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Great-Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

Not only is this recipe a favorite of my husband's, it's extra special to me because it goes back to my great-grandmother. For holidays, we like to sprinkle on colored sugar for a festive touch. —Mary Ann Konechne, Kimball, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 12 dozen


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg 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.
  • On a surface sprinkled with additional sugar, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter in 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 a 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.
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    • Susie
      Mar 10, 2021

      Where would one add the hard boiled egg yolk? I clicked on this recipe after I read the article exalting then and really wanted to try it! ??

    • redcow
      Nov 30, 2020

      I made today and I am so glad that I halved the recipe. I didn't want 12 dozen cookies. Half recipe only gave me 38 cookies and I used a cookie cutter smaller than stated in the recipe. The dough is hard to work with, therefore don't use any fancy shaped cookie cutters. I found the dough to be crumbly. On a positive note, I would rate a 5 for flavor. I will not make again.

    • Sara
      Nov 29, 2018

      No comment left

    • KarenKeefe
      Oct 15, 2018

      I’m loving these time tested recipes! Simple and delicious! Will be making these again!

    • kelleytwinmom
      Sep 29, 2018

      These are SO good! Use a good quality shortening like palm oil. You'll not be able to eat just one, or two, or . . . you get the idea! Yum!

    • niteshrd
      Dec 6, 2013

      Great quick cookie! Absolutely adorable....

    • kayquilt
      Jan 15, 2013

      These are wonderful. A definite keeper. They are soft a chewy, not hard. I halved it because I knew I'd eat them all. Now I need to make more.