These old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie recipes are some of the best ever published. Oatmeal and raisins go together perfectly in a cookie. But, don't just take my word for it, bake some of these homemade cookies and see for yourself.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Mix well together a cup each of butter and sugar, seven tablespoonfuls of sweet milk, two cups of flour sifted with a teaspoonful of baking soda, two cups of dry oatmeal, a cup each of seeded raisins and chopped pecans or walnuts or peanuts.
This makes a stiff dough and must be kneaded by hand to mix the nuts and raisins well. Drop by the spoonful on buttered tins and press round and thin. Make in rather a quick oven (400°F). —Mrs. W. E. Kispin
1 cup flour, 1/2 cup shortening, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1 cup seedless raisins, 1 tablespoon cinnamon spice, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
Mix dry ingredients and add shortening. Bake in moderate oven (375°F) until done.
1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/3 cup milk, 1-1/2 cups rolled oats, 1-1/2 cups flour, 1 cup seedless raisins, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. (375°F) —Mrs. H. Hughes
1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup walnuts (cut), 1/2 cup raisins (cut), 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon soda; cream butter and sugar, add egg and milk, walnuts broken in pieces, raisins, flour, soda, and rolled oats.
Drop from teaspoon on buttered tins and bake in a quick oven (400°F). —Kathleen P. Gray
Dishes & Beverages of the Old South (1913)
Beat together until creamy, one egg, half cup sugar, third cup butter, third teaspoonful soda mixed with one cup sifted pastry flour, half teaspoonful each of salt and cinnamon, then add one cup rolled oatmeal, half cup each of shredded nuts and raisins.
Mix well, drop on greased tin, and bake in a slow oven (325°F). Do not let the stiffness of the dough induce you to add milk or water. —Mrs. T. G. Petre
The Perry Home Cook Book (1920)
1 cup sugar; 1 cup oatmeal; 4 eggs; scant cup shortening; 1 cup raisins; 1 cup nutmeats; flavoring; 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder; 2 cups flour, more if needed. (375°F) —Mrs. B. Veesart
3/4 cup butter; 2 eggs; 2 cups flour; 1 cup oatmeal (raw); 1-1/4 cups sugar; 1 scant teaspoon soda; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1 cup nuts; 1 cup raisins; 1 teaspoon cinnamon; 2 teaspoons vanilla. (375°F) —Mrs. J. M. Grinter