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White House Oatmeal Cookies



White House Oatmeal Cookies

By Bill Yosses, White House Executive Pastry Chef
Servings 4 Dozen Cookies

kitchen gear

  • Mixer with paddle attachment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sifter 
  • 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 cups 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 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1⁄2 cups old fashioned oats


  • Turn on the oven and set the heat for 330 degrees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, make small cookie dough balls and put on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • When the oven temperature has reached 330 degrees, put the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 14 minutes. 
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