Oatmeal Raisin Drop Cookies

I’m finally back with another one of my Great Grandma’s recipes!

I took a little break the past couple weeks mainly because I was so busy finishing the final edits of my book, traveling to Florida to help out Jaden with her book, starting yoga teacher training and developing new recipes for this site. Through all of that craziness, the big plastic orange box of Great Grandma’s recipes sat untouched on my desk and I knew I needed to get back in the game with the challenge.

For any new readers or any of you that have forgotten, last November I decided to take on the challenge of baking through my Great Grandma’s recipe collection. She worked as a cake decorator and baker during World War Two and I inherited all of her recipes (and some of her tools!) a few years ago. To see the recipes I’ve done so far, head to my recipe page and scroll to the bottom. I’m keeping track of her recipes there.

So far, I would call the project a success because I’ve only encountered one, err, questionable recipe. But hey, prunes in brownies might just be your thing— so if it is, check it out. But don’t say I didn’t warn you first.

Up today, though, are her “famous” oatmeal raisin drop cookies! At the top of the faded index card, Great Grandma wrote “Don’s favorite cookie!” and I have to agree (Don was my great uncle who just passed away a few months ago).

These cookies are small, fluffy cookies full of oats, raisins and spices. If you’re like me and not wild about the idea of raisins in your cookies, try replacing the raisins with chocolate chips.

To start, you need to cream your butter and brown sugar together then whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl:

Then cream together the butter and brown sugar followed by the egg. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream and you’ll end up the yummiest oatmeal cookie dough that you’ll ever taste.

It’s all about the sour cream, folks.

I like recipes that yield small cookies. Easier to pop into my mouth that way.

Keep your oatmeal raisin drop cookies in a Tupperware container in the fridge and they’ll last about a week….or a day, depending on how much of a cookie monster you choose to be.

Oatmeal Raisin Drop Cookies

makes about two dozen small cookies

Print this recipe!


1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 cup oats (either quick-cooking or old fashioned)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sour cream

1 egg


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, then add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and oats in a large bowl.

Add dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream to the butter and sugar mixture. Then, fold in the raisins.

Drop mixture by the tablespoon onto lined baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes.


30 minutes


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  • Brittany
    February 20, 2012 at 3:30 am

    These cookies look so nummy. This project you’re doing with your grandmother’s recipes is so interesting, and I’m sure a very special experience for you. I’m new to your blog and food blogging in general (, and am having a lot of fun with it. I love all of your pictures! They for sure keep me coming back! I wish I could eat one of those cookies right now! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    February 20, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Yay for Grandma’s recipes! πŸ˜€ These look great and I can see why they’re famous! πŸ˜€ Yum!

  • Julia Steele
    February 20, 2012 at 3:44 am

    That is such a great idea and a great tribute to your grandmother!

  • Lindsay @ biking before bed
    February 20, 2012 at 3:52 am

    My boyfriend would love these! He is an oatmeal cookie monster.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    February 20, 2012 at 4:02 am

    love it! Oatmeal raisin is such a classic πŸ˜€

  • Molly@RDexposed
    February 20, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Replace the raisins with chocolate chips?! That’d be a sin! My grandmother has her own famous oatmeal raisin cookies that turn raisin haters into exclusive raisin lovers when it involves her cookies.
    I love that any oatmeal cookie screams grandmother.

  • TeoBucatar
    February 20, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Delicious cookie! Old recipes are so good. Tks. for share!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 20, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Oatmeal raisin are my #1 favourite cookie EVER! These sound delicious Jenna, and oh my goodness you’ve been busy!! Speaking of prunes, I actually baked with them this weekend and they weren’t nearly as bad as I thought they’d be! The recipe I was creating didn’t have the right texture though, so I need to make some edits. Prunes will still be in it though. Your great grandmother was a clever one!

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married)
    February 20, 2012 at 5:04 am

    These totally make me think of home and my husband would love them! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    February 20, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Oh yay! I was worried you had abandoned the great grandma recipe box. The sour cream in these looks really interesting! I bet they are super moist.

