Best Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Best Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe – delicious chewy oatmeal raisin cookies for a classic delicious cookie everyone loves! 

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How To Get Perfect Chewy Cookies

Sometimes even the best chewy cookie recipe turns out less than perfect – I’m adding my favorite tips for easy, deliciously chewy cookies that are great every time you make them!

High moisture content does; so the recipe, baking time, and temperature must be adjusted to retain moisture. Binding the water in butter, eggs, and brown sugar (it contains molasses, which is 10 percent water) with flour slows its evaporation. The dough needs a little extra flour, which makes it stiffer. The stiff dough spreads less, less liquid evaporates, and the cookies are thicker.

Mass also helps cookies stay moist–big dollops of dough make softer and chewier cookies than tiny spoonfuls of dough. Bake these thick cookies for a shorter time at a high temperature to firm them quickly and minimize spreading. Most important, don’t bake them too long–remove from the oven when the cookie rim is brown and at least 1/3 of the center top remains pale. The cooked centers will be soft.

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Can Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Be Frozen

If you’ve ever wondered can oatmeal raisin cookies be frozen, you’re not alone! I am often asked what foods can be frozen – and these Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies can be frozen both as dough (separated as formed cookies or as a ball), and after they have been baked.

How to Freeze Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

To freeze these oatmeal raisin cookies, you need to first decide if you’re freezing the cookies, or the cookie dough.

Next, if you’re freezing the dough, you’ll need to decide if you’re freezing cookies that have been shaped (so you can pull out a couple at a time you need a sweet treat); or if you’re saving an entire batch of cookies to make later.

How to Freeze Pre-Shaped Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My favorite way to freeze cookie dough is in pre-portioned cookie balls – so I can take out a couple if I want just a few cookies and not a whole batch.

To freeze pre-shaped cookie dough: 

Lay cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Arrange shaped cookies on parchment paper so they aren’t touching (so they don’t stick together).

Freeze until solid – about 5 hours.

Remove from baking sheet and place in large ziploc bag, preferably with any extra air squeezed out.

For extra frostbite protection, place the ziploc inside a second large ziploc when placing back in freezer.

Store for up to 3 months.

Let cookies defrost to soft when ready to bake – then continue with baking directions in recipe below.

If you’re making big batches of goodies ahead of an event, it might be easier to just freeze the dough in one big chunk. To freeze dough that hasn’t been formed into cookies, I’m listing my best tips below:

Add dough to a large ziploc bag.

Squish dough down so it lays flat in the bag – it should look like a thick rectangle instead of a thick blob.

Freeze, laying flat, for about 4-5 hours until the shape is firm. At this point you can move it around in your freezer to go wherever if storing this recipe flat isn’t convenient.

When going to bake, let dough fully defrost by storing in refrigerator overnight.

Store up to 3 months.

When baking frozen cookie dough, let it fully defrost, and then continue with baking instructions.

How to Freeze Baked Oatmeal Cookies

If you’ve baked a huge batch of oatmeal cookies and can’t eat them all, you can totally freeze them for later!

How to Freeze Baked Cookies

After baking, allow cookies to cool completely.

Place them in a freezer-safe zip-top storage bag labeled with the name and date.

Some cookies can be frozen as-is, while others may need to be individually wrapped or separated with waxed paper or parchment.

When you want to eat one, take it out and let it sit at room temperature or warm it in the oven for a few minutes.

If you are in a hurry, you can microwave it in 10 second intervals.


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Best Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These classic American cookies have a soft chewy interior and raisin packed flavor!
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast cookie, chewy, oatmeal, quick cookie, quick oats, raisin, raisin cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 124kcal
Author Courtney ODell


  • 1 cup 230g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup 200g packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup 50g granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 and 1/2 cups 190g all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 240g old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup 140g raisins2


  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. 
  • Add eggs and mix on high until combined well. 
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix on high until combined.
  • Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together.
  • Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Beat in the oats, raisins, and walnuts (if using) on low speed.
  • Dough will be very sticky and thick. 
  • Chill the dough for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator – if freezing dough, go ahead and use my tips above for perfectly frozen cookie dough.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Roll balls of dough (about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes until slightly browned on the sides.
  • The centers will look very soft and undone. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • Cookies will continue to set on wire rack – for best results, let them cool completely.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 427mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g


About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet says:

    Now I’m craving cookies! These look so good!

  2. Kara says:

    I hardly ever get to make oatmeal raisin cookies because I’m the only one in my family that likes raisins. Your recipe looks fantastic. Chewy oatmeal cookies are the best!

  3. Anna says:

    Chewy oatmeal cookies are my favorite! I could eat a dozen!

  4. Emily Hill says:

    I love oatmeal raisin cookies, especially if they’re soft and chewy!

  5. Jamielyn says:

    These look so soft, chewy and delicious! Yum!

  6. Kim says:

    These look fantastic! Thanks for the tips for chewy!