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The tasty history of 9 mouthwatering cookies

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Oct. 16, 2015, 1:22 p.m.
oatmeal raisin cookies

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Oatmeal raisin cookies

Oatmeal cookies evolved from oat cakes, a type of plain flatbread made centuries ago by the British and the Scots. Raisins and nuts were added to the mix somewhere around the Middle Ages to make the cakes tastier. The first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896, according to The cookies were billed as “health food,” and by early 1900s a recipe appeared on every container of Quaker Oats. Here's a tasty Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe so you can make some health food cookies of your own.