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Imagine biting into a warm, soft, and chewy cookie filled with nutty oats, juicy raisins, and just the right hint of cinnamon. Your kitchen fills with the intoxicating aroma as these easy oatmeal raisin cookies bake to perfection in just 10 minutes! This is the ultimate small batch oatmeal raisin cookie recipe you’ve been craving!

Looking for more small batch cookie recipes? Try into our spiced Ginger Cookies for a warm, rich flavor, or jam-filled Thumbprint Cookies with a sweet, fruity center. Our frosted Sugar Cookies are soft, sweet, and topped with creamy frosting, and the Chocolate Covered Oreos offer a classic favorite with a chocolatey twist.

Why You’ll Love This Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

  • Quick Baking: These cookies are ready in a flash; they only require 10 minutes in the oven.
  • No Chill Time: No need to let the dough rest in the fridge. Bake right away!
  • Perfectly Spiced: Cinnamon adds that magical touch, taking the cookies to the next level.
  • Small Batch: Ideal for solo indulgence or a cozy date night treat.
  • Doubles Easily: Loved them? The recipe can easily be doubled for more cookie goodness.

Ingredients

oatmeal raisin cookies ingredients in a kitchen.

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  • Butter: Use 3 tablespoons of melted salted butter to inject a burst of rich, buttery flavor. Melted butter is the key to achieving moist, chewy cookies.
  • Sugar: Incorporate both granulated and brown sugar into your mix. They don’t just sweeten; they also contribute to the cookie’s structure and tenderness. If you don’t have brown sugar on hand, consider making a small batch of brown sugar for this recipe.
  • Egg yolk: A single egg yolk serves as the perfect binder for this small batch recipe. Be sure to save the egg white to use in any of our egg white recipes like a Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake or Two Vanilla Cupcakes.
  • Vanilla extract: This ingredient is essential for adding a depth of flavor to your cookies.
  • Flour: Stick with all-purpose flour for the structural backbone of your cookies. Note: the recipe has not been tested with alternative flours.
  • Baking soda: This leavening agent helps your cookies puff up nicely during baking.
  • Ground cinnamon: A touch of cinnamon brings a subtly spiced aroma and taste that elevates the entire cookie.
  • Salt: A dash of salt enhances the flavors of all the sweet elements in the recipe.
  • Oats: Choose old-fashioned oats for the best texture and chewiness in your cookies. Use extra oats in an Apple Crisp, Baked Oatmeal, or Lace Cookies.
  • Raisins: While raisins are traditional, feel free to swap them for other dried fruits like cranberries or chopped dates to mix things up. Add any leftover raisins to Morning Glory Muffins or Cream Scones.
  • Nuts: If you’re a fan of crunch, add a few tablespoons of chopped walnuts or pecans. They’re optional but delightful. Use extras in Ambrosia, Crustless Pecan Pie, or Chicken Salad.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

Recipe Variations

When you make this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe as it’s originally crafted, you’re in for a delightful treat. They’re buttery, perfectly spiced, and an instant classic. But if you’re in the mood to get a bit creative or tailor them to your personal taste, here are some tasty twists you can try:

  • Chocolate Chips Galore: Replace the raisins with chocolate chips, or better yet, go half-and-half for a chewy and chocolaty experience.
  • Nutty Additions: Introduce some crunch by tossing in chopped pecans or walnuts into the dough.
  • Fruit Swap: Not a fan of raisins? Substitute them with other dried fruits like cranberries or chopped dates for a different but equally satisfying bite.
  • Go Butterscotch: Ditch the raisins and opt for butterscotch chips for a unique and irresistible flavor.

These variations let you put a creative spin on the classic oatmeal raisin cookie recipe while still keeping true to its delectable essence. Feel free to experiment and make them your own!

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How To Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch of oatmeal raisin cookies. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well blended.
melted butter and sugar blended in a mixing bowl.
  1. Beat in the egg yolk and the vanilla extract until creamy. Set the bowl aside.
butter, egg, and sugars in a mixing bowl.
  1. In a separate small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  1. Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended.
cookie batter in a mixing bowl.
  1. Stir in the oats and raisins.

Pro Tip: If you like your raisins to be tender and plump in your oatmeal cookies, soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes. Drain and pat them dry with a towel. This step is totally optional and is a matter of personal preference.

oatmeal raisin cookie dough in a mixing bowl.
  1. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop or 1 large tablespoon to scoop out the cookie dough. Place cookies 2-inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Oatmeal cookie dough on a baking sheet.
  1. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on a cookie sheet then transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
oatmeal cookies cooling on a cooling rack.

Expert Tips

  • Before you start cooking, make sure to read the entire recipe, including the Ingredient Notes section, and examine the process photos. This detailed guide will help you understand how the recipe unfolds, ensuring your oatmeal raisin cookies turn out perfect every time. All the information you need is found within the body of this recipe post, so don’t miss a thing!
  • Accurate Flour Measurement: Getting the flour measurement right is crucial. Stir the flour in its container first. Use a spoon to lightly heap flour into a measuring cup, then level it off with a straight-edged knife. Avoid scooping directly with the cup as it compacts the flour, causing you to add more than needed.
  • Cookie Sheet Prep: Opt for a baking mat or parchment paper to line your cookie sheet. Avoid greasing the sheet with butter or oil spray, as it can make your cookies spread too much.
  • Watch the Baking Time: Keep an eye on those cookies. Take them out as soon as the edges start to brown lightly. Overbaking is a no-go.
  • Even Dough Distribution: Use a cookie scoop that holds around 2 to 2.5 tablespoons of dough for uniform cookies. You should get about 4-5 cookies using this measure.
  • Chocolate Chip Variation: If raisins aren’t your thing, swap them out for an equal amount of chocolate chips to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
oatmeal raisin cookies on a black tray next to a glass of milk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which oats are best to use in oatmeal raisin cookies?

