Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center…just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!

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These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center...just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!We’ve been working on our art skills around here lately.  And by art skills, I mean drawing in the driveway with chalk.  It all started last week when I picked Robbie up from daycare.  He was on the playground, and he had a piece of sidewalk chalk in both hands.  He was getting all Picasso on that sidewalk.  (To be more accurate, he was getting all Jackson Pollock on that sidewalk.  I’d describe Robbie’s style as abstract expressionism…with a focus on the abstract!)  Needless to say, once I saw how much fun he was having, we loaded up into the car and drove straight to the store to get him a box of chalk.  And then we decorated the driveway at home that evening.  (On a side note, it hasn’t rained in a bit here…so Robbie’s art is still in our driveway.)

While Robbie was fine-tuning his art skills in the driveway, I was inside baking up a batch of these Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Oatmeal raisin cookies happen to be one of my favorite kinds of cookie.  Laura disagrees with me here, but even she admitted that these cookies were pretty tasty.  (I saw her sneak back later and grab a half of a cookie when she thought no one was watching.  But I saw her.  Like Santa, I see everything!)

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center...just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!As anyone with a toddler knows, mealtime can be a bit difficult.  Robbie might devour a certain food one day only to push it away the next.  Or he might request a certain food only to say “no Dada” once it shows up on his tray.  I’m pretty sure that kid would be perfectly content eating crackers all day.  But Laura and I are on a constant quest to sneak whole grains into his diet.  And thus these Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Now these are still cookies, so they should be eaten in moderation…but if he’s going to eat a cookie, it might as well have whole grains in it, right?

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center...just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are made solely with whole wheat flour.  I know some folks shy away from whole wheat flour because it’s different.  But here’s the thing.  With just a few small adjustments, you can easily sub whole wheat flour into your favorite recipes.  Sometimes you might find a 50-50 blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flour is the best mix.  But other times you can go all whole wheat flour.

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a case where you can go all whole wheat!  Plus, the whole wheat flour along with the oats and cornstarch in these cookies yields a wonderfully chewy cookie.  In fact, I would call these the perfect oatmeal raisin cookie.  And I’ve had more than a few oatmeal raisin cookies along the way…so I know a good cookie when I meet one!

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center...just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!For these cookies, I turned to Bob’s Red Mill for both the whole wheat flour and rolled oatsCheck out their store finder to scout out your area.

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center...just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!For these Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour.  This flour is 100% stone-ground using U.S.-grown wheat.  Plus, it contains all of the wheat–bran and all.  (That’s what gives this wheat flour a slightly tan color as compared to all-purpose flour.)  One pound of wheat berries go in, and one pound of whole wheat flour comes out.  Pretty cool, huh?  That’s why this whole wheat flour is so high in fiber and protein!  Furthermore, Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour is certified organic by the USDA.

I’m not sure where the summer went, but we’re already looking at back-to-school time.  It’s time to fall back into our routines after a fun summer full of vacations and adventures.  The school year gets a bit hectic and crazy.  I get it.  Weeknight dinners are often an afterthought following a busy afternoon full of after-school activities.  But you can still sneak healthy ingredients into your favorite recipes.  Take these Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  No one would know that these are made with whole wheat flour!  I mean, we’re gonna eat a cookie anyways.  So we might as well sneak some whole grains in there.

I think I actually prefer my oatmeal raisin cookies with whole wheat flour.  Try these out and see if you agree!  In the meantime, we’ll be in the driveway putting the finishing touches on our next masterpiece.  Enjoy, my friends, and happy back-to-school time!

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center...just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies feature crispy edges and a chewy center...just the way oatmeal raisin cookies should be!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 257kcal



  • Using a countertop mixer, cream together brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy (approximately 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed).
  • Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together whole wheat flour, baking soda, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add flour mixture to mixing bowl and mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Add oats and raisins and mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Drop 1½” balls of dough onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Using the palm of your hand, flatten dough balls slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until edges of cookies just begin to turn golden and crispy.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharmila! I’m right there with ya on oatmeal raisin cookies…they are one of my favorite cookie of all time! 🙂

  1. You know, oatmeal cookies used to be one of my favorite dessert when I was a kid (and a little later too). I’ve mentioned before we didn’t have many sweet options in Russia back those years (No marshmallows. No Swiss and Belgium chocolate (as well as basically nothing produced abroad). No oreos. No peanut butter. No lavender. You see, pretty miserable story). And those oatmeal cookies with raisins probably were the best. They truly tasted grate, especially dipped in or with a glass of milk on side. I think they would use oat flour rather than oats. So even though I don’t often eat oatmeal cookies now (It’s just hard to squeeze a cookie between the lavender and irish cream ones haha), they still are one of my favorite. Love this healthier version, David. Now, please recreate those cookies from my childhood and ship to me:)

    1. See…you just need to go back and embrace your childhood, Ben! Go back and eat a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies. 🙂 Heck, you are even allowed to throw some lavender in your batch…just to make up for lost times when you were young. Haha! Seriously, though, these cookies are amazing! Like one of the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever eaten! 🙂 If I make another batch soon, then I’ll send you some…unless I eat them all first.

