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Family-Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

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
    about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 large 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
IF COOKING FOR TWO: Freeze cooled cookies in large resealable plastic bags for quick snacks anytime.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 232 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 151mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • puzzlemad
    Feb 19, 2017

    Soft & cake-like. Very good!Probably could add a bit more oatmeal & I also added some chocolAte chips to mine.

  • dozer77
    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
    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.