Delicious Oatmeal Cookies Recipe for Dessert Enthusiasts

As a baker, I’ve always believed that cookies are one of the most comforting foods out there. And there’s nothing quite like a batch of warm oatmeal cookies fresh out of the oven. That’s why I’m excited to share my Aunt Carol’s recipe for oatmeal raisin pecan cookies with you.

Not only are these cookies incredibly delicious, but they’re also easy and quick to make. Within an hour, you can go from having all the ingredients laid out on your counter to biting into a soft, chewy cookie with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.

But what makes these cookies truly special is the use of simple and wholesome ingredients. Rolled oats, brown sugar, vanilla extract, raisins, pecans – these are all ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. By using quality ingredients and sticking to classic family recipes, you can create something truly timeless and beautiful.

So whether you’re looking for a dessert to bring to your next family gathering or just want a comforting treat to enjoy on your own, I promise that these oatmeal raisin pecan cookies will do the trick. Don’t just take my word for it – let’s get baking and see for yourself!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Carol's Oatmeal Cookies
Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies

Listen up, cookie lovers! If you are a fan of soft, chewy, and indulgent cookies, you are in for a real treat with Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe. These cookies are a true delight for your taste buds and offer something that other cookies can only dream of.

First of all, let me introduce you to the star ingredient of this recipe- the oatmeal. Not only does it provide a pleasant texture and nutty flavor to the cookies, but it also adds an impressive amount of fiber and heart-healthy nutrients to your diet.

But wait, there’s more! The recipe also calls for delicious raisins and pecans that give these cookies an irresistible taste and crunch. And if you are a cinnamon lover like me, you’ll appreciate the warm spices of allspice and cinnamon in every bite.

Don’t be fooled by their simplicity; these oatmeal raisin pecan cookies pack a punch of flavor that will leave you wanting more. Whether you pair them with a glass of milk or simply savor them on their own, these cookies are destined to become your new favorite snack.

And who doesn’t love an easy-to-follow recipe? With only a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, you can whip up a batch of Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies in no time. Whether you are new to baking or an experienced cook, this recipe is sure to impress your family and friends.

So what are you waiting for? Give these chewy oatmeal raisin pecan cookies a try, and I guarantee they will become a staple in your cookie jar. Perfectly crispy on the edges but soft on the inside, this recipe is certainly worth adding to your collection of family recipes. Bon Appétit!

Ingredient List

 These cookies have just the right amount of chewiness that will make your mouth water for more.
These cookies have just the right amount of chewiness that will make your mouth water for more.

Let’s take a look at the Key Ingredients for this delicious Oatmeal Cookies Recipe!

  • 2 cups (240 g) All-purpose Flour 1
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226 g) Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup (220 g) Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups Rolled Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Raisins
  • 6 oz Pecans, chopped

From protein-rich oats to chewy raisins and crunchy pecans, these ingredients combine to create an irresistible treat. The key to making perfect oatmeal cookies is selecting high-quality ingredients – so choose wisely!

When shopping for ingredients, look for old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats. Avoid instant oats as they may not hold their shape well during baking. Make sure that your cinnamon and allspice are fresh as stale spices will affect the flavor of your cookies.

Ready to start baking? Let’s head to the next section and learn how it’s done!

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect combination of sweet and spicy, I can't resist filling my cookie jar with these.
The perfect combination of sweet and spicy, I can’t resist filling my cookie jar with these.

Mixing the Ingredients

To begin, we need to preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. While the oven is heating, we can move on to mixing the dry ingredients. In a bowl, take 2 cups of flour and add 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix everything together using a wooden spoon.

In another bowl, cream together 1 cup of shortening with 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Add two beaten eggs and one tablespoon of vanilla extract to this mixture. Beat until fluffy.

Now, it’s time to combine the wet and dry ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the shortening mix, mixing well with each addition. Stir in 3 cups of oatmeal, then fold in 1 cup each of raisins and chopped pecans.

Baking the Cookies

Using a cookie scoop, portion out dough on an ungreased cookie sheet about two inches apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges become golden brown.

Once done, let them cool on the cookie sheet for about five minutes before transferring them to a wire rack or parchment paper to cool completely.

Making Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Lace Cookies

If you want something different, you can make oatmeal raisin pecan lace cookies by substituting 1 cup of rolled quick-cooking oats for the regular oats and reducing the flour by half a cup. Additionally, use only half a teaspoon of baking soda instead of one teaspoon.

