Delicious Irish Oatmeal Cookies for a Sweet Treat

Oatmeal cookies are a timeless classic that always seems to hit the spot. And when made with Irish oatmeal, they take on a whole new level of depth and flavor. Our McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies Recipe is an ode to that distinct Irish touch, bringing together the heartiness of steel-cut oats with the sweetness of raisins and crunch of walnuts. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have perfected this recipe to create cookies that are soft yet chewy, delicious yet nutritious. So whether you’re a fan of oatmeal cookies, Irish culture, or just good old-fashioned baking, this recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave your loved ones asking for more. Don’t settle for ordinary oatmeal cookies – make them extraordinary with our McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies Recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies
McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies

Are you craving for a sweet treat that has the perfect balance of flavor and texture? Look no further than McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Cookies recipe. Here’s why you’ll appreciate this delightful dessert.

Firstly, these cookies are rich in texture and flavor. The combination of steel-cut and quick-cooking oatmeal provides a chewy, nutty texture that is both filling and satisfying. The addition of raisins and walnuts offers a burst of sweet and nutty flavors, while cinnamon adds a warm, cozy note that is perfect for cooler months.

Secondly, they are incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple steps, anyone can create delicious homemade cookies in no time. All you need to do is blend the dry ingredients, cream the margarine and sugars together, then mix everything together before forming them into cookie dough balls.

Thirdly, the ingredients in this recipe are versatile. You can experiment with different variations to suit your taste buds. For instance, swap raisins with cranberries or chocolate chips or pecans instead of walnuts. Other add-ins that can be included are coconut flakes or chocolate chunks.

Fourthly, these cookies are an excellent option for people with gluten allergies as they can easily use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead for a healthier option.

Lastly, this cookie recipe provides versatility as it can be used for muffins as well.

In conclusion, McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Cookies Recipe provide all the sweetness and crunchiness that we love in cookies but with an added touch of wholesomeness from oatmeals. They’re easy to make and offer incredible flexibility so that you can customize them to your liking. So whether or not you have a sweet tooth, this cookie recipe is guaranteed to impress!

Ingredient List

 Fresh out of the oven and smelling divine!
Fresh out of the oven and smelling divine!

Get Ready with these Ingredients

Gather the following ingredients to start making McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Cookies Recipe:
– 1 cup of all-purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoons of salt
– 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
– 2 cups of quick-cooking oatmeal
– 1 cup of granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup of brown sugar (firmly packed)
– 3/4 cups (1 and a half sticks) of margarine or butter softened
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla

This cookies recipe with Irish oatmeal uses ready-to-eat steel cut oats that stay firm during baking, creating a chewier texture. You can also use rolled oats if steel-cut is not available. Then, we combine it with dry ingredients like flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to enhance the flavor.

Besides using the all-purpose flour, you can substitute it with other types such as coconut flour, almond flour, or gluten-free flour for a healthier twist. Don’t forget to add your preference of mix-ins like walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips; they add more texture to the cookies.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfectly baked goodness that everyone will love.
Perfectly baked goodness that everyone will love.

Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to start baking McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies recipe. This recipe is fairly simple and doesn’t require any fancy equipment or complicated methods. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect batch of cookies.

Step 1: Preheat oven and prepare baking sheets

Preheat your oven at 375°F (190°C) and line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. This will prevent the cookies from sticking to the pan and make for an easier clean-up.

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients together

In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of salt. Whisk these ingredients together until evenly mixed.

Step 3: Mix wet ingredients together

Use a separate bowl, cream your softened butter or margarine with ½ cup of granulated sugar and ½ cup of brown sugar until fluffy. Then add in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat this mixture until everything is fully combined.

Step 4: Combine both mixes

Add the dry mix that you previously prepared into the wet mix by parts, mixing thoroughly. Make sure that there are no lumps in the batter, but resist over-mixing as well because this may cause your cookies to become dense rather than airy.

Step 5: Add in quick-cooking oatmeal

Add in quick-cooking oats or McCanns Irish Oatmeal into your cookie dough. We recommend using at least 3 cups for best results – this will give your cookies great texture and nutritional value.

