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Big and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Big oatmeal raisin cookies

I have a soft spot for oatmeal raisin cookies, the oft misunderstood cookie.  I mean, where’s the love?  Chocolate chip cookies have a huge fan base, and there are die-hard fans of sugar cookies too.  But like I’ve said before I’m pretty sure oatmeal raisin cookies would be the swing choir kid in high school…and I think the swing choir kids are awesome.  I love me some Cole Porter!  🎷

Not too long ago I posted this oatmeal raisin cookie.  But I couldn’t stop there, could I?  There are cookies for all different moods.  Sometimes you want to indulge, sometimes you just need a little somethin’ somethin’ to satisfy your sweet tooth, but don’t want to go nuts…and sometimes you want a flippin’ huge cookie.

These are flippin’ huge cookies.  Raise your hand if you want a flippin’ huge cookie?

Is that really even a question?  Isn’t that what we all want?

Big oatmeal raisin cookies

These things are discus sized.  (There’s an image for you.  I like watching discus during the Olympics anyway because I think it’s a really quirky and interesting skill.  But just imagine the cookies flying.  I’d be the one running onto the field trying to catch them.). 😉

These cookies aren’t healthy.  What they are is thick and chewy.  Try them warm.  You will sing!  But they have oatmeal so I can have them for breakfast, right?  😎  And I’m imagine all of the wonderful fillings you could smoosh between two of them.  I mean, these guys are screaming to be ice cream sandwiches. P ersonally I think a generous scoop of rum raisin ice cream would be particularly good.  Excuse me while I drool.  But I wouldn’t be above mixing up a thick cream cheese frosting, adding some vanilla and cinnamon, and smearing it on there.  Mmm.

I’m just going to sit here thinking about that for a while.

Happy snacking! xoxo

Big oatmeal raisin cookies

(From The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook, 2001-2016)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Big and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • 1½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 sticks softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together the butter and sugars at medium speed until thoroughly combined and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated.
  5. Decrease mixer speed to low and slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if you have to.
  6. Mix in the oats and raisins until incorporated.
  7. Divide the dough into 18 generous cookie dough balls.
  8. Place on prepared cookie sheets, making sure they're at least 2 inches apart. Do NOT press the cookie dough balls down.
  9. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until brown around the edges.


{ 33 comments… add one }
  • Kate @ Framed Cooks January 16, 2016, 12:01 pm

    I’m raising my hand for the big flipping cookie – these look SO good!

    • Amanda January 16, 2016, 12:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate!

  • Aria January 16, 2016, 5:50 pm

    Okay, you just made me hungry for rum raisin ice cream with an oatmeal cookie dipped in it. Sarcastically, thanks. Otherwise, they look good! Right now I feel like curling up next to the fire and eating a dozen of these while sipping English Breakfast tea and reading Sherlock Holmes. Or Emma. Or David Copperfield. Or Ivanhoe. Or anything classic. Basically I just feel like reading and eating cookies. With a cat in my lap. Agree?

    • Amanda January 16, 2016, 9:58 pm

      Thanks Aria! Wow, tea, cookies, and reading classic novels, and cats? These are all the things I love! Are you a Charlotte Bronte fan? Have you ever read her lesser-know novel Villette? I highly recommend it!

      • Aria January 17, 2016, 3:49 pm

        Well…I’ve only read Shirley by Charlotte Bronte and it was a fantastic work of literature, to be sure! But I haven’t read Villette. I’ll look it up, thanks for the recommendation! Yup! I love all of those things. To bad it couldn’t be a profession.

        • Amanda January 18, 2016, 8:43 am

          Hey, you could always be a literature professor. One of my favorite graduate school professors taught fantastic Victorian and Romantic literature classes. And during down time in class we talked about how awesome Wilkie Collins’ beard was. 😀. You could have a big ol’ thermos of tea and cat pictures in your office. 😉

          • Aria January 18, 2016, 3:41 pm

            Hahaha that’s great!!!

  • Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry January 16, 2016, 5:56 pm

    Ooh, yes, I’m putting my hand up!! You had me at “big and chewy”, Amanda! That’s the ONLY way oatmeal raisin cookies should ever be made, right?! 😀 😛

    • Amanda January 16, 2016, 10:02 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! When it comes to oatmeal raisin they definitely have to be chewy! I once had an oatmeal raisin cookie that could have doubled as a hammer it was so hard. I promised myself never again! 😉

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop January 17, 2016, 8:37 am

    I always try to tell myself that if I’m eating an oatmeal cookie, that it IS healthy! I mean there’s oatmeal in there, right? And raisins! And if I only eat one (even though it’s huge) I’m okay! 🙂

    • Amanda January 17, 2016, 2:01 pm

      That’s exactly what I say too! 🙂 Hey, oatmeal. These are basically a health food! 🙂

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat January 17, 2016, 1:19 pm

    How can you not love a giant cookie?? I’m pretty sure that’s impossible. My fiance loves oatmeal raisin so I could use this recipe for him! Looks great!

    • Amanda January 17, 2016, 2:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Shelby! What’s the point of little cookies, right? They’re just a tease! 🙂

  • Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting January 18, 2016, 3:04 am

    I love flippin´ huge cookies! haha! I would love these for breakfast too!!

    • Amanda January 18, 2016, 8:45 am

      Thanks so much! I’m really starting to crave cookies for breakfast. Maybe I’ll actually have to make a breakfast cookie sometime. 😀

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice January 18, 2016, 6:55 am

    Soft and chewy cookies are my weakness! I think I could munch on these cookies all day long, Amanda! I love the size and texture. Looks perfect!

    • Amanda January 18, 2016, 8:45 am

      Thanks, Gayle! They are definitely my weakness too!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary January 18, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Oatmeal raisin is actually one of my favorite cookies… but im allergic to cocoa, so my cookie options tend to be limited. I LOVE that you super sized these! Talk about drooling over here!! So YUM! Cheers, doll!

    • Amanda January 18, 2016, 1:10 pm

      Thanks so much! I love huge cookies. I always figure that if you’re going to have calories on something bad for you, you might as well do it like you mean it. 🙂 Have a week of fabulousness!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita January 18, 2016, 3:12 pm

    I have lots of hands up for these oatmeal raisin cookies! Such a classic, always delicious. 🙂 yours look awesome!

    • Amanda January 19, 2016, 8:57 am

      Thanks so much, Rachel!

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes January 18, 2016, 4:30 pm

    I love oatmeal raisin cookies! These huge ones would be a big hit in my house – I’d probably eat them all myself!

    • Amanda January 19, 2016, 8:59 am

      Thanks, Eva! It was definitely a challenge not to eat them all. 😀

  • Jessica @ Sweetest Menu January 18, 2016, 4:52 pm

    Oh me, me! I love BIG cookies, especially chewy oatmeal ones. These look perfect Amanda!

    • Amanda January 19, 2016, 8:59 am

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

  • Michele @ Two Raspberries January 18, 2016, 6:48 pm

    I love oatmeal and I LOVE cookies so these are TOTALLY right up my alley! YUM!!!

    • Amanda January 19, 2016, 9:00 am

      Thanks! Something about oatmeal in cookies just makes them irresistible, doesn’t it?

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks January 18, 2016, 7:44 pm

    If there’s oatmeal, it must be good for me, right? I’m totally digging your ice cream sandwich idea too!

    • Amanda January 19, 2016, 9:01 am

      Thanks! I’ll stand by the idea that they’re healthy even when they’re oozing with ice cream. 😉

  • Annie @ The Garlic Diaries January 18, 2016, 7:50 pm

    YUM – oatmeal cookies are my favorite. These look perfect :).

    • Amanda January 19, 2016, 9:01 am

      Thanks so much, Annie!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen January 19, 2016, 2:43 pm

    Big and chewy cookies are the best! These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies look fabulous!

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat January 26, 2016, 4:57 pm

    Being a Marylander- I can feel you on the snow! I would have loved some snow over Christmas but instead it was 70 degrees here!

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