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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  1. L Paine

    omg…so I’m finished making a double batch and realized I FORGOT the oatmeal. Happy to say the cookies are still incredible…I can imagine how the cookies would be even more incredible had I remembered the oatmeal. I was wondering why I finished so quickly, dah. Thank you, still, for this recipe that will be made every year…

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  2. Lisa

    OMG, what a wonderful and perfect recipe! This one is a keeper for us. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Your grandma must have been some baker! The texture is perfect, the flavor is spot on.


  3. Liz Hall

    Great recipe made these and mixed in red hot candies. Have to be careful when eating the red hots don’t always melt completely and can be hard so chew lightly gives more cinnamon flavor.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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