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. Eleanor Hillmer says:

    I would like to try cookie recipe

  6. Frank Rayborn says:

    I remember them kind of cookies when I was younger oh so good

  7. Patricia King says:

    God Bless and thank you for sharing your loving memories of your mother. I am sure that she is smiling at at you for remembering her with such grace and love.

  8. Theresa Patrick says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful ministry.
    I have watched Billy Graham since I was 5 years old and now follow his sons, daughters and grandchildren.
    God bless you all

  9. Theresa Patrick says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful ministry.
    I have watched Billy Graham since I was 5 years old and now follow his sons, daughters and grandchildren.
    God bless you all

  10. Shirley Davidson says:

    Thank you

  11. Kaye Gaddy says:

    Thank you soooo much for the recipe! I hope that you will share more! We are praying without ceasing for you and future Revivals across our nation. Thank you for your dedicated service and love for our Lord.

  12. Gloria Martinez says:

    I am going to try this. Thank you Sharing!

  13. Twila Keylor says:

    Thank you so much for all the facets of your ministry. I grew up in a Christian family and any time Billy Graham was on tv, it was on at our house. Your father and mother, their ministry and family, were all highly revered by my parents. Even as a small child, I was drawn to Reverend Graham. Even at a young age, I recognized The Lord shining through him. Thank you beyond words to your family’s obedience and devotion to The Lord. God Bless and protect you all for continuing your parents mission-Twila

  14. Beverly Holbrook says:

    Have always loved the Graham family!
    A blessing to me for many years

  15. Jules HaugsjA says:

    I am going to try this recipe
    Looks great!!!

  16. Sandra Park says:

    Just like the ones my mom baked who got it from her mom.
    Blessings to all and pass on the love of God through sharing these memories

  17. carol ingersoll says:


  18. Norma Myers says:

    I copied the recipe and hope to bake them soon. Thank you!

  19. bk says:

    this is great; can’t wait to try.

  20. Emily Greer says:

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe. we will enjoy them very much.

  21. Vickie Russell says:

    Cannot wait to try these cookies. I agree, home made goodies warm the hearts of those hurting.

  22. Linda Toy says:

    I have just printed the recipe and plan to make it. I am looking forward to enjoying this recipe from a very special lady! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Grace Strand says:

    Thank you for this recipe. Any others will be so wonderful. I make cookies for our church and love doing it. God bless you all.

  24. VICKIE says:

    I enjoy reading and learning about your family. For many generations your family has been an inspiration to mine. Thank you for continuing to follow God’s will in your lives.

  25. Barbara Tremblay says:

    I grew up listening to Billy Graham on TV. As a child I went to summer camp in Montreat. We would walk up to Billy’s house at the top of the mountain

  26. Chris Cloutier says:

    Loved reading this set of articles. I am always looking for stories about hymn writers and the article on Great is thy faithfulness was a good one. I look forward to the next in the series. Most of all, I so admired Billy and Ruth Bell Graham. They were a true testimony to their love of Jesus and of each other. I am so thankful that you shared Ruth Bell Graham’s cookie recipe. I will make them soon and think of her while making them.
    Thank you again!
    Chris Cloutier

  27. Leisa payne says:

    Thank you for that great recipe! Can’t wait to try it! I’ve been watching video crusades that Billy Graham held years ago! What a blessing to hear them and see all the people give their lives to the Lord during them!!! God bless all the Graham families.

  28. J. Hamilton says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Reminds me of my grandmother who made ice box cookies.

  29. Ekwe Lilian says:

    Surely I will try this recipe. Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. God bless you

  30. Joann Wells says:

    I was especially fond of both Billy and Ruth. I still watch his older services on TV. Loved to hear him preach. I fell in love with God and prayed for more of his sermons.
    Thank you Franklin for keeping his sermons alive so we can keep learning from him.

  31. Rickie Huber says:

    May the Lord Jesus Christ, Bless and keep you close to his heart. Amen , Thank you for all you do..

  32. Linda Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have always held the Graham family in high regard because of their sincere devotion to serving the Lord! This has been a very rough week for our family! What a great way to end the week with such uplifting music, praise, encouragement, and a delicious recipe for an all time favorite cookie!! God bless you all!

  33. Medina Jenkins says:

    Thank you encouraging me. Continue being blessed.

  34. Barbara French says:

    I love oatmeal cookies so I will bake Ruth’s receipe because I know she made them with a loving heart and she loved Jesus as I do too

  35. Mrs. Eva King says:

    My favorite thing from Mrs. Graham is her devotional book “Daily Light” which was given to her in China by her own mother . . . it has been a great source of comfort and direction for my entire family! I gave each one of my children their own copy at their 12th birthday.

