Delicious Oatmeal “Plus” Cookies

This post was originally published on my blog, Muses of a Mom, on April 9, 2020, but republished here with updated information.

Does this conversation happen at your house?

ME: “Cookies sound good today. What do you think?”

SON #1: “Chocolate!”

SON #2: “Nothin’ with nuts!”

While my kids’ favorite is chocolate chip, this particular day I wanted to change it up. After surveying the pantry and seeing three containers of oatmeal (why we had three, I have no clue) and sadly no chocolate chips, my decision was made: oatmeal cookies.

Without a go-to recipe for oatmeal cookies, I dug out my old Better Homes & Garden cookbook (1996) and found a cookie that fit the bill: it used a good amount of oatmeal, but not as much flour.

To make everyone in my family happy with cookies, I started with this basic recipe from the cookbook. (Keep scrolling to see my twist to give them a “plus.”)

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies


  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick margarine (I use butter), softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients except oats, flour, and raisins in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in oats, flour, raisin, small amounts at a time until fully mixed.
  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 9-11 minutes until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. 

Note: Keep an eye on the cookies – start with 9 minutes. When I make these again, I will bake at 350 degrees and add a couple minutes of baking time.

For my PLUS: This is what I changed up with this basic oatmeal cookie dough:

  • First, I baked 12 cookies of the recipe with just raisins (for Son #2 who ordered “no nuts”),
  • For the second half of the dough, I added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, plus
  • 1/4 cup (or so) of shredded coconut to the mixture and baked the rest of the dough (for everyone else).
Make a completely different cookie by leaving out the raisins and replacing with chocolate chips.  
Do you divide up recipes to meet the various tastes of your family members?  I’d love to know in the comments!
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