Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

We love these chewy, oaty cookies and one is never enough!
Serves: 20
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  • Prep time
    15 mins PT15M

    Cook time
    15 mins PT15M

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Each serving typically contains

  • Energy 1010kJ 241kcal 12%
  • Fat 10.9g 16%
  • Saturates 6.5g 33%
  • Sugars 22.3g 25%
  • Salt 0.29g 5%

of an adult's Reference Intake (RI)*
Energy per 100g: 1799kJ/429kcal
*Reference Intake of an average adult (8400kJ/2000kcal).
Portions should be adjusted for children of different ages.

Here's how easy it is...
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180◦C, (160◦C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 4.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and condensed milk until pale. Mix in the flour, oats and cinnamon and then finally the raisins.
  3. 3. Roll the dough into 20 golf ball sized balls and place on baking trays, spacing well apart.
  4. 4. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. Enjoy with a cuppa!
  5. The condensed milk is the secret ingredient in this recipe which will set your cookies out from the crowd, giving them a unique chewy soft texture in the centre and crisp edge.

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  • Kris
    June 22, 2016
    Just made my second batch of these cookies as there so delicious that my family wanted more.
    I have never made cookies before but this recipe is easy to following.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe

    Carnation says:
    Hi Kristina, it's always good to add a new family favourite to your repertoire! Happy baking.
  • heggie
    December 03, 2015
    These are lovely, so easy to make, I added choc chips to mix and also rolled into log shape in cling film and chilled before cutting and baking. Mix freezes well and twenty seconds in microwave and they are easy to slice, bake for 14 mins. Delicious recipe!
  • Ruth
    November 25, 2015
    Made these a few times, I find they are better being large biscuits (about 40g each, otherwise they lose their chew.)
  • GailS
    August 25, 2015
    This recipe was my first attempt at cookies, never even thought of making them before, what a mistake that was, they are so moreish, so much nicer than shop bought ones and so easy to make. I've made about 5 batches so far and get requests from family members to make them for them. Give them a go
  • Cumbrianangel
    June 10, 2014
    Have just made my first batch of these cookies. So simple to make and as one broke (oh dear!) taking it off the baking tray, I can vouch for the fact that they are scrummy! Think this will become a family favourite.
    One point, remember they do spread quite a bit and are very soft when first out of the even. I left mine on the tray for 5 mins before attempting to remove them.
  • wheatfreemum
    May 05, 2014
    just made these gluten free. Check you can have oats. use dove gluten free self raising flour. Increase the carnation by 20g. You need a softer dough than usual as the flour absorbs more moisture. We make them lots and add craisins instead. Easy gluten free recipe!
  • bano
    April 05, 2014
    Can i use porridge oats instead of Oats?

    Carnation says:
    Hi Shehr, any plain oats or porridge oats will work in this recipe as long as they don't have added milk powder in the oats.
  • Lexi
    January 15, 2014
    Just made these with my toddler and we had such fun. Waiting eagerly for them to cook. We added chopped up Cadbury chocolate instead of the raisins
  • Annie
    November 27, 2013
    Can you tell me if you bake these as balls or do you flatten them down?

    Carnation says:
    Hi Annie, its best to flatten them ever so slightly, this will make them cook evenly.
  • Bex
    October 27, 2013
    These are amazing, a real crowd pleaser and so easy to make. My husband and friends go mad for them!
  • Foxy lady
    October 02, 2013
    I've just baked these and omg yummy :-) might use chocolate chips next time.

    Carnation says:
    Hi Juanita, they are the perfect addition to a hot cuppa tea!
  • Lainy
    September 15, 2013
    Can I halve the sugar in this recipe without a disaster? Seems so sweet and so high calorie. I am scared to just try it in case I have to throw them all away.

