Victorian Oatmeal RAISIN Cookies Recipes

Oatmeal Cookies WITH RAISINS

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You needn’t LOVE raisins in oatmeal cookies, nor oatmeal cookies, for that matter, to be fascinated by the history by oatmeal cookies with and without raisins. Trust me. This is captivating stuff.

My recent post, Victorian Oatmeal Cookies, blew the lid off the cookie jar. Mainly regarding history’s naming of Boston Cooking School’s Principal Fannie Merritt Farmer as THE oatmeal cookie recipe lady. Seems she’s not, after all. That didn’t keep me from making a big batch of oatmeal cookies (WITH).


Ah! Finally! Oatmeal Cookies with RAISINS!

This vintage oatmeal cookie recipe calls for RAISINS! Finally.  Who knew that adding raisins (a commonly available food throughout the century) to oatmeal cookies would take until the end of the century?

Oatmeal Cookies WITH Raisins, Part 1 of 2. The Journal-Times of Racine, Wisconsin on December 22, 1900.

Oatmeal Cookies WITH Raisins, Part 2 of 2. The Journal-Times of Ranine, Wisconsin on December 22, 1900.


Oatmeal Cookies (with raisins!), published in Buffalo Courier of Buffalo, New York on December 30, 1904.


Victorian Home Bakers used Raisins

We have ample quantity of mid-Victorian recipes using raisins in cakes and in cookies–so a social ban on using raisins in confections couldn’t have been true.

Here are three (1874, 1880, and 1882):

Biscuits (with raisins, but no oatmeal), as shown in my Victorian Fare: Cookies article. This newspaper clipping comes from The Weekly Republican of Plymouth, Indiana on September 24, 1874. “They must be rolled out the size and thickness of a crown-piece.”


Spice Cookies with Raisins (but no oats), published in The Northern Pacific Farmer of Wadena, Minnesota on May 13, 1880.


Ettel Cakes (fancy cookies made with raisins), The Peabody Gazette-Herald of Peabody, Kansas on May 18, 1882.


Why Raisins showed up in oatmeal cookies–

…Raisins … did not become the norm for oatmeal cookies until Quaker Oats began printing a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies on every carton of their oats in the early 1900s, the result of a collaboration between Sun-Maid Raisins and the Quaker Oat Company, who employed the same advertising agency.

Source: The Hungry Genealogist (emphasis added)


Raisins IN Oatmeal

I’d be quite curious to understand WHY raisins didn’t get with oatmeal far earlier than 1900. I looked, hard. Everywhere. In Vintage cook books, in vintage newspapers. I searched for a wide variety of terms and uses. It seems our 19th century bakers didn’t like to combine raisins in their oatmeal dishes–whether oatmeal (steamed) puddings, hot porridge cereal, or cookies.

But by 1904, “Oatmeal (porridge) with Raisins” was a thing.

“Oatmeal with Raisins and Cream” offered as a breakfast dish in a menu published in The Boston Globe on January 4, 1904.


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