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Cooking Columnist: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Fond of oats and raisins? Or maybe just oats? Well, I’ve got something for you! Here is the recipe for my mom’s oatmeal-raisin cookies! These simple to make cookies earned fame for my mom in our church community and are one of my personal favorites. So start up your motivational music, and let’s get cooking!



– ½ cup granulated sugar

– ½ cup packed brown sugar or 1 tbsp molasses

– ¼ cup softened margarine or butter

– ¼ cup shortening (for those of you who don’t have shortening, combine the measurements for the shortening and butter/margarine and do ½ cup of butter/margarine.)

– ½ tsp baking soda

– ½ tsp ground cinnamon

– ½ tsp vanilla extract

– ¼ tsp baking powder

– ¼ tsp salt

– 1 egg

– 1 ½ cup oats

– 1 cup all-purpose flour

– (optional) 1 cup raisins



Heat your oven to 375˚F or 195˚C. Mix all the ingredients except the oats, flour, and raisins. Stir in the oats, flour, and raisins. To soften the raisins, put them in a bowl or deep plate and let them sit in boiling water for a few minutes. Dry them off, and add your soft raisins. Roll balls of desired size, and put them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake them for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are a light brown color. Let them cool and enjoy!


Oatmeal Squares Procedures:

If you’re not such a cookie person but still like oats and raisins, here’s the procedures for oatmeal squares.

Using the same ingredients, make the same dough as described above. Press the dough into a greased, square pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until light brown. Cut them into squares while they are warm.


And there are my mom’s oatmeal raisin cookies! Feel free to comment below if you made them or have any questions about the recipe!




  1. These sound really good! Have you ever tried using a natural sweetener like honey?