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 these. The applesauce technique, plumps up of those dried raisins in a soft and flavorful way, and the end result turns out magnificent! Soft baked oatmeal cookies that will stay soft and that you won’t 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 then soft baked oatmeal raisin cookies!

The story behind the BEST Applesauce!

We are lucky to be part of a community where family-owned, local businesses exist. The only applesauce we buy now is Our Family Garden Applesauce! We personally know the family that makes this applesauce behind the jars and they only use good and simple ingredients! You could watch how they make applesauce from scratch and what exactly goes in! You can also find them at BigY grocery stores or their official website. This is all coming from someone who wasn’t an applesauce eater but once you try this applesauce it’ll be a total game-changer! They use no sugar in any of their products and it’s naturally sweet from the apples they choose to puree! Healthy, delicious, and kid-approved! This is what I used in my oatmeal cookies and I’m really excited to share the news because I haven’t tried applesauce as good as this! It deserves recognition! We are also not getting paid for this post in any way, but enjoy the sauce very much.

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!


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


How To Make Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:

  • Pre-heat oven 375°F.
  • In a Microwave safe bowl stir together the applesauce and raisins. Microwave 2 minutes 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 11 minutes on bottom rack.


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


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 had the same sugar, fat, calorie, and fiber content. Obviously, 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 flatten and require a longer cooking time. Find more facts and answers on

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!

Where can I buy sugar-free applesauce?

Our Family Garden Applesauce uses a blend of sweet apples without the sugar needed! They come in three flavors honey, cinnamon, and unsweetened. You can purchase their products directly from their website at


  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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Abraham Baron
Abraham Baron
3 years ago

Can I used crushed pineapple instead of the applesauce?

3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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

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