Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Best Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in the Universe

If you've been here for a hot second, you probably know that I love cookies. And cookie dough. And Oreos. But guys. All of that pales in comparison to my love for oatmeal raisin cookies.

I love oatmeal raisin cookies.

No, like really. I LOOOOOVE oatmeal raisin cookies. It's even in my bio.

One of my great moments of shame as a child was when my mother baked oatmeal raisin cookies for a meeting she had and I kept sneaking into the kitchen and stealing one and then another one and then another one and then I filled my teeny art kit suitcase with cookies and hid behind a chair and ate them all.

But you know what? I don't even think I regret it. Because oatmeal raisin cookies are the best.

Sadly, when I went vegan, I discovered that my "Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in the Whole Wide World" recipe wasn't really veganizable. Every time I tried, they turned out sad and flat and not even a little bit as glorious as oatmeal raisin cookies are supposed to be.

But then.

This is my cousin's recipe for vegan oatmeal raisin cookies. I don't know if she wrote the recipe. I don't know if she got it from some other blog. I don't know if she sold her soul to Satan in exchange for the secrets of the oatmeal cookie universe. All options seem plausible. But all that really matters is that we have the recipe now, and it's perfect.

(That being said, if this recipe originated with you, or you know who invented it, please please let me know so that I can link to it and also maybe send flowers.)

This recipe makes about 45 tablespoon-sized cookies. They're soft and warm and cozy and everything an oatmeal raisin cookie should be. The dough is a squishy dream to work with. Really, I can't say enough good things about this recipe. You gotta make it.

The Best Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in the Universe

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks of vegan butter, softened (we've been using Country Crock Plant Butter)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce (or 1/2 cup plain applesauce and 1 tsp cinnamon)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. (I also add the cinnamon here if I'm not using cinnamon applesauce.)
  2. In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar.
  3. Mix applesauce and vanilla into butter mixture.
  4. Mix flour mixture into butter mixture.
  5. Stir in the oats and raisins.
  6. Scoop tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes at 350*F.
  8. Let cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack.
Makes about 45 cookies.

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