Zooies Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Time1 hour, plus chilling
YieldsMakes about 3 dozen
Oatmeal raisin cookies from Zooies.
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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Hearty and indulgent, these oatmeal raisin cookies are crisp around the edge and chewy in the center. They’re a satisfying dessert and delicious with a cup of tea. For a cookie that’s a touch less sweet and a little more moist, try the variation below, which swaps some of the sugar for molasses.


Whisk both flours, the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl until well-mixed.


Beat the butter and both sugars in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until creamy and very smooth. Scrape the bowl and beat again on medium speed. With the machine running, gradually add the whisked eggs and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl again and beat on low speed. With the machine running, gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until almost incorporated; some streaks of flour should remain. Add both oats and the raisins and beat just until evenly distributed; do not overmix.


Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 2-inch-diameter (1 ⅓-ounce) cookie scoop, gently scoop a heaping yet loose mound of dough; you don’t want to pack the dough into the scoop. Gently scrape the hump of the mound against the side of the bowl, then drop the dough onto the baking sheet. Continue scooping the dough, spacing the mounds an inch apart. Using the palm of your hand, gently press all the mounds flat to 2 ½-inch discs. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours.


When ready to bake, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Transfer the chilled dough rounds to the prepared sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.


Bake, one sheet at a time, until golden brown around the edges and dry on top, 14 to 16 minutes. Cool on the sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies With Molasses: Omit 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Add ½ teaspoon molasses along with the eggs and vanilla. Proceed as above.
Adapted from Zooies Cookies.
Make Ahead:
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.