Sunday, April 6, 2014

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

     Sometimes you find recipes in odd places. This particular recipe came by way of a book I found at a garage sale last fall. When I dropped fifty cents on Southern Recipes and Legends, I didn't expect to find any real gems. Mostly I thought the legends would be fun to read. Once you get past the shaky editing, you start to find some recipes that are genuine winners. A particularly good one was for Bonnie Doone Plantation Thanksgiving Cookies. That's a hell of a mouthful to say. The cookies are also a hell of a mouthful. They are packed with all sorts of goodies. There's chocolate, oats, cranberries, raisins, walnuts (if you want them). I wound up renaming them Loaded Oatmeal Cookies. They are super easy to make and the recipe yields over 3 dozen cookies. As always, any notes and changes are in blue.

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies
aka Bonnie Doone Plantation Thanksgiving Cookies
via Southern Recipes and Legends by Nancy Rhyne
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups cranberries, pitted and mashed slightly (we substituted 1 cup of craisins)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (omitted)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190F, Gasmark 5)
  2. Combine all ingredients (I certainly hope you have a Kitchenaid or something similar, because this batter will be stiff. Mixing it by hand is going to be a chore). 
  3. Drop by teaspoon (I assure you, you don't want to do this. Go by tablespoons. You'll still end up with 40 or so cookies) onto a greased cookie sheet. 
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes (this is pretty accurate. Do not go by the consistency of the tops of the cookies; they will be very soft right out of the oven. Lift one up and check the bottom. If it's golden brown, it's done. The cookie will set up once it cools off).
Good times!


  1. These look delicious, and they are definitely loaded! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party.

  2. Thanks for bringing these cookies to the #GetHimFed Fridays. Hope you share with us again this week.