Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Cookies like Grandma used to make. The secret is boiling the raisins to plump them up, which adds a great dimension to the wonderful spicy taste of this soft cookie. These are real special!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Simmer raisins and water in saucepan over low heat until plump for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain raisin liquid into measuring cup.
  3. Add water to make 1/2 cup.
  4. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  6. Stir in raisin liquid.
  7. Measure flour and combine with, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  8. Stir into creamed mixture.
  9. Add oats, nuts and raisins.
  10. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2" apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes.
Most Helpful

This is an amazing recipe! I did make a few changes when I tried it. Instead of shortening I used unsalted butter. For the sugar I used 3/4 c white sugar and 3/4 c light brown sugar. I added 1/2 more oats for a total of 2 1/2 cups of oats. I also reduced the oven temp from 400 to 375 and baked for apx 12-15 minutes instead of 10. Result was soft, cake like cookies with a crispy edge. These are almost like Grandma's (but better).

Rachel Sarah November 04, 2013

I have used this exact recipe for years and think it is the best oatmeal cookie I have ever tasted....

lyndjer August 06, 2013

I needed an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that had no milk or butter, these worked!
400 degrees is too hot for the oven. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 8-10 minutes.
We liked the cookies, but they could have used more flavor. Maybe next time I'll add some ginger and nutmeg.

GinaJohnson February 01, 2011