Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


There are certain smells that trigger precious childhood memories with just a whiff. I once followed a man around the farmers market so I could smell his cherry pipe tobacco which reminded me of my grandfather. I’ve never smoked, but if I did, I would smoke a pipe filled with cherry tobacco.

Then there is the smell of cookies baking in the oven which brings me back to my six-year-old self, standing on tiptoes on the oak chair in Oma’s kitchen helping her mix the cookie dough. My favorite was, and still is, chocolate chip, but we made a lot of oatmeal raisin as well. I thought I would stir up a batch of Oma’s oatmeal raisin with my personal touch.


Attach a paddle attachment to a standup mixer. In a mixer bowl add 1 cup softened butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 cup brown sugar and mix until creamed.  Crack 2 eggs into a ramekin or small bowl and pour into the bowl.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix well.

👩‍🍳TIP: Cracking the eggs in a ramekin eliminates the possibility of eggshells in the batter. Also, if you know in advance you want to make cookies bring to room temperature. Warming the eggs creams better. Using salted butter eliminates the need for salt in the recipe.


In a large bowl add 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on until blended. Remove from stand and using a wooden spoon mix in 1 cup old-fashioned oats and 1 cup raisins.


Drop by rounded tablespoons on a greased, or parchment lined, cookie sheet and bake at 325°F for 15 minutes. Personally, I prefer parchment paper. It makes clean up a snap and doesn’t add any additional grease.


Remove from oven and let cool on a cookie rack for 15 minutes to avoid crumbling.

I know Oatmeal Raisin cookies are nothing new, but traditional oatmeal cookies only use cinnamon and you all know I like my spices. The addition of cloves and nutmeg take these cookies up a notch.. – Ella💙

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: baking, cookies, oatmeal
Servings: 3 Dozen
Author: Ella @ thewackyspoon.com
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Using a standup mixer with a paddle attached add the butter and sugar to the bowl and cream on medium. Add the eggs and vanilla; mixing well.
  3. In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and stir. Slowly add to the butter mixture and mix well.
  4. Remove from the standup mixer and using a wooden spoon stir in the oats and raisins.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons on a greased, or parchment lined, cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Author: Ella

Just a girl who loves to cook farm-to-fork foods living the dream!

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