Oatmeal cookies are best right out of the oven. This oatmeal cookie recipe without brown sugar makes a soft chewy cookie packed with sweet raisins just like Grandma used to make!
Making a big batch of cookies, you can keep them stored in an airtight container, so that they’re handy for snacks and sharing.
The recipe includes old fashioned oats, and that adds to the wholesome goodness of these oatmeal raisin cookies. Instant oats or quick oats will result in a sticky, glue-like dough. Trust me, it just isn’t good.
The best part is if you don’t have brown sugar in your pantry, no problem! We show you how to substitute white sugar that actually makes the cookie light and puffy.
Why do we use white sugar instead of dark brown sugar?
Cookie recipes without brown sugar are very popular. Our peanut butter cookie recipe doesn’t use brown sugar and it’s our top recipe!
Brown sugar has molasses in it and is popular in chocolate recipes including my chocolate chip cookie recipe and amazing chocolate cakes.
In cookies, using white sugar results in a puffy soft cookie that doesn’t flatten out when baking. And when you use white sugar, it’s easier to adjust the amount according to your preferred sweetness.
So let’s get started!
Before starting, head to the grocery store and get all the ingredients you need. For equipment, be sure to have a large bowl. You can use either a stand mixer or a hand held electric mixer. A cookie scoop makes forming the dough balls so much easier!
Get your cookie sheets ready and line them with parchment paper. It makes cleanup so easy! A wire rack for cooling is nice to have.
- all-purpose flour
- old-fashioned oats
- baking soda
- white sugar
- unsalted butter, at room temperature
- shortening, at room temperature
- vanilla extract
How to make the best oatmeal raisin cookies – follow our steps below:
Get your ingredients together.
In a large bowl, cream the white sugar, unsalted butter and shortening using either an electric mixer or a stand mixer.
Add in the eggs, and vanilla. These are your wet ingredients
In a medium bowl, blend the flour, baking soda and salt together
Stir in the oats. These are the dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
The last step is to mix in the raisins. I usually stir them in with a wooden spoon. (See the tips below for different mix-ins!)
Using a cookie scoop, place the oatmeal cookie dough balls evenly spaced on the cookie sheets
Bake at 350F for about 10 – 15 minutes (check your oven!)
This is an old fashioned recipe and a classic, passed down from my Grandma to me, and now from me to you! I’m so happy that you’re here, and you’re thinking of making these awesome cookies for your family and friends.
Homemade oatmeal cookies without brown sugar are right up there with chocolate chip cookies am I right?
My advice though? Double the batch, and store in an airtight container, like a zip-top freezer bag, and pop them in the freezer until the next time those cookie cravings hit.
Remove the cookies from the baking sheets and place them in a single layer on a cooling rack. (preferably a wire rack)
Once cool, store in an airtight container, or use your favorite cookie jar! Be sure to keep the oatmeal cookies in a cool place.
Get all your ingredients and equipment out before you start baking. It’s just so much easier.
Mix the ingredients well – making sure the raisings (or other mixins!) are distributed evenly.
Use a cookie scoop (see below for a recommendation!)
Push the cookie batter down slightly with the back of a teaspoon. It helps the cookie flatten out while baking. This is totally optional of course.
What is a substitute for brown sugar in oatmeal cookies?
White sugar! We often don’t have brown sugar on hand, or if we do, it’s dried out from the last time you used it.
What happens if you don’t add brown sugar to cookies?
Cookies without brown sugar are often crispier and less dense.
Why do cookies need brown sugar?
Cookies don’t always need brown sugar. The brown sugar makes the cookies chewy, like a good chocolate chip cookie. A crispy, melt in your mouth cookie that doesn’t use brown sugar are my #1 peanut butter cookies!
How to store oatmeal cookies
The best way to store oatmeal cookies is in an airtight container. This will make sure they stay crunchy! You can use your fave cookie jar too, even zippered freezer bags. You don’t need to put them in the refrigerator unless it’s very warm and you won’t be eating them for a few days.
We’ve mentioned earlier the importance of using old fashioned oats. I use large flake oats for my soft oatmeal cookies! Some ideas for different mix-ins include: chocolate chips or chunks, walnuts, pecans, coconut, dried currants.
You could substitute stevia/erythritol or maple syrup for white sugar.
For stevia/erythritol, be sure to follow the measuring advice on the package. Each manufacturer is different.
Maple syrup can be substituted using a ¾ cup of maple syrup to one cup of sugar.
Where did I get my inspiration for this recipe?
Baking using simple ingredients is just so satisfying. This classic oatmeal cookie recipe produces an almost healthy cookie!
If you close your eyes when you bite into it, all that goodness just melts in your mouth!
You could spread some natural peanut butter on your cookie too. Just to mix things up.
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A chewy oatmeal cookie with a slight crunch is packed with sweetness. Mixins include raisins or you can choose chocolate chips or chunks!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup shortening, at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, cream the white sugar, unsalted butter and shortening using either an electric mixer or a stand mixer.
- Add in the eggs, and vanilla. These are your wet ingredients
- In a medium bowl, blend the flour, baking soda and salt together
- Stir in the oats. These are the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
- The last step is to mix in the raisins. I usually stir them in with a wooden spoon. (See the tips below for different mix-ins!)
- Using a cookie scoop, place the oatmeal cookie dough balls evenly spaced on the cookie sheets, lined with parchment paper
- Bake at 350F for about 10 - 15 minutes (check your oven for accurate baking times!)
- Once the cookies have cooled on a wire rack, store them in an airtight container, your cookie jar, and freeze some for later.
Store your freshly baked Oatmeal Cookies in an airtight container or freeze in a zipper freezer bag. If they last that long!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g
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