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Not So Spooky Double Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Favorite Halloween Memories

Double Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

To this day, the best Halloween costume I’ve ever encountered was worn by a girl in my sixth grade class. She dressed up as a Twinings tea bag. You might wonder what her costume looked like. In fact, she had collected a whole garbage bag full of brown leaves and wore it around her body. Attached to the bag was a hand-drawn tag for Earl Gray (or maybe it was English Breakfast?). Clever, don’t you think?

What impressed me the most about her costume was that she didn’t care about looking cute. She had a great idea, and she wanted to show it off. She was crafty and creative. She knew she was ahead of the game — even back in the sixth grade. The other little girls weren’t jealous…until she won the costume contest. Girls are funny that way.

Double Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I haven’t gone trick-or-treating in years, but I do have fond memories of Halloween growing up. I was never very good with costumes (I dressed up as a witch and a princess at least twice) but I had a keen eye for which house gave the best treats (back then, it was Twix and Kit Kats). For my first Halloween in America, my mom hand-made a beautiful princess outfit for me. There was white tuille and a white turtleneck (Mom was always worried about me getting sick), and a wand that I got to decorate myself with all sorts of glitter, stickers, and ribbons. At the time, I remember being surprised to show up at school and find so many other little girls dressed up as princesses. It was one of the first times I remember being proud of wearing something that wasn’t bought, but made.

I’ve always associated Halloween with being American. Specifically, with being a kid in America. Every year, you get to live out your kid fantasy by dressing up as anything you want, and everywhere you go for one day, people give you free candy. There are few things as American to me as the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, so while I don’t have ‘spooky’ treats for you as we get ready for All Hallows Eve in a few weeks, I am sharing a recipe for an adult and kid-friendly treat. This cookie is packed with not one, but two types of oats (in the form of oat flour and oats). These cookies are perfectly chewy and dunkable in a glass of milk (if you want to go that route). So make some cookies, wrap yourself up in a blanket, and watch your favorite scary movie from when you were a kid.

What’s your favorite Halloween memory?

Double Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Double Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
*adapted from Flour

1 stick of unsalted butter
1/3 cup of cane sugar
1/3 cup of light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup of oat flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
heaping 3/4 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup of raisins

1. Combine the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a beater attachment. Beat at medium speed for about 5 minutes, until the butter is fluffy. Beat in the egg.
2. Combine the flours, baking soda, oats, spices, raisins and salt in a medium bowl.
3. Add the dried ingredients to the wet ingredients, beating on low speed until the batter is mixed evenly (don’t overmix).
4. Let the dough rest in refrigerator for several hours before baking.
5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
6. Use a cookie scoop to form golf ball-sized balls of dough, placing them a few inches apart on the baking sheet.
7. Gently flatten the balls of dough before baking for about 20 minutes (until golden, but still soft in the center). These cookies are best eaten slightly cooled. Keep them in a sealed container for a few days.

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Posted by Kasey


Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Jess O’Toole

    I do love a nice chewy oatmeal cookie and a big glass of milk! My fav Halloween memory is dressing up as Red from Fraggle Rock :) We always had a party at our house with a piñata that was lots of fun.

  • Rachel

    Oatmeal cookies have got to be my favorite cookies – spooky or not!
    My favorite halloween memory is of wandering the neighborhood as the headless horseman. It was such a great costume and totally handmade. I miss those days!

  • Kasey

    That’s awesome, Jess. I love that you had a pinata in your house for Halloween- how fun!

  • Kasey

    That is a good one! Glad it brought back some good memories :)

  • Kelsey (Happyolks)

    Kasey! This was a perfect end to a long day at school. Brought back a flood of old, happy memories. Ages 2-6 I think I as a Penn State cheerleader every year. After that I was a sand-man (silky pajamas with clouds), cupid (red wings), and I think at one point I was some kind of pioneer woman. An eclectic list. These cookies look and sound terrific. I got my love of oatmeal-raisin from my dad. Will have to make these for him when I go home for Thanksgiving.

  • Kasey

    Aww, I am so glad to hear that, Kelsey! I love all of your Halloween costumes! Eclectic is good. :) Matt’s dad is the big oatmeal-raisin fan in our family. Have a great weekend! xo

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Mmmm, these look good. I really enjoy oatmeal raisin cookies as well. I found that my most memorable Halloween costumes and experiences usually involved dressing in drag. Scary, ‘eh? HA!

    Other than that, I was a giant Facebook page several years ago. That was a fun evening. I had sharpies available for people to write on my “wall”. Met so many people that evening and won $250 prize at a costume contest!

  • Paula_brunel

    These cookies like incredible!! I am always trying to find different ways on how to lower my cholesterol, but these cookies don’t use too much butter, healthy flour and tons of raisins. The perfect compromise – thanks!!

  • Megankhagerty1234

    does anybody know how many this recipe makes?

  • Kasey

    I do :) You’ll get about a dozen cookies.

  • Kasey

    Thank you, Paula. They’re still cookies at the end of the day, but the addition of healthier flours and tons of raisins definitely makes them a much healthier choice. Enjoy!

  • Kasey

    Brandon, your Facebook page costume is brilliant. No wonder you won the costume contest!

  • Kathryn | Dramatic Pancake

    Ooh! These look great! I feel like oatmeal cookies are kind of under-rated. They aren’t reinventing the wheel, they are just really, really good. I think my favorite Halloween memory is just trick or treating with my Dad when I was little — he’s a kid at heart and we would both get so into it.

  • Kasey

    That is so sweet, Kathryn! I totally agree with you – oatmeal cookies definitely don’t get the love that they deserve. xo.

  • Kate M.

    Yum! These look delightful. :)

  • Alice

    Hi – Just wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe, and I think there must be a mistake in it? The cookies came out leaden and heavy and the batter did not melt at all. I think the balance of dry ingredients to wet is off somehow? I doubled the recipe, so it had two sticks of butter, but six cups of all of the flours/oats – which seemed like waay too much for the amount of wet ingredients. Hopefully you can fix it before someone else makes the same mistake!

  • Kasey

    Alice, I’m very sorry this recipe didn’t work out of you. You are totally right – there was a typo in the amount of flour called for in the recipe. It’s been corrected for others. I really appreciate you pointing it out and, again, apologize profusely. I take great care in testing recipes and editing closely, but I own up to the fact that I made a gross mistake here.

  • Kasey

    Hi Alice,
    Thank you so much for letting me know. I am SO sorry you made the cookies and they didn’t turn out for you. You are totally right – I miscalculated the measurements and I’m so embarrassed that this happened. The measurements have been corrected. Please know that I take great care in testing and writing my recipes, but…I’m the first to admit that mistakes can happen. I certainly hope that you can accept my apology and I really appreciate you bringing the errors up to my attention. Again, please accept my sincerest apology.

  • Alice

    I understand these things happen. I have a blog too, and once someone wrote and told me I ruined her xmas dinner because of a mistake in a dessert recipe! I felt awful! The cookies aren’t inedible, they just aren’t as good as they should be. Will have to try the recipe again the right way. :)

  • Kasey

    I really appreciate the comment, Alice. I felt horrible about it! I can’t believe someone told you you ruined their Xmas dinner! Thanks again :)

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