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Grandma’s Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

"Ever since my husband's grandmother gave me this special recipe, I haven't made another oatmeal cookie recipe. The pudding mix makes them chewy," relates Donna Trumbauer of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    7 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 7 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the oats, flour, dry pudding mix and baking soda; gradually add to the cream mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 214 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • angela32
    Nov 14, 2020

    I halved the recipe and used a small box of instant pudding, these are amazing!

  • nightskystar
    Jan 13, 2020

    really wonderful, easy recipe. taste is buttery and rich...everyone loved them!

  • Agetta
    Mar 13, 2019

    Delicious. Chewy. Added butterscotch chips.

  • mko
    Jan 27, 2012

    Wish my Grandma had made cookies like this. These were fantastic. This recipe was really fun to fool around with. Instead of using quick oats I used Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick Oats. I substituted by weight and not volume. I divided the recipe and put Raisinets in part; peanut butter cup chips in some and bittersweet chocolate chips, dried cherries and walnuts in the third portion. I used a size 20 scoop and got 54 cookies. I baked at 350 degrees 13 minutes. I added 1 t. of salt to the recipe, but I would not do that again.

  • szhenson
    May 26, 2011

    Lost this recipe and was in a panic, it's a favorite of all my family. It is a huge batch and hard to mix, so cut in 1/2 and use hook beater to mix or a strong husband to help. So worth it - Thanks for sharing -

  • cookjan
    Dec 14, 2008

    This recipe is easily cut in half. The cookies are rich and taste great! They will not last long in this house.