Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Without Butter

Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies No Butter

Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies No Butter

It's best to have all ingredients at room temperature and be sure to aerate your flour before measuring. I make these with cold pressed avocado oil. Works great with chocolate chips too. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 11 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Makes: 8 -9 cookies

Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies No Butter


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar (1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. With electric hand mixer on medium-high, beat oil, sugar, egg & vanilla in a bowl for 1 minute.
  4. On low speed, stir in oats, flour, baking soda & salt.
  5. Fold in raisins.
  6. Using a scoop, shape into 2-inch balls and place onto baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes. Do not over bake.
  8. (Recipe can be doubled.)

Note: Can also be made with all butter or half butter / half oil, as long as you have 4 tablespoons of fat. That version is under the "Sweets" category.

86 Comments on "Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies No Butter"

  1. San

    Best oatmeal cookie I’ve ever made. Fudged a little on brown sugar by adding more, added 1 T cinnamon, 1/4 t of baking soda and 1/4 t kosher salt. Bake time 16 min @ my old oven. Leave to cool. Crisps up nicely! 👏💕

  2. Novice Baker

    Great recipe for novice bakers! I didn’t have all of the ingredients but wanted to give it a go, so I substituted baking soda for baking powder, used mostly butter instead of oil, and I didn’t cream the butter and sugar because I didn’t have a beater and it all still produced tasty and chewy cookies. I included half a ripe banana for added sweetness.

  3. Kallie

    These cookies were delicious when cooked right!! First batch I accidentally read the cook time as 18 min instead of 14 🙁 but I remade them and they were delicious!!!!

  4. Donna

    best I have ever made, Not too sweet. My husband and I devoured them. I left out raisins. but rolled the 2 inch balls in coconut. so easy with mixer.

  5. Donna

    best I have ever made, Not too sweet. My husband and I devoured them. I left out raisins. but rolled the 2 inch balls in coconut. so easy with electric mixer.

  6. Eric

    Made this With avocado purée in stead of oil and banana instead of sugar. Was amazing

    • Sylvia

      Hey Eric, sounds pretty good. How much avocado puree and banana did you approximately use?

  7. onarock

    after reading the comments I was so excited to make these simple cookies. As I do not have a lot of energy. They were the blandest most boring cookie I have ever tasted. I had to add more flour because they were not sticking together. I sprinkled some cardamom on top of each baked cookie just give them a bit of flavour. FYI vegetable oil is not a healthy oil.

    • Michael

      I use Avocado oil or hemp oil or even coconut oil or better still, Olive oil.
      I read some of the posts & one man in particular showed he knows what hes doing, here is a quote from his own post worth considering. I dont use vegetable oil either.
      QUOTE ” Eric
      February 20, 2022 at 11:02 am
      Made this With avocado purée in stead of oil and banana instead of sugar. Was amazing.”
      I hope this helps cause it looks fairly simple & clean & both substitutes are jam packed with nutrients so technically we can take this old treat & turn it into a wonder cookie 😀
      Cheers 🙂

    • Donna

      Hi onarock. Yes they are bland and not too sweet. That is why I liked them. Great with coffee. Try adding cinnamon. They set well with me as I have some digestive issues. I rolled them in coconut. next time im going to try adding nuts and crasins. Good luck..

  8. Valerie

    So good

  9. Jacqueline

    My husband is obsessed! Thank you for this awesome recipe and making me a wifey of the year!

  10. Nana

    These cookies are literally the best I’ve ever made! I love baking with healthy oils instead of butter. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my GS and Husband’s favorite and THIS recipe is the best I’ve ever found! Such a hit!

    I love your recipes Jenny! Love your videos! You are so informative and love how conscious you are about healthy ingredients and healthy versions of otherwise unhealthy recipes!

    And how funny you are…has to be mentioned 🙂

    Thank You!

    Nana from🇨🇦

  11. Margie

    I just made these. Didn’t have vanilla so I just used maple syrup. I use this a lot instead of vanilla. Cookies were really good 👍🏻

  12. Angela

    I used surgar instead of brown. Sugar had no vanilla used peanut butter too they came out good.