When combining the wet and dry ingredients together, stir in half a cup of milk until everything is moistened. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, dollop batter onto greased cookie sheets about two inches apart.

Bake for about twelve minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Let cool on sheets for about five minutes before transferring them onto wire racks or parchment paper to cool completely.

Enjoy these soft chewy oatmeal cookies as an afternoon snack or an occasional dessert with family and friends!

Substitutions and Variations

 You can never go wrong with a classic oatmeal cookie, and this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You can never go wrong with a classic oatmeal cookie, and this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

I always like to experiment and switch things up in the kitchen, and this recipe for Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies is no exception. Here are some fun variations and substitutions you can try:

– Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies: For extra texture and crunch, try adding in ½ cup chopped pecans along with the raisins.

– Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Swap out the raisins for semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks.

– Sourdough Oatmeal Lace Cookies: Looking for a more savory twist on this classic recipe? Substitute the quick-cooking oats for rolled oats and add ¼ cup of sourdough starter. These cookies will have a thin and crispy texture that pairs perfectly with a cup of tea.

– Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: If you’re looking to make these cookies a bit healthier, swap out the sugar for maple syrup or honey, and use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. You can also add in some flaxseed or chia seeds for an extra boost of nutrition.

– Gourmet Oatmeal Cookies: Elevate these cookies with some unique flavors such as allspice, cinnamon, or even a hint of cardamom.

Remember that substitutions can affect the texture and consistency of your cookies, so be sure to experiment with small batches first before making big changes. Play around with your favorite ingredients and have fun creating your own spin on these delicious oatmeal cookies.

Serving and Pairing

 These cookies are so delicious that you might want to make a double batch so you can save some for later.
These cookies are so delicious that you might want to make a double batch so you can save some for later.

Once you’ve baked Carol’s oatmeal raisin pecan cookies, it’s time to think about serving and pairing them. These cookies are a delightful treat that can be enjoyed on their own or paired with your favorite beverage.

For a classic combination, enjoy these cookies with a cold glass of milk. The slightly sweet and chewy texture of the oatmeal raisin pecan cookies will be perfectly complemented by the creamy taste of milk. If you prefer something with more of a kick, try pairing these cookies with a cup of hot coffee or tea. The warm and earthy flavors of these drinks will help bring out the rich cinnamon and allspice notes in the cookies.

If you want to take your cookie experience to the next level, try using them in other recipes! Crush up your oatmeal raisin pecan cookies into smaller pieces and sprinkle them over vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat. You can also use them as a base for crusts or toppings on pies, like sourdough cherry pie or oatmeal chocolate chip pie.

These tasty treats are also a wonderful gift for friends and family. Arrange them beautifully in a clear jar, tie with ribbon, and give as an elegant gift for any occasion.

Whether at a party or as an afternoon snack, Carol’s oatmeal raisin pecan cookies are perfect for satisfying any craving for something sweet, soft and chewy. So grab yourself some cookies and get ready to indulge!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You'll love how easy and quick these cookies come together - perfect for those impromptu get-togethers!
You’ll love how easy and quick these cookies come together – perfect for those impromptu get-togethers!

One of the best things about Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe is that they can be made in advance and stored easily, leaving you with a quick and comforting snack ready to be enjoyed whenever cravings strike. In fact, these cookies actually taste better after a day or two once the flavors have had time to meld together.

To make ahead, simply follow the recipe as usual and store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep well for up to one week, but if you can resist them for that long!

If you don’t plan on eating them all at once, you can also freeze the cookies for later enjoyment. Before freezing, ensure that they have cooled completely and place them in an airtight container, then store them in the freezer for up to three months.

For reheating purposes, gently warm the cookies in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for 3-5 minutes. This will give them a bit of crunchiness while maintaining their soft and chewy texture. If you prefer your cookies warm and gooey, pop them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds on low heat.

With these simple tips and tricks for storing and reheating, you can easily enjoy Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe whenever you want without any fuss or difficulty. So go ahead and indulge in this comforting treat guilt-free!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A bite into these soft and crumbly cookies, and you'll
A bite into these soft and crumbly cookies, and you’ll

Baking cookies is an art that requires patience and a bit of experimentation. Here are some tips to help you perfect your oatmeal cookies.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the oats. Quick-cooking rolled oats make the best oatmeal cookies because they’re finer and will give the cookie a less coarse texture. I recommend using Quaker Oats brand or Trader Joe’s rolled oats.

