The Best Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies are made with classic ingredients and a hint of spice. They make a perfect holiday cookie, or you can enjoy them any time of the year.

I'll admit, I'm totally biased when I call these the BEST oatmeal raisin cookies. The recipe for these oatmeal raisin cookies came from my grandmother's recipe box.

With the anniversary of her death approaching, I turned to her recipe box for a little comfort. I remember being 4 or 5 and sitting on the counter next to the mixing bowl and helping her bake cookies.

It is one of my favorite memories, so I was delighted to find a handwritten copy of the oatmeal raisin cookies she always made, with a note that it came from a friend named Linda. The original recipe used pecans but we generally avoid nuts in this house so I tested it without them.

Looking for more delicious cookies? This recipe for breakfast cookies from My Joy-Filled Life is packed with all the goodies, including peanut butter, chocolate chips, and flaxseed! Or these Frosted Oatmeal Cookies that remind me of a soft version of the Archway Iced Oatmeal Cookies I grew up with.

And these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for using up some leftover Halloween candy…or picking up a few bags any time of the year. Or maybe you want to try these No Chill Sugar Cookies that are perfect for decorating!

Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These cookies are super easy to make and will quickly become a family favorite! I love that all of the ingredients are things we keep on hand so I can easily make them whenever the mood strikes.

Ingredients for Oatmeal Cookies

  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Raisins
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Soda
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • Wheat Germ

How To Make Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Combine eggs, raisins, and vanilla. Cover and let stand for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream butter and sugars.
  • Add flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda to creamed sugar mixture.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Mix in the egg and raisin mixture.
  • Add oats and wheat germ.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Drop by teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes.

Tips For The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever

  • Use old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats for a chewier texture.
  • Make sure you let your raisins sit for an hour in the eggs & vanilla mixture. Trust me…its worth the wait.
  • Make sure you use the spoon & level method when measuring your flour OR use a kitchen scale. I provide measurements in cups but use my kitchen scale religiously because it is more accurate and leads to more consistent results when baking.
  • Kitchen Scale – A scale is more accurate than measuring cups for dry goods, so I prefer to weigh over measure for more consistent results.
  • Silicone Spatula – I love this set of silicone tipped kitchen utensils I received as part of our Holiday Gift Guide.
  • Baking Sheet – Good baking sheets are so important! You want even heat distribution and easy to clean here.
  • Cookie Scoop – While you can use a teaspoon for drop cookies, I find using a cookie scoop to result in more even sized cookies and pressing the little trigger is quite satisfying.
  • Silicone Baking Mat – If you don't have baking mats, I recommend using parchment paper for easy cleanup and to keep your cookies from spreading too much.
  • Cooling Rack – Help your cookies cool quickly and free up your baking sheet faster with a cooling rack.

How To Store Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade cookies are good for about two weeks at room temperature. I recommend storing them in an airtight container, with a slice of bread, to help keep them moist. The bread will become hard as a rock but your cookies stay soft!

If you need to store longer than two weeks, you can freeze the dough before baking or freeze your baked cookies. I prefer to freeze before baking, but if you made too many cookies and don't want to rehome them, you can place cooled cookies flat in a ziplock bag & freeze for up to six months.

I LOVE to freeze cookie dough to have on hand when I want to bake a small batch of cookies or in advance of a holiday/gathering when I know I'm going to be busy.

You can either freeze cookie dough in a large ball or freeze it after forming your cookies. With this recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies, I recommend dropping your cookies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Flash freeze for about an hour, then transfer your cookie balls to an airtight container or ziplock bag.

To bake, simply pull out as many cookies as you'd like to make & place them on a baking sheet. You can bake from frozen, adding a couple of extra minutes, or thaw in the fridge for a few hours before baking according to instructions.

Variations for Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

If you like nuts in your cookies, you can add 3/4 cup of pecans when you add the oatmeal and wheat germ.

Try using golden instead of regular raisins.

Substitute coconut sugar in place of some or all of the brown & white sugar.

Are oatmeal cookies considered healthy?

I don't think any traditional cookie recipe would be considered healthy by most standards, but they are a better alternative than some other desserts, depending on your diet & goals.

Oatmeal raisin cookies often use less sugar than other cookies and are generally considered to be healthier when made at home. Store-bought versions can be very high in sugar.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The Best Old-fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe: Healthier and tastier than store-bought, these cookies are made with simple ingredients and come out chewy and delicious.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Author Savanah


  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ


  • Combine eggs, raisins, and vanilla. Cover and let stand for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream butter and sugars.
  • Add flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda to creamed sugar mixture.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Mix in the egg and raisin mixture.
  • Add oatmeal and wheat germ.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Drop by teaspoon on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes.


Do not overbake!


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
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