Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

Right before I started to write this post, I made a dash for the freezer, where I had stashed a batch of Perfect Oatmeal Cookies the weekend before.  My field research for this post consisted of grabbing one of the cookies from the bag and stuffing it into my piehole to confirm my hyperbole of perfect.

~yes: perfect~

The thing I love about this recipe is that I’ve modified it in several ways over the years and each time, I’m all, “PERFECT!”

I’ll let you be the judge.

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

You don’t think I’d leave you hangin’, did ya…here’s the recipe:

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 51

Yield: 3 1/2 dozen 3-inch cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Siagon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 lb butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup Craisins
  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled whole oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together thoroughly flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Combine flour mixture into butter mixture until well blended.
  5. Stir in Craisins and oats.(1)
  6. Drop by spoonfuls, about 3 inches apart, onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (2)
  7. Bake at 350°F for 6-9 minutes.(3)
  8. Remove cookie sheet and let stand for a minute or two until cookies are slightly firm, before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool.


1) I have subbed with raisins and chocolate chips, but my favorite substitution is chopped dried apricots, which I'm generally not fond of, but in these cookies...WOW!

2) If you've never used parchment paper, DO NOT BE AFRAID! Go get some and use it, my babies. It is wonderful. Clean up consists of wadding up the paper and tossing! The best part though, is that the cookies bake more uniformly when you use parchment paper. Get some; bake like a boss!

3) Purists will tell you one sheet of cookies in the oven at a time. BOOO! OMT! is a busy gal, and I bet you are too. I always throw caution to the wind and bake two giant sheets at a time. This means that cookies may need the full 9 minutes. Keep an eye on the first sheets you throw in and bake accordingly.

BONUS NOTE! Of course you can use regular cinnamon and nutmeg, but these two particular ingredients, as written, are the secrets to these cookies being perfect...step outside your comfort zone and try it!

Happy Baking, my babies!

Happy Baking, my babies!

Please Share on Your Favorite Social Media! ~ OMT thanks you! ~


  1. Oatmeal cookies are my FAV!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. These do look perfect! I love oatmeal cookies. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite, especially with chocolate chips. Tis bold of you to claim they are perfect, so I’m going to be forced to put them to the test. With a rigorous taste test, naturally. 🙂

  4. These look and sound fabulous! I have yet to try craisins in a cookie, but these might just make me take the leap! If not, I’m sure they are great with chocolate chips too 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Craisons are best hidden for me, bt I gotta say, knowing they were in these cookies didn’t slow me down AT ALL. Lol!

  5. i love oatmeal cookies, especially with a ton of cinnamon. i’ll have to try this recipe!

  6. I would try these because they have Craisins, not Raisins. But I still think I might try it and replace that ingredient with chocolate chips, haha, it’s a texture thing…but these do look good and I’m pinning!

  7. Shannon - AKA Design / Bloggers & Brands says:

    One of my littles loves oatmeal cookies! Thank you for linking up to the Weekend re-Treat Link Party!

  8. I never use parchment paper but I am going to take your word for it and get some. I am all about fast cleanup. I do love oatmeal cookies…makes me feel like I am eating a nutritious cookie too!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Parchment paper is a revelation! Just put a piece on that fits your sheet and reuse until all cookies are made (i think the parchment paper roll package says to only use it one time (nonsense!). Clean up will be a snap. And I totally feel like you do about oatmeal cookies.

  9. I love oatmeal cookies and these look perfect to me!

  10. Try Butterscotch morsels instead of raisins, just sayin…..

  11. These look beautiful! I’m not a big oatmeal fan, but my son would love them!


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