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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


This wonderful recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's favorite -- is courtesy of the Gracie Mansion.

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen medium-size cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2009


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, using a spatula, cream together butter, sugar, and salt. Add egg, vanilla, and 1/4 cup water; mix until well combined.

  3. In another large bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg. Fold into the butter mixture until well combined. Add raisins and stir until well combined.

  4. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop out cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Transfer baking sheets to oven, and bake until edges begin to brown, about 20 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  • Camillamcgeey
    21 DEC, 2016
    OMG!!! The best oatmeal cookie I've ever made. Soft with crispy edges. I made half the recipe to see if I would like them. Big mistake. Should have made the whole batch. Love this cookie!!
  • EarthBoundPhotos
    27 FEB, 2012
    I love these cookies! I changed the recipe a little by soaking the raisins in the vanilla, a bit of brandy and hot water for an hour or so. I use this liquid instead of plain water to add some real depth of flavour to the cookies.
  • sueh617
    27 JUN, 2011
    Very easy and tasty! Family dug right in and these were about 1/2 gone before they were completely cooled! Recipe states baking time as 20 minutes but I baked 10 then added only 3 more minutes for total of 13 minutes to have the browned edges and nice soft cookies. 20 minutes seemed like a long baking time, perhaps the mayor likes his oatmeal cookies crispy. Will definitely make again and double the recipe next time!
  • MS112579910
    20 MAR, 2011
    Amazing! I was just going to say, my secret for these (or basically anything that has cinnamon in it...) is to add a dash or a dibble or rum! Extract or from your flask! Just do it!
  • Zarbin
    19 MAR, 2011
    Add the raisins soaked in rum after being aged in barrels umburana, is wonderful !!!!!
  • MS10997557
    5 MAR, 2011
    I baked these cookies for 17 minutes as 'Flits21' suggested and she was right. Also, I soaked the raisins in warm water prior to adding them to the recipe.
  • vandaz
    27 JUL, 2010
    PERFECT!! Thank you so much.
  • bianca_lissette
    3 MAR, 2010
    The recipe is perfect as it is and with variations, i added some diced dried apricot, almonds and grated coconut the next time i made them and the texture was still perfect... I took them to work and the captain proposed on the spot, lol! They are fantastic cookies to have on hand, delicious, wholesome and healthy
  • CuoCere
    16 FEB, 2010
    DO add the water! I doubled this recipe, and hands down these are the oatmeal cookie I have been looking for- delicious!
  • MaxsMom09
    6 OCT, 2009
    DO NOT ADD THE 1/4 water. The batter gets to wet and mushy. I think it's a misprint.