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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I've been making these cookies for nearly 30 years. The flavor is delicious and they are always well appreciated. This is an all-time favorite with my family. —Nancy Horton, Greenbrier, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    7 dozen


  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2-1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, beat oil and brown sugar until blended. Beat in eggs, then milk. Combine cake mix and oats; gradually add to brown sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in raisins and pecans.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 79 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Ponygirl1014
    Sep 2, 2017

    These are baking right now. Such an easy recipe. I am not a raisin fan, so I left them out. Also, as suggested below I used butter instead of oil. Cookies came out great. Very nice recipe and yes it does make the house smell lovely.

  • meaganteal
    Jun 4, 2017

    These are so moist, and have great flavor!!! Not a fan raisins,but I made them for a coworker. I bet these go fast!

  • mamaknowsbest
    Jun 10, 2016

    Great soft cookie! Like many cake mix cookies beware of size issues. May need less oil to compensate for smaller size cake mixes. Toss white chocolate chips in for a beautiful spice cookie. Also can easily be used in a mini muffin tray to provide a thick cookie. Yummy! As a volunteer field editor with Taste of Home magazine I love using recipes that make my home smell wonderful and tempting!

  • GrammajoT
    Dec 16, 2014

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe Nancy. Mamalevi, if you haven't tried it you shouldn't be posting a review. How you feel about oil in cookies is not the issue....the final result is. Gramjo

  • AngieSueWilliams
    Dec 13, 2014

    Mamalevi, would I use the same amount of crisco, as the oil? 3/4 cup?....I'm a person who does not like canola oil....Thank you.............These look delicious.....

  • mamalevi
    Dec 12, 2014

    REALLY putting oil in cookie mix? I have been making the original oatmeal raisin cookies for well over45 years and I use Crisco. But everyone to there own taste buds.

  • MAP1945
    Dec 12, 2014

    My mother made these at least 35 years ago, and I raved about how good they were. She giggled and said she used cake mix, so I am sure it's the same recipe. I am so sure of it, I went ahead and put 5 stars. Thank you for sharing the recipe - I will file it in my recipe box and print a copy so that I will always be able to bake these when I am missing Mom, which is always at Christmas time.

  • asnunez
    Dec 11, 2014

    Fantastic! We made two changes because of personal tastes. 1) Switched raisins for 1/2 Chocolate Chips and 1/2 Dried Cranberries.2) Replaced oil with Soft Butter. So easy and full of flavor! Definite keeper!