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How to Make Lip-Smackingly Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Oatmeal and raisin cookies

Oatmeal and raisin cookies

Traditional Oatmeal Cookies

Do you always stop at the cookie store when you visit the mall? The smell drifts through air luring you to their counter. The taste of those soft warm cookies is simply heavenly. If that is your only experience with freshly made cookies, you have been missing out. Why not bake a batch of oatmeal cookies today? They are quick to make and once you start to make your own cookies, the packaged ones will get the old heave ho.

Oatmeal raisin cookies have always been one of my favorites. They always had the illusion that they were healthier than other cookies. This recipe is packed full of oats and raisins so if you don't count the butter or the sugar, they are healthier! Add nuts instead of the raisins if you wish. Baking them just until the edges begin to brown, results in a soft, chewy cookie. If you prefer them crisp leave in the oven for 3 minutes more. You probably have all the ingredients already in your cupboard.

Go forth and bake and spoil yourself and your family with the traditional taste of warm homemade oatmeal cookies.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

Makes about 3 dozen

Oatmeal and raisin cookies


  • 1/2 Cup Butter or margarine
  • 1/2 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg, Large
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Cups Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Make sure the oven rack is in the center of the oven.
  2. Cream (mix together) your sugars, with the butter or margarine. This can either be done by hand, electric mixer or food processor. 3 minutes should be enough, a bit longer if you are doing it by hand. You are aiming for a smooth mixture. Scrape down the side of the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the egg and the vanilla. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix thoroughly with a fork. Add this to the margarine/sugar mixture. Beat until mixed. Now pour in the oatmeal and stir to combine. Add the raisins in the last final strokes.
  4. Using a tablespoon, drop on to a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges just start to brown. Leave to cool for a few minutes on the baking tray and then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cooled completely they can be packed in an air-tight container and kept for several days.

Something to go with your cookies?

I love keeping my cookies in a cookie jar. There is just something so homey about reaching in and pulling out something special. It is a sense that someone has spent their time to create something worth indulging in.

I have a favorite cookie jar, do you? Or are you the type to keep them in a plastic box. In my house, the cookies are never around long enough to warrant having an air-proof box.

Whichever type of jar or box you use, I know you will enjoy this recipe.

I love this jar because it not only keeps them fresh, it shows them off and holds a gallon of cookies! That'll feed a hungry mob.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Mary Wickison

Please leave your comments

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 07, 2012:

If you aren't a good cook, these are easy to start with. It is a simple recipe, and they always turn out great.

ivanmarginal from Jakarta on October 07, 2012:

If only I could make them... lol

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 07, 2012:


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Thank you for the vote and sharing. I must say, I bookmark it as well because I haven't written it on one of my recipe cards. If I know I am having company over, I make these with cashews. They always go down a treat.

Thanks again

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 07, 2012:

Hello Ivanmarginal,

Spoil yourself and make some. They are so good.

Thanks for the comment.

ivanmarginal from Jakarta on October 06, 2012:

Yummy, I'm hungry now...

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on October 06, 2012:

Up, Useful, Interesting, Shared, and bookmarked.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on September 29, 2012:

Hi 2patricias,

It is easy and they are so good. It is also very adaptable, I use raisins, cashews, or coconut even. They are one of my favorites. Thank you for adding it to your recipe index.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 29, 2012:

This recipe looks easy to follow.

I am adding it to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 20, 2011:

You're welcome. I want to try and make some that are Brazilian when I get some spare time. So watch this space..

tarkishat on January 25, 2011:

I'm always looking for a great cookie recipe, so thank you very much.

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