Posted by: Josey Lyne Payne, Esq. | April 20, 2009

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Quaker Oats

Sometimes things are perfect just the way they are.  These things, though few-and-far-between, require no tweaking, no adaptations, no unique twist.  These things, according to me include; puppy breath, kittens, fresh tomatoes, mittens, Sam Adam’s Boston Lager, and the recipe for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  This recipe isn’t buried on page 76 of a Gourmet Magazine.  It isn’t one a Martha’s ‘Good Things’, it isn’t even from someone’s sweet little Nana.  This recipe is right there on the top of the Quaker Oatmeal container.  Yup, some things that may seem to-good-to-be-true, really aren’t.  Rejoice!

The Perfect Recipe

Of course, despite the fact that these cookies require no tweaking, they are still open to customization.  This customization may be a result of personal preference, allergies, or even, a peculiarly stocked pantry.  My pantry dictated my changes, with delicious results.  Instead of raisins, I chose dried organic cranberries, Ghiradelli White Chocolate Morsels, and Heath Toffee Chips.  The foundation was the same, a chewy, hearty oatmeal bed, only livened up,  a la Josey.  Trust me though, the raisin version is scrumptious too!

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
          adapted from Quaker Oatmeal

1/2 pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet.

*A la Josey
In place of raisins add:  1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup white chocolate chips/morsels, 1/4 cup toffee bits.



  1. this is spectacular with raisinettes too!

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