Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slice-and-bake cookies bring back memories of refrigerated cookie dough in a tube.

And of slicing off hunks of dough and baking it as an after school snack growing up.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Only about half the dough in those tubes got baked into cookies. The other half was eaten as-is. I lived.

These cookies are a version on that them, except healthier. They’re made with hearty whole-rolled oats and wholesome whole wheat flour. The oats provide an abundance of texture and the wheat flour adds a slight nuttiness to these uber-chewy cookies.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love raisins in my oatmeal cookies and these are loaded. I used both regular raisins and a golden raisin medley. If you’re not into raisins, you can omit them, or add nuts in their place. Or add additional chocolate chips. And as much as I love raisins, I love chocolate, too. I have two other oatmeal raisin cookie recipes and it was about time I included some chocolate in one.

Making the dough is a standard operation. Creaming butter, sugars, an egg, and vanilla; adding oats, flour, baking soda; and folding in raisins and chocolate chips.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

After the dough comes together, remove it from the mixing bowl and transfer it to a large sheet of plasticwrap. Mold it into a log about a foot long and about 3 inches in diameter. Seal up the plastic and roll the log back and forth a few times to get it as round as possible before you freeze it.

One handy trick for keeping the dough from getting as smooshed and lopsided in the freezer is to slice open a cardboard paper towel roll and place the log inside that. It’s like a carseat for the log.

The dough needs to chill in the freezer for at least two hours, or up to two months, before slicing and baking. In the future when the urge arises for a cookie or two, it’s nice knowing you have a dough log in the freezer and you can slice off just what you need.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s easier than you think to slice through the frozen log. Let it come to room temp for about 5 minutes first, or nuke it for 10 to 15 seconds before slicing. Place the log on a cutting board, use a very sharp knife, and slice away.

My slices are nearly 1-inch thick. Don’t make your slices thinner in an effort to yield more cookies or for portion control. Your cookies will turn out flat and thin, and likely too crispy and crunchy. Keeping the slices thicker helps the edges bake up chewy, while the interiors stays soft, tender, and moist.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

For these cookies in particular, overall dough mass as well as surface area and the ratio of edge-to-center plays a big role in how the cookies bake. The New York Times Chocolate Chips Cookies {from Jacques Torres} and Christina Tosi cookies, including Compost Cookies and Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies, are baked with this surface area principle in mind.

They start with huge wads of dough that approach one-third cup in an effort to achieve that chewy edge-soft center cookie nirvana.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These slices aren’t anywhere near that massive, but be mindful that you can’t start with thin slices or you’ll never achieve that perfect balance of chewy yet soft.

When baking, don’t bake more than 8 to a sheet because they do spread, slightly more than the average cookie.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake for about 15 minutes, much longer than most cookies, but remember the dough was frozen going into the oven and the slices are 1-inch thick. They do firm up as they cool so don’t be tempted to over-bake or they’ll set up too hard and crisp and the bottoms could burn.

They have an old-fashioned flavor quality and my husband especially enjoyed them. They’re not a gooey, messy cookie, which is fine by him because prefers cookies that are texture-filled, hearty, and these deliver.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

They’re so, so chewy. Yet they’re soft and moist enough that they bend and flex rather than crumble. The brown sugar-dominant dough helps to keep them soft and adds richer flavor.

Between the oats, wheat flour, and two kinds of raisins, they’re on the healthier side of the cookie spectrum.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sorebought dough-in-a-tube will always have a special place in my heart, but the homemade version of slice-and-bakes isn’t too shabby.

Especially when there’s so many different things to sink my teeth into in one of these babies.

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies - Forget storebought dough-in-a-tube & make your own slice-and-bake cookies! Bake only as many as you need of these soft & chewy cookies packed with chocolate chips!

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Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a kid, I loved making slice-and-bake cookies from refrigerated cookie dough. These are a healthier version, made with hearty oats, healthy whole wheat flour, two types of raisins, and a modest amount of chocolate chips. They're very chewy cookies, especially around the edges, and the centers stay soft and moist. They're so soft that they're flexible and bend rather than crumble. It's great to keep a tube of this dough in the freezer so you can slice off and bake just what you need when you want a warm, fresh cookie or two.

