The oatmeal raisin cookie has an international origin. Oatmeal cookies are the descendants of oat cakes made by the Scots and the British. Oat cakes first appeared when the Scottish began harvesting oats as far back as 1,000 B.C. History records that raisins and nuts had been added to the cakes since the Middle Ages. The first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Farmer in 1896. Billed as a “health food,” the cookies quickly became popular, and by early 1900's a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on every container of Quaker Oats.