  13. Mirabel

    Super easy and turned out amazing. Chewy as promised. I added a handful of dry blueberry and chocolate chips. This is a keeper 🙂

  14. Ccore

    Thanks Your Cookie recipe is perfect. We are mostly a no sugar household, finding something that’s not overly sweet is hard at the store. These came out perfect !! They are not too sweet but taste great! Love this recipe!!

  15. lance

    hey me and my daughter were going to make the cookies, but realized that we are out of vegetable oil, but have olive oil. will that work as a substitute?

  16. Anonymous

    I wanted an applesauce cookie without butter and used 3/4 instead of 1/2 cup of flour. I also wanted to experiment with the ice cube tray hack. Would the cooking time be different?

  17. Cat R.

    I seriously needed to go shopping, so I’m so glad I found this recipe with no butter! I had to substitute a few things, though. I substituted the vegetable able oil for safflower oil(I was out of canola), I had to make my own brown sugar(cane sugar + molasses), and I omitted the raisins. They still turned out great, though! I got 12 cookies out of this recipe. I took them out of the oven 3 minutes ago and called my family of 4. Let’s just say there are no more cookies. 🙂
    ~Cat R.

  18. Lena

    Thank you, Jenny, for the recipe! The cookies came out awesome! The sugar was perfect (I don’t like too sweet cookies). I used whole wheat flour, made 8 cookies, baked on silicon mat 13 minutes, they were perfect! The bottoms were so clean, not dark which is a case with many cookies (I really don’t like when the bottom of cookies is really dark). And the taste was absolutely delicious!

  19. val

    I will make today, was looking for oatmeal cookie recipes w/o butter,
    comments and cookies look great gotta try, val

  20. Elizabeth

    I shorten the baking to 12 minutes so they stay moist longer; and I use whole wheat or white pastry flour which makes them more tender and moist.

  21. Vivian

    Can I replace butter with milk? I want it to be very soft but might not tolerate butter since I’m lactose intolerance.

    • Jean M

      Butter doesn’t have any lactose, milk does. I used grapeseed oil and they came out great.

      • Simple Simon

        Butter does in fact have lactose in it considering it’s a dairy product- just low enough amounts that people who are lactose intolerance can USUALLY eat it.

  22. Kelsey

    Hmm.. these are less soft and more chewy. Also I said hey, why not substitute some peanut butter for the oil? What a big sticky mess that was… be warned. Overall tasty and healthy.

  23. Cheryl

    Where have these been all my life? Perfect amount for one person to be tempted with; delicious!

  24. Tim

    These are delicious! Turned out fantastic! Wish I had doubled the recipe. 🤣

  25. Bunni

    The Best Recipe I’ve found and I’ve seen a lot they were super easy to make, I didn’t have a hand mixer or measuring cups and they still came out soft and tasted so yummy. Thank You Ms. Jenny

  26. Anne Henderson

    Great cookies, Love them.

  27. Cookie craver

    These were great! i used 5 Tbsp of white sugar instead of brown sugar and chocolate chipss instead of raisins. Its just what I had on hand and it worked out! Easy peazy. Thank you for the new favorite recipe!

  28. Deepa

    Very easy and delicious recipe. Thank you!

  29. GailP

    Help! I could eat the whole batch! This is the best oatmeal cookie I’ve ever had in my life. I did add 1/4 cup walnuts and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and shaped them to look like Jenny’s before baking. Jenny has the best recipes for everything and I have made dozens her recipes. I’m going to give 1/2 to the neighbors right now so we don’t eat them all!!!

  30. G

    I made these today by replacing the brown sugar with coconut sugar and using coconut oil. I didn’t have any vanilla extract, so I replaced it with honey and they turned out great; I’m very happy with them! Thank you for the recipe!

  31. Michelle

    I made this today. I used 1/2 of oat flour and 1/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/4 cup of oats, skipped the raisins replaced it with cocoa nibs. It turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

  32. Ida

    I made these cookies with coconut oil and regular white sugar (5 tablespoons, I thought I had brown sugar but I didn’t.) I also added a 1 tablespoon of raisins and chocolate chips, scooped it out with a cookie scooper and made exactly 15 small cookies. They didn’t flatten but came out looking like macaroons. They turned out very good. Will keep this recipe but next time I’ll flatten them a bit before baking. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  33. Madina Sabri

    It wasn’t soft but I kind of like crunchy cookies! I used coconut oil and added chocolate chips! Very delicious!

