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Chewy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

I packed chocolate chips, raisins, nuts and cinnamon into my recipe. These cookies are easy to make. Best of all, our kids love them! —Janis Plageman, Lynden, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:60 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup each raisins and chopped pecans
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, molasses and vanilla; beat well.
  • 2. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the raisins, pecans and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 103 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 265304
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2017

"Fantastic cookie. I had a bunch of almonds that I wanted to use up so I added those instead of pecans and added a little almond extract, too. All in all, this is a great recipe and one I'll keep."

jacquelinemorris1979 User ID: 8286943 261364
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"They are flat, they do stick to the pan, but they taste really good. A but on the buttery side, but definitely chewy. I will try this recipe one more time; putting the cookie dough in the fridge for an hour or so, and then baking."

homesickcajun User ID: 7313383 256623
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2016

"For the life of me, I cannot understand how this recipe got so many good reviews. The cookies are flat and stick to everything. They will not come off the cookie sheet, without breaking apart. I was baking these to send to DH's office. That's not possible now, as they are in pieces and the ugliest cookies I've ever baked. Total waste of time (which I did not have) and waste of money for ingredients (which I have less of). BTW, I'm in my sixties, and a very experienced baker. Do not waste your time or money, find another recipe."

thmpr1194 User ID: 8923415 253423
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"OMG, these are the best cookies ever.... I used chopped pecan's, coconut and oats. My man usually doesn't like what I bake, but, I kid you not he has been chowing down on these. Yes they are flat, but, hey each bite you could taste the amazing flavor's. I hear people complaining. One who was a seasoned baker stated maybe if cinnamon was in the recipe. (guess she missed that one) lol.

I gave these cookies to the ladies at the vet's today and they are begging for the recipe.... By far the best chewy oatmeal cookies. Oh and they are better than the one's you can find in a box in the bakery department at Wal-Mart.
And they passed my 4 yr old grandson's taste...."

dbeauche User ID: 4406338 233923
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Chewy and delicious!"

Cherie Hill User ID: 1488797 229890
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"These are one of my most favorite cookies! They are soft and chewy and use REAL butter, which I like as well. The combination of raisins, pecans and chocolate chips make the cookies extra delicious. I highly recommend these cookies."

Dilli User ID: 7204156 226485
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"I am "seasoned" baker, but this recipe was missing the taste. Maybe some cinnamon? Didn't taste like anything. Besides that, they came out flat after leaving them in the refrigerator overnight and then bringing them to room temp. I left out the chocolate chips and instead used raisins. What a waste of ingredients."

tribeofjudah User ID: 8293327 222832
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"This recipie was horrible!!! Cookies were flat and unapealing. I gave it 1 stare because i had to ."

jcwalkers User ID: 5825365 222102
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"The cookies were much more than I expected in the since of being exceptional. My family loved them! The only change I made was by taking the advise of the other reviewers and adding a little bit more flour. I added about 1/4 additional flour. Like I said the cookies were amazing! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!"

nooneinparticular User ID: 8077055 220135
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"If you want to bake without chips in- you'll need to add 1/4 a cup of oats and 1/2 a cup of flour, plus 1 tablespoon more.(or more flour, if you feel you need it) bake at 350 for 10 - 12 minutes. bake up nice and soft and slightly puffy! If you don't, they'll be flat and runny."

aquachristy User ID: 8123385 201917
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"My daughter asked for oatmeal cookies this Christmas, so I'm glad I found this recipe. I have found that chilling cookie dough before baking helps with spreading. May want to try that with this recipe."

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 43018
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014


Boogiesmommy User ID: 7252828 17728
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"I learned a trick to making cookies from my mother n law who is 73 yrs old. If the cookie dough is really tacky than it usually will cause flat cookies, to keep this from happening add a bit more flour til it is not as tacky. You have to play around with it toget the right consistency. I used whole wheat flour in these cookies and added dried blueberries and ,cranberries left out other add ins and they were awesome!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 38945
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"I vote this as a 5* recipe! I DID use 1 Tbsp. light corn syrup in place of the molasses, though!