  36. Vivian Crawford says:

    Hope everyone enjoys the recipe. It sounds so good

  37. Paula Morin says:

    Nothins’ so lovin’ as somethin’ from the oven! As my kids would say. Taking cookies in a bag in the back window of the car on a trip would heat them up just enough to taste like they just came out of the oven! My five loved these too!
    Just baked a favorite hermit cookie to pack away brought on fond memories.

  38. Virginia Plantage says:

    A few years back we visited your museum. It was totally awesome. Walking along the path to see Ruth Graham’s resting place was like a walk in heaven. The music from the speakers in the trees and the flowers blooming along the pathway was a spiritual happening to me. We enjoyed ice cream in the little cafe. Going thru the Graham house was so like the home I was raised in.

  39. Mrs. Monika Heise says:

    I will certainly try your cookies. Our family loved watching Billy Graham since I was a teenager. I have a special place in my heart for his ministry here and around the world.

  40. Jody Carpenter says:

    Thank you for sharing Mrs Ruth Graham’s recipe with us. I thoroughly enjoy the updates and the news from the Billy Graham Ministry.

  41. 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.

  42. Shirley Franklin Simons says:

    I appreciate the influence the Graham family still has on the people of the world. We still have their support and ministry which is very much alive and well and their children and grandchildren are still serving the Lord. It is my pleasure to continue supporting Franklin’s Samaritan’s Purse, helping military families and his preaching here in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Will Graham is so much like his grandfather it is a pleasure to hear him preach.

  43. C. Sue Davidson Hutchman says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe from Ruth Bell Graham. How special to have her recipe. I can picture her preparing these cookies for her loving family and for many, many friends over the years.
    She was a very special lady, loved by many, and loving to many.–

    Thank you for this special recipe.
    God Bless each of her family.

  44. vickie goddard says:

    Thank you for this post! Pastor Graham your and your family are in my prayers often. Bless you for standing for the truth of the Bible. I know there are many more praying .. Blessings and peace to you.

  45. Rosanne Herman says:

    Thanks for the comments on Ruth Graham and her recipe. She was a giving person as well as a smart woman. She “finished well” and is an example to many of us.

  46. Deborah Ruth Bixler says:

    “Nothin’ says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven” used to be an ad we would see on television. I totally agree. Plannin’ on makin’ these for my family & havin’ on hand for bakin’ to show lovin’ from my oven!!! But mostly love from our Lord Jesus Christ & say they are from Him & not me! I am just His lowly servant. Love to be used by Holy Spirit in this way to spread love to the world (my neighbor or the sick or shut-ins!) Oatmeal raisin, pecan, or walnut are the kind I like best. Thanks so much for sharin’ this famous recipe.

  47. Mary Nell Mcgee says:

    Your mother and dad were such a blessing to the whole world. Thank you for continuing to share the Gospel. Thank you for sharing your
    Mom’s famous family recipe. May God Bless you as you continue to spread His word!!!!
    Lamentations 3:22-23

  48. Kelli Bullock says:

    I absolutely love this and really felt things in my heart AND mind. I bake and cook…spectacular way I could really connect with. Praise God!

  49. Glenda Kaai says:

    I’m 79. I loved your mother’s comments. She was an inspiration to me. Thanks for the recipe. My daughter attended your meeting in Monroe, WA. She was in awe of the get together and especially loved the Bible you gave her. I didn’t really think she would go but maybe the Holy Spirit told her it was time. Thanks so much for what you and your team do.

  50. 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!!

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

  53. Carol Matthews says:

    My grandma, made these cookies when I was a kid. Lost the recipe.
    Thank you for sending it to my email.

  54. Mary Bryant says:

    I bake cookies for fellowship time at church each Sunday. This will be next week’s offering–how special! I have visited the Billy Graham Library twice, once before his passing and once since he went home. What a beautiful tribute it is!

  55. 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.

  56. Ethel Tompkins says:

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

  57. Linda FIELDS says:

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

  58. Kaye Page says:

    Thank you and God Bless ~


  59. Linda Halvorson says:

    Thank you for sharing your Moms recipe..

  60. 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!

  61. Delois Smallwood says:

    Thought of you and I love you

  62. 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.

  63. 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

  64. Deb says:

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

    God bless you.

  65. 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.

  66. Jan says:

    Can’t wait to try!

  67. Patricia says:

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

  68. Nanette Ekin says:

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

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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!

  72. 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

  73. Betty Marsden says:

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

  74. melitta says:

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

  75. Geri Dally says:

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

  76. Jennifer Mueller says:


  77. Rebecca Brizzee says:

    Thank you for your Mom’s recipes.


  78. Shirlene Mullen says:

    Thank you for posting the recipes. I love finding new recipes for my family

  79. Marilyn Wingert says:

    Thank you so much fr the Oatmeal Icebox Cookie Recipe; intend to try it as soon as possible. God Bless all of you!

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