Yield: 14 to 15 medium-large cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2+ hours, for dough chilling


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not quick cook or instant)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1/2 cup raisins (I used 1/4 cup regular raisins and 1/4 cup golden raisin medley from TJs)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or mixing bowl with hand mixer), add the butter, sugars, and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg, vanilla, and beat until well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the oats, both flours, baking soda, optional salt, and beat just until incorporated, about 1 minute. Fold in the raisins and chocolate chips by hand, or beat just momentarily to incorporate.
  2. Turn dough out onto a large piece of plasticwrap and form a large log with it, about 12 to 14 inches in length and about 3 inches in diameter. Seal up the bundle, roll it back and forth a couple times to smooth it out so one side isn't flat from resting on the counter, and place it in the freezer to chill for at least 2 hours, up to 2 months. Tip - Vertically slice a cardboard paper towel roll and place dough inside the tube to help to prevent it from flattening or getting lopsided in the freezer until it's set.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, parchment, or spray with cooking spray; set aside. Allow log to come to room temperature for about 5 minutes to make slicing easier, or microwave it for 10 to 15 seconds. With a very sharp knife, slice log into 14 to 15 slices. Each slice should be 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. Do not make your slices thinner because cookies will spread and you won't get the chewy edges and soft centers that make these cookies so wonderful.
  4. Place slices on prepared baking tray, spaced 2 inches apart, and bake no more than 8 cookies per tray because they spread a bit more than the average cookie. Bake for about 15 minutes (this sounds long but remember dough was frozen and is 1-inch thick), or until edges are set and centers are just beginning to set. It's okay if tops appear glossy and a bit under-done because cookies firm up as they cool. Rotate trays midway through baking. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 to 10 minutes before moving to racks to finish cooling. Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week; however, consider baking only as many slices from the log as needed at any one time because fresh is always best. Unused portion of frozen log can kept in freezer for 2 to 3 months. Keep gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats and your favorite gluten-free baking blend in place of the whole wheat flour.

Considerably adapted from Bon Appetit

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Do you like oatmeal cookies or have a favorite recipe?

Fond memories of dough-in-a-tube?

Please tell me about your favorites with links to any recipes welcome and appreciated. And yes, it’s okay to admit to eating tons of refrigerated cookie dough straight from the tube. Wasn’t that freshman year of college for most of us?

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  1. Healthy oatmeal rasin cookies? Sign me up!

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  3. Oh I do love oatmeal cookies. And I am known to make dough to put in the freezer, but what gets sliced off is rarely baked. I could eat a whole bowl of oatmeal cookie dough happily.

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  5. Is it still healthier if oyu add more chocolate chips? :) I hope yes.

  6. These look so good..I wish I had a warm one right now.

  7. This is my kind of cookie!! Love the cardboard roll-trick! I don’t have a freezer though..only a crappy icecube-section that doesen’t shut. I think that it is provided by the kitchen-gods, since I would probably fill my freezer and forget about it and NEVER CLEAN it. At the moment I’m suffering a chocolate-easterbrunny intoxication, so Eaven your perfect cookie is letting me quite cold.
    I’ll probably make it next week!!

  8. A classic comfort cookie – love these!
    And that paper towel roll trick is fabulous! :)

  9. Love the idea of homemade slice and bake!!! These look so yummy!

  10. Fantastic idea. And awesome idea on the paper towel cardboard use. I love oatmeal raisin cookies. Just the smell alone…mmmmm

  11. Chocolate chip dough in-a-tube takes me back to high school. What is it about unbaked cookie dough?!? So many people love it (and I’m definitely one of them). I always like a hearty oatmeal cookie–and stuffed with chocolate and raisins makes it that much better. I got a hold of some Vietnamese cinnamon so I made a batch of your vanilla sugar doodle cookies and added some. I was going to just wrap it in plastic and then do the slice and bake idea, but decided to go ahead form the cookies. Wonder how many will make it to the oven–that dough is pretty darn good!

  12. LOVE the slice an bake! How do you continue to post so many great dessert recipes!!?? You to good!

  13. I love the idea of having slice and bake oatmeal raisin cookies. They are one of my favorite cookies, and having the dough ready in the freezer for cookie emergencies is a wonderful idea. Somehow, I don’t think my cookies will last but a few days, if that! :)

  14. Love the slice and bake and how you make your log! These look awesome, lady!

  15. I haven’t made slice n bake cookies in YEARS and I think it’s time for a revival of the awesome oatmeal raisin variety!! YUM.

  16. LOVE that you made a healthier version to slice and bake cookies! They definitely bring back memories! It made me laugh when you said you lived through eating raw cookie dough – me too! Through LOTS of raw cookie dough, actually ;)

  17. The outsides of these look sooo perfectly browned and crunchy! They look amazing Averie–pinning!

  18. These look amazing, Averie! Love the golden raisins (:

  19. Beautiful cookies and freezing them is both great and dangerous idea, I could end up baking them every day…

  20. Perfect to make ahead! Great idea for the holidays. Love it :)

  21. I just died and went to oatmeal raisin heaven! These healthy slice and bake cookies with yummy raisins AND chocolate chips were enough, but then I saw the related posts and made me a little crazy. I’m about to get a little pin-happy, and I’ll make something soon!

