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Spiced Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional 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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LorNiles User ID: 8871760 263426
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017

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

berta0717 User ID: 2145161 224555
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

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

Mike Turner User ID: 1488112 15679
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"Very good"

k1ilby1 User ID: 7537782 14962
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"These are the best. They are so great."

srost User ID: 6383383 25987
Reviewed 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"

sazzlebury User ID: 7335757 33894
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"I like to use cookie scoop amounts of dough and found these came out a little heavy and the texture was course. They seemed to lack either some liquid or more shortening as it seemed they could have flattened out a bit more in the oven."

icanbme User ID: 7134643 15388
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"I used a Food Processor for the oats and made it a fine powder. I didn't have enough brown sugar so I made my own, using the food processor. 1 tablespoon Light Molasses to 1 cup white sugar. I rolled the dough into ping pong ball size. That way they get a little chewy. I am passing this one on to my friends at the gym. This made 60 cookies at 73 calories each. Great for breakfast."

ruthjoe User ID: 1058746 40017
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Very good cookie! I used 1/2 c margarine and 1/2 c butter for the shortening and used quick oats instead of old fashioned."

Bethmerle User ID: 6528402 41890
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"This has now become one of my favorite recipes. Theses cookies came out so yummy my husband and I couldn't stop eating them. They were easy to make, however, I did add about a teaspoon of fresh grated nutmeg as I love the extra spice of cinnamon and nutmeg mixed."

kjv1611_girl User ID: 6046253 16352
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"These are delicious! The only change I made was I added about 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup, because we like the cookies a little sweeter. This is going in my favorite recipies cookbook"

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 40016
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"Also substituted butter as I prefer it for baking"

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 9076
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"Growing up, I was never that excited about oatmeal cookies. After trying a delicious oatmeal cookie made by my husband's grandmother, I was inspired to try searching for an oatmeal cookie recipe that I would like. The dough was delicious and the cookies came out soft with just the right balance of flavor. I did let the dough sit overnight in the refridgerator."

patriroqt User ID: 5833626 39588
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"These were delicious and chewy, but they didn't flatten in the oven so I flattened them myself before baking. So addicting!"

babylyric1 User ID: 4410058 15370
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"When I made these cookies I cut the dough in half and added rasins to one half and peanut butter and milk chocolate chips. Both turned out fantastic and really added flare to an already great recipe!"

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