Bakery-Style Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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These thick and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies have a delicious cinnamony and nutty flavor and a super soft texture.  Juicy raisins and pecans provide the perfect amount of moisture and crunch.  When these cookies are on my counter, I can’t resist eating them for breakfast or snacks!

Better yet, this cookie dough is made without a mixer, and it comes together quickly without having to chill the dough. All you need is two bowls, a wooden spoon or spatula, and your hands!

What gives these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies their “Bakery-Style” Chewy Texture?

  1. Instant Clearjel— Instant Clearjel is one of my favorite bakery ingredients .  It’s a flavorless type of cornstarch that thickens and enhances moisture in baked goods.  The Instant Clearjel makes these oatmeal raisin cookies soft and chewy, and it thickens the cookie dough so we don’t have to chill the dough before baking!
  2. Vegetable Oil—Vegetable oil adds moisture to these cookies.  Butter-only cookies tend to have a crispier edge and they spread more while baking, which is why I like to use a combination of butter, vegetable oil and Instant Clearjel in my cookies (and in my extra-moist cakes).
  3. Less time in the oven.  Pull these cookies out of the oven when they look slightly underdone.  They will continue baking on the sheet pan as they cool.  Just a few minutes too long in the oven will make more cake-like and less chewy oatmeal raisin cookies.
Instant Clearjel: the Secret Bakery Ingredient

The Secret Bakery Ingredient in this Recipe

This bakery recipe uses Instant ClearJel, a type of cornstarch that serves as both a thickener and a binder. It’s tasteless and has no artificial ingredients. It’s often used by professional bakers because it produces a smoother and glossier consistency than cornstarch, tapioca, or other starches. Even better, it enhances moisture and texture in cakes and thickens and stabilizes frostings.

Although it’s not often available in grocery stores, it’s sold in a variety of online stores. I use Prepared Pantry Instant Clearjel. (Prepared Pantry was kind enough to provide a generous coupon code for Amycakes Bakes readers–use the code AMYCAKES for 50% off this 18 oz Instant Clearjel. You can also find it at Nuts.com.

When using Instant Clearjel in baking, please make sure it is labeled as “INSTANT,” and always thoroughly whisk it with dry ingredients as described within the recipe.

Prepare Your Cookie Dough in Advance

The cookie dough does not require refrigeration before baking, but if you want to make them in advance, the dough freezes extremely well! You can freeze this cookie dough and enjoy them any time you have a cookie craving! 

Just scoop your oatmeal cookie dough and pop it in the freezer in air-tight Tupperware (you can freeze rows of unbaked cookies in between layers of parchment paper).  Then thaw the cookie dough balls at room temperature and bake!

The Little Bakery Secret to Pretty Cookies

After you scoop your cookie dough, press extra raisins and pecans (if using) into the top of your cookies.  This is how we always “dressed up” our cookies at Amycakes Bakery so they looked extra delicious and professional. 

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe FAQ

How to store these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies?

Store your baked cookies in airtight containers at room temperature to keep their soft and chewy texture.  You can also scoop and freeze the unbaked cookie dough as described above!

Can I turn these into oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?

Definitely!  To make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, I recommend omitting the raisins and cinnamon, then add 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips to the dough. Then press additional chocolate chips into the tops of the cookie balls before baking (around 1/2 cup additional chocolate chips). 

Can I turn these into smaller cookies?

Baking large oatmeal raisin cookies with a 2-ounce scoop makes them look and taste like a professional bakery cookie, but you can certainly make them smaller and decrease the baking time. (Just be sure to bring them out when they still look slightly underdone).

Can I substitute out the Instant Clearjel?

I have not yet tried this recipe without Instant Clearjel, as it is one of the ingredients that gives the cookies their soft and chewy texture, and keeps them from spreading too much in the oven.

Where can I find Instant Clearjel?

