Fridays from Home

Crazy Oatmeal Cookies

I have a confession to make.  We are not a chocolate family.  Not that we don’t eat chocolate, or even that we don’t enjoy it, but given the choice we usually prefer fruity desserts, custards and sugary candy.  If I am going to have chocolate, it’s usually in the form of a really nice, dark chocolate candy.

So, when I made the decision to bake cookies for my boys today, I decided on making these chewy, sweet and buttery oatmeal favorites.  “What makes them crazy?” you ask.  Well, instead of just plain old boring raisins, I make these with a blend of raisins, golden raisins and chopped dates that make them incredibly chewy and a little more interesting.  Feel free to add in whatever your family prefers.  Chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or even chocolate chips would all be delicious.

Crazy Oatmeal Cookies


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup each of raisins, golden raisins and chopped dates


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter and sugars together
  3. Add eggs and beat until fluffy, add vanilla and mix
  4. Sift together dry ingredients and slowly add to butter mixture
  5. Fold in oatmeal and fruits
  6. Drop onto prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden

Makes about 3 dozen large cookies

*This dough freezes very well.  To freeze, roll dough into cookie-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.  Put them into the freezer until frozen hard.  Transfer them into a freezer bag and bake cookies a few at a time anytime you’d like!

This entry was published on April 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm. It’s filed under Recipes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Crazy Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Looks delicious and I love that you used raisins and dates in the recipe. 🙂

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