Hot Buttered Baking: Happy Father’s Day!


Dad’s Favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

When I was a small child, my dad would get up early on the weekends and make me Mickey Mouse pancakes that he poured freehand on the griddle.

He has always been a creative man, and that sometimes extended into the kitchen.

He was good with pancakes and the barbeque, but for many years that was the extent of his culinary expertise.

He once made a “casserole” of leftovers he found in the refrigerator.

It was potatoes, refried beans, peas, carrots and some other odd ingredients all held together with a can of cream of chicken soup.

It was incredible.

In recent years he has learned how to make bread, and now makes many delicious entrees such as tequila scallops and Thai green curry.

My father is truly an amazing man, but trying to find an appropriate gift for him is basically impossible.

He’s the type of guy who will go out and buy whatever he has had his eye on.

So gifts for Father’s Day, his birthday and Christmas can be quite challenging.

But ever since he tried my version of oatmeal raisin cookies, I know I at least have one thing I can gift him.

He adores my oatmeal raisin cookies, which are also packed with chocolate chips and nuts.

There’s no denying they are hearty cookies, made even more delicious by adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the mixture.

So if you’re in need of a homemade gift, give this delicious recipe a try.


Buttery Oatmeal Raisin Cookies




  •  1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or nuts of your choice)


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla pudding mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.In another bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips, raisins and nuts.
  5. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool.




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