Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Soft Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

These are hands-down, my favorite oatmeal cookie. 

But, you don’t have to take my word for it. 

Make them & see what you think! 

I think, you’ll like them. 

For those of your who grew up near a Great Harvest Bakery, these are a copycat recipe of their famous Oatmeal Cookies. 

Now are you convinced? 

Soft Oatmeal Molasses Cookies – Adapted from Cooking It Easy


  • 2 C whole wheat flour (or 1 C white & 1 C red wheat)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 12 T butter, softened
  • 2 C oats (either old fashioned or quick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T molasses
  • 1 T milk
  • Optional: 1/2 – 3/4 C dark chocolate chips, or raisins


Begin by mixing together 2 C whole wheat flour with 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Set aside. 

Meanwhile, beat together 12 T (1 stick & a half) unsalted butter and a generous 1 C brown sugar.

Add in the 2 eggs, 2 T molasses and 1 T milk. 

Then, add in the 2 C oats (we used quick cook).  Stir well. 

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet oat mixture and stir until blended. 

If desired, add chocolate chips or raisins. 

Scoop out 2-4  T of dough and place the dough ball about 2 inches apart from the next one on a lightly greased cookie sheet. 

Note: If you want gigantic cookies, like the one’s from Great Harvest, use 1/4 C dough for each cookie & space them 3-inches apart. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes; or just until the edges are starting to lightly brown.  Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. 

Best enjoyed slightly warm with a tall glass of milk. 

Makes 24 giant cookies, or 35-40 2-inch cookies.  Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days.  Longer storage can be done via the freezer. 


  1. Too funny! I shared the same recipe, when I first started writing my blog! LOVE Great Harvest cookies! :)

  2. You have NO idea how happy this recipe makes me!! I haven't enjoyed a Great Harvest cookie in about 20 years!! That's shameful on my behalf LOL. I'm absolutely 100% making a batch of these today. Yay!!!!!

    1. Yea!!! They are just like them - esp. if you use all the butter & sugar.

  3. I've never had a Great Harvest cookie, but I love molasses (and oatmeal). I'll have to give these a try during the holidays! (b/c there is no limit on butter during the holidays. lol)

  4. OK, these sound INCREDIBLE! I am going to make them as soon as possible. Maybe even this afternoon if I have everything. So glad you posted this!

  5. Love the whole grains in these cookies and the hearty molasses!

  6. I've never made cookies with molasses before, but that sounds good! I think that's what makes brown sugar brown, isn't it?

    Also, I just noticed that your bible verse at the bottom of your blog is very similar to the one at the bottom of mine...I think I might have even gotten the idea from you. I love looking at it and reminding myself what's most important. :)

    1. Thanks, Amanda. You are so right -- there's a greater purpose to it all.

  7. Made these yesterday. Oh my are they good!!! I love the hearty texture (I used old fashioned oats). I also went with both raisins and chocolate chips because I feel you shouldn't have to choose between the 2 :) They are a hit in our household, thanks for the yummy recipe! I'm gonna go enjoy one or 3 for breakfast :)

  8. Ok I made them and they are AMAZING! absolutely amazing. Although I have to tell you that I did not make your healthier version haha. I may try that next time, but for my first batch I used all the sugar and butter ;)

    1. Glad you liked them. And, I'm glad you made the full-fat version; they are amazing.

  9. Perfect for fall! Looking forward to making them! Thanks for sharing!

  10. If you make the large cookie put your thumb print in the raw dough on cookie sheet and add a dab of your favorite jelly or preserve!

  11. Hi, thinking about trying these today, but wanted to know if the "T" in your measurements meant tablespoon? Never saw a measurement abbr. that way :).

    Thx they look great. I'll also be using Buckwheat flour as well to try wheat free approach.

    1. Yes, the T = tablespoons.

      Hope you enjoy them!! I'd love to hear how they turn out using buckwheat.

    2. Hiya, they turned out great with Buckwheat, had them all last week. The only thing i missed was the traditional golden brown color we're used to. :)

  12. These came out wonderfully! Thanks!

  13. I just made a batch if these cookies. I'm waiting for them to come out of the oven. I substituted coconut oil for the butter. They look wonderful !! Can't wait to try them!! Thanks for the recipe.


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