Orange Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


Until recently I hadn’t had these cookies in decades, but I was inspired to recreate the recipe and share them with you.  These Orange Oatmeal cookies are one of the sweeter tastes from my childhood.  My mom used to bake them, and I’ve never had anything quite like them in the years since.

These are hearty cookies – filled with oats, raisins, and walnuts – and they seemed perfect to share in this autumn month.  Though the exact recipe my mom used has been lost to me, I’ve done my best to mimic it – and my taste buds and “nostalgia meter” tell me these cookies are an accurate recreation.

These cookies would be a yummy addition to a Thanksgiving gathering, particularly for folks that aren’t big on pumpkin pie.  Though I’m partial to using walnuts, because that’s the way I’ve always had them, I’m sure they’d be delicious with pecans as well…


Orange Oatmeal Cookies



2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups quick-cook oatmeal
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 TBSP orange zest
3/4 cups chopped walnuts
3/4 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Add oatmeal and mix.  In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest.  Cream mixture, and then add milk.  Add flour mixture and beat until blended.  Add walnuts and raisins, and stir until combined.  Drop by spoonfuls onto non-stick cookie sheets.  Bake for approximately 14 minutes, or until browned.  Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.


I hope you enjoy these Orange Oatmeal Cookies as much as I do.  Happy Baking!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted November 10, 2011 at 10:19 am by Wendy Telford | Permalink

    Just yesterday I made oatmeal cookies with walnuts and raisins! Seems like an addition of the orange zest would really step up the recipe a notch! Will try that next time! 🙂

  2. Posted November 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm by Evette | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try the cookie recipe. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, Melody.

  3. Posted November 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for commenting – I’m so glad you’re going to try the recipe! It’s my pleasure to share…

  4. Posted November 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Yes, the orange zest really makes the cookies something special. They smell – and taste – delicious!

  5. Posted December 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm by Kathryn | Permalink

    These look delicious, I like the added touch of the orange flavor! 🙂

  6. Posted December 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for commenting! Yes, these cookies are something special. I hope you enjoy them!

  7. Posted December 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm by pam | Permalink

    This one sounds like it will be one of those year round fixtures at my house! We already are big fans of oatmeal cookies and the addition of the orange zest – yummmmmmm. Can’t wait to try them!

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe in the cookie recipe swap and by doing so introducing me to your blog!

  8. Posted December 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm by Melody | Permalink

    You’re very welcome. Thank you for your interest, it’s so nice to have you here. Thank you, too, for hosting the cookie recipe swap!
    These orange oatmeal cookies really are wonderful, and I think they taste best once they’re completely cool and/or a day old. I love the smell of these cookies, too. They’re so good, unique and hearty!