Total Time
2 Hours 18 Mins
Makes about 5 dozen

You get both crispy and chewy in each bite of these cookies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375º. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 9 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Step 2

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar and molasses, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

Step 3

Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients. Add to butter mixture; beat at low speed until well blended. Stir in oatmeal, raisins, and pecans. (If desired, store dough in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.)

Step 4

Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined or lightly greased baking sheets.

Step 5

Bake at 375º for 9 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. (Bake chilled dough 10 to 11 minutes.) Cool on baking sheets on a wire rack 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Ratings & Reviews

JABERL's Review

January 14, 2014
I agree! Mine were awful ... I have never thrown away cookie batter before. I even altered the cooking time with no difference.just gooey yuckkkkk

JenRaj's Review

September 22, 2011
If you like gooey oatmeal pancakes...Maybe I added too much molasses, but these were so bad I coulnd't scrape them off the cookie sheet. I added more flour and they were better. The taste was awesome though.


June 16, 2011
Fantastic recipe! The molasses really gives the cookies a wonderful flavor and color. They are definitely the best oatmeal cookie I've ever made and I've been baking for 30 years. I followed the recipe except for using walnuts and 1 1/4 cup sugar and baked them on parchment paper for 9 minutes. They came out perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Chris.

Daisie's Review

April 15, 2011
Outstanding cookies. Great texture and more depth of flavor than the "usual" oatmeal cookie.

Terrylady1's Review

October 02, 2010
OMG these were great!! The flavor of the cookies was even better the next day

MaryDeFran's Review

September 09, 2010
In a hurry, I grabbed this recipe off the internet to make to bring to my husband's boss' house. I had never tasted them before, but the recipe seemed good. What was I thinking??? Well the boss' family loved them. These cookies are excellent!!! So flavorful and spicy. Substantial and chewy. My husband and kids love them! I've already made them again for a picnic with friends. They all raved about them. I use whole wheat pastry flour and old fashioned oats since we're health conscious in our house. I also cut the sugar in half, and substituted walnuts since I didn't have pecans. Also, they are even better with a few more raisins and nuts. This is an absolute keeper. Yum!!

moekitty's Review

August 18, 2010
These cookies turned out great and I will make them again. I used whole wheat flour instead of regular flour and craisins instead of raisins. I brought the cookies to work and my co-workers are giving me rave reviews. I baked up 1/2 of the batter and froze the rest to use another time.

k072682's Review

August 12, 2010
Wonderful fall flavors. Yummy with a cup of tea. I made these without the nuts (because I didn't have them) and without raisins (family doesn't like them). They were great without those 2 ingredients and I'm sure would be tasty with. Will make often. The family loved them!