The best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER!

These are best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER! Perfect for lunch boxes, snacks, and desserts. They won’t last long, so make sure to make a double batch.

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My most popular post is my eggless chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I had a comment on that webpage about an oatmeal cookie recipe and I realized I had never put my recipe up here.  

I decided to make up a batch of the best eggless oatmeal cookies EVER, take a picture, type it up and it was the best decision I made this weekend.  They didn’t last long and my kids and neighbors ate them up fast.

Somehow having oatmeal in them makes them seem healthier, so I’ve been making them more and more! I doubt these are any healthier, but it’s a nice change from chocolate chip cookies.

I eat oatmeal every morning and I’ve been storing it in this cute glass container and can leave it out on my counter and it looks nice.

These are best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER! Perfect for lunch boxes, snacks, and desserts. They won't last long so make sure to make a double batch.

Eggless Oatmeal Cookies

I feel like oatmeal cookies have been around forever, but after a little research realized that’s not the case.  They’ve only been around about 125 years.  People didn’t feel oats were people food and feed it to their animals.

There are several different types of oats.

  • Steel cut-  These are my favorite and take about 30 minutes to cook.
  • Rolled oats-  These are usually called Old Fashion Oats
  • Quick cook-  These are usually rolled oats that are cut smaller.
  • Instant oatmeal-  We call this “kid oatmeal” at our house.  That’s because it’s usually flavored, they can make it themselves with hot water from the Keurig, and they are the only ones that eat it.

There are more, but these are the main ones we eat here.  I used rolled oats in this recipe.

The best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER!

I made them again AND again AND again and ended up making about 4 batches until we decided we had the perfect one.  

I like them with chocolate chips.  He likes them with raisins.  I like cinnamon.  He doesn’t.  He likes them chewy, while I like them crunchy.  Well, it’s my blog so I made the executive decision what the final recipe was- oatmeal raisin cookies!

These are best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER! Perfect for lunch boxes, snacks, and desserts. They won't last long so make sure to make a double batch.

Eggless Dessert Resources

If you’re like me. then you’re probably on the lookout for more recipes that are egg free.  I hate finding a recipe and clicking on it and it has an egg in it!

I I started an eggless recipe board on my personal Pinterest page and then realized that I should probably link it to my blog.  It’s great finding recipes that are egg free and when I need one I can go look and eat everything in it.

I have an EGGLESS Recipe board on Pinterest and there are a ton a great recipes.  You can follow it here.  I pin on it every week because I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for new recipes.

I also have a EGG FREE RECIPE Facebook page that I just started, so there is only one follower right now, me!  (Update:  It’s over 1000 now!!) Go follow over there and I’ll post any good recipes I find!

More Eggless Recipes

Out of all the recipes I make, I like making cookies the best.  I love that you can grab one and eat it as a snack and you don’t have to grab a plate, bowl, fork or spoon. I can add them to lunch boxes and they are easily packed for car trips and sporting events.

Here are some more eggless cookie recipes that you need to check out that are on my site.

These are best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER! Perfect for lunch boxes, snacks, and desserts. They won't last long so make sure to make a double batch.
Tip #1

If you don’t like raisins, you can leave them out. You can add chocolate chips, dried cranberries or white chocolate chips.

Tip #2

I suggest using rolled oats. I’ve had several people message me about using other types, but the Old Fashion oats work best.

These are best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER! Perfect for lunch boxes, snacks, and desserts. They won't last long so make sure to make a double batch.
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The Best Eggless Oatmeal Cookies

These are best EGGLESS oatmeal cookies EVER! Perfect for lunch boxes, snacks, and desserts. They won’t last long so make sure to make a double batch.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane


  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 oz raisins 2 boxes


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Beat the butter with white and brown sugars and vanilla for 1 to 2 minutes, until creamy with a hand mixer.
  • Add in flour, oats, cinnamon and baking soda. Mix.
  • Add water and oil and mix.
  • Fold in raisins with a wooden spoon.
  • Drop by spoonful  onto the baking sheet.  I usually do about 1-2 tablespoons and put 12-16 on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-11 minutes.

