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Soft Oatmeal Cookies

  • Author: Lynette
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 48 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These old fashioned oatmeal cookies are made from old fashioned oats (obviously) and some add-ins like raisins and nuts to create a hearty and flavorful cookie! Coupled with the crispy edges, these cookies are my new fav when it comes to cookie making.


  • 1 Cup shortening
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup quick oats
  • 1 Cup nuts (optional filler)
  • 1 Cup raisins (optional filler)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚ F.
  2. Cream the sugars and shortening together in a mixer. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the old fashioned oats as well as the raisins and nuts (or your preferred fillers) until mixed well.
  5. Scoop onto a cookie sheet using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop. Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 350˚ F oven or until golden brown. Let cool and remove to a cooling rack.


  • How to Store – Once these cookies are baked and cooled, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. Store them in the freezer for up to three months.
  • Quick oats or Old Fashioned – I prefer the old fashioned oats as I mentioned above. I know quick oats are probably what you have on hand but if you want the dense, chewy and soft oatmeal cookie there is no substitute for old-fashioned oats.
  • Don’t overbake – The cookies should be a light golden brown when you remove them from the oven. To keep the soft texture, you don’t want to overbake them. For optimum results, set the timer to 8 minutes and check them every minute until perfectly done.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 98
  • Sugar: 8.6
  • Sodium: 55
  • Fat: 4.5
  • Carbohydrates: 13.7
  • Protein: .9
  • Cholesterol: 7.8

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