Craig Claiborne’s Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

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In this 1980’s article, Craig Claiborne writes about what he calls “America’s No. 1 impulse purchase,” the cookie.  His three favorite popular choices are Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal-Raisin.

Since today happens to be National Oatmeal Cookie Day, and also National Raisin Day, it was the perfect day to combine both.  Did you know that starting in the early 1900s, Quaker Oats started featuring an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe on every box?  And that California produces the majority of the world’s raisin supply?

Here is Craig Claiborne’s recipe which is a crispy version, great with a glass of cold milk for kids, and many adults too.

Craig Claiborne's Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
  • ½ cup dark raisins
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients; set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and brown sugar in bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well.
  3. Fold in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Fold in oats, raisins, and pecans.
  4. Drop about 2 Tablespoons at a time, about 2-inches apart, onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie with your fingers.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and rest on cookie sheet for a couple minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.



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2 Responses to Craig Claiborne’s Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

  1. April 30, 2024 at 9:47 am #

    Oatmeal raisin is my mom’s specialty – our family cookie. I’ve never seen buttermilk used in an oatmeal raisin cookie. Very interesting. These look like good “dunkers”.

    Another great photo, Debbie! The texture of the cookies is easy to see.

    • April 30, 2024 at 1:13 pm #

      Denise, I love baking with buttermilk and also found it interesting in an oatmeal cookie which is why I wanted to try this one. And yes, these are great dunkers!

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