Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

Who doesn’t like oatmeal cookies? This is a good basic oatmeal cookie recipe that doesn’t contain nuts or raisins yet tastes great as is. You can always add extra things to the recipe. These cookies are a good way to get some oatmeal into the kids minus the battle.


  • ¼ cup of shortening
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 cups of raw oatmeal (not instant)


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Have a couple cookie sheets ready.

Put the shortening and the rest of the wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Beat together until smooth. Put the dry ingredients, except the oats, in another bowl and stir with a fork. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix. Blend in the oatmeal.

Drop the cookie dough by heaping teaspoons onto the cookie sheet. Space the cookies about a half an inch or so apart. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.


Spices can be added, such as a couple teaspoons of cinnamon ot allspice.

A cup or more of raisins or other dried fruit can be added.

The cookies can be frosted.

A cup or more of chocolate or butterscotch chips can be added.

A cup of hard shelled chocolate candies can be added.

A cup of chopped nuts can be added.

The dough can be baked as bar cookies. Press the dough into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake about 20 minutes or until it tests done. Frost the top or leave plain. Cut into squares or rectangles.


About dwittopinions

A great grandmother living in the middle of the United States. My interests include art, needlework, reading, history, politics, and cooking.
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