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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
Oatmeal Raisin 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.

Reviews (13)

  • 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!

  • brigitte1981 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 !!!!!

  • CharleneB 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

    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.

  • yayamar85 30 Sep, 2009

    Very good and not too sweet. I just made them and they're almost gone. I will be making them again.

  • flits21 19 Jun, 2009

    Amazing! Probably the best oatmeal raisin recipe I've ever had... perfect flavor and texture.. Be sure to use freshly grated nutmeg. I cooked mine one tray at a time for about 17 minutes.. you don't want to burn these.

  • ForestHillsRob 16 May, 2009

    Terrific recipe! Nice combo of crispy and chewy. Thanks Martha for getting it from Chef Jerry Montan n n n ez. They have a nice depth of flavor from the dark brown sugar. I added 1/2 cup of dried cherries and 1/2 of toasted chopped pecans as a variation. As the other person noted, don't forget the 1/4 cup water.

  • PJUpchurch 13 May, 2009

    Be sure to add 1/4 cup water. It is mentioned in the recipe but doesn't appear in the ingredient list.

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