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Don’t judge us. These particular cookies were a special request from an exceptional friend of ours. There was no way we could say no. It was really hard for us to alter good oatmeal cookies by adding raisins. Seriously raisins, not chocolate…this was a challenge! A good exercise reminding us of the value of the friendships and the relationships we now have thanks to the kitchens of Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta. We are so lucky!!

The original recipe makes a plain oatmeal cookie with a whisper of cinnamon. What’s really great about this recipe is that you can jazz it up by adding whatever extras you feel like.


½ cup softened butter

1 cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 tablespoon of water

½ teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 ¾ cups of four

2 ½ cups of quick oats

1 cup of whatever add-ins you feel like (raisins, chocolate chips, toffee bits, craisins and the list goes on and on)

Cream butter and sugars together. Mix in eggs, vanilla and water. Combine salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flour and add to the liquid mixture. Finally, incorporate the oats until just combined. Throw in any add ins or leave them plain. These cookies are able to handle either.

Drop spoonfuls onto your baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes. Remember that they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet once removed from the oven and this is a cookie that you don’t want to overbake.


Here is the finished product, made with much love (especially for you Vandy)! Now everyone else, please remember it is perfectly acceptable to use chocolate as opposed to raisins… Just sayin’.

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