53 Responses

  1. Tesia Johnson says:

    Ooohhhhh mmmmaaaaa gerrrddd!!! I was just being lazy and didn’t feel like going to get eggs and I found your recipe, little did I know that I had just stumbled on HEAVEN! These cookies came out JUST THE WAY I LIKE THEM–crispy and buttery! I swear I’ve made them 3x since I found this page. That is probably bad, right?? Lol…thank you!

  2. Trinh Le says:

    Are we meant to refrigerate the batter for 30 min before spooning cookies and putting in the oven? Because my cookies look totally melted 🙁

    • Heather says:

      Tasted awesome but definitely just flattened out to crumbly chunks. Not a deterrent for me though! So yummy!!

      • Heather says:

        Ah ha!! Figured out why mine are flat and falling to pieces! The recipe says “ 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) “ and I used 1 stick. But a stick here is 1 cup. Haaa! Would be better to remove the “1 stick” in parenthesis from the recipe.

  3. Jenny says:

    thank you thank you!

  4. bobby lindley says:

    looking for heart healthy oatmeal with raisn cookies without eggs f or cholesttor reduction and sat. feet elimination. Like your receipt how much sat. fat is there in the cookie also can you use the egg whites only does it help at all?

    • Holly says:

      I can’t tell you how much saturated fat is in these. Butter probably isn’t the best, but you could probably substitute that for a veggie based spread like Earth Balance. I’m not sure sure about adding just the egg whites either. I’m allergic to eggs and don’t bake with them. This recipe is made without eggs so I wouldn’t add them to this. It won’t turn out correctly.

  5. Maria says:

    My family of 6 voted that this recipe produced the best oatmeal raisin cookie we’ve ever had – and I feel like I’ve tried them all. Thank YOU!!

  6. Daniella says:

    Wow! I made these last night (I used coconut sugar, coconut oil and omitted the cinnamon) and they were AMAZING! My kids and nieces all said they were the best they’ve ever tasted. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Eva Upfold says:

    YUMMY!! Easy to make and taste fantastic. Probably good to know that they spread a lot on the baking tray and can’t all fit on one tray. Perhaps I will try adding a little more oats next time or little less butter. I tried cutting down on the sugar (used 1/4 cup sugar less) and instead added chocolate buttons and the result was very very nice!

  8. Amrta says:

    Should we use oats flour or plain regular oats?

  9. Cat says:

    I just made these and they taste good (though a bit too sweet for my taste, so if I make them again I’ll use less sugar) but didn’t come out like cookies at all! They all spread into each other and were so soft after the recommended cooking time that I left them in a few minutes longer. Even then they were VERY soft when I took them out of the oven and had the appearance more of something like peanut brittle than cokkies. They did set a bit more when they’d cooled down but overall were still very soft. I just broke them up into chunks and stored them in an airtight container. If I reduce the sugar next time, say by 20g, should I increase the amount of oats, say?

    • Sue says:

      Mine also came out very flat and wet. Tried different oats, less sugar, and different pans and oven shelves. Not sure why the vegetable oil is added at the end with all the butter in the recipe. Could that and the water be left out?

  10. Swatz says:

    Hello from Singapore! Kids & I made these today morning and they were delicious. We added some dark choclate chunks. cashews and sesame seeds. Awesommmeee….

  11. Shannon says:

    GRRRRRRRReat Cookie, love it!!!

  12. Helena says:

    I was feeling lazy at home because I didn’t want to go to buy eggs amd I found this recipe and omg😍 instead of the raisins I added 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and they turned out so great and delicious

  13. Randi says:

    Made these today because we didn’t have eggs, and they are our families new favourite cookie!!

  14. Diya says:

    What exactly is vanilla

    • Jennifer says:

      She’s referring to vanilla extract. The most common flavoring for baking. You can get a bottle of artificial vanilla extract very cheaply from the grocery store. Many recipes call for a teaspoon or so. It enhances the flavor.

  15. Jocelyn says:

    5 stars
    It was very easy to make and very yummy. My toddler who’s allergic to eggs ate the batter while we were making the cookies. Thank you 😀

  16. Ashlee says:

    Has anyone used applesauce instead of butter? Or margarine? I am out of butter. Also what could I use to replace vanilla?

