Chewy Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Friday, March 1, 2013
Soft, chewy, and spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies always remind me of childhood. I loved when my Granny would make Oatmeal Cookies. I love raisins but you can always leave them out if you don't care for them. These Spiced Oatmeal Cookies are filled with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for a delicious balance of spices. 

Chewy Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on an orange napkin.

Chewy Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies elicit fond memories of Granny's kitchen growing up. 

Chocolate Chip and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies were always a staple in our house. 
She and my Granddad were kind enough to spend their retirement raising me with morals and values they had accumulated over the decades. They never once complained of raising me but instilled me with lessons I would have never learned else where. 

Granny was a cooking goddess in her 70's, very few things in our house were ever prepackaged and most days were spent in the kitchen fixing breakfast, lunch, dinner and a dessert from scratch. One of the few premade items to grace our dinner table would be the occasional take and bake pizza and as a special treat at lunch time we enjoyed the occasional hamburger from Mc Donald's but it was definitely a treat and few and far between. 

As the winner of this month's Shine Supper Club  for my Moist Chocolate Cake with Ganache Frosting From Scratch I was asked who I would invite to my ideal dinner party living or dead and I knew in that moment I would have loved just one more day with them. To spend time in the kitchen learning all my favorite recipes she would make for me as a child. To be able to jot down the wild stories my Granddad would tell of Caddying for Al Capone as a young man growing up in Cicero, Ill. and all the memories my grandmother had shared as I was too young to remember the exact details of the stories but rather just a gist. 

Oh how much I would give for them to meet Colt and the kids and to be able to see how well I turned out. Just for one more moment to say Thank You for being such an inspiration for who I am today! 

Cream together butter and sugar to make Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough.

Cream together:
  • 1 cup Softened Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar 
Until smooth and creamy.

Add eggs to oatmeal raisin cookie dough.

Add 2 whole Eggs and 2 teaspoons Vanilla and beat until well blended. Scrape down the sides of bowl.

Stir in nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt to oatmeal raisin cookie dough.

  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Beat until well combine. Scrape down sides of bowl.

Flour, Oatmeal, Raisins stirred into Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough.

Stir in:
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 3 1/4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Raisins
Mix on low until well blended.

Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough in bowl.

Mmmmm...Oatmeal Raisin Cookie dough.. 

Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough dropped on Silpat Cookie Sheet.

Scoop cookies onto a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet using a standard sized cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon.

Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on Silpat lined baking sheet from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes (in my oven the 8 minute mark is perfect) until lightly brown around  the edges. Cookies will have little pin holes but will be slightly under set. 

When you touch the top of the cookie  will still be slightly soft, I like to think of it like a medium done steak when you touch the top it still gives a little but has some firmness. 

Allow cookies to cool for 3 minutes on baking sheet to finish setting.

Chewy Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a family favorite recipe from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch.

Remove Oatmeal Cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Store cookies in a air tight container.

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Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Chewy Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 18 Min


  • 1 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Ginger, Ground
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 3 1/4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup Nuts, Chopped (optional)


How to cook Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with Silpat or parchment and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugars together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of bowl.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla beat for 1 minute and scrape down the sides of bowl.
  5. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and sea salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Scrape sides of bowl.
  6. Add flour, oats, raisins and nuts (if using). Mix on low speed until thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of bowl as needed.
  7. Scoop oatmeal cookie dough onto lined cookie sheet using a standard sized cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly brown on the edges.
  9. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes.
  10. Move cookies to a cooling rack.
  11. Store Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a airtight container.



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  1. You can't beat a chewy oatmeal cookie! These look perfect. :)

  2. Serena, this is really chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. I made on with chocolate chunks last week.

  3. Oh, I just know your grandparents would be so proud of the woman you've become!! I ate my last oatmeal cookie from the freezer earlier this week, and your gorgeous cookies have me craving more! Have a great weekend, my friend~

  4. Serena these cookies look so tasty and I am sure they taste awesome and chewy!! Wonderful snaps!!

  5. Yum, my very favorite cookie!!

  6. Beautiful cookies! I'd love to have one for dessert tonight.

  7. Adding some spices to the oatmeal raisin cookies sounds wonderful! These look great!

  8. These look great. I'd love to have these for the week with my lunch!

  9. I love oatmeal raisin cookies and yours look wonderful.

  10. These look so good! Definitely going to make them Does the taste change if you use the whole wheat flour over the all-purpose? I've been trying to cut the white out so this is great, however, I have a picky hubby who loves a good oatmeal cookie...and his white flour. lol

    1. If you use whole wheat pastry flour no one will ever know it's a softer flour so it is very close to white flour when making cookies! My husband loves the white flour too but he can't tell with the whole wheat pastry flour. I've made most my cookies with and without and can never tell. Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Hey Serena, I tried your recipe and it’s delicious!!! Instead of raisins I used walnuts, I’m definitely going to keep making these! Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Yum! Asking my college girls at home to make this for us 4 today.

  13. Very chewy. Next time I would increase the spices and add ground cloves too.

  14. I made these last night and have to say that I love this recipe. This morning they are just as chewy as they were last night, which was lovely. I liked the spice addition, but was wary it would fight the oats and raisin flavors which I love in an oatmeal cookie. This was perfect, it simply enhanced and warmed the surrounding dough without detracting from what I wanted...a tasty, chewy oatmeal raisin cookie. Well done, my dear. This is replacing my Mother's oatmeal cookie recipe, which I have used for over 40 years (don't tell her). :D

  15. Has anyone tried these with Gluten free flour ?

    1. Hi! I made them with almond flour before and they were really good! I haven't tried cup for cup gluten free yet. Thanks, Serena

  16. What is the yield? How many cookies?

  17. Has anyone tried making wth margarine

  18. Yes, instant oatmeal works fine. Thanks, Serena

  19. These are wonderful. I made them using dried cranberry and dark chocolate for Thanksgiving. Will probably make them again with dried cherries. They are really good. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Serena, I am making your wonderful cookies this morning while my grand daughter waits for them from the oven! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories of your grandmother. I am helping our divorced son raise his daughter and your sweet words remind me that memories remain long after we are gone!

    1. Awww... This warms my heart! My Granny has been gone for over 27 years and I doubt there has been a week that's gone by that I don't think of her. The time and effort you put in will make a huge impact even if it feels exhausting. I hope she enjoys her cookies!

  21. Delicious recipe. I eliminated raisins and added caramel cut in 4ths.

  22. I'm eating a cookie right now and, my lord, Isn't the flavor wonderful! I bake cookies every month and freeze them for my husband. To keep it from being monotonous, I try different recipe and this is definitely a keeper!! The ingredients are always in my kitchen, there is only one bowl making it come together quickly and clean-up a breeze. Hmmm, I still have a little milk in my glass so I'll just have another cookie. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Will it be the same without the nutmeg and ginger? Not a fan of these spices. I know the taste won't be the same but just want a oatmeal taste cookie.

  24. Best I ever made. Got raves about these cookies. Ty for the recipe

  25. Do these freeze well?

    1. I haven't actually froze them to know but it seems like they should freeze just fine. If you end up freezing them I would love to know how they do. Thanks, Serena


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