool down in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
30 thoughts on “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies”
A few years ago I was always sceptical of raisin cookies as I thought they should be chocolate chips instead of raisin haha. But now I have much more of an appreciation for them.
haha I vote for chocolate too over raisins…but raisins are good here in these cookies!
Oatmeal cookies are always a favourite. These look really great, Manali.
Thank you Angie!
Oh my gosh….oatmeal raisin cookies are my absolute FAVORITE kind of cookie and I am seriously drooling over how awesome these look! Soft, chewy, HUGE and loaded with tons of texture-y goodness? Yep, that’s these cookies. Pinned!
Thank you Sarah, love Oatmeal cookies too!
Giving up desserts its equal to giving up on my life, which is no recommended 😉
These cookies are making me salivate, past midnight!
haha I agree…it’s absolutely not recommended! Thanks Kiran!
I love oatmeal cookies! Or, rather, I love cookies! Doesn’t really seem to matter what kind they are! I often wonder if I should have started a solely baking blog too, since that the part I love the most, but I’m cooking anyways so it seemed silly not to include that part! Baking IS the most fun though!
haha me too Stacey…love cookies!
I loooooooove oatmeal cookies… like seriously, any kind of cookie is better when made with oats. The texture is so yummy! I love that these are slightly on the bigger side too 🙂
Thank you Medha! I agree oats add a wonderful texture to cookies 🙂
These look like the perfect oatmeal cookies, Manali! And I’m very picky about them…oatmeal isn’t my favorite, so I like them soft and chewy. This definitely fits the bill! Pinned!
Thanks Gayle! I think you will like these 🙂
These are the prettiest oatmeal cookies I have ever seen!! They look really amazing, Manali! Fabulous!
Thank you my friend, you are too kind! xoxo
I love baking and totally hear you 🙂
These cookies look fantastic! I never seem to get the right recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies, there is always something wrong… But I trust your recipes and will make these next time! Pinned!
Thanks Mira! Hope you give this a recipe a try!
Don’t give up on what you love, Manali! These look amazing. A love of baking should be cherished. And then you can enjoy the product of what you do!
Yes not giving up Mir..I can never give up desserts because for that I will have to give up baking and that’s not possible 🙂 You are right..love of baking should be cherished! 🙂