    I have been craving cookies but don’t have the money to get the ingredients

    • Claire says:

      5 stars
      I’m sure you can use applesauce, and I replaced the vanilla extract with maple syrup. They turned out great!

  17. Hailey says:

    4 stars
    I made these today and they turned out pretty well. I followed the recipe as written and, unlike other reviewers, mine did not spread out. I flattened them about half way through and left them on the pan for about 5 minutes after they were out of the oven to let them crisp up.
    Next time I’ll reduce the sugar (wayyyy to sweet for my taste), add white chocolate and orange zest, and switch the raisins for dried cranberries.

  18. Kristi says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is great! I made one batch and ended up having to make another because everyone wanted more.

  19. Hetvi Shah says:

    5 stars
    Hey! I tried this recipe today and the cookies turned out so great! I’ve always been a chocolate chip cookie fan but you turned me today! Love from India.

  20. SHealy says:

    3 stars
    Taste – good (but too sweet for me)
    Method – Followed the steps but unfortunately these didn’t turn out for me either, they spread into one big blob 🙁
    There MUST be something specific that’s causing this for some, butter too soft? I had mine at room temp for couple of hours. Room too hot? 🤷‍♀️

    For those whom it worked, any suggestions?

    Would add a photo but didn’t see an option.

  21. Vivi says:

    5 stars
    I tried your recipe, without butter as well, for a vegan approach. I used sunflower oil instead of butter and half a cup extra flour. They are good!!
    p.s they need less time in the oven, if you try them 5 to 8 mins in preheated oven

  22. Margaret says:

    If I have only steel cut oats in the cupboard, can I use them instead of the rolled oats?

  23. Deborah Schmicker says:

    Mine turned into one big blob also. Not sure what I did wrong, but I substituted margerine for butter and used avocado oil instead of vegetable oil. Other than that I did everything exactly as instructed. I’m sure they will be delicious as I wait for my blob to cool before cutting them into squares. :/

    • Holly says:

      The recipe hasn’t been tested with margarine or avocado oil so that’s probably the issue. I never cook with margarine. I bet if you made it again without the substitutions, it will turn out great.

  24. priya says:

    I dont eat butter. What Can I use as a replacement ?

  25. Jordan says:

    Can you use leftover oatmeal to make these?
    If so I’ll be trying it because I have extra made

  26. Cherie says:

    5 stars
    Can you do this with instant oats please, if it’s possible I’ll definitely try it.

  27. Lindsay says:

    Salted or unsalted butter?

  28. Julie says:

    I made these cookies but unfortunately they turned out to be soggy, oily and spread all over the tray. I followed the recipe as it is. I think next time I’ll use half stick butter, more oats, less sugar and put a few on the tray. Or where did I go wrong?

  29. Kathy Feller says:

    Made these delicious cookies today with the exact ingredients listed and followed directions given, they turned out PERFECTLY!!!!! This recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing Holly!

  30. Nicole says:

    These are amazing 😉 followed the recipe exactly but added walnuts ,me and my boyfriend loved them. I also love the chocolate chip eggless cookies recipe. Definitely satisfying the quarantine cravings😋

  31. Allison says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! Thin and crispy, but still soft. We loved them!

  32. Reese Augustine says:

    Just wondering but what does the vegetable oil do in the recipe and do I have to add it?

  33. Mama Z says:

    5 stars
    Made two batches, and they were a hit! Altered the recipe by using shortening instead of butter and pulsed the rolled oats. Thanks for sharing 😊

  34. Laurie says:

    5 stars
    Just made these cookies with my daughter and they turned out perfect! Followed the recipe exactly. Will definitely make them again.

  35. Maggie-Ann says:

    5 stars
    I didn’t realize I was out of eggs until I went to make some cookies, I’m SO glad I found this recipe! They are absolutely delicious and I’m about to make another batch.. even though we have eggs! 10/10! iIadded cranberry instead of raisins because that’s all we had, and a few chunks of caramilk. YUM!

  36. Anithaa Nagaraja says:

    Any substitute for brown sugar ?