This is another recipe that came down through Gramma McCarthy. There's no cute story about these cookies; they just happen to be my favorite.


1 c
unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 c
white sugar
2 c
all purpose flour
¼ c
1 tsp
baking powder
½ tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
1 tsp
2 c
rolled oats (quick oats or blended)
1 c
raisins (you can substitute cranberries or chocolate chips at a 1:1 ratio)
apron (I always make a mess)


  1. Cream the butter (1 c), gradually adding the sugar (1 c), until (?).
    Don't skimp on creaming. Spend at least 5min on this process to aerate the batter.
  2. Add the eggs (2) one at a time, and continue beating.
  3. Gradually add all the dry ingredients except the oats & raisins.
    When the mixture becomes too dry to beat, add the milk (¼ c). Don't worry about overmixing the batter.
  4. Gradually fold in the oats (2 c) with a wooden spoon.
    The batter will likely be too tough for beaters.
  5. Fold in the raisins (1 c).
  6. Grease a baking sheet.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  8. Use two big spoons to scrape roughly golf ball-sized cookies onto the baking sheet.
    This was Gramma's technique, anyway.
  9. Bake 8–10min at 350°F , until the dough is no longer wet, and they're slightly toasted.

About this recipe

  • Taste the batter; enjoy your life.