Homemade Cookies: Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Best oatmeal cookies!

My husband has a very large sweet tooth, and homemade cookies straight from the oven are one of his favorites. Oatmeal cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies are a favorite at our house around the holidays. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a bad oatmeal cookie, but these are awesome! These are very special oatmeal cookies because the raisins are soaked in rum – not just any rum – but spiced rum. I like to use Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, but you can use any brand you like. And don’t worry about the alcohol content in your oatmeal raisin cookies – each cookie has only a tiny amount of rum, so you won’t have “schnockered” kids!

From my experience, the raisins in these cookies don’t get as hard and tough as they do in some other oatmeal cookie recipes.

Holle’s Oatmeal Rum-Raisin Cookies recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup rum
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup butter-flavored Crisco
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¾ cups old fashioned oats

Directions: Place raisins in a small bowl and cover with rum. Stir occasionally. Let raisins soak until plumped. Drain off rum and place raisins on paper towels.

 You’ll need a large bowl for this homemade cookie recipe! Place butter, Crisco, and sugars in the bowl and cream together until all the lumps are gone. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In another large bowl, stir together the flour, the soda, the cinnamon, the cloves, and the salt. Slowly add to the butter-sugar mixture.

Fold in oats and raisins, making sure raisins are evenly distributed.

Drop by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets – ungreased.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 9 minutes. After cooling for just a few minutes, you’ll be able to slide the cookies from the pan with a spatula.