Crispy Oatmeal Jonnycake Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Jonnycake Cookies

Buttery and rich, these crispy oatmeal jonnycake cookies (so named for their inclusion of Rhode Island-grown whitecap flint cornmeal) are perfect served with morning coffee, or shared with someone special.

Crispy Oatmeal Jonnycake Cookies

In 2014, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Bob and Diane Smith, operators (and former owners)  of the Perry Grist Mill in Perryville, Rhode Island. I profiled both the Smiths and the mill in a story for Yankee (Samuel E. Perry Grist Mill | Local Treasure), and have since become a big fan of their stone-ground jonnycake meal, a nutty cornmeal made from native Rhode Island–grown whitecap flint corn.

Jonnycake meal from the Perry Grist Mill in Rhode Island.

This crispy cookie recipe, a favorite of Diane’s, combines old-fashioned oats with jonnycake meal and just a touch of Britain’s beloved Lyle’s Golden Syrup. Diane (who was born in the UK) says the cookies taste best when made with Lyle’s, but light corn syrup will do if you can’t get your hands on Lyle’s.

Key ingredients include jonnycake meal and Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

Delicate and buttery, these Crispy Oatmeal Jonnycake Cookies are a real treat. I made a batch yesterday morning and brought some to my dad and my grandmother in honor of this year’s Katie Fisher Day. My grandmother sent me care packages for every holiday during my four years of college, stuffed with baked goods and seasonal goodies. What a pleasure to bake for her for a change!

Obligatory Bones cameo. Note: these are the cookies I kept, not the ones I gave away. I don’t mind a little cat hair.

Why not make a batch and share them with someone YOU love?

Crispy Oatmeal Jonnycake Cookies


  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons jonnycake meal or cornmeal
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Read the whole recipe on The Apron Archives