Old Fashioned
Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie Recipe also known as Cowboy Cookies Recipe and sometimes Ranch Cookies, makes a good choice for children's lunchbox and snack dessert, because of the healthy nutrients in the oatmeal and raisins.

They contain protein, iron, potassium, and other good nutrients.

I received this Old Fashioned Cookie Recipe in the early 1960s from a co-worker who liked to bring a batch of these cookies to share with us at break time.

Many folks have mentioned that this is the best cookie they have ever made.

Make sure if you take these baked cookies to a gathering, that you take several copies of the recipe to hand out.

Because you will certainly get requests for the recipe.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups rolled oats*

  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Sift together flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and soda.

Set aside.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla.

Mix well.

Fold in flour and oatmeal.

Fold in raisins.

Place 1 tablespoonful of dough onto a cold, buttered (greased)  cookie baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart.

Bake in a preheated oven 350F. for approximately 12 minutes.

Remove from pan immediately to cool.

Fill your cookie jar.

These cookies improve with age.

*Use quick oats or old fashioned oats.

Old fashioned oats are thicker than the quick oatmeal, producing a slightly chewier cookie.

Do not use instant oatmeal.

You will not get as nuttier flavor, in my opinion.

Oatmeal Date
And Pecan Cookie

  • 1 cup (2 sicks butter)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon grated cinnamon

  • 2 cups quick cooking rolled oatmeal

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • 1 (8 ounces) package dates, chopped

In an electric mixer, mix together the butter and sugar on medium speed until it is creamy.

Stir in the vanilla extract.

Then beat in the eggs, one at a time.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground cinnamon.

Gradually, add to the butter mixture, mixing well.

Then stir in the oatmeal, chopped dates and pecans.

Shape the cookie dough into three equal size rolls 1 3/4 inch size in diameter.

Wrap the dough balls in wax paper and place them in the refrigerator to chill at least 4 hours to get very cold.

When the dough is ready, remove it from the refrigerator and cut each slice 1/4 slices thick.

Place cookies on an ungreased cookie baking sheets at least one inch apart.

Bake the cookies in a preheated oven 375F. oven for 10 to 12 minutes just until the edges of the cookies are a golden brown.

Remove the cookie sheets from the oven onto a cooling rack.

When the cookies have completely cooled, remove them from the cooling rack.

You can now serve these delicious homemade cookies or store these Oatmeal Date
And Pecan Cookies in a pretty cookie jar to enjoy later.

Craisin White Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

  • 1/2  cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/3 cup fine white granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/2 cup sifted cake flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup quick oats

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring

  • 1/3 cup Craisins

  • 1/3 cup mini-white chocolate chips

Place room softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar in a stand mixer.

Cream on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Takes about 1 minute.

Stir in egg, vanilla and coconut flavoring.

Turn to high speed and beat about 1 minute more until light and fluffy.

Scrape bottom and sided and beat another 30 seconds.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Fold into batter.

Turn speed back to medium and beat another minute, scraping bottom and sides of bowl after 1/2 minute.

Fold in Craisins and white chocolate chips.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Lightly butter parchment.

Dip a rounded tablespoon of cookie dough and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Bake in a preheated oven 325F. 10-20 minutes, just until cookies a lightly browned around the edges and test done in center.

Do Not overcook.

Cookies may be served warm or cold.

Store thoroughly cooled cookies in an airtight container.

History Of Oatmeal Cookies

Ms. Fannie Merritt Farmer created the first Oatmeal Cookie Recipe, published in her The Boston Cooking School Cook- Book in 1896.

In Ms. Farmers 1947 version of the oatmeal cookie recipes, she had a recipe that listed melted lard for the fat.

One of her oatmeal cookie recipes that is in my cook book lists molasses, another one lists grape-nut flakes and still another one even list melted chocolate as an ingredient.

Today, the oatmeal cookie is very popular, but I do not find some of those strange ingredients, (in my opinion, strange) listed in the oatmeal cookie recipes. 

The Oatmeal Cookie was so well received that April 30th was designated as National Oatmeal Day in the United States.

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