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!

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.

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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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98 comments on “Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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  2. I just had to make these for my son to take to family and friends I wont be able to visit. I decided to add craisins instead of rasins to make them a little festive. Happy Holidays!!
    Pinned and voted on Pinterest. I will be sharing your recipe on Oh my Heartsie Girl.
    Happy Holidays!!

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  5. Fantastic cookie! My husband claimed it to be the “perfect cookie!” I love the idea of slice and bake – make it oatmeal and chocolate chip and it is perfection for me, as well! (I don’t care for raisins in my cookies.) Thank you for the great recipe!!!

  6. OH YUM! I have been craving oatmeal raisin cookies! Plus chocolate chips!? Mmmm. I don’t see how these can get any better! Can’t wait to try them!

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  10. Oh yum! I love adding oatmeal to cookies because it gives them a really nice texture. I will have to try them out next weekend!

  11. When I read the first part of this post, I thought to myself “I loved slicing off the dough and eating it raw…” Then I read the next line. :) You and I are two peas in a pod Averie! These look SO good. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are my favorite kind! And oddly enough – I do not have an oatmeal cookie recipe on my blog! I need to change that. I love the two different kinds of raisins you used, too. You know hwo to make cookies look pretty! I feel like you might faint when you read this, but I love to add pecans to my mom’s oatmeal raisin cookie recipe hehe. ;)

    • Pecans. They’re all yours :) And the funny thing is that I do think of you as having many oatmeal cookies on your site! Maybe b/c of couple use oats? I have a mental image of a recipe in my mind of yours that uses oats. Maybe it’s those cookies that I always tell you I want to make but never have (the flax)…can’t remember the name. So many cookies…I can hardly keep my own straight :)

  12. I haven’t made slice-and-bake cookies in ages! I love the idea of making my own slice-and-bake dough instead. I could totally use a log of this in my freezer for cookie emergencies. :)

  13. These cookies are so pretty with the contrasting colours between the two types of raisin. I always like my cookies with chocolate so I’m glad you had both in here. Great tip on the paper towel roll, too.

  14. I love the paper towel trick!
    And oh my, I just get done at Sally’s Baking Addiction and click here and yowza!!!
    These look so chewy and chunky, I agree with hubby that’s the perfect cookie. I may even have to spoon on some vanilla ice cream and make a sandwich from 2….and nuts would make them perfect for me. So glad you’re a cookie expert Averie but how can we decide each week when they’re all so scruptious?
    ARRGGG :)
    Have a great day!

  15. Averie, I can never resist cookie dough while I’m (supposed to be) baking them! I even get drunk off the ones when I put Brandy in them! …then wondering why I’m feeling funny, cz I forgot about the hard stuff in the dough! (Yes, I’m a light weight, obviously!) These cookies are totally calling my name!

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