    Carnation says:
    Hi Laine, the sugar in cookies is the ingredient that give them their crunch. Be mindful that if you reduce the sugar you will get a different texture. We don't find these too sweet but are perfect with a fresh cuppa!
  • Stef
    July 24, 2013
    i made these along with the fudge and chocolate fudge and put in a jar with ribbon around it as end of year teachers presents. they were a hit, plus my kids love all these too! am now going to substitute the raisins and cinnamon for choc chips!!
  • Shellypops
    June 21, 2013
    These cookies are lovely! Very easy to make and very tasty!! I may add some chunky chocolate next time.
  • Jo
    June 05, 2013
    This recipe is delicious, especially with sultanas instead of raisins! These cookies keep well & are really great with a mug of coffee. Bake them, you won't regret it!
  • Molly
    April 17, 2013
    Can you cook the dough from frozen or do you have to defrost?

    Carnation says:
    Hi Amanda, good news you can bake from frozen! Might take another minute or two so keep your eye on them! Happy baking!
  • Juanna
    March 19, 2013
    Ive just baked these and they look delicious. Do they freeze well?

    Carnation says:
    Hi June, we like to freeze the unbaked dough balls and then bake to order. Alternatively, you could bake and then freeze if you prefer!
  • Kala
    February 08, 2013
    I have tried This, the taste is good but too sweet and not chewy as I expected.
  • Kala
    February 08, 2013
    I have tried This, the taste is good but too sweet and not chewy as I expected.

    Carnation says:
    Hi Kala, you could try baking them for slightly less time or add an extra 2tbsp condensed milk if you like them stickier! It's the sugar and condensed milk that make them sweet and chewy!
  • Speedy
    February 05, 2013
    Anyone know how many calories per each cookie ? I am trying to gain weight !! I am looking for high calorie baking ideas !!

    Carnation says:
    Hi Jane, if you click on 'GDA guidelines' tab just under the picture it will give you the nutrition information for the cookies. Happy Baking!
  • ema
    February 04, 2013
    Delicious, even the kids that don't like raisins wolfed them down!
    Plus they are so simple to make : D
  • Falcon
    November 30, 2012
    Love To Try This
  • bez
    October 23, 2012
    I have made these cookies and they taste wonderful.
    I also got 40 cookies out of the mixture all golf ball sized. great
  • Ali
    October 22, 2012
    These look delicious. Can you freeze the dough after step 2?

    Carnation says:
    Hi Alison, yes you can - if you find it easier - roll into balls and then freeze, then you can bake to order!
  • neen08
    October 16, 2012
    Great cookies if you remember to put the flour in lol very messy otherwise hahaha taste great, thanks for an easy recipe.
  • MolaMoo
    September 24, 2012
    These are so easy to make and have got to be the most delicious cookies ever!! Thank you.

    Carnation says:
    You're welcome Linda! : ) We love them too!
  • Lauren
    June 18, 2012
    I omitted the cinnamon and raisins and added 75g desicated coconut and about 10 finely chopped glace cherries instead. Very nice!


Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Family Favorite I have been making these cookies for a few years now. My “Grandma’s Cookie jar” is never empty when the grandchildren come over!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tasty but not the prettiest! I don't know if I did something wrong (not sure how as it's an incredibly simple recipe) but these did not come out anything like the picture accompanying this recipe. Regardless of what size or shape I put the dough balls on the baking tray, they spread out so I end up with massive flat crunchy disks (like the "rustic" cookies you might find in one of London's Nordic Bakeries) rather than the chewy, chunky cookies on this page. They taste good, but I won't rush to make this one again.
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to try them! So easy to prepare. This is exactly the recipe I used to make with my students and I couldn't find the recipe for years. So far so good. Thanks a lot!!!!!
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy and absolutely yummy! You can't go wrong with these. So easy and quick to make. The recipe makes loads too. Highly recommend .
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cookies Cooked these several times and they are the best cookies ever :-)
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Again an easy recipe to follow and tast end result
Date published: 2019-10-14
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