Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe
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Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

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This is our family's very favorite cookie recipe. I've never tasted any like it! The oatmeal raisin cookies freeze well, too. —Susanne Spicker, North Ogden, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2 cups raisins, chopped
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 134 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts and raisins.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p115

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18grands User ID: 8681935 240761
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"These cookies are missing something - they are tasteless and heavy. There is no flavor, really. After the first cookie sheet came out of the oven and we tasted one of them my husband (the baker in our family) added a 1/2 c. of brown sugar to the rest of the cookie dough and the resulting next batch was somewhat better. To this recipe I would suggest you add 3/4 c. brown sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla - also substitute Quick Quaker Oats instead of the Old Fashioned. Tossing this recipe. There are better ones out there with more flavor and better consistency."

beckygdistad User ID: 4945691 176326
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"And add to the cookie dough."

beckygdistad User ID: 4945691 131158
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Our family has had this recipe for years and has been our favorite the only difference I see is I keep 1/4 cup of the water from the raisins"

MY REVIEW User ID: 77962 193680
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"This cookie is very soft, and when baked for 8-10 minutes appears very underbaked, i.e. shiny in the middle. I baked them 10 to 11 minutes and then let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to the rack. This seemed to solve the problem, and they were still nice and soft. I like the simple flavor and the softness, and I plan to make these again!"

pastiepie User ID: 1062574 122039
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"We did not care for the taste of the cookie."

Piney34 User ID: 5889219 193545
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I loved this recipe, I made it for a cookie exchange and everyone loved it as well. The raisins are so soft and moist I think that makes all the difference. I did add vanilla because I add that too all my cookies, perhaps that made the difference."

bdieges User ID: 3064751 108763
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"This cookie recipe is similar to a recipe, without nuts, I made with my aunt when I was a little girl, but we soaked the raisins first, drained them and then ground them in a grinder. She didn't have a blender or processor! Unfortunately, I lost the recipe and have been trying to duplicate it, but those cookies spread out on their own and were chewy AND crisp around the edges."

dsharp90 User ID: 1192818 193544
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"I was pleasantly surprised by these cookies. I was suspicious of using only white sugar, but they were chewy, flavorful, and delicious! I didn't chop the raisins, and I left out the nuts because my husband doesn't like nuts in his oatmeal-raisin cookies. My cookies were not as brown as those in the photo."

SDBarber User ID: 2791065 122038
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Wonderful! I didn't want to try them when my daughter made them because I hate raisins. I loved these! I had to come on here to get the recipe for myself."

madhouse1050 User ID: 1783234 122037
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"I agree with the last review - very disappointing! I went onlline to check the recipe again thinking there was something left out when printed in the magazine-but no it's the same. I wasted a lot of ingredients and more importantly a lot of time on this recipe!"

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