Mom’s Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

Mike has been requesting oatmeal cookies for quite some time now. What better recipe to use than his own mother’s? My mother-in-law had given me a bunch of her amazing recipes. I have finally started to put them to good use.

Mom's Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Mom's Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies


  • 2 cups butter (4 sticks)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 5 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Optional add-ins:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and water in a large bowl.
  3. In another large bowl mix flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Gradually mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Add your choice of optional add-ins and mix together by hand.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.
Mom's Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

For this batch, I cut the recipe in half. It makes a lot of oatmeal cookies which is great for around the holidays for cookie exchanges and gift-giving. For sweets for my Valentine’s day sweetie, half the recipe was more than enough. We were still able to share, too.

Mom's Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

I chose to make some with chocolate chips, some with raisins, and some with Craisins and white chocolate chips. My favorite were definitely the ones with the Craisins (dried cranberries) and white chocolate chips. That combo was super scrumptious. The red Craisins make them a little more festive, too. Perfect for Valentine’s day or anytime!

Mom's Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies
Mom's Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

The texture of these cookies is great, too. The cookies are light, fluffy, and just chewy enough in my opinion. Give them a try if you like oatmeal cookies!

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  1. These looks so good. I love oatmeal cookies. I’ve never tried Craisins. I’ll have to give this a shot.

  2. I love your cookies and want to make these! They look delicious and easy to make. I am very good at making cookies and I think oatmeal is one of my favorite all time cookies to make!

  3. When I amke something like this I reconstitute the craisins a but with boiling water first. I makes them more tender.

  4. I am not a fan of white chocolate, but this would be great for my mother because she likes white chocolate. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  5. Those look delicious! I’ve never thought about putting white chocolate chips in oatmeal cookies before. Will definitely have to try this recipe!

  6. What a delicious classic though I’ve never thought of adding in Craisins, that would make it soooo good! Thanks for the idea!

  7. I love oatmeal cookies and I love craisins, but would never have thought to put the two together. These look scrumptious!

  8. I’m so loving the addiction of the craisins! That totally makes this better than any other oatmeal cookie!

  9. Looks delicious and a pretty simple recipe! I have not tried craisins with my oatmeal cookies before, but these look like I am going to have to give it a try.

  10. I used to make oatmeal cookies every week, wow, I don’t know when I stopped. This is a nice and good sized recipe I want to try!

  11. These oatmeal cookies sound really lovely. If you had a spare moment, I would be delighted if you’d drop this (and anything else you’d like to share) by at the #PureBlogLove anything goes link party! You can find me here:

  12. These cookies sound delicious, definitely going to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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