  34. Kristen

    I have made this recipe three times during quarantine! My family absolutely loves it. I can’t wait to try your other recipes!

  35. -I dont want my name leaked-

    My cookies arent soft.

    • Lena

      I made 8 cookies, flattened them, baked on a silicone mat 13 minutes and they came out very nicely soft and delicious!

  36. Alexandra

    I’ve been looking for a relatively simple and quick oatmeal cookie recipe for a while now and these fit the bill perfectly!!! I made the “half butter-half oil,” chocolate chip version of the recipe, skipping the vanilla as I had none, and they were excellent. Thank you so much!

  37. Slick

    Awesome. Took up baking during quarantine. Didn’t have any vanilla extract Honey works great.

    • Holly

      Did you use honey in lieu of vanilla? That is so neat if so! I’ll have to give that a try sometime!

  38. Elizabeth

    Very quick and easy to make, here at a small summer cabin without an electric mixer. (I used a whisk.) They are rather dry, though baked exactly 14 minutes, probably because of the fat being oil (I used light olive oil) instead of butter.

    • Brenda Anderson

      I used olive oil but have gas stove and only cook 10 minutes they were perfect !!!

  39. Mani

    Loved the cookies. This was my first time to bake. The cookies turned out very well and soft. I used 1tsp maple syrup instead of Vanilla (did not have one), Use 2 tsp of chia seeds in stead of raisins (picky kids), and substituted 1/3 cup of almond flour and 1/3 cup of all purpose flour for 1/2 cup of all purpose flour.

    Thank you for your recipe.

  40. Timothy Gilbert

    Great recipe fast easy and all there is to it..
    i used 2 teaspoons and made teaspoon sized balls and placed 2 inches apart. They melt right into place.. I also used EVOO and it worked wonderfully.. No cholesterol no saturated fat just plain old fashioned goodness..

    • Barb

      I used EVOO too and put raspberry preserves in middle before baking!

  41. Rebekah

    Does anyone else use a cookie scoop and have issues where the cookie doesn’t spread out. It basically cooks like a big round ball, reminiscent of a scooped macaroon. Not that they taste bad, but they look like cookie balls, not flat cookies. Thanks for any input

    • jessy

      Hey Rebeckah,
      I find what works best is to just roll them in balls and they are perfect then

    • Lena

      I flattened my 8 cookies to almost the size they came out, baked 13 minutes and they came out soft and great!

  42. Luna

    My husband (a.k.a. Mr. Super Picky) loves these cookies. I stumbled on this recipe looking for a butter free oatmeal cookie due to his heart issue. I am so glad I did. I add toasted pecan pieces. So delicious.

  43. Emily

    Why should we not over bake

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Over-baking will result in a drier, harder cookie and these are meant to be soft.

  44. David

    I tried it but I didn’t have all purpose flour so I used self rising flour I came out really good

  45. Alondra

    I made the cookies and they came out really good I was not expecting such great cookies thx for the recipe.

  46. Shannon

    These cookies turned out really good and I loved the texture. I changed the recipe a bit though. Instead of rolled oats and cinnamon I used 1 + 1/4 cup of maple brown sugar oatmeal I had in packets. I baked with apple spice packets before so I though I would try it and I loved it.

  47. Patti Voss

    I doubled the recipe. Used a little maple syrup for part of sugar. Added a little more flour to make up more added liquid. I used mix of olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil. Delicious

  48. Carrie

    I’m sold on this recipe and so is my fussy hubby who, by the way, went back for seconds. Lol. I followed the recipe exactly as is and was happy with how it turned out. Not greasy or overly sweet like other recipes I’ve tried before. Will be making these again soon. Thank you for sharing it.

  49. Hjg

    Thank you for the recipe. These are as close I’ve ever been able to come to my mother’s widely loved oatmeal cookies (she’s not one for writing down measurements). I’ll be making these often. I highly recommend the addition of 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.

  50. Lai

    Just made last night and I love them. I didn’t have any raisins or anything to substitute them. But they are still amazing.

  51. Kevin from Maine

    Very tasty and Nice texture! I substituted raisins w/ dried cranberries and put a pecan half on the top– my teens Loved them!

