Big Ol’ Soft n Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

In my opinion there is only one way an oatmeal raisin cookie should be and that’s over-sized, super soft and chewy! And not just when they’re fresh out of the oven but days later as well.

This recipe delivers just that. I’ve made this oatmeal raising cookie recipe sooo many times and given them as gifts to oatmeal raisin cookie lovers. Many have said it was the best cookie they’ve ever had.

I got this recipe in an email chain that was going around claiming it was some top secret recipe stolen from a hidden vault lol.  All I know is that these  big ol soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies always seem to live up to their name.

1 cup of raisins
1/3 c. water
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
1 egg
1-1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1-1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1-1/4 c. old fashioned oats (not instant oats)
2 t. baking soda
3/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt

Step 1.) Preheat oven to 275. In a food processor add in 1/2 cups of raisins

Step 2.) Add in 1/3 cup of water & puree until mixture is smooth. (this is the trick to getting that moist & chewy texture)

Step 3.) Pour the raisins mixture into a large bowl and add in:

1/2 c. vegetable shortening

1 egg

1 -1/2 c. dark brown sugar

1-1/2 t. vanilla extract

Step 4.) Mix it really well until nice and creamy!

Step 5.) In a smaller bowl combine:

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1-1/4 c Old fashioned oats

2t. baking soda
3/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt

Step 6.) Whisk to combine

Step 7.) Gradually add dry mixture into wet mixture

Step 8.) Stir to combine and then stir in 1/2 c. of raisins

Step 9.) Roll about 3 T. worth of dough into a ball. See how big these bad boys are?

Step 10.) Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet and press dough balls down to about 1/2 inch thick with your palm.

Step 11.) Place in oven and bake for about 16-18 minutes. OK listen up people. DO NOT OVER BAKE THESE! You want to take them out a little before they are done and let them finish cooking while still on the cookie sheet. This guarantees a soft, moist cookie for days! SERIOUSLY DO NOT OVER BAKE! OMG if you over bake thesecookies I am going to be pissed. lol.

Step 12.) Remove them from the oven and just let them sit for about 5 minutes on the hot pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack.


  1. Julie says

    Hi. really enjoy your baking & cooking. they’re so easy to understand. do you have a recipe for mint cookies. thanks.

  2. Jesse says

    I just made these my kids and husband ate them all before they even cooled. Soooo… Soft and chewy VERY GOOD RECIPE!! I will be making these again. Thanks for the recipe

  3. Angela Hutchins says

    Monique, could u make an apple cookie?..I was thinking if i added little tiny bits of apple to these if it would ruin them?..sounds so good though!!

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