White House Oatmeal Cookies

By Bill Yosses, White House Executive Pastry Chef

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Hands-on time: 0   |    Total time: 0   |    Makes: 4 Dozen Cookies


Mixer with paddle attachment
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Ice cream scoop
Cookie sheet


1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1⁄2 cup dried cherries or raisins
2 cup all purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon whole milk
2 unit large eggs, at room temperature
2 1⁄2 cup old fashioned oats


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Turn on the oven and set the heat for 330 degrees.
  2. Put the butter and sugars in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until light and fluffy and then add the cherries or raisins.
  3. Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and sift together. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix on slow speed until the ingredients just come together.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, make small cookie dough balls and put on ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. When the oven temperature has reached 330 degrees, put the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 14 minutes.