Great-Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min./batch


12 dozen

Updated: May. 10, 2023
This yummy cookie—a favorite of my husband's—goes back to my great-grandmother. At Christmastime, we use colored sugar for a festive touch. —Mary Ann Konechne, Kimball, South Dakota
Great-Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. On a surface sprinkled with additional sugar, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter into 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 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.