I'm using these cookies for a chapel picnic and so I'm trying to keep within the TASTE boundaries as to what people like-especially youngsters! I used a 1-cup stick of butter-flavored Crisco with 2 Tbsp. of water to make the consistency of butter. I also used 1 tsp. salt! I omitted the pecans & just used the chocolate chips, raisins and the oats. I purposely USED TEASPOONFULS of dough, rather than TBSPFULS to stretch my amount of dough! The cookies spread, but NOT excessively! They are a nice sized cookie! I say this is a keeper recipe for me when I make oatmeal raisin cookies-it also makes for the chocolate-chip combination as well! Thank you, Janis Plageman, for sharing your recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

kellyann7750 User ID: 1040408 18420
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014 Edited Aug. 29, 2014

"The flavor is delicious. I didn't think I'd be impressed but I was."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 19059
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"I give this recipe 5 stars for flavor and texture. For some reason I was craving oatmeal raising cookies, and this fit the bill. The cookies spread out more than I was expecting, however. I made some notes to increase the flour for next time to see if that helps. EDIT: I am still tweaking this recipe for my taste, with 1/2 c sugar, 3 c flour, tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 c raisins, no pecans or chocolate chips. These changes took away from the chewy texture, however. More changes required."

DavidS_Chan User ID: 7874969 18419
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"These are great. I don't understand the negatives; perhaps the failure to rise was due to outdated baking soda? My first effort was perfect; well risen, delightful melding of flavors with just enough complexity to make one consciously struggle to discern the ingredients. I have altered, however, to my liking by the addition of 1/4 tsp ground cloves and 1/2 cup additional oats; I subtracted 1/2 cup sugar--I always enjoy less than recommended sweetness in any recipe. Can take or leave chocolate chips but... All said, I'll keep this as a mainstay."

JulieS211 User ID: 5434916 43015
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"As other reviewers have said, these cookies are chewy and moist and delicious! I had to substitute honey for the molasses, and left out the nuts and chips, so used a bit more raisins--we like plain ol' oatmeal raisin. My cookies came out a bit flat, but I think that's due to my oven, which I'm still trying to get the hang of, and which I think runs a bit cooler than the temp I set it for. This is definitely the recipe I'll use from now on for oatmeal raisin cookies."

ShelbyTom User ID: 4412703 19032
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Finally, a nice chewy, moist oatmeal cookie! They ought to put this on the Quaker Oats cap and ditch the dry, granola consistency recipe it currently sports! Left out the chocolate chips and nuts which made my husband, who is a raisin-only guy, is a very happy man. Must have made mine extra large though (about 3 inches across after baking) 'cause it only yielded 3 dozen."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 42857
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014

"Oatmeal cookies with raisins are one of my favorite cookies. Adding chocolate chips is just a bonus for this yummy recipe. I did leave out the pecans. The outside of this cookie is crisp and the inside is chewy."

Bananalover21 User ID: 7685912 15102
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"delcioous and fun to make"

Sunshinebakerpa User ID: 7360500 19029
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly and they are pretty good. I made half with nuts and half without. I tasted both and prefer them without the nuts."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 41192
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Really good cookie. Instead of using raisins and chocolate chips I used yogurt covered raisins and dried cranberries. They were delicious."

Joanna1176 User ID: 5612990 41191
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"The best cookie recipe I have used in a long time! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Made two batches, one with raisins and one with butterscotch chips. Should have made"

1969gardener User ID: 7005021 18418
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Oh my...I have found my "go to" recipe for oatmeal cookies. I will use this one from now on. I did use dried cranberries instead of raisins. They are delicious and chewy. Thank you for a great recipe."

