Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

Serves: Makes about 20-22 - Time:

Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

I’m not much of a cookie person but these have a special place in my heart-a buttery, chewy, fruity biscuit with a hint of crispness around the edge. If you prefer a crisper cookie bake them for a minute or two longer but I think a contrast of textures is quite right here. Use sultanas or raisins (never currants) and rolled porridge oats-not jumbo oats. I had thought about sandwiching the cookies together with a buttercream but decided on restraint in this instance.



  • 200g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 225g slightly salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 75g granulated sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 190g rolled oats
  • 125g raisins or sultanas
Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies


  1. Heat the oven to fan 170°c, mark 5. Line two large baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment. Mix the flour and bicarbonate of soda together and set aside. Put the softened butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl and beat for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  2. Turn the speed down to its lowest setting and mix in the flour and bicarbonate of soda, followed by the oats and raisins.
  3. If you have one, use an ice cream scoop to measure out balls of cookie dough onto the baking sheets, leaving a good 4-5cm between each cookie. You should fit no more than six on each sheet. Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes, take the baking sheet out of the oven and bang it on the work surface to deflate the cookies. Return to the oven and cook for a further 6 minutes until the cookies are deep golden around the edges and pale gold in the centre. Leave to cool before lifting off the baking sheet and cooling completely on a wire rack. Finish cooking the remaining cookie dough. Store the cookies in an airtight container.