Start to Finish: 20 minutes
Servings: About 2 dozen cookies
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Oatmeal cookies make for a homey and satisfying dessert or sweet snack. They are also simple and straightforward to prepare, requiring no rolling or shaping. This recipe for chewy and soft oatmeal cookies made with old-fashioned rolled oats is based on one provided by Quaker Oats.


  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a stand mixer or hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well-blended. Add the flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda and mix well. Fold in the oats and raisins until well-combined.

Use two tablespoons to drop the dough onto ungreased baking sheets. Leave space for the cookies to spread while in the oven.

Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, then remove from the oven. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet undisturbed for 1 minute, then move to a wire rack. Let the cookies cool completely before serving or storing.


  • The bigger your cookie, the chewier it will be, so be generous when dropping the dough if you like cookies on the chewy side.
  • Substitute other dried fruit for the raisins — dried cherries make for a particularly tasty cookie, but you can also try chopped dried figs, chopped prunes, chopped dried apricots, chopped dried apples or any other fruit that appeals.
  • Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans if desired.
  • Add 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips or coated chocolate candies if desired.
  • Substitute 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg for the cloves if desired.


  • Do not use quick-cooking rolled oats for this recipe; they are thinner than old-fashioned rolled oats and will not result in the same chewy texture.
  • Do not overbake these cookies or they will turn out crisp rather than chewy.