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Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies

Take a trip down memory lane with Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies. Passed down through generations, this timeless family recipe has stood the test of time, delighting taste buds and creating cherished moments. With a perfect balance of chewy, sweet raisins, crunchy walnuts, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, and the wholesome goodness of the oats, these cookies are a comforting treat passed down from my husband’s great grandmother!

Whether you enjoy this chewy cookie with a glass of cold milk or share some with loved ones during festive gatherings, Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies are the epitome of homemade comfort and love. Get ready to create a batch of these heavenly delights that will have everyone begging for the recipe!

Welcome to 2023’s 12 Days of Cookies!
These Chocolate Chip Potato Chip Cookies are Day 5 of our 12 Days of Cookies!
Be sure to check out all of the other days for more goodies!

Day 1 – Cherry Biscotti
Day 2 – Sour Cream Cookies
Day 3 – Chai Spritz Cookies
Day 4 – Millionaire Bars
Day 5 – Chocolate Chip Potato Chip Cookies
Day 6 – You’re on it!
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Sharing Family Recipes

When I share a family recipe with you, it’s not just about wanting to share its delicious taste. It represents love, tradition, and the joy of sharing food with loved ones.

Each batch of these classic oatmeal cookies tells a story, and every bite is a reminder of the warmth and comfort of home. Nana’s perfect recipe has been passed down through generations, ensuring that her legacy lives on and continues to bring happiness and delight!

Ingredients for Nana’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gather together the following ingredients:

¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

How to Make Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies

You can whip up my favorite homemade oatmeal cookies in just a few easy steps, in no time at all!

First, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Add the oats and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Then add the walnuts and raisins and stir until well incorporated.

Using a medium cookie scoop (2 tablespoons), place dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet about an inch apart. Flatten slightly.

Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Let cool slightly on the pan, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serving and Storing Oatmeal Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature to keep them fresh. If you prefer a softer texture, place a slice of bread in the container to help retain moisture. Avoid storing them in the refrigerator, which can dry the cookies.

Nana’s oatmeal raisin cookies are so good with a glass of cold milk or your afternoon coffee! They also make a tasty addition to any cookie tray or gift box.


Can I use instant oats or steel cut oats instead of old-fashioned oats?

While quick oats can be used in a pinch, they produce a softer texture. Old-fashioned oats (also called rolled oats) provide a heartier bite and better texture for these cookies.

Steel-cut oats provide more fiber and density but require more liquid and a longer cooking time. I would not use them in this recipe.

How long do these cookies stay fresh?

When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies will stay fresh for up to a week. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 3 months, ensuring you always have a sweet treat on hand.

Variations for Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies

These chewy oatmeal raisin cookies are versatile treats that can easily be customized. Here are a few variations and substitutions you can try:

Leave out the nuts: if you don’t love the crunch of nuts in your cookies, you can leave them out. Alternatively, you could try pecans for a different flavor!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies: If you’re not a fan of raisins, replace them with chocolate chips for a decadent twist on the classic recipe. The combination of chocolate and oats is irresistible!

Vanilla Glaze: Mimic storebought oatmeal cookies by mixing up a vanilla glaze (a bit of milk and some powdered sugar), then drizzle it over the top or dunk the top of the cookies in it!

Bake a batch of these classic oatmeal raisin cookies with your children or grandchildren, and let them experience the joy of creating something delicious from scratch. The love and memories associated with Nana’s recipe will continue to live on, bringing warmth and happiness to all who taste her special treats!

More Oatmeal Cookies

I’m obsessed with oatmeal cookies! Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are my hands-down favorite, followed closely by these decadent Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Celebrate fall flavors with these Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Drop Cookies or these Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies. I mean, you can eat them all year long, but these flavors always remind me of fall!

Don’t forget these Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies—a chocolate lover’s spin on the classic oatmeal cookie recipe. Kids love these Peanut Butter Oatmeal M&M Cookies (and so do the adults in the room!)

Find all my oatmeal recipes here.

Happy baking!



Keep an eye out for more of my easy recipes each week!


Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies

Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies are a timeless family recipe with oats, chewy raisins, crunchy walnuts, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. They’re a comforting treat that will transport you back to childhood!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Nana’s Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes minutes
Total Time 30 minutes minutes
Servings 42 cookies
Calories 116kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


¾ cup unsalted butter room temperature1 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon cinnamon¾ teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon nutmeg¼ teaspoon kosher salt2 cups old fashioned oats1 cup raisins1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350°F, and prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and mix well.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Add the oats and mix well.
Add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the walnuts and raisins and completely combine.
Using a medium (2 tablespoons) cookie scoop, place dough balls onto prepared cookie sheet about an inch apart, and slightly flatten.
Bake for 10-15 minutes


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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