Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies — chewy buttery brown sugar oatmeal cookies packed full of sweet raisins and plenty of cinnamon.

stack of oatmeal raisin cookies

Cookies are one of my favorite things to bake. They are easy to whip together and they bake in almost no time. Plus, you don’t really have to wait for them to cool to devour them. An added bonus is that they are small so you feel less guilty more of them. This Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is just the best. It’s an adapted recipe from The Brown Betty Cookbook (affil link). I made a few minor adjustments to make them softer while still being nice and chewy.

Oatmeal raisin cookie ingredients

old fashioned oats, butter and sugar in a bowl, eggs, and flour on a tray

All-purpose flour
Rolled oats
Dark brown sugar
White sugar
Unsalted butter
Vanilla extract
Baking powder

Rolled oats vs quick oats

old fashioned oats

In most cases, it’s fine to interchange the oats in a recipe. I’m using rolled oats instead of quick-cooking oats because the rolled oats are tougher with more texture in the cookie. Quick oats are thinner and give less support for the ingredient ration in the recipe. I have tried this recipe with quick oats and they are much softer with less texture. They hold together but aren’t as full and firm as an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie should be.

How to make old fashioned oatmeal cookies

sifting flour in cookie dough

These oatmeal raisin cookies could not be easier. I use the creaming method for the sugars and butter. Followed by the eggs and extract. I also mix in my raisins before adding the flour and oats because it allows them to be distributed throughout the batter more evenly. Sifting the flour isn’t absolutely necessary but it does help to make sure the spices are mixed throughout the batter well.

oatmeal cookie dough in a bowl with a spatula

I mix in the flour with the hand mixer then I use a rubber spatula to fold in the oats so that I’m not over mixing the dough.

old fashioned cookie dough on a baking sheet

Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes. You will love this recipe!

More old fashioned recipes to try

stack of oatmeal raisin cookies

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a pile of oatmeal raisin cookie on a baking rack
5 from 1 vote

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies— chewy buttery brown sugar oatmeal cookies packed full of sweet raisins and plenty of cinnamon.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:11 mins
Total Time:26 mins


  • 1 ½ c all-purpose flour (180 grams)
  • 2 ⅓ c rolled oats
  • 1 c dark brown sugar
  • c white sugar
  • 1 c raisins
  • 1 c unsalted butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt


  • In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • I’m a larger bowl beat softened butter until fluffy and pale. Beat in eggs and vanilla followed by both sugars. Mix until creamy. Add the raisins and stir well.
  • Pour in the flour and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated. Fold in the oatmeal with a rubber spatula.
  • Scoop 12 cookies onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 11-13 minutes. Repeat with the reamaining dough.


Adapted from The Brown Betty Cookbook  (affil link) by Brown & Hayat.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, oatmeal cookies
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Ty


  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It is much better than the one on the oatmeal box. You did not say when to add the vanilla flavoring so I hope I put it in at the right time. I did not have raisins so I added craisins which I like and the cookies tasted great. My husband liked the cookies but said he would prefer raisins. I am making these for the second time because we ate the others so fast! Still no raisins due to shortages in the grocery stores due to Covid-19

    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! I’ll review the recipe to correct that error but I’m so glad your family enjoyed them.

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