Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies remind me of the oatmeal cookies my grandma used to make as a school cook. She made the most wonderful cookies.

When I was a girl, my grandma worked as a school cook at Hutton Elementary in Chanute, Kansas. Before I was in kindergarten, my mom used to stop by to say hi when we were in town getting groceries. I don’t remember a time when grandma didn’t offer us cookies. Oatmeal Raisin. Peanut Butter. Sugar. Big, homemade, freshly made, wonderful cookies.

Tips on Making Oatmeal Cookies

When making these cookies, take the extra time to grind the oats into a coarse flour. It takes a bit more time, but it really makes a difference in their texture. I’ve made them both ways–so, of course, you can make them with regular oats. But I encourage you to try it with the ground oats.

I use my food processor and will grind extra to store in a covered container for future use. I have another recipe that uses the ground oats that I will post here in the near future. Gluten-Free Brownies.

Other tips:

  • Use Old-Fashioned Oats, not instant
  • Use real butter, not margarine
  • Chop the raisins so they are small pieces in the cookies
  • Make large cookies (the size of green walnuts) to make a chewy, delicious cookie
  • Drizzle the icing on cooled cookies

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make These Cookies

  • all-purpose flour
  • old-fashioned oats
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • raisins
  • powdered sugar
  • milk

My husband devours these oatmeal cookies by the handful. This recipe makes a lot of cookies, but you’ll be glad you made plenty when you see how fast they disappear.

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Here's a recipe you are sure to enjoy. It reminds me of the oatmeal cookies I used to eat as girl, and my husband devours these by the handful. This makes a lot of cookies, but you'll be glad you made plenty, when you see how fast they disappear.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Old-Fashioned Oats, Raisins, Snacks
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 6 dozen


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  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisin chopped


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk as needed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor or blender, grind oats to a coarse flour.
  • In medium bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, and then chopped raisins.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake for 11-15 minutes until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

To Make Icing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies and allow to set. Makes 5-6 dozen.


*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
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