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Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

I'm the fourth generation of cooks in my family to bake these cookies. When my grandmother sent me a batch for my birthday one year, I asked her for the recipe. That's when I learned it was originally my great-grandmother's recipe. It's one that I will definitely make sure gets passed on! —Loretta Pakulski, Indian River, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add eggs and milk; mix well. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add to the creamed mixture. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until done.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 222 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • John
    Mar 25, 2020

    Great cookies and easy to bake on short notice. I substituted 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of softened butter for the shortening. Will be making these again soon!!

  • casey
    Mar 23, 2020

    I find this recipe is mislabeled. My mother made oatmeal cookies that had spices in them. This recipe only has the most common of spices; Cinnamon My mothers recipe had Nutmeg, Cloves, Allspice, Ginger, and Cinnamon

  • Sarah
    Sep 16, 2019

    Great texture and flavor. I will be making these again

  • bernerlover
    Oct 1, 2018

    these were really good BUT, I did add raisins and chopped nuts (I can't have oatmeal cookies without either of them, lol), otherwise I made them as they were. I'll definitely make these again. Hubby and company loved them too

  • Sarahi
    Oct 7, 2017

    Excellent recipe!

  • LorNiles
    Mar 13, 2017

    The recipe is perfect as written. The cinnamon gives it a unique touch. I highly recommend this recipe.

  • berta0717
    Apr 9, 2015

    These are great cookies. Super moist and soft. I will be making these again.

  • Mike Turner
    May 4, 2014

    Very good

  • k1ilby1
    Dec 14, 2013

    These are the best. They are so great.

  • srost
    Nov 3, 2013

    Yummm added broken up left over heath bars form Halloween and some pecans-had three eggs to use up so did a batch and a half , all butter and used 4 Tbs of cream instead of milk and they flattened nicely-I also used a silpat instead of greasing the cookie sheet -definitely could play with this recipe and add more spices, nuts, choc or butterscotch chips, dried fruit etc. Definitely making this one again