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Great-Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

Not only is this recipe a favorite of my husband's, it's extra special to me because it goes back to my great-grandmother. For holidays, we like to sprinkle on colored sugar for a festive touch. —Mary Ann Konechne, Kimball, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 12 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 sugar or colored sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in water. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture, and mix well. Stir in oats, raisins and walnuts.
  • On a surface sprinkled with additional sugar, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter in desired shapes. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 12-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you want to add a sweet icing, mix 1 cup confectioners' sugar with a 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 5-6 teaspoons of water to make a quick glaze.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 63 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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