Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Spiced oatmeal raisin cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes to make because it’s simple, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand in the pantry. I like to spice things up by adding garam masala to the batter for a richer flavor, but nutmeg or ground cloves would be just fine.  


  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (or nutmeg)
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins (or 1 cup raisins and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts)

*To make 1/2 cup sour milk, add 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1/2 cup milk and let stand 5 minutes before using.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs together until they are light and fluffy. Stir in buttermilk or sour milk.

Sift together dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Stir in oats, raisins, and walnuts (if using). Drop from a tablespoon – 2 inches apart – on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake cookies for about 8 minutes per batch. Let cool slightly before removing from pan.  Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.


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