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Crispy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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These perfectly thin and crispy oatmeal raisin cookies have the rich flavor of traditional cookies and they’re a bit chewy on the inside. Made with quick oats, butter, raisins, and sugars, it’s hard to eat just one of these crispy, homemade, and utterly irresistible treats.

three oatmeal raisin cookies in a stack on a plate with one broken in half on top
the BEST oatmeal raisin cookies

crisp and soft on the inside

What camp are you in when it comes to cookies? Sometimes, I prefer a crisp cookie, and other times, I like soft and gooey, like Sally’s Baking Addiction’s recipe. Because of their crispness and somewhat chewy centers, my family couldn’t stop eating these cookies for dessert, especially around the holidays.

In the case of oatmeal raisin cookies or traditional cookie recipes, like snicker doodles, I prefer a crisp outer edge and a slightly chewy center.

stack of three oatmeal raisin cookies on a white plate
crisp, golden edges

crispy vs. soft

The truth is, sometimes cookies can be too crunchy. The perfect amount of crunch is crucial. Simply said, I like oatmeal raisin cookies a bit crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. You’ll know they’re perfect if the center still bends and doesn’t break.

bowl with cookie dough and raisins
thick and buttery dough makes amazing cookies

ingredients

  • quick oats– quick oats are smaller and give a better texture for thin cookies, but old-fashioned may also be used
  • white granulated sugar
  • light muscovado sugarBrown sugar may also be used
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • vanilla extract– only pure vanilla extract
  • egg- room temperature only
  • butter
  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • raisins– decrease per your preferences

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    Prepare 2 big baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. A large mixing dish, add flour, oats and salt and other dry ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter and both sugars until creamy, about 2 minutes, with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture in 2-3 stages and mix well. Add raisins.
  5. Freeze for 10-15 minutes until the batter is ready.
  6. Lay 12-13 dough balls (approximately 2 tablespoons each) on baking pans (don’t push down). Allow 2-3 inches between each cookie for spreading. Press a few raisins on top for a lovely display (optional). Bake per recipe card instructions.
hand holding an oatmeal raisin cookie from a batch of cookies
add raisins to your preferences

expert tips

Quick oats are a great in this recipe. This allows the cookies to spread perfectly for the texture you want. Old-fashioned oats work, but will also give more of a grainy texture.

I recommend using light muscovado sugar for this recipe. Muscovado sugar is raw cane sugar with naturally occurring molasses. Colorful, juicy, and sweet, the brown Muscovado is also great for this recipe and it tastes like toffee.

No Muscadavo sugar? Use brown sugar instead.

plate full of cookies with a linen and raisins in a bowl next to a glass of milk
bet you can’t just have one

recipe variations

Swap out raisins for cranberry raisins (craisins) or dried blueberries, Raisinettes, or chocolate chips. For a lot of texture and more cookie in every bite, decrease raisins to ¾ or ½ cup.

Switch out Muscovado sugar for brown sugar if you do not have Muscovado on hand.

Old-fashioned oats may be used for this recipe, but will have bigger crumbles when compared to quick oats.

platter of 6 cookies with oats and raisins
look at that amazing texture

FAQ

time savers

If you are short on time, you can bake the cookies without chilling in the freezer.

The cookies will spread out more and may be uneven, but the flavor should remain unchanged. I also suggest freezing the dough in between batches.

You may also freeze the dough ahead of time, then bake after sitting out at room temperature for 30 minutes.

stack of cookies with one open, revealing the center
a slight crisp outer shell, with a softer center

how to store leftover oatmeal cookies

These cookies may be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To keep these cookies extra crispy while being stored, try leaving the container uncovered for a few hours before sealing in an air-tight container.

To keep the cookies softer while being stored, keep a pinch or two of bread inside the container.

oatmeal raisin cookies stacked with one on top broken in half

Crisp Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These oatmeal raisin cookies have just the right amount of crisp on the outside, while remaining a bit chewy on the inside. A traditional, addictive, full-flavor treat; bet you can't just have one!
4.7 from 10 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Freezing Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Amber

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Line 2 large baking sheet trays with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, mix well and set aside. 
  • With mixer, beat the butter with both sugars until creamy, about 2 minutes. (Note: I don’t recommend substituting brown sugar for entirely white as for best flavor and texture combining both white and brown sugar actually give the best results, tested!) 
  • Add egg, vanilla and beat on low. 
  • Add the flour mixture in batches until thoroughly combined. Add in the raisins
  • Roll the dough into 12-13 balls (Space about 2-3 inches from each cookie for spreading. For a pretty presentation press a few raisins on top. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

Notes

Storage
Air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
For extra crispy cookies while being stored, try leaving the container uncovered for a few hours before sealing in an air-tight container.
To keep the cookies softer while being stored, here’s a trick: keep a pinch or two of bread inside the container.
Time Saver
If short on time, you can still bake the cookies right away, without chilling. But in this case the cookies will spread out more and maybe unevenly however the flavor should not change. I also recommend freezing the dough between batches.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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