oatmeal raisin carob-chip cashew-crunch cookies.

Talk about a mouthful. This is a suped up version of my traditional (and somewhat famous) oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. In addition to the loveliest plump organic Thompson raisins, I’ve added  a handful of crushed cashews to boost the crunch factor, and malt-sweetened carob chips to amp up the melt-in-your-mouth quotient.

Oatmeal Raisin Carob-Chip Cashew Crunch Cookies

soft & chewy, these colossal cookies are a favorite treat.

Although on a scorching day like today — when it read 38 degrees Celsius before noon — the carob chips and butter (and just about much everything else in my cozy kitchen) were ready to liquefy well before they made it anywhere near the oven. Lord knows why I chose such a blazing day to bake cookies, but these are the sacrifices you make when you want to serve your daughter a treat following her first day of pre-school (after a fully consumed healthy dinner, of course).

Thompson Raisins, Carob Chips, and Cashews

the goodness: raisins, carob & cashews

Cream butter and brown sugar

pretty sweet: creamed butter and brown sugar.

Oatmeal Raisin Carob-Chip Cashew-Crunch Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

1 cup Thompson raisins
½ cup carob chips
1/3 cup crushed unsalted cashews

Bowl of Oatmeal Raisin Carob-Chip Cashew-Crunch Cookie Dough

add the raisins, carob and cashews, then get ready to scoop & drop the dough!

Oatmeal Raisin Carob-Chip Cashew Crunch Cookie Dough

scoops of dough, dropped and ready to bake.


The trick to making my signature cookie is taking them out of the oven while they are still quite soft; this massive drop-style cookie is going to get the majority of its baking time in the oven*, but will still be soft to the touch (and not firm enough to lift from the baking sheet with your hand) when you remove them from the oven. They will, however be a light golden brown color all over. At this point, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies “set” and complete baking on the cookie sheet for another 20 minutes (if you want to serve them warm), or until totally cool (if you’ll be stashing and storing them to serve later).

Fresh From the Oven: Oatmeal Raisin Carob-Chip Cashew-Crunch Cookies

chewy goodness. let soft cookies continue to set or bake on the cookie sheet after you've removed them from the oven.


  1. In large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well, until smooth.
  3. In separate bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture along with raisins, carob chips and cashews. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Spacing 3 inches apart, drop approximately one dozen 1/3 cup scoops (or heap dough in a standard ice cream cone scoop to achieve this measure) onto parchment paper lined baking sheet(s).
  5. Bake in middle of preheated oven (350 degrees F) for 12 – 15 minutes*.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to set on cookie sheet for another 20 minutes.
  7. Serve naked or à la mode.

Changes & Substitutions

  1. If you would prefer to use chocolate chips (milk, dark, semi-sweet, or white) in this recipe, fill your boots!
  2. This entire recipe makes 12 obscenely large cookies, big enough to serve a lone cookie as a complete dessert; if you would prefer more, smaller, snack-size cookies you’ll need to reduce and experiment with the baking time depending on how much smaller you make each cookie.


Store cookies in a single layer in an air-tight container; heaping them on top of one another may result in cookies bending, breaking apart, or sticking together.

Cookies & Ice Cream

cookies 'n' cream: oatmeal raisin carob-chip cashew crunch cookies collide with vanilla ice cream (made from coconut milk). melt some carob chips with a bit of milk for a smooth sauce to drizzle over your cookie sundae.

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  1. Although I’m not a big fan of carob chips (wierd after taste in my opinion) these look like delectable cookies! The last picture will make any sane person drool…dear god heaven!! ~~~

    • oh and have you ever considered using dried cherries?

      • Yum! It’s fun experimenting with the wide assortment of dried fruits on the market nowadays. I have a sensitivity to sulphites, so for me, it’s important to find sulphite-free dried fruit, which can be difficult sometimes. I myself am a bit of a raisin addict, so they’re always my favorite.

    • Thanks! It’s the perfect treat for a hot day like today. I love the Naturalife brand of carob chips and find they taste very much like chocolate. I have found that different brands and carob products taste different, though, so you might have to shop around to find one that you like.

  2. im baking them right now i used currants and pecan meal instead will see how they turn out

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