  2. Robbie is just too cute for words :). I loved sidewalk chalk growing up! It’s amazing how something so simple can be soooo much fun. I’m with you 100%; while I can’t really choose a favorite cookie (because it changes daily), oatmeal raisin is easily in my top three. And I happen to have a bag of whole wheat flour in the pantry. Guess what I’ll be doing this evening! Happy Wednesday!

    1. I happen to agree with you when it comes to Robbie, Kelsie…that’s why I just can’t stop taking pictures of him. Like last night. He had an all-out meltdown in his high chair because I gave him mashed potatoes for dinner. Despite the crying and wailing, I still had to snap a rather hilarious photo of him with his feet up in the air and a scowl on his face…all while strapped into his highchair.

      Now I have a challenge for you: go out and buy some sidewalk chalk. And then decorate the sidewalk outside of your apartment. Trust me, it’ll feel good to be a kid again! Then come inside and bake a batch of cookies…because, well, cookies. 🙂

  3. Robbie is growing so fast! I swear, every time you post a pic of him, he looks bigger!! And look at that smile!! I can’t blame Laura for sneaking a cookie, cause I would too! As for using chalk in the driveway, I would love to do that when I was a kid, playing hopscotch. Oh, memories!! Cheers, my friend 🙂

    1. You’re telling me, Dawn! Holy cow…that kid is growing like a weed! I don’t see it on the day to day basis, but I am shocked every time I scroll back in my phone to look at old photos. Crazy! Anyways, thanks for the kind words, my friend! Now I think you should bake a batch of cookies, draw a hopscotch board in your driveway and embrace your inner child. Seriously…doesn’t that kinda sound like fun? (For maybe 5 minutes at least! Haha.)

  4. Hi David. While I do love a good shortbread cookie, I would gladly eat a nice chewy oatmeal cookie (or two). I think I’ve mentioned that I don’t like raisins, so I would sub in chopped dates.

    1. Mmmm…I seem to recall us chatting about shortbread cookies a while back, Dorothy. Those are also up there on my list of favorites! But it takes a lot (a LOT) to knock oatmeal raisin cookies off the top spot on my cookie list. And these are seriously some of the best I’ve ever made. I remember your thoughts on raisins, but dates would work well here. Or perhaps another dried fruit like cranberries or blueberries? That would be a fun twist! Happy baking, my Tennessee friend!

  5. I ate tons of oatmeal cookies when I was younger but I can honestly say I haven’t had an oatmeal cookie in years, like maybe 10 years! Isn’t that crazy David. Please Please Please send pics of Robbie’s Masterpieces, I have to see them. Nothing wrong with abstract expressionism. Robbie is soooo darn cute, he’s growing up fast.

    1. 10 years since you’ve had an oatmeal cookie!? Ok, that’s about 9.9 years too long, Mary! I say get in the kitchen and make a batch of these bad boys. They seriously aren’t hard at all to make. 🙂 And I totally agree with you about Robbie. He’s growing up SO fast. The rain finally washed his driveway masterpiece away, but I’m sure there will be more soon. Haha! Thanks, Mary!!

  6. Little Robbie might want to grow up and become an artist! A really cute one :). These cookies sound healthy and yummy David! Oats and whole wheat flour make them perfectly appropriate with a glass of milk for breakfast!

    1. Robbie is definitely growing up with music involved somehow! You should see that kid dance whenever he’s around music. That might be us playing music at home…or just him hearing music on the speakers at a store. We always have to stop and have an impromptu dance session! 🙂 Also, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are seriously delicious, Deepika. And I like how you think about turning these into breakfast with a glass of milk…haha! Thanks so much, my friend!

  7. Ha ha, I love hearing your stories about Robbie. And who knows you might have the new Michelangelo there! I agree with you about baking with whole wheat flour. It so much healthier and it just takes a little bit of getting used to. I try and incorporate it as much as possible into my baking recipes. These look like absolutely amazing whole wheat raisin cookies David and I’m hoping I can get a chance to make these ASAP as both Lynne and I are huge fans of cookies and I love the fact these ones have raisin’s in them. Have a great weekend! 😀

    1. Haha…I’m not so sure about the Michelangelo, although I might believe Mozart or Beethoven. That kid has a serious knack for music! Of course, we just need him to start playing the piano or something now. Mozart started composing music at age 5, so we still have 3 more years to get there! 🙂

      So whole wheat flour is one of my favorite baking tools, Neil! Seriously. It does require a bit of practice, though. I once made a loaf of bread with entirely whole wheat flour and it turned out like a brick. (I’ve since made it again, and it worked…but that first loaf was so sad.) But whole wheat flour in these oatmeal raisin cookies? Yes, yes and more yes! They are the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever eaten! Thanks so much, my friend!

