Grandma Jane’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies have been getting rave reviews for decades! This is my Mom’s recipe and it produces perfectly chewy cookies made with old-fashioned oats and sweet raisins. These cookies are the way to my heart, and I bet once you try them, you will feel the very same way.

I still remember coming home from school and when I approached the door, with one sniff, I just knew that inside I would find my Mom’s oatmeal raisin cookies waiting as a special after-school treat. Grinning to myself that those same cookies would show up in my lunchbox the next day.

My mom isn’t someone who loves to bake. She had her favorites, which became our favorites that we grew accustomed to enjoying throughout the year, especially at the holidays. I find myself extremely blessed to have had a stay-at-home mom. When asked what I wanted to be growing up, I always said “A Mom.” Then again, years later, I found myself feeling blessed all over again, being able to be just that. I always stayed home with my kids.

I loved being able to bake and surprise them with treats after school, pack their lunches, and even slip a little note in there to let them know that even while they were away, they were always on my mind.


There are a lot of people in the world who when you mention the word “raisin” squish up their face and say “ew.” Me? I am not one of those people. I love raisins and can eat them right out of the box. But much prefer them in these chewy oatmeal raisin cookies! 

Where are my raisin lovers? Be sure to check out these recipes too: Carrot Bundt Cake, Irish Soda Bread, Carrot Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze, and Raisin Spice Bars.

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - My favorite oatmeal cookie recipe!


Sure, everyone says their oatmeal cookie recipes are the best. Well, I am jumping in line and singing the praises of this cookie recipe right here. My Mom’s recipe for chewy oatmeal raisin cookies is quick, easy to make, and uses simple ingredients most of us probably have in our cupboards right now! They are a go-to comfort cookie that I reach for when I need them to brighten up a day. And my kids love these cookies just as much as my brother and I did when we were little.


You will find the full recipe including the complete measurements and instructions for these homemade cookies in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  • shortening – regular Crisco or butter Crisco works great
  • butter – you will want your butter softened to room temperature
  • brown sugar – packed into the measuring cup, light or dark brown sugar is fine, your preference
  • sugar – white sugar (granulated sugar) is also used
  • eggs 
  • vanilla – pure vanilla extract is best!
  • all- purpose flour 
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon – a bit of cinnamon adds warmth to complement the oats
  • Old-Fashioned Oats – choose these over instant oats or quick oats to ensure that your cookies will have the best texture
  • raisins – classic or golden raisins will work. 

How to Make These Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In your stand mixer or with your electric mixer, cream together butter and shortening until combined. Add in sugar, vanilla, and eggs and beat until fluffy.

Next, add the dry ingredients; Mix in flour, cinnamon, and baking soda, into the wet ingredients mixing until incorporated.

Fold in the rolled oats and raisins.

Scoop the oatmeal raisin cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet (parchment paper lined works great, too) with a cookie scoop. 

Bake for about 9 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Don’t overbake, as the cookies will not be chewy. 

classic oatmeal raisin cookies on a cooling rack

Transfer them to a wire rack to cool before filling up your cookie jar!

Store any uneaten cookies in an airtight container to maintain that ideal texture for days. These cookies as well as the cookie dough freeze well, too. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

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Following these tips will give you the best from scratch oatmeal raisin cookies every time. The key to good oatmeal raisin cookies is starting with the right ingredients. 

  • Be sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats rather than instant oats for the best texture. The larger oats will give you a nice chew once baked.
  • Choose plump juicy raisins.  Raisins do expire, and they get pretty hard when they have been in your cupboard for a while!
  • Do not overbake! Pull the cookies just before you think they are done to account for any carryover cooking.
  • Does someone in your home prefer Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies? Make a double batch and use chocolate chips in place of the raisins in one batch. Then everyone is happy!

Moms Yum Yum Cookies spelled out in wooden tiles with a bowl full of cookies next to them.

Homemade Cookie Recipes

The other two cookie recipes of my mom’s that I loved were her Peanut Butter Cookies and her Sugar Cookies. Be sure to give those recipes a peek, too! Here are some others you are sure to enjoy:

What do you say? Want to bake up a memory of your own?  Your kids (of all ages) are sure to be happy to have these show up after school, or in their lunch box.

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Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies have been getting rave reviews for decades! This is my Mom’s recipe and it produces perfectly chewy cookies made with old-fashioned oats and sweet raisins. These cookies are the way to my heart, and I bet once you try them, you will feel the very same way.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time19 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chewy oatmeal cookies, Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies
Servings: 4 dozen
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream together butter and shortening. Add in sugar, vanilla and eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Mix in flour, cinnamon and baking soda, mixing until incorporated.
  • Fold in oatmeal and raisins.
  • Scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Don't over bake, as the cookies will not be chewy.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

This recipe was originally posted on August 30, 2016, in partnership with Bob’s Red Mill Oats. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on January 17, 2024.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this family recipe! This totally reminds me of my grandma! She was the baker and would have fresh baked cookies all the time 🙂

    1. I have never tried it? Should work just fine. Watch the cooking time in case that would change?

  2. Love this cookie recipe! These are the tastiest and chewiest oatmeal cookies I’ve made. I also made them once by replacing the raisins with chocolate – great texture!

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