Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

This is a family favorite that I have been making for years. It's the most requested oatmeal cookie recipe I've ever made. I found it somewhere years ago, but have lost the source. The secret is soaking the raisins which makes all the difference.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. This is a very important first step that makes the cookie: combine eggs, raisins and vanilla and let stand for one hour.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Add flour, salt, cinnamon and soda and mix well.
  4. Blend in egg-raisin mixture, oatmeal, and chopped nuts.
  5. Dough will be stiff.
  6. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet, or roll into balls and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.


Most Helpful

Delicious cookies! My daughter and I made these together this afternoon. I found the directions to be very accurate - even down to the number of cookies. I used a small meatball scooper to measure and came up with exactly 72 cookies. They hold their shape well while baking - not much spreading at all. The raisins stayed moist and plump - I liked the unique method of pre-soaking them. On a personal note, I am so happy that Merrie shared this recipe online- I am part of the family mentioned in the description, but since I live very far away, I don't often get a chance to taste her yummy dishes. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

HeatherFeather February 19, 2003

The cookies are wonderful...I agree, the secret is in the 'egg-raisin-soak process'. I have discarded my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe and added this one to my file! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

Jan Harroun March 09, 2003

This is a great recipe. The cookies came out just crisp enough to be really delicious. Not too soft, not too crisp. My wife considers herself to be an Oatmeal Cookie connoisseur and she raved about the cookies. She even took some to her work place and everyone there enjoyed the cookies. Thanks for posting this recipe.

Budster February 27, 2003

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