- Adjust oven racks to low and middle positions.
- Heat oven to 350°F (175 C).
- Beat butter until creamy.
- Add sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Beat in eggs one at a time.
- Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg together.
- Stir flour mixture into butter-sugar mixture.
- Stir in oats and optional raisins.
- Form dough into 16 2-inch balls, placing each onto one of two parchment paper-covered, large cookie sheets.
- Bake until cookie edges turn golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes.
- Slide cookies on parchment onto cooling rack.
- Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Comments: Do not over bake.
- The edges should be brown but the rest of the cookie should still be very light in color.
- Parchment makes for easy cookie removal and cleanup, but it's not a necessity.
- If you don't use parchment, let the cookies cool directly on the baking sheet for two minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Was going to add this recipe (from Cooks Illustrated), but it was already here. Also included with recipe was these variations: Date Oatmeal Cookies--substitute 1 1/2 cups chopped dates for the raisins. Ginger Oatmeal Cookies--Omit raisins and add 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies--Substitute 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips for the raisins. Nut Oatmeal Cookies--Omit raisins, decrease flour to 1 1/3 cups and add 1/4 cup ground almonds and 1 cup walnut pieces along with oats. Almonds can be ground in food processor or blender. Orange and Almond Oatmeal Cookies--Omit raisins and add 2 tablespoons minced orange zest and 1 cup toasted chopped almonds (toast almonds in 350°F oven for 5 minutes) along with oats.
These came out SO delicious! The only changes I made was I used half shortening and half butter. I also added chopped dates and dried cranberries. I'm sending these to my Grandpa for Valentine's Day...as long as I can stop eating them first:) He's going to LOVE them!
Excellent! I added a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon and increased the raisins to 2 cups, and they turned out delicious!