Oatmeal raisin cookie

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Oatmeal raisin cookie
Oatmeal raisin cookies with orange zest and chocolate chips
Oatmeal cookies with golden raisins, orange zest and chocolate chips
CourseDessert or snack
Place of originScotland (oatcake); United States
Created byFannie Merritt Farmer (first recorded recipe)
Main ingredientsOatmeal, raisins
Ingredients generally usedFlour, sugar, eggs, salt, spices
Similar dishesOatcake

An oatmeal raisin cookie is a type of drop cookie distinguished by an oatmeal-based dough with raisins mixed throughout. Its ingredients also typically include flour, sugar, eggs, salt, and various spices.[1] A descendant of the Scottish oatcake, the oatmeal raisin cookie has become one of the most popular cookies in the United States.[2]

When the cookies were becoming prominent in the United States in the early 1900s, they came to be known as a "health food"[3] by reason of having increased fiber and vitamin contents from the oatmeal and raisins. Nonetheless, the nutritional value of an oatmeal raisin cookie is virtually equivalent to that of a chocolate chip cookie, with each having practically the same sugar, fat, calorie and fiber content.[4][5]


In the early Middle Ages, traditional Scottish oatcakes had similar ingredients but were and are typically crispier than modern oatmeal cookies.[6] The first recorded oatmeal cookie recipe was published in the United States by Fannie Merritt Farmer in her 1896 cookbook, the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. While Farmer's original recipe did not contain raisins,[7] their inclusion grew more common over time, due in part to the oatmeal raisin cookie recipes featured on every Quaker Oats container beginning in the early 1900s.[8]

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  1. ^ Clark, Melissa. "Classic Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies". NYT Cooking. The New York Times. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ Amatulli, Jenna. "The Definitive List Of America's Favorite Cookies". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ Dockray, Heather. "The stigma against oatmeal raisin cookies". Mashable. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. ^ Balagur, Amanda. "Are Fruity Desserts A Healthier Choice? Nutritionists Tell All". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Food Composition Databases". ndb.nal.usda.gov. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  6. ^ Cloake, Felicity. "How to cook the perfect oatcakes". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ Perry, Sara. "Oatmeal cookie completeness". OregonLive. The Oregonian. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  8. ^ DiLonardo, Mary Jo. "The tasty history of 9 mouthwatering cookies". Mother Nature Network. Retrieved 13 July 2018.