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Comforting Classic: Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies may be old-fashioned, but their homey goodness will never grow old. Many grandmothers pass the recipes down from generation to generation, and they are fabulous chewy, crisp, fresh from the oven or a few days old. The best accompaniment to an oatmeal cookie — besides a bear hug from grandma — is a large glass of cold milk. To make these for your loved ones today,

Oatmeal Cookies
From Simply Recipes
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1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
3 cups oats (we use Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned. Do NOT use instant.)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (use 1/2 cup if using raisins)
1 cup raisins (optional)

  1. Cream shortening and sugars, add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to first mixture and mix well. Add raisins and nuts. Add oats last.
  3. Spoon out by rounded tablespoonfuls on to greased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake at 350°F. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
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totonlaura totonlaura 9 years
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Brings me back in time. The only cookies grandma used to make were oatmeal. So great when they are just out of the oven.
TheCulinaryChase TheCulinaryChase 9 years
These are one of my all time favorite comfort foods! :)
mominator mominator 9 years
Adding this to my favorites!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
my favorite long as they're not made too sweet
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Mmm..those look amazing. Definitely going to have to whip some of these up!
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I used to have an oatmeal raisin cookie every day during lunch in gradeschool. Now... I skip the raisins... because I can. haha.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Oatmeal raisin cookies are absolutely delicious!
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
YES! I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies! They're so delicious. Not to mention that I hate chocolate, so oatmeal raisin cookies are like my comfort food. Thank you for this recipe! Two questions: is there a substitute for shortening, and will these cookies be soft even after they cool? [I'm all about the soft cookies, not the hard ones] :3
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
one of my favorite kinds of cookies! i'll skip the raisins though
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