Cooking With Children: Oat and Raisin Cookies Recipe

If you are staying at home and have children, then you will no doubt be looking for ways to keep them entertained and occupied, even if they are school age and being set work by their teachers.  Cooking with children is a wonderful way to spend time with them and teaches valuable life skills, and simple baking using store cupboard staples is a great way to start.  And, if they’re young enough to make a game out of cleaning the kitchen afterwards, then all the better!

These oat and raisin cookies are easy to make and the method is quick enough that it should keep short attention spans engaged.  Including resting the dough in the fridge for half an hour and cooking time, you’ll have a batch of cookies within an hour.  You can swap out the raisins for other dried fruit such as cranberries, or a mix of dried fruit, or even chocolate chips if you like.

oat and raisin cookies


  • 125g  plain flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 115g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g rolled oats (porridge oats)
  • 150g raisins


  • Preheat your oven to 180 (fan)
  • Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and whisk together, then set aside.
  • In another bowl (or in a food mixer with a paddle attachment), cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar for 1-2 minutes with an electric mixer or with a wooden spoon and some elbow grease.  Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until fully combined.
  • Add in the flour mix and combine, then mix in the oats and raisins.
  • Cover the dough and put it in the fridge for half an hour.  This will make sure they turn out nice and thick.
  • Line two large baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  • Take the dough out of the freezer and divide it in two, then divide those two pieces into two, and continue until you have 16 small lumps of cookie dough.  Roll them into balls and gently squash in your hand to make a nice thick cookie.
  • Place them on the baking trays, leaving a bit of space between each cookie as they’ll spread a little.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookie is set and the edges are starting to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
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