Step 6: Incorporate nuts and raisins if desired

If you like nuts or raisins in your cookies (and who doesn’t?) now is the time to add them in. Chop up 1 1/4 cups of walnuts and add them in along with 1 1/4 cups of raisins (or more if you prefer). Fold these items into the cookie dough.

Step 7: Bake

Scoop out rounded spoonfuls of dough and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Remember to give each cookie enough space between for expansion. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned and the centers look set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Congratulations! You’ve just baked a batch of delicious McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 One bite of these oatmeal cookies will transport you to Ireland.
One bite of these oatmeal cookies will transport you to Ireland.

There are endless ways to customize this already splendid recipe. I personally recommend adding walnuts and raisins to the cookie dough. This combination of crunchy and chewy textures is bound to give you and your taste buds a delightful experience.

If you’re looking to make a healthier version of these cookies, consider using coconut oil instead of margarine, or substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. You can also use gluten-free flour if you’re sensitive to gluten.

For those who prefer a more indulgent treat, try adding some chocolate chips to the mix. The chocolate will pair perfectly with the Irish oatmeal’s nutty and creamy flavor.

If you enjoy baking muffins, this recipe can be used for that too! Instead of forming cookies, fill muffin cups with the mixture and bake at 375°F (190°C) for around 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Moreover, you can incorporate different types of oatmeal into the recipe such as rolled oats, steel-cut oats, or a mixture of both quick-cooking and steel-cut oats to add texture and enrich flavors. Do note that opting for rolled oats may require you to adjust your baking time as they cook differently than quick-cooking or steel-cut oats.

You may also swap out raisins for dried cranberries or chopped apples, which will complement the cinnamon really well. Another creative way to switch things up is by adding a pinch of cardamom or nutmeg instead of cinnamon.

By experimenting with different combinations, you can create a whole new flavor profile with each batch. Don’t be afraid to flex your creativity muscle!

Serving and Pairing

 Simple yet delicious treat to share with loved ones.
Simple yet delicious treat to share with loved ones.

When it comes to serving and pairing these McCanns Irish oatmeal cookies, you have a lot of options thanks to their versatile and customizable flavor.

First off, these cookies are an excellent choice for a sweet treat any time of day. I would highly recommend pairing them with a cup of Irish breakfast tea or coffee for the ultimate traditional experience.

If you’re looking to level up your cookie game, try making “ice-cream sandwich” style treats with these cookies. Simply place a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two cookies and press down gently – trust me, it’s worth it.

For a more hearty snack or meal, consider pairing these oatmeal cookies with fresh fruit or even some yogurt – the combination of textures and flavors is perfectly balanced.

Finally, if you’re feeling extra indulgent, these cookies can also be chopped up and used in recipes like muffins or even crumbled over apple oatmeal for added texture.

No matter how you choose to serve or pair these McCanns Irish oatmeal cookies, know that they will add a touch of warmth and comfort to any occasion!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 McCann's Irish oatmeal is the star ingredient of these cookies.
McCann’s Irish oatmeal is the star ingredient of these cookies.

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Cookies are perfect for make-ahead baking. Once the dough is prepared, it can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to bake. If you want to bake all the cookies at once, simply preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and continue with step four of the recipe. For a smaller batch, simply divide the dough into portions and freeze them for later use.

Storing the baked oatmeal cookies is easy too! They can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week. However, if you want to keep them fresh longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze them for up to two months.

To reheat frozen cookies, let them thaw at room temperature then warm them in an oven or toaster oven at 350°F (175°C), for about five minutes. For a quick reheating fix, pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. This will bring back some of their freshly baked texture and keep them soft and chewy.

Pro-tip: You can also crumble these oatmeal cookies and use them as toppings on ice cream or yogurt. The crunchiness from the walnuts and oatmeal provide an excellent contrast to the smooth texture of ice cream or yogurt.

By following these storing tips, you can enjoy your McCann’s Irish Oatmeal Cookies any time as if they’re freshly baked!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee for the ultimate Irish snack.
Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee for the ultimate Irish snack.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have some tips to share with you for making perfect McCanns Irish oatmeal cookies.

