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Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

This recipe—a favorite of my husband's—goes back to my great-grandmother. At Christmastime, we use colored sugar for a festive touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:72 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups chopped raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Additional granulated sugar or colored sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in water. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts.
  • 2. On a surface sprinkled with additional sugar or colored sugar, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut out with desired cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 12 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 128 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

Reviews for Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

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niteshrd User ID: 3891885 15194
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"Great quick cookie! Absolutely adorable...."

kayquilt User ID: 1952741 18901
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"These are wonderful. A definite keeper. They are soft a chewy, not hard. I halved it because I knew I'd eat them all. Now I need to make more."

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