My tried-and-true high altitude recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. It's a family favorite!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and the Best Mothers Day Present Ever


The secret to these awesome oatmeal raisin cookies is soaking the raisins in beaten egg and vanilla extract. These are the BEST oatmeal cookie recipe around- trust me!!


  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • 3/4 cups toasted pecans, chopped (optional)


  1. Combine beaten eggs, raisins and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for one hour. *DON’T SKIP THIS STEP- IT’S THE SECRET TO THESE AWESOME COOKIES!
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  3. In a small bowl, sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, and soda together; set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and both sugars together.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter and sugar and mix well. Dough will be stiff.
  6. Slowly add the egg/raisin mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  7. Stir in oatmeal and pecans if using.
  8. Bake cookies on cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely.


This recipe has been created for high altitude kitchens. For sea level bakers, increase baking soda to 2 teaspoons, decrease vanilla extract to 2 teaspoons and increase granulated sugar to 1 full cup.