Recipe Win: Oatmeal "Plus" Cookies

April 09, 2020
"Cookies sound good today. What do you think?"


"Nothin' with nuts!"

Maybe I shouldn't have asked.

This actually happened today. I had a taste for something sweet. After surveying the pantry and seeing the three containers of oatmeal (why we have three, I don't have a clue), it appeared that my decision was made: oatmeal cookies.

It has been forever since I have made oatmeal cookies so I don't have a go-to recipe. However, I dug out my old Better Homes & Garden cookbook (1996) and found a cookie that fit the bill: it used a good amount of oatmeal, but not as much flour.

By the way, I don't know what it's like in your part of the country right now, but we can't find all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour anywhere!

Instead of sheltering-in-place, is everyone reverting to pioneer days and making their own bread?

Sorry, I digress.

To make everyone happy with cookies in my house today, I started with this basic recipe:

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick margarine (I use butter), softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients except oats, flour, and raisins in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in oats, flour, raisin, small amounts at a time until fully mixed.
  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 9-11 minutes until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. 
Keep an eye on the cookies - start with 9 minutes. When I make these again I think I will bake at 350 degrees and add a couple minutes of baking time.

To make my different cookies, this is what I did with this cookie dough:
  • First, I baked 12 cookies of the recipe with the raisins.
  • I then added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts for the next 12.
  • Finally, I added 1/4 cup (or so) of shredded coconut to the mixture and baked the rest of the dough.
Raisins PLUS Walnuts PLUS Coconut = Happy Family

If you wanted to add a completely different cookie to the mix, such as an oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, simply divide the recipe into different bowl(s). Make the cookie with one part, then use the steps similar to mine above to make other oatmeal cookies with the rest of the dough.  

How do you do the same with other recipes to meet the various tastes of your family members?  I'd love to know in the comments!


  1. Oooo, those look delicious. Looking forward to trying your recipe.

  2. Yum! I love this idea of Oatmeal plus all the goodness. Creative and tasty.


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