Oatmeal Cookies, take 2!

So, last time, we baked oatmeal cookies using the Quaker Oats recipe.  We thought that maybe Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe for oatmeal cookies would be better, so we decided to try their recipe.

(I think the Cook’s Illustrated recipes my mom uses are really good!)

These cookies are a lot bigger than the Quaker cookies and they have nutmeg in them instead of cinnamon. I liked the nutmeg, but my mom didn’t like it as much (she prefers cinnamon*).  These are also chewier than the other cookies, and I liked them better overall.

Kristen’s note: I did like these cookies better than the Quaker ones because I thought the chewy texture was great.  I’d just skip the nutmeg next time if it were up to me.

First, combine the butter and the sugar.

Then, add the eggs.

Next, in a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.  My mom says you could use a different spice if you’d like.

Then add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.

Stir in the oatmeal and raisins.

Shape the dough into balls, using 2 tablespoons of dough for each ball.  These are really big balls of dough!

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 22 minutes.  Rotate the cookie sheets halfway through the baking time.

Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, and then move them to the counter to cool.

Big and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Print Me! (if you don’t want to waste ink, set it to print in black and white)

2 sticks unsalted butter (1/2 pound), softened but still firm
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg (or cinnamon)
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raisins

Heat oven to 350° F. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and white sugar.  Add the eggs.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture gradually.

Stir in the oats and raisins.

Form dough into balls, using 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie.  Bake for 22 minutes, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking.  Let cookies cool on sheets for two minutes, then remove to a counter to cool completely.

Kristen’s note: We found this recipe in our Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook*, which I’ve highly recommended many times before.

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  1. Cheeryshirley says:

    Lisey ~ Just printed off this recipe to surprise my husband with a batch! Yummy! I absolutely love oatmeal raisin cookies! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂 Cheeryshirley

  2. Lisey, I absolutely have to try these… they look really yummy, and I’m eager to see how they taste with the nutmeg in them 🙂 thank you for baking them and posting the recipe here…

  3. The cookies look yummy. I’m not sure if I can get my 11 year old to eat oatmeal cookies (too healthy for him). Have you ever tried chocolate chips in the oatmeal cookies instead of raisins? I wonder how that would taste?

  4. These look wonderful. My hubby really likes Oatmeal Raisin cookies. I think I may surprise him with these soon!

  5. Susan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are an old standby– and delicious! I highly recommend them!

  6. Aghavni says:

    Thank You Lisey ! I can’t wait to try these. I’m not a chocolate chip cookie person (I know I know) how horrible 🙂 but I love a good oatmeal raisin. I think I’ll make these as a surprise to take to Easter Dinner with my family !! Have a Happy Easter with yours. Thanks for all the baking ideas ♥♥

  7. I am with Kristen on skipping the nutmeg/ cinnamon as well and it taste so much better IMHO 🙂

  8. I made these cookies today and they were really good. My kids are going to love these when they get home from school later. I did 1/2 raisins and 1/2 chocolate chips.
    I did notice that the dough seemed a lot more sticky then yours look like and they did not get as big as yours. After you added the eggs did your dough actually stick to the mixer attachment? Mine was already runny at this time.
    I got a total of 33cookies. How many did you get?

  9. WilliamB says:

    Note to self: don’t read this blog before breakfast. Doing so has nutritionally-negative consequences on one’s choices.

  10. Michelle says:

    Hi Lisey…I am wondering if there is supposed to be any vanilla extract in these cookies?
    I didn’t see it listed and wanted to double check before I made them.

    • Kristen here: No, it doesn’t have any, but I’m thinking about adding some next time.

      • Michelle says:

        Thanks Kristen for your reply. I didn’t see it in enough time so I went ahead and added 1 tsp. and they turned out fantastic!

        My entire family {husband & 2 cookie loving teens} loved them and went through the entire batch in 2 days! 🙂
        I will defiantly be adding these into my cookie rotation.

  11. Jo Anne Parker says:

    Just popped them in the oven and smelling yummy…My husband loves oatmeal rain cookies…Thanks

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