Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This all-time favorite cookie combines the chewy goodness of oatmeal with the natural sweetness of raisins. An irresistible classic!

NotesDecorating the Jar:

To add the finishing touches to your jarred mix, simply center the chosen fabric square on the lid of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Then wrap your chosen tie around the rubber band twice, covering the band, and knot the tie to hold it in place.

Using a hole punch, make a hole in the tag and slide the tie through the hole, threading it through once or twice and tying it off with a bow. If you’ve chosen to photocopy the boxed tag provided with each recipe, you may want to fold the left side of the tag over the right before punching a hole in the top left-hand comer. This will allow you to thread the tie through two layers of paper, attaching your tag securely to the jar.

Finally, to make your Mason gift jar even more special, you may want to use the same ribbon or twine to attach an item that can be used when preparing the particular recipe. Wooden spoons, wire whisks, and cookie cutters are possible choices. Your beautiful Mason jar mix is now done, ready for its lucky recipient!

About30 cookies

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Taste and Texturebuttery, sweet

Type of Dishcookie, dessert


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup dark raisins
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Creating the Jar:

  2. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar.

  3. Layer the ingredients in the jar as shown at left, pressing firmly with a flat-bottomed object, such as a tart tamper or the bottom of a narrow glass, after each addition. Make the layers as level as possible.

  4. Secure the lid, and decorate as desired (see Notes). Attach the following instructions for making the cookies:


  6. Yield: About 30 cookies

  7. In addition to the contents of the jar, you will need to add the following ingredients:

  8. ¾ cup butter, softened

  9. 1 egg

  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  11. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream the butter, egg, and vanilla. Add the contents of the Jar, and stir until well mixed. Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until the edges are light brown In color. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to wire racks and cool completely. Serve immediately, or store In an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


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