When measuring flour, be sure to spoon it into a dry measuring cup then level off with the back of a knife for precise measurement. Adding too much flour can cause the cookie dough to become dry and crumbly.

Incorporating eggs into the recipe can make for tough cookies, so try not to overbeat them when adding them into the mixture. It’s best to beat them lightly before adding them into the mix – just enough to combine, not enough to create an airy mixture.

For the brown sugar, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up any hardened clumps before combining with other ingredients if necessary. This ensures an even distribution of sweetness throughout the cookie dough.

If you like a soft chewy oatmeal raisin cookie, substitute some of the granulated sugar with brown sugar in equal amounts. If using pecans, toast them beforehand for added flavor.

Lastly, when baking cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, wait for the cookies to cool down completely before removing from the sheet. This will help prevent them from breaking apart or sticking to the paper.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to craft the perfect batch of oatmeal raisin pecan cookies that will make Aunt Carol’s famous cookies recipe seem like child’s play.


Moving on to the frequently asked questions section, I am sure you might have some queries lurking as you prepare this recipe. Fear not, as I am here to answer your every question and doubt regarding Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies! So put on your baking hat, and let’s get cracking!

How do you make Carol’s cookies?

If you want to savor the warm and gooey goodness of a Carol’s Cookie, there are two ways to heat it up. Firstly, you can pop it in the microwave for around 40 seconds after thawing it, or secondly, you can bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Both of these methods are sure to give you that fresh-out-of-the-oven taste that you crave.

What causes oatmeal cookies to be hard?

When making cookies, it’s important to avoid overmixing the batter as it can cause the dough to become tough. If an electric mixer isn’t required, I recommend using a wooden spoon to mix in the dry ingredients to prevent overmixing. Additionally, be cautious when measuring out flour by avoiding scooping it directly from the container as it can cause the flour to become packed down in the measuring cup. This can result in using too much flour and affecting the texture of the cookies.

Should I flatten oatmeal cookies before baking?

When preparing the cookie dough, it is important to use the correct measurement of flour to achieve the desired texture. One way to do this is by using the spoon and level method to get the perfect amount of flour. Adding too much flour can ruin the recipe by causing the cookies to not spread. To encourage the cookies to spread just enough, take the time to flatten each ball of cookie dough slightly before baking. This will also help to ensure even baking and a consistent texture.

Why are my oatmeal cookies so fluffy?

Before starting, ensure that the butter you are using contains a fat content of no less than 70%. Avoid using low-fat spreads or diet margarines as they contain high water content. Too much water can cause steam, which may cause the cookies to rise excessively.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies recipe is a true game-changer in the baking world. This recipe will blow your taste buds away with its rich and nutty flavors, its soft and chewy texture, and its incredible simplicity. With just a few basic ingredients, you can create a batch of cookies that are both indulgent and wholesome. Plus, with the ability to substitute ingredients or add new ones, you can truly make this recipe your own.

So why not give it a try? Whip up a batch of Carol’s Oatmeal cookies today and indulge in the deliciousness. Savor the warm and comforting flavors of cinnamon and allspice mixed with sweet raisins and crunchy pecans. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you created something not only delicious but also healthy.

In closing, I encourage you to try this recipe, share it with friends and family, and enjoy every bite. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a homemade dessert, or the perfect addition to your next party or dinner event, Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies won’t disappoint. So go ahead, grab your apron, preheat your oven and get ready for some mouthwatering cookies!

Carol's Oatmeal Cookies

Carol’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

This recipe came from my step-grandmother. She was a very southern lady who used this recipe since 1930 from Pillsbury Flour Co. I've eaten lots of oatmeal cookies, but never tasted one quite like this. I think it is yummy. I'm not sure how many cookies this makes, but my guess is 2 - 3 dozen, depending on the size spoon used to drop the batter.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Kid-Friendly
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 179.6kcal


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco) and sugar together.
  • Add eggs and vanilla to mixture.
  • dissolve baking soda in the milk and add to mixture.
  • Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Add to sugar mixture.
  • Add oatmeal, pecans and raisins.
  • Drop by Tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minute.

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Serving: 1177g | Calories: 179.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.1g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 9.6g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 15.9mg | Sodium: 157.2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8.4g

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