Slice & Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I'm really good at moderation...if given the chance.  In college I had a stash of soups on my side of our dorm room that taunted my roommate. She would "borrow" one and quickly replace it over and over again. I found it amusing and also very kind of her to keep replacing them.  It wasn't so much that I wanted the soup; I just liked having them there in the off chance I might want one one day. I'm a planner by nature. I like to have a stash for a rainy day.

Flash forward many years later and my college roommate lives right down the street. We were hanging out with our kids (who are best friends!), drinking cocktails when she pulled out some cookie dough from the fridge and quickly made a batch of 5 cookies. One for each kid and one for each adult. It got me thinking that I need to have cookie dough in my freezer for when I'm feeling like a cookie and not 4 dozen. There's something so satisfying about having access to cookies when the time calls for it.

Now when she comes over, I'll guarantee we have cookies in the house, but this time I won't expect her to replace them...

And we're off!

Ingredient gathering time.

Butter & sugars. This is one of my favorite scents in the whole world.

I had a little helper in the kitchen...If only you could have seen his reaction to tasting raw oats...

Add the eggs in one at a time. Beat! Now add the vanilla in. Beat!

Dry meets wet.

Raisins get folded in.

As do the oats.

Now we're ready to roll out our dough!

Pull out two pieces of parchment. Make a cylinder. This video might help you...

Tada! Two logs of cookie dough ready to go in the freezer.

And after 4 hours of chilling, you're ready to slice them up. As you can see, my log isn't perfectly round and I'm perfectly OK with that. The cookies taste just fiiiiiiine.

Place your cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Now bake!

Looks like a sneaky 4 1/2 year old is about to get into some....

I have to warn you...the frozen cookie dough is pretty good.

But I'll pretend like the only way I can eat them is if they're baked. Wish me luck!

Slice & Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

makes 4 dozen

recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups raisins

Whisk both flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars on high speed until light and creamy, 2-3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend and scraping down bowl between additions. Beat in vanilla.

Reduce speed to low. Gradually add dry ingredients; mix just to combine. Fold in oats and raisins.

Divide dough between 2 large sheets of parchment paper. Using paper as an aid, roll up each piece of dough into a 1 1/2-inch diameter log. Wrap in plastic; freeze for at least 4 hours and up to 3 weeks.

Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds (return unused dough to freezer); place 2-inch apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Bake cookies until edges are golden brown, 15-18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool.

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  • March 27, 2013

    I made these too! I'm posting about them next week! I adapted them a bit but we just loved them! Fun to see how yours turned out too!

  • Sera
    March 27, 2013

    Bah I've been meaning forever to do something like this! There's two of us in our house, and I'm the only one who is allowed to eat sweets at the moment - having something in the freezer would stop me eating a batch of cookies in two days. Thank you!

  • March 27, 2013

    I love having cookie dough in my freezer. I do this all the time and it always feels indulgent and impressive (to me anyway) to have homemade cookies in minutes. It's one of the few homemakery things I do well!

  • March 27, 2013

    Oh, I learned this lesson quick after moving in with my boyfriend. I'd make a batch of cookies and we were FORCED to eat every one before they went stale! Now I just make a few and freeze the rest for, as you said, a rainy day.

  • March 27, 2013

    Such a great, great idea! Especially for those like me who find making dozens of cookies at a time tedious. ;)

  • March 27, 2013

    I love the idea of bring able to make only a few cookies at a time, I just hope I can stop myself from making more than just a handful.

  • March 27, 2013

    Great idea, cookies go so fast in our house it would be nice to have a stash of dough somewhere!

  • March 27, 2013

    There are my moms favorites and can't wait to try them. I'll make a batch for her and make a log for her freezer, love it! Thanks from another planner!!

  • Such a fantastic classic recipe. I think you post some of the greatest recipes and food photography, very inspiring :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Colleen
    March 27, 2013

    I do this with chocolate chip cookies, except I ball them, freeze them, and then stick them in ziploc baggies to keep in the freezer. It's perfect for a cookie or two and there is no pesky cutting.

