Washington DC Temple Oatmeal Cookies

Pregnancy cravings are the weirdest. One day I can’t eat enough fresh cherries (I normally can’t stand cherries) and the next all I want is as many chewy oatmeal raisin cookies my shrinking tummy can fit.

Washington DC Temple Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal raisin cookies were famous in my house growing up and for good reason. At the time, the closest temple to our home in Ohio was in Washington DC and my parents would always bring home an array of cookies from the cafeteria there. Temple cookies were the only reason we were good for whatever poor babysitter got stuck with us seven kids for the weekend. All the varieties were worth good behavior, but for me, there was something special about the oatmeal cookies.

Washington DC Temple Oatmeal Cookies
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Washington DC Temple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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This recipe comes from the cafeteria of the LDS temple in Washington DC and they are famous for these soft and chewy Oatmeal Raisin cookies!

  • Yield: 5 dozen 1x


  • 2 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tb milk
  • 1/2 Tb salt
  • 2/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 4 C whole rolled oats
  • raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease two cookie sheets.
  2. Beat butter until light then slowly add each sugar until well incorporated.  Scrape down the bowl and add eggs, one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  3. Add vanilla and milk.
  4. Mix and add salt, cinnamon and baking soda until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour then the oats.
  5. Add raisins.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, place each cookie on the sheets and bake for 8 minutes until brown around the edges. The cookie will not look done in the middle but they are.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to sit on the cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes until the cookie has set up then remove and allow to cool.
  • Author: Carole Jones


  • Serving Size: 2 cookies
  • Calories: 229
  • Sugar: 36g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


13 years ago

i was just thinking today about making Temple Cookies (DC is our temple too) and I was wondering i f anyone had figured out their recipe… any idea if there was a chococlate chip cookie recipe they used? 🙂 cheers for the recipe!

Iris Dove
2 years ago

I have all four temple cookie recipes. I’m not home right now. Email me and I will send them to you.

2 years ago

Can k also have temple cookie recipes? We are making cookies for the construction workers for our Pittsburgh Temple !!❤️ Looking for chocolate chip as well

2 years ago

May I also please have the DC Temple cookie recipes?

2 years ago

May have the recipes too? I loved these cookies.

2 years ago

I would love to have all four temple cookie recipes also! Thanks so much!

2 years ago

I would like recipes, please

Amanda gunter
2 years ago

Can you please send me all the temple cookie recipes

Elena Kaneta
2 years ago

Hi Iris, I would live to have the recipes for the temple cookies that you have. We have missed them all so much!

Thank you,

Christine Beazer
2 years ago

I would also love the temple cookie recipes! [email protected]

2 years ago

I would love the recipes if you have them to share.

2 years ago

Iris, I would love the temple cookie recipes! May I please have them as well?

2 years ago

Can I get the Temple cookie recipes?

Sonya Pearson
2 years ago

I would love the recipes. I worked in the cafeteria form 1975-1977. I don’t have the. Chocolate chip or m&m cookie recipes. Your conversions for home use for the other recipes are probably more accurate than mine.
Thank you!

Mary Gagnon
2 years ago

Thank you for being willing to share the Washington DC temple cookie recipes . So kind of you. This was the temple of my husbands youth. He grew up in the Midwest.

Dave Beaumont
2 years ago

Hi Iris, I would live to have the recipes for the temple cookies that you have. When i went to the temple i looked forward to grap some cookies. Thank you so much for sharing them.
I was also wondering if you, or if you know someone that has the pot pie recipe it was delicious.

Thank you,

2 years ago

Would you be willing to send the Temple cookie recipes.

Mandy McFadyen
1 year ago

Would you mind emailing me the 4 recipes. We live in Saratoga springs and are preparing for the temple open house. Thank you do much

1 year ago

Iris, May I please get a copy of all four cookie recipes from the Washington DC Temple? Thank you!

7 months ago

I’m also interested in the for recipes ☺️

3 months ago

May I have the temple cookie recipes? Miss them.

2 years ago

Oh, please! I’d love to have these, too! Happy spiritual memories!
Our children looked so forward our return from the temple.It would be wonderful to share these when our Richmond Temple opens soon.

Pat Watson
2 years ago

Oh please! I would love to have a copy of those recipes. Many happy spiritual memories seeing happy faces of our children when we brought these home from the DC Temple. Thank you for sharing.

Maureen K
2 years ago

Could I please have the other temple cookie recipes too. The Washington Temple was in my temple district and as a youth we would love eating those cookies in the cafeteria on our yearly temple trip.

Judy White
2 years ago

Would love to receive the recipes also!

Jane M
2 years ago

May I please have the 4 recipes for temple cookies?

2 years ago

I would love the temple cookie recipes as well.

2 years ago

I would love the Temple cookie recipes as well if you’re willing to share. Thank you so much.

Lace Olsen
1 year ago

Can I get a copy of all four cookie recipes too? Thank you! Washington DC temple cookie recipes that is.

Brooke Styers
2 months ago

Hello- my grandmother that recently passed away worked in the DC temple for many years. I would love if you would be willing to email me the 4 cookie recipes as well! Thank you!

2 months ago

I am Very happy to see this recipe. I have been to the Washington DC Temple cafeteria. I don’t recall the cookies. I read on another site that there is a Temple Recipe Cookbook in pdf form. Do you know anything about it? I have recipes for the Oakland Temple Custard & the Manti Temple Brownies. If you could I would also be interested in the other temple cookie recipes. Gracias!

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