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Oatmeal Surprise Cookies

Chocolate-covered raisins and the warm, autumn flavor of pumpkin-pie spice turn these oatmeal cookies into prize-winning gourmet treats! Kids of all ages will down 'em by the dozen—and at 12¢ a cookie, you can let 'em! —Rebecca Clark, Warrior, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2-3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate-covered raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, baking soda and pie spice; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in oats and raisins.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets.
  • Flatten slightly. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 149 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • kredhead
    May 11, 2014

    I make these all the time instead of plain oatmeal raisin cookies, never had a problem with the dough..maybe because I don't handle it & use a scooper to place the dough on the pan. I love the pumpkin pie spice & have used dark chocolate raisinettes instead of the milk chocolate version for a change. They never last long in my house, great for fall. Great for anytime.

  • charlenepaugustyn
    Sep 30, 2013

    Made a double batch today & was a little disappointed on how "sticky" the dough was. It did not want to come off the spoon & when on the cookie sheet, you had to shape it wil your fingers ~ what a mess! It took the longest I have ever had , making a cookie to get them all on the pan & baked. Should the dough have been refrigenerated, so it would not have been so hard to work with it? Also, the amount of the pumpkin spice, seemed not to add much flavor., what about cinnamon? My husband thought they were not sweet enough, but with the two sugars & the sweet raisins, along with the chocolate candy, seemed to make it sweet enough. I thought. it was fine, except I would have liked some more spice flavor. The recipe said it would make 36 cookies & doubled, mine & made 99 cookies. Did any one else incounter this same problem, with the sticky dough? Thanks

  • lisamc
    Mar 25, 2011

    I thought they were good - not great. I liked the chocolate covered raisins but thought the cookie was lacking in other areas. Mine seemed to brown very quickly also - only needed 11 1/2 minutes in the oven. I'm still looking for the great recipe to serve as my standby.

  • wbrecipehound
    Feb 19, 2011

    These cookies were very very dry. Maybe they would be better with some vanilla pudding added.

  • kim1026
    Oct 18, 2010

    I love the hint of pumpkin from the pumpkin pie spice. Excellent!!

  • JessBella6
    Oct 4, 2010

    Adding chocolate-covered raisins to Oatmeal cookies is a great idea! These were especially wonderful warm out of the oven

  • KasieTate
    Feb 22, 2010

    It literally took 5 minutes for these to disappear! Fantastic!!

  • Monarchsmomma
    Jan 22, 2010

    I like oatmeal cookies, raisins, chocolate. Pumpkin pie spice is also a favorite, so these cookies rate 5 stars! Flavor is even better the next day. Thanks for sharing.

  • SaraMarx
    Nov 27, 2009

    The cookie dough had very little flavor and the cookies, although they LOOKED perfect, were quite dry.

  • momstreasurechest
    Nov 5, 2009

    I'm not really a fan of oatmeal cookies, but I had to try this recipe. They're delicious!