Ruth Bell Graham’s Oatmeal Icebox Cookies Recipe

One of the ways Ruth showed love to her family, friends, and even strangers was by cooking or baking. Her son Franklin once said, “She loved God’s people, especially those who needed a helping hand, a guiding touch or a loving hug. She delighted in doing things that you never heard about—cooking for a sick neighbor, teaching Sunday school and visiting the jail.” (Decision Magazine Aug. 2007)

In one of Ruth’s poems she wrote:

without clinging
if you must–
but privately cry;
the heart will adjust
in the newness of loving
in practical ways:
in cleaning
and cooking
and sorting out clothes,
all say, “I love you,”
when lovingly done.


Oatmeal Icebox Cookies Recipe


1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
2 cups nuts
3 cups regular oatmeal
2 sticks margarine
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

Cream: sugar and softened margarine
Add: eggs
Sift and add: flour, soda, salt
Add: vanilla, oatmeal, nuts (chopped)

Roll into several long rolls on floured surface. Wrap each in wax paper and store in freezer until needed. As needed, slice thin and place (well spaced) on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 300° for 10-15 minutes.

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  1. ree mitchell says:

    Thank you for the heart warming recipe.

  2. Jennifer K. Comer says:

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of Rev. Billy Graham. I have been blessed to have seen him in person in September 1996, where he was preaching God’s word to us at Erickson Stadium, Charlotte, N.C. I have watched him on his televised revivals since 1954. Heavens gain, our loss. My family and I are praying for the Graham family.

  3. Rocky duncan says:

    Love the recipe. Hope to see more in the future Thanks for sharing! Rocky in Nebraska

  4. Pam Walts says:

    I loved her words that she left,she and Reverend Graham were such caring and loving people.Thank you Father for these 2 people and their family.

  5. Nanette Guntis says:

    Thank you for heart warming recipe. God Bless you all. Still in prayer for Anne’s healing. Love watching Billy Graham Classics.

  6. Jane Hamblin says:

    Thank you for all your ministry does to reach the unsaved and needy of this world!
    May God bless and keep you always and forever!!

  7. Michelle Knight says:

    God bless Ruth and her family- My mother
    and I lived in Ashville NC for a few years when I was 8 years old.
    It is so wonderful for the family to KNOW that their parents are together in Gods Home.

    1. Bonnie Hehman says:

      Thank you so much for this recipe from Mrs. Graham! Will look forward to receiving more recipes!

  8. Martha Hauser says:

    I attended two Billy Graham Crusades in the 1980’s, one in Sacramento, and one in a Los Angeles. I went forward both times. My grandmother introduced me to his sermons when I was,a little girl. I listened to him for many years on the, radio. Thanks for the cookie recipe.

  9. pATSY J Tucker says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I intend to try it. Love all the Graham’s. I watched Billy Graham’s services for many a year. One of the Greatest Evangelist’s ever known. He will never be Forgotten.

  10. Ethel Tompkins says:

    Thank you for sharing these memories and encouraging words! Going to try the oatmeal cookies!

  11. Linda FIELDS says:

    Thank you for sharing her life and her cookie recipe. God bless you all

  12. Kaye Page says:

    Thank you and God Bless ~


  13. Linda Halvorson says:

    Thank you for sharing your Moms recipe..

  14. gayle testerman says:

    I am SOOO GRATEFUL to God for continuing to use Ruth to inspire me! I never grow tired of gleaning wisdom from her life stories, poems, and even her recipes! Thank you for keeping her memory alive! She is such a breath of fresh air to my soul, heart and mind!

  15. Delois Smallwood says:

    Thought of you and I love you

  16. Brenda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your moms cookie recipe !!! I will be making these cookies . Ruth has been a major influence in my life. When we eat these cookies I will remember her mission field as a Godly mother and wife. I look forward to meeting Ruth someday in our eternal home.

  17. Brenda Lea says:

    I do enjoy the messages and information that I receive thru the email God Bless your work and faithfulness to our savior. Thank you

  18. Deb says:

    Tried Mrs. Ruth’s cookie recipe, they are GREAT!.

    God bless you.

  19. vickie says:

    I to am sorry for you great loss. Your parents are greatly missed in many ways. So grateful you are completing your family’s legacy.
    Will gladly continue praying for your ministry and give when I can.

  20. Jan says:

    Can’t wait to try!

  21. Patricia says:

    We all need inspiration in these times when there is so much discord

  22. Nanette Ekin says:

    Thank-you for sharing! I only do simple recipes, minimum ingredients! lol Many blessings to you….Nanette

  23. Ralph L Matthews says:

    The Billy Graham organization has been a great ministry to so many and I have helped with the Shoe Boxes for Samaritan Purse.
    Happy to see the organization staying strong.

  24. Kimberly says:

    What a blessing your family is to God’s Kingdom! We are so grateful for your Ministry which shares His truth of grace, love, and hope. May God bless you.

  25. Rosalinda Lugo Vega says:

    I Listen To Billy Graham on my phone. He was a man of God. I wish I could have met him in person. I’m now 63yrs old. I’m looking forward To more recipes. Thank You. GOD BLESS YOU!

  26. Barbara Peacock says:

    My Nana used to make these. She taught me when I was a kid. I’d forgotten all about them.
    Thank you

  27. Betty Marsden says:

    Thank you for the lovely poem and the recipe. God bless you.

  28. melitta says:

    Shalom pastor. I am so thankful with the recipe. I will make some for my grandchildren and for the church. Be blessed.

  29. Geri Dally says:

    Looks so good and will make life easier when unexpected company arrives. God’s blessings!!

  30. Jennifer Mueller says:


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