- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups rolled oats
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in water and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in oats.
- Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to stand 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.
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"I also found this recipe previously and It calls for 1/2 cup MELTED shortening. Also the baking soda is dissolved in 1/4 hot water. Other than that it is basically the same. I rate that one 5 stars. I make it all the time. the trick is to NOT overbake. I like a soft, chewy cookie and this one is great for that. Be sure the let them cool on the cookie sheet a while before removing them from the pan."
"Same photo as in the TasteofHome's Low-fat Country Cooking book...but shortening amount is different! Original recipe has 1/2 the fat...it calls for 1/2 cup of BUTTER, melted & cooled. Everything else is identical. I'd give that original recipe 5 stars...everyone always loves those cookies & asks for the recipe (plus they'd be 1/2 the fat!!!)Perhaps an error was made on this website, or perhaps it was "lightened up" for the low-fat cookbook? The extra shortening may be the reason one of the bakers was having issues with the cookies spreading too much."
"To Princess 1982; you are suppose to use 'rolled oats' as stated. That may be your problem. I had no trouble with them and the taste was excellent."
"Taste good and easy to make with simple food staples!"
"I've made these cookies three times, and while I love the taste, they do not look at all like the picture! Mine flatten out & are thin as paper! What am I doing wrong? I've bought new baking soda, mixed them with a spoon instead of beaters, & tried not spraying the pans. Any help would be appreciated. I love the taste, but the appearance is also important to me. Thanks"