Grandma Jane’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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This recipe for soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with raisins is from my childhood.  My Mom has been making these cookies for almost 5 decades.  

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I still remember coming home from school and when I approached the door, with one sniff,  I just knew … inside I would find my Mom’s oatmeal raisin cookies waiting as a special after school treat. Grinning to myself that those same cookies would show up in my lunchbox the next day.

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - An Affair from the Heart

My mom isn’t someone who really loves to bake.  She had her favorites, which became our favorites that we grew accustomed to enjoying throughout the year and especially at the holidays.  I find myself extremely blessed to have had a stay-at-home-mom.  When asked what I wanted to be growing up, I always said “A Mom.”

Again, all of these later, I find myself feeling blessed all over again, being able to be just that.  I have always stayed home with my kids.

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - An Affair from the Heart

I love being able to bake and surprise them with treats after school, pack their lunches, and even slip a little note in there to let them know that even while they are away, they are always on my mind.

Bob's Red Mill Oatmeal

I was fortunate to be able to bake this age old, tried and true recipe for my kids this past week, using Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Oats.  All Bob’s Red Mill oats are kiln roasted to give them that wholesome flavor you come to expect from Bob’s Red Mill.  The difference between rolled and steel cut oats is in the processing. Rolled oats are rolled flat to produce those flakes you know and love. Steel cut oats are chopped into several pieces for a chewier oatmeal.

Bob's Red Mill Oatmeal

Bob’s Red Mill Oats are an incredibly versatile whole grain, rich in dietary fiber and can help reduce cholesterol.  They even have gluten free oats, that are sourced gluten free, packaged in Bob’s Red Mill’s 100% gluten free facility and tested every step of the way to ensure their gluten free status.

Grandma JAne's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies PrepMy mom’s recipe is made with ingredients I always have in my house.

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Mix up a bowl.  They come together quickly, no time chilling in the fridge or anything.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Scoop them out on a cookie sheet,

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

and bake up a memory of your own.  Your kids (of all ages) are sure to be happy to have these show up after school, or in their lunch box.

Yield: 4 dozen

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Grandma Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies layered on a table

This recipe for soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with raisins is from my childhood. My Mom has been making these cookies for almost 5 decades.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter and shortening. Add in sugar, vanilla and eggs and beat until fluffy.

Mix in flour, cinnamon and baking soda, mixing until incorporated.

Fold in oatmeal and raisins.

Scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Don't over bake, as the cookies will not be chewy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

Nutrition isn't always accurate.

Before you make these cookies, make sure you pop over to Bob’s Red Mill’s monthly coupon link to save some money on your oatmeal and flour.  Go back each month for a new set of coupons!



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  1. Thank you for sharing this family recipe! This totally reminds me of my grandma! She was the baker and would have fresh baked cookies all the time 🙂

    1. I have never tried it? Should work just fine. Watch the cooking time in case that would change?

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