  • jenny
    March 27, 2013

    ha! I love the bon appetit kick this week. :) these caught my eye, too, although what I've REALLY been salivating over is that sandwich on the cover. I had the magazine beside my bed last night and when I woke up this morning, it was all I could do not to tear off the cover and stuff it in my mouth. is that cover food porn, or what? I look forward to making that sandwich...and these cookies.

  • March 27, 2013

    These sound amaze. If only I could trust myself not to devour the whole log in one go...hmmm...

  • March 27, 2013

    A cookie whenever I want? Genius. This is getting done this afternoon.

  • I feel amazing when there is cookie dough in a freezer- awesomee recipe :)

  • March 27, 2013

    Yum....Love all of the pics!!

  • Caley
    March 27, 2013

    Haha! Thanks for keeping me fed in college! The soups were always better when they came from your stash. ;-) looking forward to trying your cookies!

  • March 27, 2013

    What a great idea! Except I'd be like your roommate, and eat them all the time. I have no self control....

  • March 27, 2013

    one cookie?...never...EVER.

    • Tracy
      March 27, 2013

      I hear your words!

  • Jane M
    March 27, 2013

    Did this for many years for my kids when they went to school! They had the best packed lunches around (if I do say so myself!).


    • Tracy
      March 27, 2013

      I can imagine!!

  • Jenny
    March 27, 2013

    do you think the raisins could be replaced with chocolate chips or pecans? would it still freeze well?

    • Tracy
      March 27, 2013

      Yeah should be fine!

  • March 27, 2013

    ok, these look perfect!! I want one so bad! I love that they are slice and bake! What a great idea!

  • Tracy
    March 27, 2013

    These super yummy Tracy!!

  • March 27, 2013

    I need a roll, too! And these look great!

  • March 27, 2013

    Oatmeal raisin are my favorite. Ok, they are in the top 5 of my favorite cookies. I can't wait to try these!

  • March 27, 2013

    This is so crazy I'm reading this exact post tonight. B/c literally 5mins ago, literally...I told my husband I just wanted one cookie. Just one little cookie. But we have NOTHING sweet in our house. And so I had to go without... but not any more! Thanx for the idea!

  • March 27, 2013

    Wow...I like this idea of making them as a log, and just 'slice and bake them'! Clever idea!

  • March 27, 2013

    haha... I know about the moderation thing. If given the chance! It's always nice to have something to pull out from the freezer when time calls for it. I love how kids get amused when I pull out dessert from the oven. Recently had some friends and their kids over. The way they fawned over my tray of brownies. Precious!

  • Your story about your college roommate is seriously adorable, and I love that y'all are still friends! And that your kids are friends! Also, I couldn't love the idea of a slice and bake oatmeal cookie more. Mmm.

  • What a great idea! Although also slightly dangerous to have freshly baked cookies at my fingertips!

  • I love a good slice and bake recipe. These look awesome!

  • March 28, 2013

    This looks amazing! It's a great idea to slice and bake the cookies! Plus, the cookies are a little healthier since you put oatmeal in it!

  • Slice and bake oatmeal cookies? I have never seen a slice and bake so full of such good stuff!

  • March 31, 2013

    I often make sure I have cookies on hand by baking a batch and then freezing them (we've found most cookies freeze and defrost without a problem). But I LOVE slice and back cookies, especially when I need to make a large number of cookies for a swap or something. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • April 2, 2013

    I did not have raisin on hand so I used sultana.

    One bite was all it took - I was in cookie heaven.

  • May 2, 2013

    I've had a problem slicing the cookies. They were so frozen that they were really hard to slice and as I was slicing the cookie kept crumbling to pieces!!!! I had to reshape them as I was laying them on the baking sheet... I used a very good knife!!! tried with a serrated knife and it made it worse... why do you think this happened???

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2013

      I had like one or two crumble but the rest was totally smooth sailing. I think when you use your knife just use pressure cutting down. Don't saw back and forth. Did you maybe do that? It also might mean that your dough wasn't well incorporated or you maybe didn't pack your log tight enough before freezing it. I hope this helps!

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