Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Not Your Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies by Donna Fasano

Christmas is coming! And there is one delectable treat I always make to usher in the holiday. You got it. Oatmeal cookies. Sweet, chewy rounds of goodness. Mmmm! However, these cookies aren't like any your grandmother made—not unless she was privy to my secret ingredient, that is.

What's the secret ingredient? Shredded coconut. That's what makes these mouth-watering morsels of oaty goodness so moist and delicious.

So heat up the oven, pull out your best mixing bowl, and let's bake up a batch of cookies.

Raisin Oat Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
2 cups raisins
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350º. Cream the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Stir in raisins, oats, and coconut. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a light greased baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes (or until golden around the edges). Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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Donna Fasano is a USA Today Bestselling Author whose books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide. She loves to hear from readers. Contact her through her website.


  1. Ooh, Donna, I love the shredded coconut idea! Although I've gotta slip in some chocolate chips, too....

  2. YUM!! They are kind of similar to our ANZAC biscuits downunder (stands for Australia and NZ Army Corps) which were made to fundraise for the troops during the war - but without the raisins. They're a classic now.

  3. Have you tried with margarine? My son is milk allergic but sometimes the recipes don't transfer well.

  4. These sound delicious. I'm not a great baker, but I'm tempted to try this recipe. I will pass it on to my daughter. She loves making cookies.

  5. Sierra, chocolate chips sound like a great addition! Joanne, these have become a holiday classic in my house. Shaleen, I haven't tried to use margarine. I'd be curious to know how it works for you, if you do swap out the butter for margarine. Helen, let me know what your daughter thinks of the recipe.