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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – An Easy Small Batch Recipe

When it comes to craving an old fashioned, just like Grandma used to make cookie, you can’t beat the taste of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Soft and chewy cookies that have just the amount of raisins scattered throughout.

One bite into the cookie and all the memories of Grandma baking in kitchen will come flooding back to you. You can literally picture the trays of cookies lining the counters as she baked for the holiday season.

The smell alone will draw every family member to the kitchen. Then everyone would sit and wait patiently until she gave you the go ahead to try one.

oatmeal raisin cookie
There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a bite of a soft oatmeal raisin cookie.

As soon as you would sink your teeth into the soft and chewy cookie, you knew exactly why this was your favorite cookie. As good as all of the other desserts were, nothing could stand up to an old fashioned cookie, especially when served with a glass of milk.

Fast forward to today and it is your turn to make those cookies. However, there are times when a full batch of Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies just isn’t practical.

Okay, there is never a bad time to make a big batch of cookies. This is especially true since they freeze well.

However, there are times when you want a cookie or two but don’t want to make an entire batch. And that is when small batch dessert recipes come in handy.

Why Make A Small Batch Of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This time of the year when baking is in full force you may be wondering why you would make just a few oatmeal raisin cookies. Even though you typically cook for two, you can always give the remaining cookies to family or friends.

However, there are many reasons why a small batch dessert recipe makes sense. And maybe, there is another reason for you.

1. Your family and friends are inundated this time of the year with cookies and cookie exchanges and they quite honestly have had more than they want.

2. You have received cookies from family and friends, however, your favorite cookie or Homemade Fudge wasn’t included.

3. You are trying to implement portion control. If you have only a few cookies in the house, you get that sweet tooth satisfied without the risk of over eating.

cookie dough
Oatmeal raisin cookie dough ready to be made into 4-8 cookies.

4. You may get tired of eating the same dessert over and over. When you make a standard batch of a dessert, it is usually enough to feed 8 or more people. If you like variety, small batch desserts come in handy.

5. You don’t get out often to share with family and friends. If you are home and can’t get out for whatever reason, a small batch dessert recipe makes sense.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

*A printable recipe card is located at the bottom of this article which contains the specific measurements, temperatures and cook times. However, continue reading below to learn about more helpful tips about this specific recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 TBS unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Although you could bake the cookies directly on the baking sheet, lining it will make clean up a breeze!

Start making the cookie dough by gathering a medium size mixing bowl. Then add the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Mix together until the mixture is nice and creamy.

Then add in the vanilla extract and the egg yolk to the same bowl and the butter and sugar and mix just until incorporated. In the same bowl add the old fashioned oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Use a silicone spatula to mix until a cookie dough consistency forms. Then fold the raisins into the cookie dough until well distributed.

cookie dough balls on parchment paper
Whenever possible use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat when making cookies. The cookies won’t stick to the baking sheet and it will make clean up a breeze!

Now you must decide if you want 4 large oatmeal raisin cookies, or 8 smaller size cookies. Either way start by dividing the cookie dough into 4 sections.

Then if you would like the smaller size cookies, divide each section in half again. Then form each one into a ball and place on the prepared cookie sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between each one.

If the mixture looks more on the dry side, lightly press the top of the dough balls down. This will help them spread better during the baking process.

Bake Time

When all of the cookies are formed, place the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 9 to 11 minutes. The cookies are ready when the edges are golden brown even though the top may seem a little underdone because it will set as it cools.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Store the cookies in a closed container at room temperature. If they will be in the container for more than 2 days, add a slice of bread to the container to keep the cookies soft.

Other Small Batch Dessert Recipes

If you are looking for other delicious small batch dessert recipes other than these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, below are some of my favorite dessert recipes.

baked oatmeal raisin cookies
When the cookies come out of the oven, let them sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Large Batch Cookie Recipes

Although this is a cooking website that focuses on recipes for two, I also realize that many of us will be making standard size batches of cookies for the holidays. Therefore, I have included some of my favorite cookie recipes that will make a couple of dozen (or so).

oatmeal raisin cookies on cooling rack
Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool completely. Then store in a closed container.

Enjoy! Mary

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oatmeal raisin cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies For Two

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 TBS unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  2. In a medium size mixing bowl add the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Mix together until creamy.

  3. Add in the vanilla and egg yolk and mix just until incorporated.

  4. Mix in the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until a cookie dough forms.

  5. Fold the raisins into the dough until well distributed.

  6. Divide the cookie dough into 4 sections. Form each section into a ball and place on the prepared cookie sheet leaving 2 inches between each one.

  7. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. The top may seem a little underdone, this is okay. It will continue to set when it cools.

  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe provided by iCookfortwo.com

Nutrition Information
Yield 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 61mgSodium 155mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 3g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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