Friday, October 14, 2011

Chewy Designer Oatmeal Cookies

I'm married to a man who is passionate about fresh fruit and ice cream.  His mom was famous for her root beer floats, served in her signature green goblets.  I don't remember a dessert that she ever baked, or a time when her freezer wasn't filled with the best vanilla ice cream she could buy.    

Shortly after our marriage I found this chewy oatmeal cookie recipe in a civic club cookbook I was given at a bridal shower.  Lucky for me, it's my guy's very favorite cookie.  

You know how some oatmeal cookies are real spicy with nutmeg or cinnamon?  

Well not this one! These cookies depend on whatever you stir in for their flavor.  I can change this up and as long as I add the oatmeal, my man's happy. 

So make it your own cookie, try craisins instead of raisins, dried apricots or dates, white, mint, or butterscotch chips for chocolate.  Go nuts!  Try pecans or almonds for walnuts; you get it, throw in whatever you've got!  I've found somebody always likes it...

Chewy Designer Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped 
  • 1 cup finely shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir in the sugar mixture until well blended. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut until evenly distributed.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven for a chew cookie or 14 minutes for a firmer cookie.  Cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet and then remove to wire rack.  Cool completely and then store in a tightly sealed container.

Enjoy a welcome weekend and bake some beautiful cookies.  Your home will smell so inviting and your family, friends and neighbors will have sweet dreams all week!

Thanks for stopping by all.


  1. My husband loves oatmeal cookies too! Your recipe sounds delicious! Enjoy your weekend!

  2. My brother-law-loves oatmeal cookies. It's what my daughter has given him every year for Christmas for years now. She likes to bake, and he likes the simple gifts.

    We're always looking for new takes on them. The coconut is the first thing that jumped out at me.

    And... I'm stupid but how do you pin something to a pin board from a blog? I decided to try this pinning thing to keep up with ideas and recipes. Signed up... now I can't figure it out.
    I have several from here I would like to pin.

  3. And I love that little birdie that comes up from you on my homepage. That's just cute.

  4. I love chewy oatmeal cookies! I have all the ing. I think I'll give this a try now! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rainey @ The Project Table

  5. Those look so pretty!
    I need to work on the prettiness factor of cookies.
    I made the oatmeal off of the recipe on the oatmeal box, they were OK. But the best thing I did for them was omit the raisins and roll them in toasted coconut. You know, the stuff Florence uses in her haystacks? Ya, they were delicious.

  6. So while I'm thinking about cookies.........
    my wise awesome cook friend.....

    What am I doing wrong? When I "try" to make Tollhouse cookies they are FLAT!
    Not just a little....completely spread out flat.

    My son Nate can make them using the exact recipe (the one on the package) and they are perfect.

    I've tried part shortening, adding a little flour, throwing salt behind my left should while hopping on my right get the picture?

    Why oh why am I a failure at Toll House cookies.
    I'm almost losing sleep over it.

  7. It sounds to me like you are not adding enough flour. When baking, it's important to measure carefully. I'm the kind of cook that throws lots of things together, (not always a recipe follower), but not so with baking. I also use only butter with rare exceptions. It's true though, often cookies, pies, turn out differently. I guess we aren't to know all of the mysteries for now!

  8. Oatmeal Cookies are my very favorite! These look so good! I'm visiting from Foodie Friday.

  9. It has definitely been too long!! Great to be visiting with you again.

    Love this recipe and just copied it to try out this weekend. I've got all tasty ingredients on hand and love the touch of coconut.

  10. The cookies look great Gnee! Love recipes where you can mix up the ingredients:@)

  11. I love oatmeal - in cookies, muffins or cookies. I don't have a perfect chewy cookie recipe so I'll give this one a try.

  12. Yum! I can smell them now. Oatmeal cookies are definitely a favorite around here -- will have to give this a try soon. Best wishes for a great day, Tammy

  13. I just made a big batch of granola with oatmeal but now I wish I'd have made cookies! I'm saving your recipe to try. I'm not a big raisin fan but I love your idea of trying dates!

  14. These look really good. Love oatmeal cookies.

  15. Oh, you GOURMET!! I'm going to give these a try. I love oatmeal cookies and your photographs are so beautiful.

  16. YUMMY!!


  17. Oh these look delicious. As soon as I can find the cookie sheets and the energy to bake, I will be making these. Thanks for sending the hugs for moving. It's over and the unpacking about 50% done. Exhausted but enjoying our new home.

  18. These look so thick and wonderful. We love oatmeal cookies too. Thanks for being one of my favorite pinning buddies!


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