Orange Raisin Drop Cookies

Orange Raisin Drop Cookies

A Recipe from America’s Bake-Off 100 winning recipes from Bake-Off 28 (1978)

About the Recipe

My entire life my mom has been making cookies out of cake mixes. It feels so commonplace now that there are entire Pinterest and Tumblr boards dedicated to cake mix cookie recipes. In 1978, I bet it was a revelation.

These cookies are light and airy and just the right amount of sweet. They disappeared in lightening speed, and rightfully so. The mandarins add just a hint of orange, so it tastes like a citrus-y oatmeal raisin cookie. A winner!

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

After the Bi-Centennial event, Pillsbury made the decision to move from an annual contest to a bi-annual contest. This is the first year after a two year wait, and feels like the recipes almost got a chance to breathe and grow up a little bit. It’s a strong book and it was hard to pick just one recipe from it for this project. I can’t wait to go back for more!

About the glassware

This little Spice of Life Corning Ware dish was a gift from my cousin Bonnie. Growing up, her house was full of beautiful old things, and at a young age she taught me the value of learning the history of each antique – what’s the story? Why did people buy it? What do the different makes and makers mean? She infused this curiosity when it comes to vintage and antique pieces into me. So, you know – it’s all her fault!

The Recipe!


1 pkg. Pillsbury Plus Yellow Cake Mix
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 eggs
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
11 oz. can mandarin oranges, chopped and drained


Heat oven to 350*F. Grease cookie sheets. Combine cake mix, oil and eggs; blend until smooth. Stir in oats, raisins and oranges. Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350*F for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown.


4 thoughts on “Orange Raisin Drop Cookies

  1. Hello! I made these and they’re delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Do you have any recommendations for storing them since they have the orange in them?


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