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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies | Secret Recipe

Addy’s mouthwatering oatmeal raisin cookies are a must-try! They stand as the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever tasted, striking an impeccable balance between crunchy, soft, and utterly delicious flavors.

A male hand stealing a cookie off a big stack of them. There is a glass of milk, plate and napkin in the background

And Christopher is stealing one and I don’t blame him one bit because they are delicious and the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever had. Really!

I had to work long and hard to get this recipe. When I worked at a medical center in California, I worked with a lovely woman named Adelaide – Addy for short. We worked closely together and she acted like a pseudo mom to me.

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But she was territorial about her oatmeal cookies. She told me that this recipe was her grandmother’s.

I cajoled and cajoled and these were some of the arguments I used:

  • Don’t you want everyone to know how delicious these cookies are?
  • Don’t you want to spread these cookies far and wide? Remember, I’m from the East Coast
  • These are the best oatmeal cookies ever, Addy

One of those arguments worked. Did I feel guilty? A little, but Addy ended up telling me that she wasn’t really sure why she hadn’t given out the recipe before. She guessed it was because her grandmother kept it so secret.

I’m so glad she gave it to me. Addy died many years ago, but her memory and her cookies live on.

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Helpful tips

  • Take out butter an hour before making these cookies
  • Use a stand mixer as it makes mixing cookies easier
  • Don’t over mix the dry ingredients, just until incorporated
  • Don’t over cook these cookies, you want the slightly crispy on the outside but soft on the inside
  • They will be fluffy right out of the oven but they will deflate
  • Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack
a plate with a pile of oatmeal cookies on it
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How to make oatmeal raisin cookies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get out your stand mixer and cookie sheets.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – brown sugar, white sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. (A)

Step two

Add the butter and sugar to the mixer and mix until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. (B)

On left - sugars, eggs, butter and vanilla. On the right - all the wet ingredients mixed in the mixer

Step three

Gather the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (C)

Step four

Add to the mixer and mix until just incorporated. (D)

On the left - flour, baking powder and baking soda. On the right - a mixer with the dry ingredients incorporated with the wet

Step five

Gather the oatmeal, raisins, walnuts and coconut flakes. (E)

Step six

Stir in the oatmeal, raisins, walnuts and coconut flakes.  Do not over mix.

Step seven

Either use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to make the cookie balls.

If you use your hands – grab a little dough and roll it into a ball before putting each one on the cookie sheets. (F)

On the left - oatmeal, raisins, walnuts and coconut. On the right - a cookie sheet with balls of cookie dough on it

Step eight

Bake for 15 minutes. Let them cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

A cookie sheet with the cookies straight from the oven with an oven mitt and spatula in the background

I plate a bunch of cookies.

A plate piled with oatmeal cookies with a napkin, plate and milk in the background

I place two on a plate so I can sample my wares.

Two of the cookies on a white plate, with a glass of milk, napkin and big plate of cookies in the background

Those cookies are calling to me.

Two cookies on a white plate, one with a bite taken out of it with a big plate of piled up cookies and a glass of milk and napkin


Yum, so delicious!

I hope you enjoyed this oatmeal raisin cookies recipe!

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Moist, delicious oatmeal raisin cookies! The best you've ever had!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Desserts
Keyword: oatmeal cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 48 Cookies
Calories: 110kcal


Beginning Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Stirred in

  • 2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a mixer, add butter and sugars. Mix until combined
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until combined
  • Stir in oats, coconut, raisins and nuts
  • Grab a medium ball of dough and roll into a ball. Place each ball on a few cookie sheets
  • Place one of the sheets in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until they are done
  • Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet
  • Bag cookies up or serve some immediately with a nice big glass of milk or tea
  • Bite into a cookie
  • Smile
  • Thank Addy
  • Enjoy
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Serving: 2Cookies | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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    1. Thank you so much for catching that! I modified the recipe. It is 2 eggs!

      Thanks for visiting the site Hallie!


  1. Oatmeal cookies are the best! Plus I’ve always loved raisins so I can’t wait to try these. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know so many people who hate raisins which I just can’t understand. I mean, they’re so tasty!

  2. I love a good oatmeal raisin cookie! These look yummy and simplistic! These would be perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange! Classic! I love it!

  3. Mmmm! I love a good oatmeal cookie recipe. So chewy and full of flavor. Addie sounds like she was quite the lady to safeguard her grandmother’s recipe like that. Glad she finally told you though!

    1. Jenna! Thank you.

      I’m glad Addie gave it to me too! I always give her the credit when I bring these places! She deserves it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Jackie,

      Yes, you can use the same amount of any flour. It reacts the same! I just chose sprouted spelt since I feel it’s healthier! But I’ve made plenty with all purpose flour.

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