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Great-Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Step On Cookies

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These cookies take a little time to make, but it is mostly hands off.  The results are a smooth cookie with a nice chew unlike any other oatmeal raisin cookie you’ve had!

Old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies on lacy doily.

These oatmeal cookies have a softer texture than most and are oh so tasty. You refrigerate the balls of dough overnight which helps to soften the oatmeal and develops the flavor.

The results might just be one of the best oatmeal cookies you have ever had. If you like a spicier oatmeal cookie, feel free to add cinnamon and nutmeg to mimic your favorite recipe.

I thought for Mother’s Day it would be fun to post one of my Great-Grandma’s recipes.  More of her story can be found on the post I wrote about her frozen fruit salad.  She had a very interesting childhood living with her mom and grandparents after her dad passed away.

It sounds like her grandparents were quite the business people and were in to a little bit of everything!  Since she had a stroke when I was very young, I don’t remember her cooking.

But her recipes still live on.  This is one that I have heard of her making frequently.

Pile of old fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies.

The recipe said it yields 9 dozen cookies and by George if I didn’t get exactly 9 dozen.  To be fair, I had to work pretty hard scraping the bowl to get the last one… but I wasn’t going to come up one short!

I thought it was really interesting that this cookie has a two day prep. But that is what makes them so special!       

Day 1: make dough, roll into balls, roll balls into sugar and put in the fridge. 

Balls of oatmeal raisin cookie dough rolled in sugar.

Day 2 : flatten balls, bake and enjoy

Flattening out balls of dough with the bottom of a glass.

The results are totally worth the wait. It is always fun to bake up vintage treats that I know my great-grandmother and grandma have made before me.

There is something so special about these generational recipes. Even if I don’t have the memories of my great-grandma making them herself, it still has a bit of nostalgia baked right in.

Great grandma's handwritten recipe card for step on cookies.

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Yield: 9 Dozen Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Step On Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Step On Cookies

These cookies take a little time to make, but it is mostly hands off. The results are a smooth cookie with a nice chew unlike any other oatmeal raisin cookie you’ve had!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Additional Time 7 hours
Total Time 8 hours 27 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Mix in eggs.  Then stir in the dry ingredients.
  3. Roll into small balls, about an inch in diameter, then roll balls in sugar.
  4. Chill overnight.
  5. Flatten out with a glass bottom the next day and bake at 375°F for about 8 minutes.  She says “keep them light”
  6. Cool on pan for 5 minutes then move to wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These cookies take a little time to make, but it is mostly hands off.  The results are a smooth cookie with a nice chew unlike any other oatmeal raisin cookie you've had!

Thanks for sharing!


Sunday 15th of November 2015

Yum, these look great! I love pretty much any kind of oatmeal cookie that I can get. Plus it has raisins so I'm sold! Thank you for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!!


Monday 16th of November 2015

These are fun because they have a completely different texture than most oatmeal cookies. Some people didn't even recognize them as oatmeal cookies until I told them what they are. That great-grandma of mine was on to something!


Monday 18th of May 2015

They are a long time family favorite and worth making! Thanks for hosting, have a great week.


Saturday 16th of May 2015

I love oatmeal cookies, these sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!


Saturday 16th of May 2015

These have a different texture than any other oatmeal cookie I have ever tried. It was fun to bake from one of my great-grandma's favorite recipes.

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

Wednesday 13th of May 2015

This is one I'm going to try. Thanks for sharing on #AnythingGoes link UP


Monday 11th of May 2015

Look delicious, and you know if it came from Grandma then it's gotta be good!


Monday 11th of May 2015

That is a really good sign, isn't it?!

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