Food Holidays Recipes

Bill Clinton’s Oatmeal Cookies

You’re no stranger to the mad dash to the cookie table.  You’ve done it many times before—whether it was in the school cafeteria, at a party, or at the presentation you snuck into just because you heard there would be free food (no judgment here).  After fighting through the crowd, you’re finally in reach of the table, only to see that all of the chocolate cookies are gone.  You settle for the oatmeal cookie because either a) you’re really hungry, or b) you feel like you have to since the only reason you walked in was for the freebies.  But you take a bite, and suddenly it doesn’t feel so much like settling anymore.

Everyone loves classic chocolate chip cookies, but sometimes you gotta mix things up a bit.  Oatmeal cookies are just as satisfying, and completely underrated overlooked, if you ask me.  So don’t be afraid to mix things up this season.  Not ready to part with chocolate cookies yet?  Throw some chocolate chips in the batter and you’ve got yourself a compromise.

These oatmeal cookies are apparently a favorite of Bill Clinton’s, and he even entered them in Family Circle’s Presidential Bake-Off back in ’08 when Hillary was still in the race.  As election time rolls around this year, things could get tense.  If you get tired of listening to people fight over politics at the dinner table, offer them some oatmeal cookies and they’ll be quiet in no time.

Bill Clinton’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe


  • 2 ½ cups quick-cooking/old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter/margarine, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°.  Spread oats and walnuts in ungreased 15-1/2 x 10-1/2 1-inch baking pan.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Stir occasionally, until toasted and light brown. Let cool.

In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl, beat together brown sugar, butter/margarine, vanilla and egg.  Stir in oat mixture, then stir in flour mixture.

Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.

Photo by jenny cu (CC-BY-2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

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