Shall we talk about that time I made oatmeal raisin cookies as a thank-you for a college professor and then proceeded to eat the whole batch? And then to make matters worse, I was never able to replicate them? Yeah. I have a thing for warm, sweet, cinnamon-y oatmeal raisin-y goodness. These cookies are the closest I’ve ever come to re-creating the magic of my College Cookie Binge cookies, but I also love baked oatmeal, which is basically a breakfast-friendly oatmeal cookie in a bowl. And hey, as long as you serve this with bacon and orange juice, this baked oatmeal is totally breakfast (or breakfast for dinner). Just ignore the amounts of butter and brown sugar that set off your cookie radar. Unless your kids refuse to eat it. Then you can totally tell them it’s cookies for breakfast.

how to make it

You’ll need oats (duh, right?! But don’t get the quick-cooking ones), milk, some kind of dried fruit (I love craisins, but raisins, cherries, coconut, or even dried apples are all good), eggs (these are not cookies), 3/4-1 cup of brown sugar (I do 3/4 c. and then if anyone wants more, they can add it themselves), cinnamon, baking powder, and butter (again…definitely not cookies!). I bet you could add some walnuts or pecans, too, and it would be awesome.

Also, in the spirit of not-cookie-ness, I bet it would be not disgusting if you left out the fruit and added some chocolate chips right before serving the oatmeal. If you can live with yourself for adding chocolate chips to your breakfast. And I think you guys know me well enough to know that I totally can.

Anyway. Preheat your oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, oats, dried fruit, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.


See? Doesn’t that look wholesome and healthy? It just kind of makes you think of something warm and cozy you’d be whipping up in a snowy cottage after a morning of cross-country skiing or other strenuous and good-for-you activity. At which point you take out a smaller mixing bowl and melt a stick of butter.
Add your eggs, milk, and vanilla to the melted butter and whisk it to combine.

Then add the butter/milk/egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour this mixture into a deep 9″ or 10″ pie plate or an 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ baking dish. Or something similar. Just don’t get too big–I’ve found a 9×13″ pan makes things a little too dry.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Don’t worry about cutting it–just scoop it into individual bowls and add a splash of warm or hot milk (cold milk is weird–everything becomes lukewarm, which isn’t really what you’re after). If you’re wondering what it’s like (besides awesome), it’s kind of a cross between regular oatmeal and a granola bar. Like a warm cookie that kind of falls apart with a spoon.
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Baked Oatmeal


This baked oatmeal is like a warm oatmeal cookie for breakfast! If you’d like, you can prep it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning.


3 cups oats (not quick-cooking)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup Craisins, raisins, dried cherries, or other dried fruit
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted (you can substitute applesauce for 1/4 cup of the butter if you want)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs


Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and Craisins. In a smaller bowl, mis together the milk, butter, vanilla, and eggs. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and whisk to combine. Pour into a deep 9″ pie plate or an 8×8″ or 9×9″ baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately with a splash of warmed milk.

Serves 8.

If you love baked oatmeal, try these other varieties!

Blueberry with Lemon and Ginger
Mixed Berry



  1. Yum!! I bet some toasted pecans added with the dried cherries would be yummy too!
    I know what my weekend breakfast will be. 🙂

  2. When I saw this recipe this morning I had to try it for breakfast. I halved the recipe and cooked for about 25 minutes. I have to say this is delicious!!

  3. Oh my gracious, this looks divine! I love how there aren't any Weight Watchers points posted underneath this one. I can just tell myself it's oatmeal and oatmeal is "very" healthy, right? 🙂

  4. I just got the new cookbook! I went to have dinner at my in-law's house and there it was in all it's glory, sitting on the couch. It's a beautiful sight to behold. I'm so excited to try out new recipes, and I'm thrilled that some of my favorite recipes from the blog are in it too! It's a dream come true ! 🙂

  5. So yeah, the baked oatmeal recipe looks nice and all, but really what I have to say is that I *LOVE* your cookie story. Especially the part about taking a nap on the floor of the mother's lounge. Utterly classic. Love it.

  6. oh, i'm going to try this! looks so good
    side note! if you haven't gotten or seen kate and sara's cookbook, it is beautiful!!!!! nice job girls!!1

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