Cookies/ Desserts

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yup…I said it.  The BEST.  The best oatmeal raisin cookies you will ever eat.  Even if you don’t like raisins!  Well I guess if you really don’t like raisins, then you could use chocolate chips instead.  I am all about making everyone happy.  Wow…so what makes this the BEST oatmeal raisin cookie recipe?  Well ya gotta keep reading to find out 😉

I went into work the other day to meet with my captain, to talk about integrating back into work part time, once Dr. Knight gives me the green light.  I was early (for once in my life) and ended up going over to the patrol building (my people!) and into the Watch Commanders office.  Two of my favorite lieutenants were sitting in the Watch Commanders office and were like “Kelly!!!  Did you bring us cookies?!?!”  Ahhh…no I didn’t.  I had been so busy working on some other projects, that I had not baked anything for a couple days.  The disappointment!  Everyone at work knows me for my baking…and it is pretty much assumed that any meeting or briefing I am at, I will usually bring in some goodie to share with everyone.

So after catching up with my people, I left and walked over to the administration building (our police department is divided into two buildings- us patrol folks get our own building) for my meeting with my captain.  As soon as I walk in the captains office, “Kelly!  No cookies?!”  Wow…major fail on my part for not coming to work loaded up with cookies!  My captain even made mention that HR had told him all about how I had dropped off cookies for them a few weeks back.  HR had been working with me, to get my health insurance all figured out, so I dropped off a plate of THESE as a way of showing my appreciation.  HR is in the county and city building downtown, and not in the MPD building, so I was surprised word traveled back to MPD about the treats I dropped off to HR.  Hopefully because the loved them so much?

My meeting went well with my captain and I am so excited about coming back to work.  While I obviously can’t come back straight to patrol full time, I am hoping they will put me in our investigation division working with detectives on cases, or in our Real Time Crime Center doing super high tech stuff, or working on background investigations.  Something to make me still feel like a cop!  As I was getting ready to leave our meeting, my captain asked me if I had a good recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies.  I have THIS recipe for Oatmeal Cookies, which is my favorite, but I do not have an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe here on the blog.  So of course I had to redeem myself and make my captain some oatmeal raisin cookies.  And these cookies are AMAZING.  Even with raisins.

Just look at that oatmeal raisin cookie dough!

Scoop small dough balls!  Into your mouth….errrr….I mean onto the cookie sheet 😉

The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: 36 Cooking Time: 10-11 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons VAIN Tongan Vanilla Extracted in Orange Spirits
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup fresh raisins



In the bowl of you stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and shortening and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add the light, dark and white sugars to the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the corn syrup into the mixture and mix until incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time to the mixture, beating one egg into the mixture completely before adding the second egg. Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and mix on medium-high speed until all ingredients are well incorporated.


Change the mixer to low speed and slowly add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until barely combined. Add the oats and mix on low until barely combined. Add the raisins to the dough, folding the raisins in by hand.


Place cookie dough in the refrigerator to cool for at least one hour (or overnight).


After cookie dough has chilled, preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper. Scoop medium-small cookie dough balls onto prepared cookie sheets, leaving enough space in between cookie dough balls to allow for spreading.


Bake cookies in 375-degree oven for 10-11 minutes. Remove cookies from the oven and let the baked cookies set on the cookie sheet for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature. Cookies will stay soft and fresh for several days.

Let those cookies cool on a wire rack…or eat straight from the cookie sheet 🙂

Now this is my kind of plate of cookies!  Piled high!

He’s baaaaaaack!!!  I see you hiding in the shadows on my cookie tower, Cookie Monster!

James even got a few of these cookies, because this recipe makes a ton of cookies!  James LOVED them.  And I think he was on the fence a little about raisins before trying these.  And then he ate one.  Then two.  Then three….So yeah.  And my captain emailed me the next day to let me know everyone really loved these cookies 🙂

So do you like raisins?  I like wine…which is grapes, which are like raisins right?  These cookies can be made with or without raisins, with chocolate chips or just plain.  Or maybe you are looking for an oatmeal cookie with a different twist?  Check out my Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies or Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies!




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  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    March 8, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies. I’m absolutely trying these next time I bake a batch. Isn’t it funny when people come to expect you to bring baked goods with you? I work from home now and still get emails all the time from co-workers who miss cookies every day.

    • Reply
      March 8, 2017 at 9:47 AM

      Awesome Kelsie! You will have to let me know what you think when you try them! Hahaha yeah I pretty much can’t show up anywhere without treats in hand….funny how people start expecting it! But it’s also a nice compliment 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    connie welsh
    March 8, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    what is vanilla extrated in orange spirits?

    • Reply
      March 8, 2017 at 4:48 PM

      Hi Connie! It’s the type of vanilla extract that I used from VAIN Extract Company. It has just a slight citrus note to the extract. You can use your favorite type of vanilla extract though 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    connie welsh
    March 9, 2017 at 7:20 AM

    Thank you for the info on the vanilla

    • Reply
      March 9, 2017 at 8:39 AM

      Of course! Thanks for reading the blog and checking out the cookies 🙂

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