    I think the next batch I will delete the vanilla and add a little pure Maine maple syrup– maybe delete one tablespoon of the brown sugar.

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe– A TRUE BLESSING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC!

    Kevin from Maine

  52. Beatrice

    Just made these and they are so yummy! Chewy and soft and not too sweet–perfect combination. I used golden raisins and filtered coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, substituted 1:1.

  53. Chrissy

    Wonderful! I’ve baked two batches in two days adding dried cranberries and dark chocolate. Great instructions!

  54. JR

    Loved these and hubby did too! I had run out of butter so these were perfect. I used gluten free flour, almond milk and added a bit of cinnamon too. I actually added kumquat purée as well and they turned out amazing. Subbed chocolate chips for the raisins. Thanks!

    • JR

      Actually no milk…was thinking of another recipe from dinner lol.

  55. Deb D

    I was craving a sweet quick treat. I had no butter in the house so I’m glad you used the oil. I have no brown sugar so used regular sugar. They came out puffed and light and delicious. Not overly sweet

  56. Lucy Cowan

    Just made my second batch as they’re a great treat for my 2 year old ! I subbed raisins for choc chips.
    This time I split the mixture into around 15 not 9 and I preferred the bake at 360F for 14 mins ! Thanks for the super easy and yummy recipe! Happy baking 🙂

  57. Janie Hines

    I just made batch number two. I added a little white sugar to sweeten them a bit. These are so good and easy to make. I can’t imagine they’re overloaded with calories. ??

  58. Krystal

    My cookies came out chewy but kinda dry I dont know why? And they aren’t very sweet kinda bland.

  59. Kali

    My cookies came out perfect . I used quick oats for mine’s without raisins . They’re all gone !!

  60. Nick Thompson

    I made these cookies using mayo cuz I had no eggs and even though they are cooling down, these are way better than Jenny’s cookies! 10/10 2 thumbs up and 5 stars and 5 mics from The Source Hip Hop Magazine to!!!!

  61. Joann Rullo

    I would like to use coconut oil?They are baking now and part of the batch I added peanut butter I’m anxious to see if they come out.Thanks for a healthy heart cookie,which is what we need.!

    • Branka

      I used coconut brown sugar for my cookies, and boy were they yummy!

  62. SharonB

    Great recipe I Substituted cranberries and walnuts for the Raisins.Healthy breakfast snack to pack for work!

  63. Vickie

    Tried today. Very good. Didn’t add raisens hubby won’t eat!
    To add a little brown sugar sprinkle on top lije gramma did would be great!
    Soft, flavor is good and I had no issues with cookies flattening out too much.

  64. Julia

    Easy, quick and yummy…..I made 1 dozen with this recipe, perfect for me and my husband, until my “adult kids “ tasted them! What can I say Jen, from dinner to desserts, your recipes are delicious! Making them for years and will continue for many more. I DO MISS YOUR VIDEOS, LOVE THEM!

  65. Kelly

    I would like to substitute with whole wheat flour. Do liquids need to be increased?

  66. Dewa

    I made these cookies and my husband went crazy for them. I added the walnuts and chocolate chips, its a great tasting and fairly healthy recipe! It is definitely going in the recipe collection! Thank you for posting, lots of love from Toronto, Canada!

  67. Mariposa

    MariposaYour presentation is fantastic your videos are self-explanatory and excellent please keep them coming

  68. Georgie

    Can you use quick oats for this too?

    • Johnny

      I’m sure you can. Measure the quick oats and hold back adding your own sugar if your oats are already sweetened. I have some maple and brown sugar packets I am going to make the cookies out of.


    So glad I read your note at the beginning of the recipe!
    My granddaughter is allergic to all milk proteins except for Coconut milk.
    So I am always looking for subs for butter and margarine. I will try avocado oil next time. Does this work in chocolate cakes as well?

    • WHP

      You can use apple sauce instead butter or oil with cake mixes. Ratio is 1:1 (use the same amount of apple sauce as you would oil or butter.)

    • Timothy

      Extra virgin olive oil is best and they turn out wonderfully.. I also make a 2″+ ball and spread apart equally. I also bake 16 mins for a darker crunchy cookie.. They are yummy in milk..

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