Small Batch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Small Batch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the perfect recipe to satisfy your craving for chewy cookies without having too many extra on-hand.

small batch oatmeal raisin cookies

I love small batch recipes.

Making a recipe that requires a pound of flour, a pound of butter, and half a dozen eggs just isn’t an option if you’re feeding a small family of four. (I know, your favorite cookies likely don’t require that volume of ingredients. But honestly, many recipes for classic oatmeal raisin cookies do require a pretty hefty grocery haul.)

Reducing a recipe isn’t typically as simple as cutting the recipe in half. So I’ve done the testing for you to come up with this small batch chewy oatmeal cookie recipe. They’re just a little chewy with a hint of cinnamon and perfectly filled with sweet raisins. They’ll quickly become your favorite small batch dessert recipe. 

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small batch oatmeal raisin cookies

Small Batch Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 10 chewy oatmeal raisin cookies


  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • Water
  • 5 Tbsp. room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, rolled oats or quick oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Add raisins to a small microwave-safe bowl; cover with water. Microwave on HIGH power 1 minute. Let stand 5 minutes; drain hot water from raisins, and set aside.
  3. Beat butter in a medium bowl with a hand mixer on low speed or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add brown sugar, and beat until well combined and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, and molasses just until combined.
  4. Stir together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients; beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in oats, about 30 seconds. Beat in raisins to cookie dough, about 30 seconds.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven until set and edges are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Let cookies stand on baking sheet until firm enough to transfer to a wire rack or cooling rack, about 3 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 90 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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