Sunday, April 18, 2010

Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever

Sometimes I like to try new recipes so I can experience new tastes and textures, but sometimes you have the urge to just find the best of a particular recipe. I know there are endless posts on the best chocolate chip cookies, for instance. This urge is what led me to try these so called "Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever" found here.

I changed the recipe around a LITTLE. I added more cinnamon than called for (and ground it fresh instead), I left out the ginger because somehow I was out, and put in 1/2 tsp of cloves in its stead. I also decided against letting the raisins soak forever in the vanilla egg mixture, and simply added a very small quantity of milk to the raisins in a very small saucepan and heated gently until it plumped the raisins up. After all that, I don't know if these were the best oatmeal cookies EVER, but they certainly are friggin fantastic. I brought most of them into work with me and instead of simply disappearing (which is what baked goods tend to do at work) people were actually coming up to me and asking, "What is in these cookies?! They are amazing!" This recipe is copied over from the above linked website almost verbatim so the comments included are the originators, not mine.


  • 1 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 TBSP (yes tablespoon) vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinammon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups oatmeal (quick cooking or old fashioned, not instant)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat to 350 F
  2. The key is to soak the raisins. This makes all the difference in the world. Beat eggs and vanilla together and then add the raisins, stir. Soak for an hour or two. I just walked by a few times and stirred it while I waited.
  3. Cream butter and sugars with mixer. In a seperate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinammon, ginger & nutmeg.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients until well blended.
  5. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well. Now add in the egg & raisin mixture (I used my hands). Then add oatmeal and chocolate chips/nuts and combine well.
  6. Form into balls on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-5 minutes or until firm enough to transfer to wire rack.


  1. The only problem I had with these delicious cookies is that most of them went with you to work, instead of staying at home for me to eat...

  2. Hey Kerri, I made these last night and they came out perfectly! My kids love them! Thank you :)