  • RJ
    February 20, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Yum! I’ve been craving oatmeal cookies recently! Looking forward to trying these!

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    February 20, 2012 at 5:50 am

    These looks delicious and I love the history behind this recipes. ;.)

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    February 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

    hooray for the return of grandma’s recipes! OMR are my all-time favorite cookies… always looking for delicious twists on the classic recipe πŸ™‚

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    February 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Gotta love old fashioned oatmeal cookies!

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    February 20, 2012 at 6:35 am

    LOVE oatmeal cookies. Reminds me of my mom! πŸ™‚

  • jenna
    February 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

    this is such a classic grandma recipe. I can almost smell them baking. These look so home-y and full of flavor.

  • Cait's Plate
    February 20, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I love drop cookies. They’re just too easy not to make. And I also am so happy about the return to the Grandma’s recipes series. I LOVE it.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    February 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Mmm….I love a good oatmeal raisin cookie! So excited that you’re back at it with your Great Grandmother’s recipes. I love this retro series!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    February 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Beautiful Jenna. Glad you were able to find some time to return to your grandmother’s recipes. Such a treat.

  • Urban Wife
    February 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Oatmeal cookies are definitely a favorite around our house. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    February 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Yum. Oatmeal raisin dough is by far my favorite to eat pre-baking!

  • Moni'sMeals
    February 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Wow, Grandma sure knows best…SOUR CREAM, eh? Never would of thought. Never~

    Looks like a fantastic and special recipe. πŸ™‚

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition
    February 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I have not made oatmeal cookies in a very very long time. These sound delicious!

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    February 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Yum! Oatmeal raisin cookies aren’t nearly as big over here and I’m always trying to convert everybody. Not entirely because oatmeal raisin cookies also scream ‘breakfast cookie’!

    (Okay – every cookie screams breakfast cookie, but oatmeal raisin ones invoke less guilt when I indulge…)

  • Margarita
    February 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I love classic recipes that are not shy about what ingredients to use to make it taste good and get the perfect texture. I’m always one who modifies everything because I want to make everything healthy, then it just results in overindulging. Maybe if I stuck to the original, it will limit me to eat just a few because it’s so rich and so good, right? Love this recipe and because I love raisins, I will definitely stick with them.

  • Blog is the New Black
    February 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

    These look awesome! I made a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies on Sat!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    February 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

    These sound fantastic! Glad to see this series started up again πŸ˜€

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    February 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

    The cookies look perfect and glad to see you back posting some of your Grandma’s recipes. I love the nostalgia!

    Interesting she used 1/2 c sour cream in the cookies. My grandma and mom always put sour cream in baked goods…they said to keep it moist.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    February 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Yum. Sour cream in cookies is always a good idea.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    February 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies + chocolate chips = yummy!

    Love your mixer! The orange is gorgeous.

  • Joss
    February 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Yay for old family recipes! These look extra yummy πŸ˜€

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    February 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Love the color of your kitchen aid! And these cookies look delicious. I would love one right now with a cold glass of milk!

  • Cardinal Cyn
    February 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    love the idea of cooking your way through your grandmother’s recipe box. fantastic of you to share these as well. i have some of my own grandmother’s recipes which are precious to me – her pound cake, cheesecake, carrot cake recipes have been winners in our family for years! also thought the prune brownies sounded pretty good actually!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    February 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    YUM! Those look super delicious! And I love the whole cooking through Grandma’s recipes. πŸ™‚

  • Jess
    February 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I am really loving this series. Some of my best memories from my childhood are those spent baking with my Grandma. I still make her sugar cookies every Christmas. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe πŸ™‚

  • Gina
    February 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    What an experience that must have been, can’t wait to read your book. I thought I’ve been busy, but now I feel like I’ve been slacking, lol. I was working on a cookie recipe the other night and used sour cream, it changed it in a good way. That’s sweet you have your grandma’s recipes, I wish I had mine. Hope you are having a great week.

