Family-Favorite Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
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Family-Favorite Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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My mother got this recipe in about 1910 when she was a housekeeper and cook for the local physician. The doctor's wife was an excellent cook and taught my mother of lot of her cooking techniques. The cookies soon became a favorite in our home and, when I got married and had a family of my own, they were a favorite throughout the years. My five children also enjoy baking these cookies for their own families—it's a real family tradition.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 232 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 151mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, soda and cinnamon; add alternately to the creamed mixture with buttermilk. Fold in the oats, raisins and nuts.
  2. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Yield: about 5 dozen.
IF COOKING FOR TWO: Freeze cooled cookies in large resealable plastic bags for quick snacks anytime.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Oatmeal Cookies in Reminisce Spring 1991, p35

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puzzlemad User ID: 3329799 261545
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"Soft & cake-like. Very good!

Probably could add a bit more oatmeal & I also added some chocolate chips to mine."

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 255113
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"We liked these very much.They are softer then the ones I have made in the past and I like that.I did add more oats and left out the raisins as I don't care for them..but I did add more nuts because we love nuts.I will make these again."

urbanfarmgirl User ID: 6163738 71354
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"These cookies were pretty good. I thought they needed more oatmeal and more raisins. They were moist and almost cake like. don't think I would make them again unless I adjust some things to my own taste."

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