  22. I love the convenience of slice and bake cookies! These look incredibly chewy and loaded with goodness!

  23. Averie, are you sure this isn’t an April Fool’s joke? This is genius! Absolutely love these slice and bake oatmeal cookies!!!

  24. I love the convenience of slice and bake cookies. And the fact that you used whole wheat flour in these! Amps the nutty flavor which I love. Pinning!

  25. This is always a roll of slice and bake cookies in my freezer, waiting to be devoured when a craving strikes. I’ll have to add this recipe to my stash..haha

  26. So brilliant! I love the idea of a slice and bake cookie, and these look so scrumptious. Saving these to try soon, thanks Averie!

  27. I was lucky to have my mom always baking when I was younger, so I didn’t discover dough-in-a-tube until I was in high -school. What a discovery it was! I never bothered to attempt it myself since I didn’t bake frequently back then and always wanted to bake the dough right away. Now, it seems like a really great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  28. I’d probably leave out the regular raisins, and add extra chocolate. The alternative raisins may stay. What a great idea!

  29. I just saw a slice and bake recipe in bon appetit that I was going to try…your cookies look SO much better

  30. Love the simplicity of this slice and bake recipe.

  31. You are the queen of cookie ideas, Averie! Love these!

  32. I LOVE oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My husband loves oatmeal raisin. This looks like a good compromise! I never thought to make an oatmeal slice a bake cookie. Good idea!

  33. I just did oatmeal cookies! I adore them and now I definitely have to try these!

  34. LOOOOVE Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Averie! So clever to do them in a slice-n-bake fashion! Oatmeal cookies are so hearty-chewy-addictive, no? Love them studded with raisins. Will be sharing my recipe (with Drop Cookies 101 tutorial) later this week. Did the photos for the tutorials before I got sick with the flu in late Feb. Downton Abbey & Oatmeal Raisin Cookies helped cure me, LOL! Oh…just posted a killer Paleo Carrot Cake with Cashew-Coconut Buttercream! It is out-of-this-world delish. Hope you will try it! xo

  35. And yet another fabulous cookie idea!! YUMS! I hope your next cookbook will be a cookie cookbook!!

    “I lived” LOL! ME TOO!! I ate that tubed dough like it was nobody’s biznass! :)

  36. I remember making the slice and bake cookies too! Love that you made a homemade version. I also love using different kinds of raisins. TJs has a really awesome medley bag of raisins that is my fave.

  37. This looks like the ultimate oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie! Full of pure goodness..

  38. Oh, I love slice and bake! So many memories of childhood, but these are waaaaay better than store bought. And I love that paper towel roll tip!!!

  39. Love the Slice and Bake! I prefer oatmeal cookies with no raisins but yours look good enough to make a raisin convert out of me!

  40. These look wonderful, great pics and slicing technique!

  41. I just recently started buying Oats. Only used them in smoothies and I’m dying to use them in cookies. These look so amazingly chewy I can almost taste them. I need to make me an oatmeal cookie and I think it’s going to be this one.

    No fond memories of dough in a tube unless pillsbury cinnamon rolls count. If so, holy crap, I have tubes full of memories with those.

  42. I can tell by the photos that I’d eat far too many of these in one sitting – that is, if I could resist eating all the dough first. ;)

    Great idea to use a sliced paper towel rod as a protective “carseat!”

  43. Cookie dough is my ultimate weakness! I bet these cookies would be as well.

  44. Think my big intro to oatmeal cookies was upon arrival into the States to attend UCLA.
    That’s when I met Mrs Fields =)
    But your recipe and photos look equally delicious and are undoubtedly healthier.
    Thanks for the tip about keeping the cookies at least one inch thick when baking, Averie.

  45. I am a self proclaimed oatmeal cookie junkie. AND my little brother is coming to visit today. AND he eats me out of house and home. I am sooooo making these in the next 2 hours. I owe you one. Forreal.

  46. Ahhhh how cute that you can slice them!!!

    These look so tasty and chewy, and I love that they’re healthy(ish) :P

  47. Love the paper towel idea. I love keeping homemade cookies in the freezer to bake at a whim. These look great Averie!!!

  48. Hi Averie, I just found your blog and I love it! I’ll be making these cookies, along with a zillion more of your recipes, that’s for sure :) I look forward to reading!

  49. i love slice and bake cookies…of course homemade…i haven’t made before with oatmeal cookies and i love those so can’t wait to try.

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