Super-Size Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a super-size (5 - 6 inch) cookie, the type you find at coffee shops. I toasted the oatmeal before adding them to the dough; this makes them somewhat crunchy, however, you can skip this step. Besides using raisins, you can also add chocolate pieces and or nuts.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F with an oven rack in the center position.
  2. Spread the oatmeal on a baking sheet and toast them for 15 minutes, stirring them frequently, until they are pale gold in color. Let the oats cool before using.
  3. Reset the oven to 350°F.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream the shortening until it is soft.
  5. Beat in the brown sugar and granulated sugar, beating after each addition until the mixture is fluffy.
  6. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  7. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.
  8. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.
  9. Stir in the cooled oats and the raisins and mix well.
  10. Use a 1/3 cup measure as a scoop and level the top of the dough.
  11. Place the mound of dough on a greased baking sheet or on parchment paper.
  12. Flatten it slightly with the palm of your hand to about 5 inches in diameter.
  13. Repeat with the remaining dough, leaving at least 2 inches between cookies after flattening.
  14. With the flat of a knife blade, push the dough inward to to make a neat edge if it has spread unevenly.
  15. Bake the cookies in the center of the preheated oven for 18 - 20 minutes, until they are firm to the touch and lightly browned around the edges.
  16. Cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, or until they are firm enough to be removed to a wire rack.
Most Helpful

Excellent oatmeal cookie! I've always had a problem with my cookies spreading out, and these didn't at all. Must be the shortening that made the difference. I soaked my raisins in some hot water, draining well, before I added them to the dough. It seems to make them chewier. ( I sometimes add rum flavoring to the water as they soak.) I also used 1 teaspoon of cinnamon instead of two, and skipped the allspice. I added about 3/4 cup of chopped pecans. Really good...I'll be making these again soon. Thanks!

Hazeleyes October 08, 2010

This is the very best oatmeal cookie that I have ever made. I was really surprised at how chewy/moist they were as I thought they would be more on the crispy side. My family loves them. The only changes I made was to us a #20 ice cream scoop to to scoop them out and I used 1/2 tsp. of freshly grated nutmeg instead of the 1 tsp. of powdered allspice. I was afraid that the allspice would be overpowering and my family doesn't care for a lot of spices. Thank you MasakoHI for a great recipe. McGregor Lass

McGregor Lass July 10, 2008