Dad's Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Among Mother's old newspaper clippings and recipes scribbled on the back of envelopes, I came across this treasured recipe. It always gives me a warm feeling when I go through her recipe box, and I have fond memories of her baking these cookies.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup Grape-Nuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 121 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, cereal, baking soda and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Roll into 3/4-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten with a fork.
  3. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 3 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Dad's Oatmeal Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p66

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Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Cookie tast good but rather thin they spread out to much did better when I didn't flatten them out I added a few raisins also"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"This is really Nice recipe!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Great cookie, my third time to make them and I tweaked the recipe a bit. 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white, used special-k since I did not have bran, 1/2 cup white flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat, 1/4 cup ground flax seed,and 1/4 cup wheat germ. delicious!!"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"This is my second time to make these awesome cookies. I added 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon second time. These cookies store so well. I live in the jungle of Ecuador and it is hard to keep baked goods with mold, but these do well i airtight container."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"Excellent recipe."

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