  8. Your driveway must look soo pretty by now. Love Robbie’s big smile holding one of your cookies – they must be delicious! Would’t say no to one or two right now with a nice glass of cold milk. Can’t believe it is the end of the summer already! Have a lovely weekend, David!

    1. Haha! Well we fortunately had some rain come along, so that reset the driveway back to clean again…or a clean slate I should say! I’m thinking this afternoon sounds like a good time to create another Jackson Pollock out there. 🙂 Thanks so much, Miriam, and I hope you had a wonderful cookie-filled weekend!

  9. wow Robbie is growing fast, seems like yesterday that he was just born! time really flies! The cookies sound amazing David, actually since morning I am having this oatmeal cookie craving and now I open your blog and see this – off to make cookies now!

    1. Geez, you’re telling me, Manali! Robbie is growing up so fast these days. 🙂 But it is fun to watch him learn so quickly. And you should have seen him saying ‘cookie’ as he reached for these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! It’s hard to beat a good oatmeal raisin cookie, right? Hope you had a great weekend, my friend!

  10. I completely agree with you about this, David. I will often throw a bit of wheat flour into any drop cookie – but especially oatmeal – because it improves both the texture and flavor. 100% whole wheat, though, that’s a lot! But I have no doubt it’s delicious. And as you said, if he’s going to eat a cookie – and what kid isn’t – it might as well be whole grain.

    1. Yes! 100% whole wheat flour. It totally works in this cookie, Jeff. Trust me. Plus, because it’s 100% whole wheat, that means you can eat more, right? 🙂 That sounds like a good argument…sorta. Haha! Thanks, buddy. Hope you had a great cookie-filled weekend!

    1. You’re telling me, Dawn! I can’t believe how quickly Robbie is growing up these days. I kinda notice it on a day-to-day basis, but when I look back at photos over the last month or two, it becomes really obvious! It’s hard to beat a good oatmeal raisin cookie, and I highly (highly!) recommend trying ’em out with 100% whole wheat flour. The taste and texture of these cookies seriously is perfect!

  11. Your cookies look delicious, but Robbie stole the show. He’s absolutely darling!

    I love whole grain flour in baked goods, so these are right up my alley!

    1. Hahaha…I get it, Marissa! I mean the cookies truly are amazing (and 100% whole wheat flour), but it’s really hard to go up against Robbie and win. But…Robbie with a cookie? Now that’s a good partnership, right? 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words, my friend!

    1. Oh there is so much deliciousness going on in these cookies, Kathy! And I’ve gotta say that I’m a HUGE fan of adding whole wheat flour into my cookie adventures. The texture is perfect! 🙂 Thanks so much, and I hope you all had a wonderful cookie-filled weekend!

  12. I am a huge fan of oat meals. It’s really easy to make a raisin cookie at home and looks really delicious. I’m hoping I can get a chance to make these as soon as possible. I have already bookmarked this recipe of yours. Looking forward to more recipes, Thanks for sharing this with us. Best wishes and Regards.

    1. Yes! I totally agree with you about oatmeal raisin cookies, Supriya! They’re really easy to make at home, and they taste amazing! Plus, the whole wheat flour in these works so well…give it a shot next time you’re in a cookie-baking mood! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  13. Thanks for the recipe, David! Like you, I try to “sneak in” whole grains. Sometimes it works, others, not so much, but I think this recipe is a winner! Pinning for later (well, sooner, actually) use!

    1. Oh, I totally get the whole trying to be sneaky with food. So far, Robbie is having none of it with veggies and proteins…but he loved these cookies! And honestly I think I like these cookies better with whole wheat flour. Give ’em a shot. They’re seriously some of the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever! 🙂 Thanks so much, Laura!!

  14. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are one of my all time favorite cookies, too – I usually like to sneak some sort of nut into them like macadamia nuts, walnuts or pecans, but, I could polish off a batch of these with whole wheat in ’em and not miss them nuts one bit! Speaking of polishing off – I better polish off my drone and send it up there to pick up a slice of that black forest cake and some of these Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! 🙂
    Btw – Robbie is such a cutie – not sure if we should send him sidewalk chalk or drums for Christmas now!

    1. Oooo…I’ve never thought about putting nuts into these cookies, Shashi! But I gotta say that it’s a really good idea. I love pecans, so I’m thinking the oatmeal raisin pecan combo needs to happen! Oh, and the whole wheat flour in here? Perfect texture!!

      P.S. If you send Robbie a drum set for Christmas, then we aren’t friends anymore. 😉

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