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).

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

I’ve been going through our family’s stash of recipes and came across my grandmother’s oatmeal cookie recipe. She passed away several years ago at age 97 (she was born in 1899).

It’s funny how just seeing my grandma’s handwriting conjures up old memories of being a little girl and making these delicious old fashioned oatmeal cookies with her.

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.

Homemade oatmeal cookies in basket

My grandmother taught me how to measure, how to mix, and taught me a love of cooking, all through these homemade oatmeal cookies.

She used shortening (Crisco), not butter, which makes a more tender, chewier cookie in my opinion, though I tend to bake more often with butter than shortening.

Her oatmeal cookies usually included walnuts and raisins, though you can skip either if you want.

Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • 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 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon 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 Beat together the shortening and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat well.

2 Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to sugar and egg 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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  • Barbara E. Gambill

    If you want to make a delicious oatmeal cookie try adding part of a can of applesauce to the dough and then baking the cookies. I have made oatmeal cookies with both applesauce and raisin in them (at the same time) and my grand kids love them. I tend to reduce the liquid a bit so not so soggy. Just an idea. I make these at Christmas time and have no problem letting kids eat these as they are wholesome.

  • 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

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