These oatmeal, raisin, and walnut cookies are perfect for the holidays. The orange peel enhances the cookie with a wonderful citrus flavor that is not overpowering. It’s a great cookie to pack in a stacker container and take along on a hike, bike ride, or trip to the ski resort.

Servings: Makes about 42 cookies


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsps. finely shredded orange peel
  • 1 cup King Arthur’s all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins

Powdered Sugar Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp orange juice
  • 2 – 4 tsp milk
Oats for Oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies
Orange Peel for Oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies
  1. To make the oat flour, place 1/2 cup of rolled oats in a blender.  Blend till oats are reduced to a powder. Place in a bowl and repeat with the remaining oats, 1/2 cup at a time.  Once complete, you should have 1-1/2 cups of oat flour.
  2. Beat butter with an electric mixer.  Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Beat for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, orange peel, and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat until combined.
  4. Beat in oat flour and as much of the all-purpose flour as possible, occasionally scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.  With a wooden spoon, mix in the remaining all-purpose flour, raisins, and walnuts.
  5. Using a tablespoon for measuring, drop dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet two inches apart.
  6. Bake in a 375-degree F oven for 9 – 11 minutes or until edges are brown.
  7. Cool on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  8. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Icing.

Powdered Sugar Icing:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together to make a drizzling consistency. Use a small whisk to drizzle cookies.
Chef Yvonne Dwyer

Recipe compliments of OPL Master Naturalist and Home Chef Yvonne Dwyer

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