Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies


I’ve been going through our family’s stash of recipes and came across my grandmother’s oatmeal cookie recipe. She passed away a few years ago at age 97 (she was born in 1899). It’s funny how just seeing her handwriting conjures up old memories of being a little girl and making cookies with grandma. She had a real sweet tooth and we are still amazed she lived so long given her penchant for cookies, lemon meringue pie, and jelly-filled donuts.

Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen cookies.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups oats (we use Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned. Do NOT use instant.)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (use 1/2 cup if using raisins)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)


1 Cream shortening and sugars, add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

2 Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to first mixture and mix well. Add a tablespoon of water. Add raisins (if using) and nuts. Add oats last.

3 Spoon out by heaping tablespoonfuls on to greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

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  • Tracey Diamanti

    All grandmas have/had the alltime best recipes. The handwritten ones are a true treasure. Thank you so much for sharing and know, I too have handwritten/handwrote out the recipe to share with my kids and grandkids as well.

  • Sharon

    I love this recipe. I’ve been making these now for a few years and they are always a hit. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  • Sharon

    These are the best cookies, hands down.

  • Kim

    I am finishing up a batch of these cookies, and they are BEST I have ever had! So glad I ran across your recipe! Thanks!

  • Diane

    Thank you so much for sharing your grandma’s recipe. I was actually looking for an oatmeal cookie recipe that called for shortening so I could switch it up for coconut oil. Love the ingredients and the comments. I can’t wait to try this recipe out! :-)

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