Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!

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The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!Why are oatmeal raisin cookies so polarizing?  If there was ever a large gathering of cookies, oatmeal raisin would most certainly have to sit at the kid’s table in the corner.  Why is that?  (Also, I feel like I need an invitation to the aforementioned large gathering of cookies.  Because sometimes I feel like I was the Cookie Monster in a previous life.  Nom nom nom all the cookies…)

The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!My wife scoffs at oatmeal raisin cookies and says they are just breakfast masquerading in cookie form.  Sure, oats and raisins often show up in breakfast recipes.  But oatmeal raisin cookies are most definitely not breakfast food.  I’ve even heard her call oatmeal raisin cookies “a waste of a good cookie.”  Harsh.

I told her she was wrong, and I told her I’d make a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies that would turn her into a believer.  Or maybe it would turn her into the Cookie Monster.  “C is for cookie…that’s good enough for me…”

The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!Little did my wife know, but I had a secret up my sleeve on this one.  (On a side note, she should have known I had something planned…more often than not, I am up to something.)  I had her uncle’s tried-and-true recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies.

Her uncle has been making huge batches of cookies for every family gathering since my wife was a little girl.  He even made something like 300+ cookies for a cookie table at our wedding reception.  Sure, that might have been a bit sneaky of me to pull out his recipe…but you know what they say: all’s fair in love and war.  And this was most definitely war.

The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!I hit the kitchen armed with the secret (well, formerly secret) family recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies.  I added some cinnamon chips to this cookie because, well, cinnamon just makes everything better.  Less than an hour later, my weapon was complete.  I was looking at three trays of golden brown oatmeal raisin cookies.  The smell alone should have been enough to convince my wife of the greatness that is the oatmeal raisin cookie, but she said she was waiting until she could eat one the cookies.  The nerve.

The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!It only took one bite.  One single, little bite.  My wife was hooked.  She actually called these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies delicious.  This from the woman who once scoffed at oatmeal raisin cookies.  This recipe did it’s job.  It proved to her that Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies most definitely belong at the adult table.  (In case you’re wondering, I did fess up and tell her that I used her uncle’s recipe.  She told me she didn’t mind and reached for another cookie off the tray.)

Do these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies belong at the adult table?

Was using her uncle’s recipe a low blow?

The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The addition of cinnamon makes these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies a delicious twist on a classic cookie!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 147kcal



  • Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a countertop mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (~3-4 minutes on medium speed).
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well blended.
  • Add the dry ingredients, eggs, vanilla, oats, raisins and cinnamon chips to the mixer bowl; stir together on low speed until just combined.
  • Roll 2 Tbsp of dough into a ball and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies about 2” apart. Flatten each dough ball slightly with palm of your hand.
  • Bake at 350°F for 15-17 minutes, or until slightly golden in color.
  • Let cool on pan for several minutes and then transfer to wire rack until completely cool.

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  1. I so love the cookie monster! I hope your son gets to grow up loving all the Sesame Street characters! I think a truce has been called in the war….the cookie war! It was very big of your wife to try and then admit her love for your oatmeal cookie! As far as using her uncle’s recipe…..yep….totally fair! This cookie definitely looks like a winner!

    1. Sesame Street was totally the best…that and the Muppets! I’m not gonna lie, Kathy. I’m kinda looking forward to watching Sesame Street and the Muppets with my son. I’m really just a big kid at heart! 🙂

  2. Hi David! How could anyone not like oatmeal cookies? As I’ve said before, I’m not a raisin fan so I would sub in chopped dates. Cookies seem to disappear in our house and it’s not entirely Gary’s doing! 🙂

    1. You know, dates are totally a fair substitution here. Dried cherries or cranberries would work, too. Either way, I love a good chewy, oatmeal cookie. And cinnamon is a must for sure! I hope you and Gary had an awesome weekend!

  3. As you remember, I grew up in Russia, and oatmeal raisin cookies were my favorite cookies from the store. Actually, they were the only one favorite bought cookies (and decent too). However, as far as I remember not the whole oats but oat flour was used to make those. And I definitely need to try making them with flour. In a meanwhile, since I do love any oat cookies, I have to grab these, for breakfast, lunch, and then dessert:)

    1. So oatmeal cookies are big in Russia? I’ve never tried using oat flour in these cookies, but I kinda want to give that a shot now. It would really give these cookies an extra oat flavor…which is totally fine by me!

  4. These cinnamon raison oatmeal cookies look amazing! I never understood when people didn’t like otameal cookies or preferred chocolate chips to raisins- there’s something so comforting in that warm, spicy, nutty cinnamon raisin flavor 🙂

    1. I totally agree, Medha! Cinnamon + raisins in a chewy cookie is one of the most comforting flavors! I could eat an entire tray…which is why I can’t bake these bad boys at home too often! 🙂

  5. Every relatonsbp needs a secret weapon, David. I agree. Mine are usually made with chocolate, but if someone were devising something that would be effective on me, an oatmeal cookie would be one of the best places to start. I consider them the King of Cookies! Should you ever feel you need to go nuclear, I have and oatmeal sandwich cookie recipe that is 100% guaranteed effective.

    1. Woah woah woah there, Jeff. An Oatmeal sandwich cookie? That just took this to a whole new level of awesomeness…and a whole new level of dangerous. I’m fairly certain that oatmeal sandwich cookies would be a bad decision in this house…as in, I’d eat them for dinner. Cookies for dinner. Is that ok? 🙂

    1. Hahaha…I totally forgot about that joke, Dannii. But you know what? If someone gave me an oatmeal raisin cookie, then I’d trust them. And then I’d be their best friend for life. 🙂

  6. Okay, they’re totally polarizing, and here’s why: THEY LOOK THE SAME FROM A DISTANCE. And nothing is more traumatizing than biting into a cookie thinking it’s chocolate chip and winding up with a mouthful of raisins. I quote the magnet on my fridge: “Oatmeal raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip are the reason I have trust issues.”
    So I’m with your wife. But I do love the cinnamon chips, so I’m sure these are delicious. But the controversy is alive and well, my friend!

    1. Mir! I can’t believe you would go against me here. It’s not that hard to tell difference between oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies!! But hey, these cookies even made my wife a believer…so perhaps we need to get a new magnet on your fridge that says “I ♥ Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!” 🙂

  7. Sneaky mate!!!! Although cinnamon chips are a game changer!

    I must agree with Laura here though- Especially growing up and thinking they were CHOCOLATE CHIPS. Stupid raisins. I’m working on a recipe using them and I shall dedicate them to her! 😀

    1. I am a sneaky little bugger, Arman. Watch out…I might sneak broccoli into your cookies! I’m sure Laura will appreciate the chocolate chip love. But it’s on! I say we have a bake-off and blind-fold Laura. Of course, that will require you flying out East again. 🙂

  8. This is going to sound so weird, but I really like oatmeal raisin cookies, but I take most of the raisins out. Does that mean I really like oatmeal cookies? 🙂

    Yes, to these cinnamon chips in these cookies! You know I’m a part of the cinnamon lovers club! Yum!

    1. Haha…I definitely think that means you like oatmeal cookies! I went through a phase where I didn’t like raisins, and I think it was because I ate my weight in them when I was a kid (or so I’m told). There is nothing wrong with a good oatmeal cookie!

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