These classic gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies are soft and chewy in the center, and loaded with hearty oats and raisins.
This post is made in partnership with Life’s Grape, who kindly sent me some of their products to try. I only promote companies and products I truly stand behind, and all opinions are my own.
Are you a chocolate chip or raisin fan when it comes to cookies?
Truly, I’m both… but I really prefer raisins if I had to choose.
Oatmeal raisin cookies were a childhood favorite of mine. Maybe even more so than chocolate chip cookies! So when I found out I had celiac a few years ago, I was definitely upset I couldn’t have them anymore.
Wait… aren’t raisins gluten free?
The simple answer is yes. Raisins on their own are gluten free. However, I run into this problem with raisins and nuts all the time when grocery shopping… none of the packages are labeled gluten free, and they almost always say they are processed on the same equipment as wheat. Unless they are labeled and tested, it’s just not a risk I’m willing to take.
Several months ago I found Life’s Grape Vine-Dried Grapes and have been so excited to try their products – so far they are the only brand of raisins I have found that is actually labeled gluten free without any other allergen warnings regarding wheat! Here’s what else is on their label:
No Added Sugars
Life’s Grape raisins spend more time drying on the vines (not the ground), allowing them to reach peak flavor, nutrition, and juiciness. They are seriously delicious and even come in minis!
So, you can imagine after trying them that the first thing I did was make these Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
I chose to use melted butter instead of creaming together the sugar and butter. I tend to have better success with my baked goods (even cookies) by using oil or melted butter. This does mean the dough will be a bit softer and will require more chilling time before baking, but it helps to make a softer, chewier cookie.
Similarly, I also used all brown sugar to help create a soft and chewy center. This was actually a little mistake on my end… I ran out of granulated sugar. And you know, they still tasted delicious. If you prefer not to use all brown sugar or have run out, you could substitute ¼ cup of the brown sugar for granulated sugar.
How To Make Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These cookies are pretty easy to make, but they do require chilling time.
Start by whisking together your dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl: Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free baking flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, 1 egg, and vanilla extract.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then mix until everything is combined. Finally, fold in the oats and raisins until they are evenly coated and distributed.
The batter will be fairly soft and tacky at this time. It’s really important to cover the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before baking. If you try to bake them right away, they will spread too much and will become flat.
When ready to bake, scoop out your cookies, roll into balls, and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press down on the top of the cookies very slightly (not too much! Just a little so they aren’t totally round). Then bake for 12-14 minutes.
What Flour To Use For Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
For these cookies, I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free baking flour. Not sponsored or anything, this is just the flour that I have been using for a long time and seems to work the best for me!
I haven’t tested others, but you should be able to use any 1:1 gluten free flour that contains xanthan gum for this recipe. Some of my readers really like Pilsbury and Cup for Cup. Just be sure to measure by weight, as gluten free flours can all weigh a bit different from each other.
If not measuring by weight, I highly recommend spooning the flour into your measuring cup and then leveling it off before weighing. This helps to prevent you from using too much flour, which could result in a different texture cookie.
I truly hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we did! If you make them, be sure to comment below, add a Pinterest review, or tag @zestandlemons on Instagram.
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