Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

Grandma's favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, with oats, brown sugar, white sugar, flour, shortening, walnuts and raisins (optional on the raisins).

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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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  • Deanne Bagley

    I made these cookies…..Yummm. I’m visiting my daughter on the otherside of the country. I looked on the internet to find a recipe for Oatmeal cookies similar to the one I use at home. I found this recipe. I used this recipe to make lactation cookies for my daughter, with a few extra ingredients. They are a hit!!! My new grandaughter’s name is Mei{sounds like May}. We are calling this recipe “Mei Cookies” in honor of my grandbaby and your grandmother. Is’t life wonderfull.

  • Damian Sifuentes

    I have been looking for a oatmeal cookie recipe for quite some time now. My sister and I used to make them all the time. I remember those cookies being so fluffy with chocolate chips & we would just wait for them to come out of the oven.
    I just happen to try this recipe because I have been having oatmeal for breakfast instead of eggs. I have also found out that you should not use imitation ingredients (butter, vanilla, milk, etc) Patience is always a good thing, & remember trial & error. I remember making my very 1st batch of peanut brittle. No candy thermometer, it never hardened & looked really disgusting. All ovens vary in temperature also. This recipe calls for only 10 minutes baking time. I had to bake them 13 minutes in my oven. I also doubled the recipe, that way there is enough for everyone. A real surprise was my son doesn’t like oatmeal raisin cookies. Well, he tried these & loved them. No more store bought cookies for him!

  • Sandra Kirchner

    Great recipe! I have it in my recipe file for safe-keeping.

  • Colleen King

    I’ve tried to make& my cookie’s are like rocks I dt knw wht I’m doing wrong

  • Connie

    Followed the recipe exactly and was very disappointed. Was expecting a softer cookie that looks like the picture. Got a thin crunchy cookie that was difficult to get off the cookie sheet and wouldn’t hold together. Taste was just ok.

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