Mrs. Mensing User ID: 5734759 38204
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Made these cookies for the holidays. They were just as stated: chewy and delicious. I substituted holiday M&M's for raisins. Otherwise followed the exact recipe. I will definitely make these again."

ylrak User ID: 7433572 43562
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Very good! My family devoured them in no time!"

cammilla User ID: 6730298 43013
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"True to its name, it IS chewy...not just hot out of the oven, but the next day, as well. I made them the first time exactly as written, mostly to find out if they were, in fact, chewy. They were, and were gobbled up quickly. I made them again, using dried cranberries in place of the raisins, and leaving out the chocolate chips, but using the pecans. I'm wondering if the chewy comes from the molasses, or what. What I do know is that this is my go-to cookie now. Simply delicious."

HighDee215 User ID: 7318317 38944
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I omitted the raisins because of my picky eaters but they were very chewy and good."

VictoriousVixen User ID: 6865390 42856
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"I'm an avid baker, and followed this recipe exactly. They flattened out *way* more than in the photo, and the flavors didn't go well together for me. They weren't good enough that I'd even share them, and I definitely won't be making these again. They weren't anything special, were even below average, and would recommend that users find a better recipe to use these ingredients on. Sorry, Janis. :/"

srtwife User ID: 5706965 38939
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"love this oatmeal cookie! I substituted the baking truvia and it turned out great!"

3uglydogs User ID: 5124695 38200
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Wonderful!! I will make this again!!"

danleydoff User ID: 2966851 38199
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"Very good. Spri kle a little coarse sea salt on top before baking. Even yummier."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 201916
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

"I have made these cookies numerous times since I first discovered it. It is by far my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE oatmeal cookie!! When i want oatmeal cookies this is what I turn to. It is FABULOUS!! NO other cookie compares... THANK YOU TASTE OF HOME!!"

berniesmom95 User ID: 6758127 13495
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"Best oatmeal cookie I've ever made. The whole family loved them. Gone in one night!"

underHisshadow91 User ID: 6630343 18417
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"I made these with my grandkids. They are excellent, and I will make them again. I did have to bake them a couple of minutes more than what the recipe called for, and I didn't have any molasses but they were fine without it. Instead of a cup each of chocolate chips, raisins, and pecans; I used a cup each of toffee bits and walnuts. Next time I think I will try m & m's, toffee bits, and walnuts. Yum!"

lxc283 User ID: 5653846 72748
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"This recipe is one of the best cookie recipes I've ever made. These cookies are delicious. This recipe will remain a staple in my recipe box."

lklehman User ID: 747007 18545
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"This recipe truly makes the best chewy oatmeal cookie I have ever baked."

mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 72747
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"This is a fantastic recipe. I left out the raisins and replaced the chocolate chips with toffee chips. Outstanding! By the way, using parchment paper on the baking sheet really helps remove the cookies from the pan after they cool. (The toffee chips are a little sticky.) The cookies also seemed to bake more evenly on the parchment paper."

kchambe1 User ID: 3870432 72746
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"These are wonderful! My family loves them. The only thing I do different is I don't add raisins and I use butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. I promise you will make these over and over again."

gp5mjg User ID: 1072784 16119
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"These cookies are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever made. To make them less flat use a little more flour and oatmeal. Very tasty."

virgomom User ID: 4759458 19028
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"These are awesome , but I seem to have a problem with my cookies coming out flat :( why is that ?"

Kerry Amundson User ID: 2054089 201915
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I was looking for a chewy oatmeal cookie when I came across this one. I made a few changes and added toasted walnuts, crannies and white almond bark cut into chunks. I then used a large scoop to drop them and baked for 12 minutes. We then ate them for breakfast!"

Imllamamamma User ID: 4729564 43557
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"DEVINE!!! I don't like choc chips in my oatmeal cookies so I substituted toffee bits!! OH MY!! Family couldn't get enough! easy & heavenly!!"

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