Oatmeal raisin cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies

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(37 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins plus soaking and cooling


Makes 25
Fill the biscuit tin with these rustic cookies. Soaking the raisins gives a boost to the texture and stops them from burning during cooking

Nutrition and extra info

  • unbaked

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal166
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 100g raisin
  • 150ml vegetable oil
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 140g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 300g oats
    Two piles of oats



    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment. Pour 50ml/2fl oz boiling water over the raisins and leave to soak for 20 mins until plump. Drain, reserving the liquid.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. Gradually beat in the egg, along with the reserved water from the raisins, the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt into the bowl, then add the oats. Finally, mix in the raisins.

  3. Drop heaped tbsps of the cookie dough onto the baking trays, well spaced apart as they will spread when cooking. Bake for 12-15 mins until golden. Leave to cool on the trays for 10 mins before tucking in, or transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Alycia Maltby's picture
Alycia Maltby
21st Jan, 2019
We found these very easy to make and very tasty. However they are more like rock cakes than cookies in both appearance and texture. I would make them again though.
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Jessie Usher
8th Nov, 2018
This recipe makes delicious cookies! I finely chopped a handful of blanched peanuts and added them to the mix with a dash of milk. Soooo yummy!!
Bburn team
21st May, 2018
Enjoyed these cookies we made in school. They were nice and chewy. A wee bit expensive to make. We bought oat and rain cookies from the supermarket which were a lot cheaper and we liked them better!
Bburn team
14th May, 2018
We made these in school and they were fun and easy to make. We made them big so they took a bit longer to cook. We used sultanas instead of raisins and this made them quite juicy. Overall, they were quite sweet and tasty. Not as bad as the reviews said actually
10th Jan, 2018
I wish I’d read the reviews first! These were awful. They were too dry and too sweet. I had my doubts while preparing them as the directions were not what I’d expected. Shan’t be making these again
16th Oct, 2017
Disappointing. Dry and not great flavour. Definitely not the gooey and delicious cookies I was hoping for.
8th Sep, 2017
Not great. Wrong ratios, although they are edible. They have a wholefood quality to them (too many oats), but not healthy to match. I wish I had read all the reviews first.
15th Feb, 2017
Scrumptious! Very easy to make. My 7 year old enjoyed making these. next time I'll add a bit more salt, but that's just to my taste.
8th Feb, 2017
Can't understand the bad comments about being dry, floury and too sweet. I made these for the first time with my 2 and a half year old and they were great. They were moist and not too sweet. They feel like you are eating a healthy biscuit due to being lovely and oaty. I made them a bit too big so they did take a little longer to cook. They do come out the oven very soft so you do need to cool them like it suggests and this is when they firm up. I realised I didn't have any cinnamon at the last minute so used ground mixed spice but still great. Going to try them with some orange zest next time. Can't fault them. Easy and tasty.
11th Dec, 2016
I am unimpressed with this recipe as I find it too floury with an odd in-cookie like texture. I halved the sugar as it would have been tooth-achingly sweet otherwise for me. I was going to hand some in to my neighbours as a gift but I will not bother now having tasted them.


2nd May, 2017
Is it possible to substitute wheat flour for gluten free flour? I can eat oats but not flour, however I have learned that is rarely possible to effect a straight swap. Would I gust use GF plain flour or GF S/R flour or could I simply use all oats and increase volume of liquid. Any help gratefully received. Thank you
goodfoodteam's picture
5th May, 2017
Thanks for your question. We haven't made these biscuits using GF plain flour but Doves Farm provides a good substitute if you want to experiment. They recommend adding a little extra liquid so you could try adding a dash of milk. We can't give specific advice without testing the recipe ourselves so if you'd like an exact recipe, then try one of our gluten-free biscuit recipes here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/gluten-free-baking
10th Oct, 2015
could i replace plain flour with self raising?
11th Mar, 2015
Could I replace the raisins with raspberries
goodfoodteam's picture
13th Mar, 2015
Hi Owllupus, thanks for your question. We haven't tested this recipe using raspberries instead so we cannot guarantee perfect results. You should be ok to swap the raisins for a different dried fruit such as dried cranberries or cherries but the moisture in the raspberries might make the resulting biscuit mixture too wet. Let us know how you get on if you do decide to give them a go.  
Rose_pow's picture
9th May, 2017
Delicious and easy! To make them even better: soak the raisins in apple juice or cranberry juice (...or bourbon)!
14th Jul, 2015
This worked fine for me- lovely flavour and not dry at all. I did use soft brown sugar and 250g of oats instead. I also exchanged some raisins for glace cherries that needed using up. And it took me 17mins in the oven.
10th May, 2015
When making these I added about a tbsp of lemon zest, double the cinnamon and a handful of desiccated coconut. They were quite nice but a little too dense when I got a mouthful without raisins so I'd recommend adding an extra handful in.
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