Tip 1: Use steel-cut Irish oatmeal

Using steel-cut Irish oatmeal instead of quick-cooking oatmeal will give the cookies a heartier texture and more defined oat flavor. I recommend using McCann’s Irish oatmeal for the best results.

Tip 2: Don’t skimp on the spices

Cinnamon and salt may seem like minor ingredients, but they play a crucial role in enhancing the overall flavor of the cookies. Make sure you use the recommended amount of cinnamon and salt for the best taste.

Tip 3: Cream the margarine and sugars thoroughly

Creaming margarine (or butter) and sugar together helps to incorporate air into the mixture, resulting in lighter and fluffier cookies. The process also creates tiny pockets of butter that melt during baking, providing a moist and tender texture. So, take your time to cream both types of sugar with margarine until it’s light and fluffy.

Tip 4: Add egg and vanilla separately

Do not add both egg and vanilla at once; otherwise, this will result in an uneven mixture. Beat in one egg at a time using a whisk or an electric mixer, then stir in vanilla extract until combined.

Tip 5: Use room temperature ingredients

Make sure all your wet ingredients are at room temperature before starting. This will help them combine better with dry ingredients resulting in consistently baked cookies.

Tip 6: Chill your dough

After mixing your dough well, chill it for at least an hour before forming into cookies. Chilling helps firm up the dough making it easier to handle while also providing time for flavors to develop.

By following these tips carefully as per the recipe instructions, your McCanns Irish oatmeal cookies will turn out perfect every time!


Before we conclude this recipe article, let’s answer some frequently asked questions to make sure you have everything you need to create perfect McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies.

Is Mccanns Irish Oatmeal healthy?

McCann’s ® Irish Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast option that is low in saturated fat, containing only half a gram per serving. It is a cholesterol-free food that provides both soluble and insoluble fiber. These fibers play a crucial role in maintaining good health.

How to make Mccanns oatmeal?

For the perfect serving of McCann’s ® Steel Cut Irish Oats, grab a deep 2 quart bowl that’s spacious enough to let the oats bubble without overflowing. Pour in 1/4 cup of oats and 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, give it a good stir, then pop it back in for another 3 minutes.

What makes Irish oatmeal different?

Oats that are less processed and are commonly referred to as Irish or coarse oats are called steel-cut oats. These oats are chopped into smaller pieces using steel blades, which makes them chewier and richer in taste than other types of oats. However, these oats also take longer to cook.

Why do my oatmeal cookies get hard?

When baking cookies, be mindful of mixing time as overmixing can lead to the development of gluten in the flour, resulting in tough and chewy cookies. If an electric mixer is not required in the recipe, it’s best to use a wooden spoon to mix in the dry ingredients. Also, be careful when measuring flour by avoiding scooping it directly from the container as this can pack the flour and affect the recipe’s results.

Bottom Line


As I conclude this article on the McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies Recipe, I must say that this is one of my personal favorites. The texture, flavors, and aroma make it a wonderful treat that caters to both young and old taste buds.

I highly recommend you try this recipe and experience the crunch of walnuts and raisins combined with the silky-smooth steel-cut Irish oatmeal. This recipe is easy to follow and highly customizable to suit your preference.

Whether you are baking cookies for yourself, your family or guests, this is a recipe that will leave them wanting more. So gather the ingredients, preheat your oven, and let’s get baking!

Trust me; you won’t regret it- these cookies are simply irresistible.

McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies

McCanns Irish Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

from a great real irish oatmeal
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 30 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Drop Cookies, Oven, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 54 cookies
Calories 97kcal



  • 1 1/4 cups margarine
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine together

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 cups mccann's quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts


  • I am trying this recipe with slivered almond instead of walnuts.
  • Cream margarine and sugars.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add to shortening mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts.
  • Drop rounded teaspoons of batter on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350°.
  • Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire cooling rack.


Serving: 1158g | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.3g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 5.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 3.9mg | Sodium: 118.2mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 5.1g

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