These oatmeal raisin cookies are soft, chewy, and super delicious! Made from old-fashioned oats and with an applesauce soaking technique to get super flavorful and plump raisins! No chilling, molasses, or hard-to-find ingredients! Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy our Homemade oatmeal cookies!

oatmeal raisin cookies with our family garden applesauce

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You won’t find another Oatmeal cookie recipe like this! Simply because it was a creation! I knew what I wanted to use and that’s when the creativity arose. I then eyeballed what seemed to be the right balance and scooped them onto a sheet pan to see what would turn out of them. The applesauce technique plumps up those dried raisins in a soft and flavorful way, and the result turns out magnificent! Soft-baked oatmeal cookies that will stay soft and that you will find nowhere! I’m so excited about this recipe and hope you will give it a spin! With the whole Coronavirus dilemma, many folks are at home, and what better and healthier snack to make than soft baked oatmeal raisin cookies?

 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 24 large cookies
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
These oatmeal raisin cookies are soft, chewy, and super delicious! Made from old-fashioned oats and with an applesauce soaking technique to get super flavorful and plump raisins! No chilling, molasses, or hard-to-find ingredients! Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy our Homemade oatmeal cookies!

Ingredients

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup applesauce any flavor
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

How To Make Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a Microwave safe bowl stir together the applesauce and raisins. Microwave for 2 minutes and set aside.
  • Beat the butter and sugars for 2 minutes until fluffy. Mix in eggs. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and oats then beat well. Beat in the raisin mixture and scoop dough onto a cookie sheet using a 1 1/2" cookie scoop.
  • Bake for 11 minutes on the bottom rack.

Notes

Note: Can use any flavored apple sauce or hot water to soften the raisins. 
  • Quick butter softening tip: microwave butter 5 seconds on each side for 30 seconds to bring to room temp quickly! 
  • This recipe makes large cookies. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 154mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 256IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

Q&A

Can I use quick oats for cookies?

Quick oats can be used, however, the texture and outcome can be slightly different. Since old-fashioned oats cook longer it’ll leave a texture with the cookie whereas quick oats would cook and soak up quicker leaving the cookie with not as much texture as the coarser grain.

What are in classic oatmeal raisin cookies?

The oatmeal-based cookie batter with raisins is what makes classic oatmeal cookies! It is said that both chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies have pretty much the same sugar, fat, calorie, and fiber content. The oatmeal cookie will have an increased amount of fiber from the raisins, applesauce, and oats. Common Ingredients are:

  • flour
  • oats
  • sugar
  • salt 
  • spices.

Read more about Oatmeal Raisin cookies on Wiki.

What is the difference between quick oats and old-fashioned?

Quick oats are cut into smaller pieces to cook faster. Old-fashioned oats are whole oats that have been rolled and flattened and require a longer cooking time. Find more facts and answers on quakeroats.com.

How can I soften raisins quickly?

The quickest way to soften raisins is by tossing them in boiling water or hot liquid. Microwaving helps speed up the process if you’re starting with cold liquid. Overnight techniques can be used if the time allows and without any heat involved.

Can I substitute applesauce?

Yes! Water can be used to soak the raisins instead of applesauce. Applesauce enhances the dried fruit and works as great plumper!

Tips

  1. For soft and plump raisins, soak in hot water or heat with applesauce.
  2. Make Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies omitting the raisins. Add 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts for crunch!
  3. Replace some of the butter with peanut butter for a nuttier flavor!
  4. Use the cinnamon-flavored applesauce for the regular unsweetened kind!

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6 comments

    • Abraham Baron

    Can I used crushed pineapple instead of the applesauce?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Abraham You could, let me how it turns out!

    • Al

    These are one of my best homemade cookies! Thank you!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      I’m delighted:) Thank you for the feedback!

    • Yolanda

    These cookies are amazing! They are so soft and delightfully chewy!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thanks Yolanda, so glad to hear!

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