March 24, 2014

Grandma's oatmeal raisin cookies

Stack of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Soft and delicious oatmeal raisin cookies are an old-fashioned treat.

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Family recipes are always special. This recipe come from my husband's paternal grandmother. I've heard many stories about what a wonderful baker she was. Unfortunately, I was not ever able to try any of her baking as she was no longer able to bake when I came into the picture. 

This is the first recipe of hers that I've tried. Luckily, she wrote down a lot of her recipes so they can be shared and passed on with others. Plus, making recipes from your family brings back memories and stories you can share. 

This recipe made my favorite kind of oatmeal raisin cookies - soft, fluffy, and moist. The only things I changed from Grandma's recipe was that I used butter instead of shortening (we all know that we don't eat shortening around here) and I did cut down the sugar a touch. 

This recipe makes a lot of cookies. There was no yield written on the recipe, but I ended up with about 3-1/2 dozen cookies.

Plate of baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

Grandma's oatmeal raisin cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and buttermilk and cream until combined. Stir in the oats. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, salt, and flour. Then slowly add to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. When almost combined, stir in the raisins.

Roll the dough about 1-1/2 tablespoons at a time and then place about 1-inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until the bottoms and sides are lightly golden.

Cool on a rack and repeat until all the dough has been used. Store in an airtight container once fully cooled.

Oatmeal raisin cookies with a mug of tea.


  1. Family recipes are the best. My dad loves oatmeal raisin cookies, so we make them every year for his birthday. I'm intrigued by the use of buttermilk in these cookies, so I'll have to give the recipe a try!

  2. Oatmeal and raisins are perfect together. These cookies look awesome, Amy.

  3. It is so nice to cook from family recipes. Brings the memories back for sure. Bet your husband really appreciated these cookies. I know I would!

  4. I love that this recipe is being passed down to the next generation. The cookies look wonderful.

  5. Oatmeal Raisins are my husband's favorite cookie and I've never been able to make him a decent one. Your Grandma's look just like the cookies he like. How can I go wrong with these. Thanks for sharing your family recipe!

  6. What a lovely family recipe. Thank you for sharing :) It looks very special!

  7. I love family recipes, and this sounds like such a nice treat :)

  8. Just read an article about the health benefits of oatmeal.
    This is a very lucky combination of a healthy and sweet treat.
    Thanks for sharing, Amy!

  9. I love family recipes! Even when they're not the best, they are. You know what I mean, and this one is exceptional. Really nice -- thanks.

  10. classic cookies! great recipe and post!

  11. I love family recipes too. They're always so reliably good! :D

  12. Family recipes are always my most cherished ones!

  13. Hooray that she wrote the recipes down. As you know often that is not the case. I and everyone else in my sphere of influence loves oatmeal cookies. I was surprised to see the use of buttermilk. I think that is going to add a special twang to the flavor. Thank you for the butter substitute by the way. I would have done the same.

  14. oh, I would love to have a couple of these right now!

  15. Hi Amy, very addictive cookies. It sure taste good with a cup of hot coffee. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice day.

  16. My kids would love these cookies & so would I! They look fantastic.

  17. Family recipes are the best, and these cookies look SO good. Wish you could share some right now - I'd love a post-dinner sweet!

  18. There really is nothing better than a family recipe. I can see why you love this recipe; the cookies look divine.

  19. grandmas almost always have the best cookie recipes (or recipes in general, for that matter!). i like the looks of these. :)


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