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Colossal Batch of Oatmeal Cookies

With a cookie-loving husband and seven kids, one batch of cookies doesn't last long here! When I make this colossal recipe, I divide it into thirds and make three different types to please everyone. One with chocolate chips and nuts, another with raisins and one with butterscotch chips. Everyone is happy! —Lisa Cooper, Paris, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 13-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 5-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package (10 to 11 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a very large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chips and pecans.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 95 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • Chelseylee
    Nov 12, 2019

    I have made these cookies for years, it's the only oatmeal cookie recipe you'll ever need! I like to add white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and pecans. My kids love them as a sandwich cookie with frosting in the middle.

  • aggie59
    Feb 27, 2017

    Are these soft or crisp cookies.

  • KSalyards
    Oct 1, 2013

    Excellent recipe! I only made half a recipe and used one bag of butterscotch chips and they turned out wonderful. I was able to get 90 cookies from half a recipe. Worth every second of my time and will be making them again and again!!!!!

  • amkoch
    Sep 14, 2013

    Very good cookie, easy to add whatever extra ingredients you like. Bakes moist soft cookies. Plan to keep this recipe with my fsvorites?

  • lfalana
    Jan 30, 2013

    My son-in-law loved these and has requested me to make them again. I left out the nuts. He likes to zap them in the microwave and eat warm.

  • deb1710
    Aug 13, 2012

    are these hard or soft cookies when done?

  • wefarm2live
    May 31, 2011

    These were wonderful! I did make a couple dozen plain and they were great! I did not put in the nuts just chips. I used a medium pampered chef scoop for mine and it made 8 dozen. Will be my oatmeal cookie recipe from now on!

  • mpaturzo
    May 24, 2011

    Good cookies! Would this recipe work with no chips and only nuts? Would I have to modify other ingredients?

  • workinmomTX
    Jul 7, 2010

    These are great oatmeal cookies! It makes a lot of cookies, plently to feed my teenage sons and their friends.It would be difficult to halve this recipe with the measurements, but could be done.I was worried that my mixer wasn't going to hold all the ingredients. I divided the dough and put some mini chocolate chips in one, nuts for me, and made some plain. All were great! Don't make these if you are dieting. There is a lot of fat and you can't just eat one!

  • Jneuman
    Jan 24, 2010

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