Although it’s not often available in grocery stores, it’s sold in a variety of online stores. I use Prepared Pantry Instant Clearjel–use the code AMYCAKES for 50% off their 18 oz. Instant Clearjel. You can also find it at Nuts.com, and it’s also often sold in local Amish Markets. When using Instant Clearjel in baking, please make sure it is labeled as “INSTANT,” and always whisk it thoroughly with dry ingredients as described within the recipe.

I hope you enjoy these delicious cookies! Please let me know what you think in the comment section below!  And check out my other bakery recipes for more baking inspiration! 

Thanks for Reading. ❤️

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Bakery-Style Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These thick and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies have a delicious cinnamony and nutty flavor and a super soft texture. Juicy raisins and pecans add to the moisture and crunch of these bakery-style cookies.
Servings 15 large cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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Use the grams measurements if you have a kitchen scale for more accurate baking.

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 200 gram (1 ½ cups) All-Purpose Flour I use Gold Medal
  • 176 grams (2 cups) Old Fashioned Oats
  • 24 grams (3 Tablespoons) Instant Clearjel Please make sure it is labeled as "INSTANT." Instant Clearjel is a bakery ingredient you can use at home–see the Notes secion
  • 114 grams (1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon) Sugar
  • 170 grams (3/4 cup packed) Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon I use McCormick

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 large Egg
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ teaspoon Almond Extract optional, but I recommend it as it provides a delicious hint of nutty flavor

Other Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup Raisins
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) Salted Butter, softened but not melted
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans optional

Equipment

  • 2-oz Cupcake Scoop
  • Wooden Spoon or Sturdy Spatula
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • Sheet Pan or Cookie Sheets
  • Nut chopper (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place the raisins in a bowl and pour hot or boiling water over them until they are covered. Soak the raisins for 5 minutes, then strain them well.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients until well blended.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until blended.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, add the softened salted butter, and mix until the dough comes together with a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula. Use your hands as needed to combine the ingredients into a uniform dough, as the dough will be thick. Make sure the butter is fully incorporated.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup pecans for the tops of the cookies. Add the remaining strained soaked raisins and pecans (if using), and mix that into the dough, using your hands as needed.
  • Using a 2-ounce scoop, scoop the cookie dough and place the balls onto cookie sheets or sheet pans lined with parchment paper. (If you don't have a cookie scoop, you can just divide the dough into 15 to 16 equal cookie dough balls).
  • Place the cookies around 4 inches apart, then flatten the cookies slightly so that they are around 2 1/4 inches wide and uniform in height. Press the reserved raisins and pecans into the tops of cookie dough before baking.
  • Bake the cookies on the middle or top rack (avoid bottom rack) in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the edges are set and the top is only slightly shiny. The cookies will look slightly underdone but will continue to bake on the cookie sheet as they cool. Avoid overbaking (if they are baked even a couple of minutes too long, they will be more cake-like and less chewy). Enjoy!

Notes

Read my article Instant Clearjel: a Magical Bakery Ingredient to see why I think this ingredient is worth having in your pantry.  Instant Clearjel is what gives these cookies their extra soft and chewy texture and keeps them from overspreading in the oven.  Instant Clearjel must always be whisked thoroughly with other dry ingredients before being added to wet ingredients to avoid clumping.  I use Prepared Pantry Instant Clearjel–use the code AMYCAKES to get that linked 18 oz package at 50% off!  Make sure whatever brand you purchase is labeled as “Instant.”  Cooktype Clearjel is a different product that does not work the same in baking. 
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Author: Amycakes Bakes | amycakesbakes.com
Calories: 355kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bakery recipe, bakery-style, chewy cookies, cookies, oatmeal, oatmeal raisin, Quick & Easy
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Jere Cassidy
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Jere Cassidy
17 days ago

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Ahhh, the cleargel is the secret for making these cookies. I have tried so many recipes to get that chewy texture but also end up with dry cakey cookies. I need this ingredient.

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