My husband and I are the pickiest cookie foodies. So when we were researching the best oatmeal (raisin) cookie recipe, I found this. If you log on to All Recipes for this recipe you will see that there are over 600 5-star reader reviews for this cookie recipe . . . honestly, this recipe is that good!
We bake half a batch with raisins and half a batch without raisins because our family is split on this little tiny ingredient (in fact, I double the raisins for my batch, since I love raisins).
If you nibble on these when they are warm, you will become addicted to them!

Perfect Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Perfect Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt

1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup or your preferred amount of dark raisins


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together and then stir these into the creamed mixture.
  4. Mix in the oats.
  5. Cover and chill the cookie dough for at least one hour.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Grease cookie sheets.
  8. Roll the cookie dough into walnut-size balls and place them 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a large spoon dipped in sugar.
  9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the pre-heated oven.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.