  • Luv What You Do
    February 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Oatmeal cookies are my favorite!!! And there is nothing better than grandma’s recipe, except for maybe great grandma’s recipe!

  • Michelle
    February 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Yum- I love how bright and colorful your photos are. And where or where do those straws (and milk jug) come from??

  • Emily @LivingLongfellow
    February 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Good to see you’re back. Exciting adventures in yoga training. What type of yoga are you getting trained in?

  • Jacqueline@digintobooks
    February 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    These cookies look so simple but awesome! And I love your KitchenAid too-what a fun splash of color to have in the kitchen!

  • Krissy's Creaions
    February 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    What a great recipe from your Great Grandmother. I haven’t made simple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in SUCH a long time. I MUST make this recipe!

  • Jaclyn
    February 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I would love to hear more about your yoga teacher training! You should really REALLY do a post on it! I want to get trained this spring/summer as well, so I would love to hear your thoughts and experience!!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    February 21, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Oh these look wonderful! I would swap the raisins out for chocolate chips, too!

  • Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    February 21, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I love the idea of working your way through your great-grandmother’s recipes!! My aunt gave me a book of handwritten recipes from my grandmother as a bridal shower gift last year, and I’ve yet to make one of them. I did make her bread with my mom though- which was an overwhelming experience!

  • Kristin
    February 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    My great-grandmother was my best friend and this post reminds me of many weekends spent in the kitchen with her. Grandmas make the best cookies! How cool that you not only inherited all of her recipes, but that you’re venturing through them all!

  • Maria
    February 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Your grab-grandmother sure knows her cookies! Love these!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    February 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Yum, love it! Love the cookie monster comment too πŸ™‚ Sour cream, such a great idea. Thanks for sharing, happy to have more of your Great Grandma’s recipes!
    Heidi xo

  • Aylin @ Glow Kitchen
    February 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    these are so quaint and perfect for a small treat with tea. just have to control how many i have in one sitting…

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    February 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Drop cookies never last long!

  • Caroline
    February 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    YUM! Oatmeal Raisin cookies are my absolute fav πŸ™‚ Deff trying this recipe this week!!

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy
    February 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I just made some tonight and they are delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I added a few crushed pecans as well.

  • Carolyn
    February 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

    YUM. Made these last night and you were right, the dough is to die for!!! My cookies ended up a little more on the flat side (perhaps I over-beat them or made them too large?) but still very good. Light and fluffy, almost more of a muffin texture (did I do something wrong or is that how they’re supposed to be?)
    I added some chopped walnuts because I really like a little crunch with my cookies. Thought about switching in chocolate chips, but can’t quite imagine how well that would taste with the spice in the cookies (besides, I love raisins!).

  • Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook
    February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Do you think it would work to use fat-free sour cream? I just made some lower-calorie Snickerdoodles this weekend using fat-free sour cream, and they turned out very fluffy and delicious!

  • Locallady
    February 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I love the great-grandmother posts! I wish that I had something like that to follow…I have a couple old family recipes that I love, but not the same volume as you do. Anyhow, I knew that I would love these cookies, but just to let you know how much of a hit they are, I have three men in the house this week and I have made them twice due to requests. I also have a request for the recipe so I will be sending him to your site. πŸ™‚ Keep up the great cooking and posting. Thank you!

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  • Mary Catherine
    March 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    My fav are the vegan Super Charge Me Cookies you introduced me to years ago! I still can’t get enough πŸ™‚

  • Liz
    February 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    YUM!!! Made these tonight for a snack to bring to bible study and I hope they last until tomorrow! The sour cream sounded weird but its delicious!! Thank you for posting.

  • mcgee susan
    October 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Just made and sampled these cookies. Because there is more flour than oatmeal in theses it makes for a more cake like cookie. Personally I prefer a more β€œoaty” cookie. I did, however, like the spices. I will not be making these again.