Old-fashioned rolled oats are the top choice for oatmeal raisin cookies. Avoid using steel-cut oats, as they’ll remain too tough, and instant oats, as they’ll turn mushy.

Is shortening a good substitute for butter in this oatmeal raisin cookies recipe?

Yes, shortening can be used as a substitute for butter. While I’m partial to the rich flavor that butter provides, shortening is also a viable option.

Can I double this oatmeal raisin cookies recipe?

Of course! If you’re looking to make a larger batch, simply double the quantities of all the ingredients.

What’s the best way to store oatmeal raisin cookies?

Keep your oatmeal raisin cookies in an airtight container and store them at room temperature. They should stay fresh for up to a week.

a partially eaten oatmeal cookie next to a pile of whole cookies.

If you loved making and munching on these small batch oatmeal raisin cookies, your cookie jar is in for a treat! I’ve rounded up a a few of our other irresistible cookie recipes that are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without overwhelming your kitchen. From classic favorites to exciting new combinations, each recipe is designed for small servings, making it ideal for a cozy night in or a quick treat.

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Small Batch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

4.84 from 18 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 cookies
Make easy, small batch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in 20 minutes! Enjoy warm, chewy cookies with nutty oats, juicy raisins, and a hint of cinnamon. Easy to make, filling your kitchen with a delightful aroma. Perfect for satisfying your cookie cravings.

Ingredients 
 

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter , melted
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup raisins
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Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well blended.
  • Beat in the egg yolk and the vanilla extract until creamy. Set the bowl aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended.
  • Stir in the oats and raisins.
  • Use a medium-sized cookie scoop or 1 large tablespoon to scoop out the cookie dough. Place cookies 2-inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on a cookie sheet then transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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Notes

  • Before you start cooking, make sure to read the entire recipe, including the Ingredient Notes section, and examine the process photos. This detailed guide will help you understand how the recipe unfolds, ensuring your oatmeal raisin cookies turn out perfect every time. All the information you need is found within the body of this recipe post, so don’t miss a thing!
  • Accurate Flour Measurement: Getting the flour measurement right is crucial. Stir the flour in its container first. Use a spoon to lightly heap flour into a measuring cup, then level it off with a straight-edged knife. Avoid scooping directly with the cup as it compacts the flour, causing you to add more than needed.
  • Cookie Sheet Prep: Opt for a baking mat or parchment paper to line your cookie sheet. Avoid greasing the sheet with butter or oil spray, as it can make your cookies spread too much.
  • Watch the Baking Time: Keep an eye on those cookies. Take them out as soon as the edges start to brown lightly. Overbaking is a no-go.
  • Even Dough Distribution: Use a cookie scoop that holds around 2 to 2.5 tablespoons of dough for uniform cookies. You should get about 4-5 cookies using this measure.
  • Chocolate Chip Variation: If raisins aren’t your thing, swap them out for an equal amount of chocolate chips to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 158kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 85mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 216IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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28 Comments

  1. Bob9 says:

    You didn’t say when the egg goes in

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Yes, it is mentioned in step 3 of the instructions in both the recipe post with process shots and also in the recipe box.

  2. Jessica says:

    Easy to follow directions that makes my idea amount of cookies. The flavor and texture are exactly what I was craving. Can’t wait to try additional recipes.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy yo enjoyed the cookies!

  3. Beca says:

    Turned out amazing!These are the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve made!!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

  4. Kathy M says:

    Love the recipe so easy to do. The only thing different I do is add walnuts. And I soak the raisins in water for 20 minutes drain pat dry real well. Then add to cookie dough. The raisins get soft and not really chewy.

  5. Sophie says:

    These were great!! I made a bunch of changes due to what I have in my store cupboard but the recipe was very forgiving – I used dark brown soft sugar & caster sugar (i’m in the UK) as well as porridge oats and some softened/pre-soaked dried apricots. The cookies turned out darker and thinner than yours because of the swaps but SO delicious 🙂

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies, Sophie. Thank you for your feedback.

  6. Sally J Putnam says:

    I just made these. They are soooo good. Thank you forecipe! It made 8 cookies of the size I like. Perfect for 2 servings.

  7. Michelle says:

    😂 I just saw that I missed the cinnamon! I thought I saw it when I was browsing the recipes but for some reason didn’t see it when I was prepping the dough. I had to add 4 tablespoons of oats because it looked too wet. Mine came out excellent tasting but looked terrible 😂 I used my toaster oven so I set the temperature to 320 instead of 325. Baked for 9 minutes, cooled down for 10 minutes, tried and then went back in the oven this time for actually 325 for 3 minutes. Perfect texture! Will use canola or avocado oil next time because from experience they don’t cause a spread. I’ve seen this look before 😂

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you by the way!

    2. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the cookies, Michelle. Thank you for the feedback.

      1. Michelle says:

        Hmm so canola oil isn’t the magic substitute for butter that I had hoped for but definitely a little less spread. Also use Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer instead of a real poultry egg. Dough was a lot less wet that real egg but I added about 3 tablespoons of oats anyway because I really wanted these to be oatmeal-y 😂 Thanks again for the recipe.