Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies. The secret is in the pudding. These cookies are a favorite of my children.

Dawn
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Blend in instant pudding, then beat in eggs until the batter is light and fluffy. Combine flour and baking soda; mix into the batter. Stir in oats and raisins. Dough will be stiff. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

89.2 calories; 1.2 g protein; 12.4 g carbohydrates; 6.2 mg cholesterol; 48.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2006
I searched high and low for an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe to send my husband. He is deployed right now and asked me to send him some oatmeal raisin cookies since they are his favorite. I made these for him with a few minor changes....I added 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp allspice and I used 2 1/2 cups quick oats. I can tell you that they were delicious right out of the oven but wasn't sure if they would remain fresh. My husband called me a week and a half later telling me to stop looking for recipes....this was the best one he ever tasted! I'm sending him another box of these cookies tomorrow!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2009
very good although i made a few changes. i didn't have butter-flavored shortening so i just used butter. per other reviews i also used butterscotch pudding to help with the flavor and added chocolate chips instead of raisins. they didn't spread in the oven very much at all wish i'd known that beforehand so i could've spaced them a little closer together:) next time i'll probably flatten them a bit before baking. i wound up baking mine for about 18miuntes...i couldn't really tell whether they were done or not at the 12minute mark so i kept checking periodically. delicious right out of the oven and still nice and chewy once they've cooled. different than your average oatmeal cookie...i'll hold onto the recipe to pull out occasionally but i think i'll keep looking for my go-to oatmeal cookie recipe. Read More
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116 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2006
I searched high and low for an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe to send my husband. He is deployed right now and asked me to send him some oatmeal raisin cookies since they are his favorite. I made these for him with a few minor changes....I added 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp allspice and I used 2 1/2 cups quick oats. I can tell you that they were delicious right out of the oven but wasn't sure if they would remain fresh. My husband called me a week and a half later telling me to stop looking for recipes....this was the best one he ever tasted! I'm sending him another box of these cookies tomorrow!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2003
I substituted 1 1/2 cups applesauce for the butter and eggs and used sugar-free butterscotch pudding mix. The cookies were soft and delicious as well as fat-free! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2006
These were very good. I added 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon because I was afraid they would be too bland. I cut the oatmeal to about 2.5 cups. Turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2006
I loved this recipe especially due to its adaptability to change. Had 2 sticks of "can't believe it's not butter" I wanted to use up and wasn't sure about baking with it but it was great. Used all 3 1/2 cups of oats due to the water content of the oleo. added 1 tsp. of lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. more of baking soda to make a softer cookie. 1 tsp. cinnamon butterscotch pudding mix(sugar free) odds and ends of halloween treats...Hershey's kissables reeses peanut peanut butter pieces butterscotch chips and raisins. Did add a tsp. vanilla. Made 58 cookies using the pampered chef small size cookie scoop. Loved the texture. they didn't spread much and puffed up nicely for a really soft cookie chock-full of oats! Thanks for this great recipe with alot of versatility and great flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2005
i made these using pumpkin spice pudding and only 2.5 cups of oats -- with the reduction in oats they were fantastic!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2004
I thought the recipe looked a little bland so I added some spices from another recipe on this site (2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp allspice 1 tsp cloves) and the results were delicious and the aromas were heavenly. Made half with raisin/walnuts and half with chocolate chips. I made about 50 cookies from this recipe so they were fairly large and were nice and moist but firm enough to store without breaking up. Cooled them right on the pans and popped them into Zipper bags. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2007
Absolutely the best oatmeal cookie recipe! You will never use another! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2006
These are super chewy and good. I added 2 tsp. of vanilla and used 2 1/2 cups oats. Yummmmmmy!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2007
So happy to find this recipe! I had it many years ago and misplaced it. Made these for a friend for Christmas whose favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin...I did add about 1tsp of cinnamon...he just loved them. In the past I've used butterscotch and chocolate pudding with excellent results. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2009
very good although i made a few changes. i didn't have butter-flavored shortening so i just used butter. per other reviews i also used butterscotch pudding to help with the flavor and added chocolate chips instead of raisins. they didn't spread in the oven very much at all wish i'd known that beforehand so i could've spaced them a little closer together:) next time i'll probably flatten them a bit before baking. i wound up baking mine for about 18miuntes...i couldn't really tell whether they were done or not at the 12minute mark so i kept checking periodically. delicious right out of the oven and still nice and chewy once they've cooled. different than your average oatmeal cookie...i'll hold onto the recipe to pull out occasionally but i think i'll keep looking for my go-to oatmeal cookie recipe. Read More
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