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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and the Quaker Oats Vanishing Recipe


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Did you know that Quaker Oats changed the classic cookie recipe on the inside of the oatmeal box? Lucky for us I still have the original recipe!

A few weeks ago, Amelia asked me what recipe I used to make some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I told her to just use the recipe in the Quaker Oats lid. After all, it’s a delicious chewy cookie so why mess with perfection? She reported back that the recipe on the lid was terrible. Hmmmm? That’s odd. I quickly texted her a picture of the recipe from my Quaker Oats lid. She responded “Don’t lose that recipe!” It turns out the recipe from her Quaker Oats lid was different from mine. I guess time has changed the recipe we all loved. (I’ve been carrying around this recipe for around 20 years now). So I offer to you the recipe, the way it was. And, I encourage you to save all the recipes you love, just in case they someday vanish.

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Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups Quaker Oats
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add dry mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in oats and raisins; mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool one minute on cookie sheet then transfer to wire cooling rack. For bar cookies, bake 30-35 minutes in an ungreased 13×9 inch metal baking pan.

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Notes: I like to add an additional teaspoon cinnamon, a little bit of freshly grated nutmeg and some vanilla bean. I also like to put my raisins on the tops of the cookies – both for presentation and for ease of removal for those who don’t care that much for raisins.

Eat Well!

~Trish

27 thoughts on “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and the Quaker Oats Vanishing Recipe

  1. If anyone is trying to make the Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies recipe on the inside of the Quaker Oats box, and the oats in your cookies are not cooked, this decades old recipe from Quaker Oats is the fix. The current recipe in the box does not produce a good cookie. The newest recipe is missing 2 Tbs butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar.

    I like to add in a little fresly ground nutmeg. YUM.

  2. I have made this cookie for years, using the recipe on the lid, and could not figure out why the cookies I have made recently were not as good. Now I know. Thank you, I have saved the recipe!

    • Glad you found this! I’m not sure why Quaker opted to change the recipe but even the smallest of changes in ingredients seem to have a huge impact on the flavor and texture balance. Enjoy!
      Trish

  3. What was the recipe in 2003? The one I have calls for 2 Cups of Quick Oats not 3/ Did
    you ever have a raisin oatmeal cookie recipe that used just 2 Cups of oata?

    • Hi Pat. Thanks for commenting. No, I haven’t seen that recipe or any that call just for two cups.
      Best,
      Trish

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  5. I made some cookies following the recipe on the box. I thought it seemed different. They were a disaster–fell apart and uncooked. On second batch cooked for 20 min. They were still crumbly but some better (not much however). Save the original recipe and alert all your friends to Quakers recipe for disaster.

  6. Hi Eldred!
    Thanks for commenting. The good news is that, if you have dogs, they don’t mind the dry crumbling cookies at all!
    Best to you! Happy baking!
    Trish

  7. I’ve had the original recipe since high school for over 10 years, It was a keeper! And never knew they changed until my little sister mentioned that her cookies were not as good as before and didn’t know what she was doing wrong, that’s when we compared them and saw they had changed it….. Guess they we’re trying to make their cookies more healthy but what’s a few more calories? Not worth it, thanks for sharing:)

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  9. Thank you for keeping and posting this old recipe. My mother introduced me to baking over 50 years ago. I suppose she thought her son might need to know a little about cooking. These oatmeal cookies were my first and most loved efforts. I never bothered to write down the recipe because I assumed they would always remain the same. Why change? Kind of like when Coca-Cola changed. Anyway, a few years ago I made some cookies off the label and they flopped. I knew it wasn’t me. Thanks for getting me back on track. On a side point; I never followed the recipe exactly. My mother made me substitute Wesson for the butter. Still worked. Thanks again.

  10. Thanks so much….new recipe is awful!! I had to throw it all out..I lost the old recipe when I moved a few months ago, so glad to find this…..Cookie Queen

  11. Thank-you for sharing this recipe. I was beside myself. I could not find mine! Thank-you, thank-you. Susie

  12. My grandmother (born in the 1800’s) baked for my grandfather his favorite oatmeal cookies which included first boiling, then cooling/draining slightly, if needed…a cup of raisins. Best darnedest oatmeal cookies I’ve ever baked. I use only the old Quaker Oatmeal Cookie recipes. A Cantrell cookie raider

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  14. Thank you so much, I have lost my original recipe and made some using the one on the lid and ended up throwing them out. Was searching for a different recipe and found your post, will try again in the morning with this recipe. Again thank your for saving us all from bad cookies.

    • Thank you for your comment. I hope the cookies work out for you. They are my favorite. I still often wonder why Quaker changed their recipe. Or maybe they didn’t and whomever designed the new box tops didn’t transcribe the recipe correctly?
      In any case, Enjoy!
      Best,
      Trish

  15. You are absolutely right!! I have the same recipe. I noticed the change because of the amount of butter used. The old recipe is so much better. Great cookies.

  16. THANK YOU! I made cookies from this recipe so often that I used to know it by heart- but then got out of baking for awhile, and forgot it. But I knew the “new” recipe didn’t look right- “1 stick plus 6 Tb of butter”- WTH!?

  17. Thank you sooooo much TrishLee. I have made the oatmeal cookies for years. Then just about 6 months ago I made them from the recipe on the lid of the container and YUCK !!!
    I don’t understand why someone changed the recipe, anyway I am very glad I found your recipe on the internet.
    Thanks again.

  18. When they changed the recipe, I noticed immediately. I had tweeked the original just a tad with a bit fewer oats and added flour and thought it was perfect,,but never wrote it down and couldn’t figure out how to adjust the new recipe,,,now I’m all set again,,,thanks

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