Big, Bakery-Style Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Big, Bakery-Style Oatmeal Cookies
One of the first things that catches my eye when I walk into a bakery or cafe are stacks of large cookies, either arranged in a pastry case or appealingly stacked in glass canisters. The cookies are almost always jumbo sized, much larger than the size of cookie I typically bake at home, and they are very tempting for a cookie-lover like me. Fortunately, I can make Big, Bakery-Style Oatmeal Raisin Cookies easily at home and satisfy my sweet tooth that way.

The cookie dough itself seems pretty standard at first glance, but there are a few things in the dough that help the cookies to look bakery-worthy after they come out of the oven. First, this recipe uses a bit more flour than some oatmeal cookie recipes. This helps discourage the dough from spreading excessively and the cookies from becoming too thin. Second, I used a combination of regular rolled oats and quick cooking oatmeal in the dough. The large rolled oats give the cookies a great texture and encourage a chewy texture, while the quick cooking oats make the cookies a bit more tender and help give them a more uniform look. I shaped my dough using 1/4 cup measures, which makes the dough “balls” look like hockey pucks and also helps encourage an even spread. The finished cookies have a great balance of tenderness and chewiness, just what I like to taste in an oatmeal cookie!

These cookies are loaded up with raisins. You could use regular seedless raisins (which I used here) or mix things up with golden raisins, for a different look to the finished cookies. You can also substitute chocolate chips for the raisins in this recipe. No matter what you put in them, these cookies will be delicious and they will keep well when stored in an airtight container for several days after baking. If you want to keep some on hand longer, you can store them in the freezer. That said, the recipe halves very well, so you might just want to make a smaller batch instead of stocking your freezer full of extras.

Big, Bakery-Style Oatmeal Cookies

Big, Bakery-Style Oatmeal Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup rolled oats (regular oatmeal)
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 1/2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and the eggs, incorporating the eggs one at a time. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then stir in both types of oatmeal and the raisins.
Pack the dough into 1/4-cup scoops to form evenly sized dough balls. Arrange dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet, allowing about 4 inches between each cookie to allow for spread.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the cookies are just about set in the center and the edges are very lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 20-22 cookies.

3 comments

  1. I like to use currants instead of raisins in oatmeal cookies. Thanks for all the fun info and recipes you post here!

  2. I really liked these cookies. I was out of raisins so I subbed chocolate chips. I used Nestle carmel filled ones plus a handful of semi-sweet chips. They are a unique texture for oatmeal cookies. I took them to work and they were a hit there. I am going to make them a second time but use butterscotch chips and pecans.

  3. I like this recipe a lot! I did add 1 tsp cinnamon, just because I like cinnamon in my oatmeal raisin cookies. I also split the batch in half and added raisins to one half and chocolate chips to the other half (for the no raisin kid). This is probably the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipes I’ve found and will use it again!

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