Joy of Cooking's Oatmeal Cookies

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Hands down the best cookies I've ever tasted. I make then all the time and am always asked for the recipe! Sometimes, instead of raisins, I put in chocolate chips, and (my favorite) chocolate covered raisins.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift (sifting is important!) flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg (its not in the recipe, but I add about 1/8-1/4 tsp of ground cloves, too) into a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with a hand mixer at medium speed.
  4. Sift (yes, again!) flour mixture into butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Fold in raisins (or chocolate chips or chocolate covered raisins) and oats.
  6. Spoon 1.5 inch balls onto non-stick cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350°F for 6-9 minutes, rotating half way through baking. (Should be lightly firm in the center when done) Be careful -- oatmeal raisin cookies don't look done when they are, so they are very easy to over cook (unless you want then to be crispy) :).


Most Helpful

I love this recipe. I like to add craisins and chopped nuts / or butterscotch chips. I just recently cut the butter to 1 cube and added 1/4 C. applesauce instead to reduce the fat. They turned out good - not as rich, but much healthier.

dsether April 02, 2009

These were great! I added a little ginger and allspice and divided the dough in half so I could put chocolate chips in some, raisins in the other. These are so addictive, I have to force myself not to keep on eating them.

scancan January 01, 2008

My whole family loves these! I recommend baking them with chocolate chips!!

greenqueen1061 September 23, 2007

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