Old-Fashioned Chewy Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies

North America


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Lavender & Lovage: A Culinary Notebook of Memories & Recipes From Home & Abroad

Lavender & Lovage

By Karen Burns-Booth

Published 2019

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Delicious old-fashioned chewy oatmeal and raisin cookies with a slight crunch on the outside but with a soft and chewy centre. Just like Grandma used to make, I should imagine.


  • 300 g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 115 g unsalted butter
  • 225 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 120 g jumbo oats
  • 150 g raisins (soaked in warm water for 2 to 3 hours or overnight, then drained)


    1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 5. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof baking paper.
    2. Melt the butter and set to one side to cool slightly.
    3. Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt.
    4. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well, making sure there is no flour left and you have a soft dough.
    5. Take an ice cream scoop and scoop up small balls of the cookie dough, about the size of a large egg, and drop them onto the prepared baking sheets. Or, if the dough is stiff, you can stamp them out with a cookie/biscuit cutter.
    6. Flatten them with the back of a spoon slightly and bake in pre-heated oven for 15 to 16 minutes. The cookies should have a golden-brown crust when they are ready, but still have a slightly soft centre.
    7. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool slightly on the baking sheet for 2 top 3 minutes to firm up, before carefully removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    8. Store in an airtight tin for up to 4 days or freeze them once they are cool with greaseproof paper in between each cookie.