Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Walnuts

I try to spoil everyone that I encounter with my baking and the people over at the auto mechanic shop where I get my car serviced/fixed is no exception. Whenever I bring my car in, I ensure that I bring a batch of cookies. I always ask the owner, Paul, what kind of cookies he wants…and it never changes: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with LOTS of walnuts. And he shares them with the shop – after bragging about it and eating a few to make the others jealous – so everyone gets to enjoy!

I’m not saying that these cookies are the best he’s ever had, but my car gets serviced pretty fast and he knocks a few bucks off my final bill – which is always appreciated. I think they’re all hooked to the point where I’m dropping off cookies even when my car doesn’t need to be serviced.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Walnuts


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ cups raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until the mixture is fluffy and pale.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully combined.
  4. Mix in the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon until well combined.
  5. Add in the flour and mix until just combined.
  6. Stir in the oats, walnuts, and raisins until they’re distributed throughout the cookie dough.
  7. Place about a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or a non-stick baking sheet), ensuring that there is about 2 inches of space between each mound of dough.
  8. Put the baking sheet in the middle of the oven and bake for 10 minutes for chewy cookies, 13-15 minutes if you want them crispy.
  9. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to finish resting.
  10. Repeat steps 7 through 9 until there’s no dough left.
  11. Eat one or two or three of them to make sure they’re delicious. It has raisins and oatmeal, so they’re healthy, right? Better eat one more to be extra sure.

If you don’t like raisins, feel free to leave them out and the cookies are still super delicious. Ooor you could replace the raisins with cranberries or blueberries – I’ve tried it both ways and they’re delicious too!

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