Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookies

Fran Miller Recipe

By Fran Miller TchrLdy71

Makes 42 cookies
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This recipe is the original one off the Quaker Oats box. I thought I'd post it since it's my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, plus I haven't seen it on an oatmeal box in quite some time.

It took awhile for me to figure out why I liked these cookies so much, then I realized that they have NO CINNAMON in them! Not that you couldn't add some, but that was the difference.

Homemade oatmeal cookies... a pleasure from my childhood to yours. Got milk? =^..^=


1 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
baking soda
3 c
dry oatmeal
3/4 c
1 c
brown sugar, packed
1/2 c
white sugar
large egg
1/4 c
1 tsp
1/2 c
raisins, more or less
1/2 c
craisins (cranberry raisins)
1/2 c
chocolate or butterscotch chips
1/2 c
flaked coconut
1/2 c
chopped walnuts

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray cookie sheets.
Put the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and oatmeal) in a medium bowl. Mix together well.
NOTE: I mix the ingredients in this recipe by hand, using the large meat fork from my cutlery set. After years of it taking up space in my drawer, it gets used several times a week now. This photo shows the meat fork next to a regular dinner fork. If you've got one, use it!
Put the rest of the ingredients (Crisco, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, water, and vanilla) in a larger bowl. Mix together well.
Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and mix until well-combined.
Add any optional ingredients you like. In my family, some like plain oatmeal cookies and others like raisins, so I make the plain ones first, then stir in a few raisins to finish out the baking. (I've also been known to separate the cookie dough into separate bowls & add a little bit of different extras to each bowl.) Make them any way you like. Cookies should be fun! =^..^=
Drop with a teaspoon (or a small scoop) on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes, depending on how soft or crunchy you like your oatmeal cookies.
Cool on cooling racks. Or eat them warm. You know you want to! Pass the milk, please. =^..^=

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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Suzie Myers SuziesCookies
Dec 9, 2014
Quaker has reposted this recipe online using 3/4 brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar. I lost my original (30 year old recipe) and made these, however, they seemed a little too sweet. Is it possible that they had 2 versions of 'Famous Oatmeal Cookies'?
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Dec 22, 2013
I just saw your additional comment, Maria. I'm happy it was the right recipe for you since it dated from the 1970s. I bet your "packed" oatmeal cookies were awesome! I'm so glad your parents enjoyed them. =^..^=
Fran Miller TchrLdy71
Dec 22, 2013
Hey, Lou, sorry this isn't what you were looking for. Mom cut up the oatmeal box to keep the recipe when the next box of oatmeal didn't have it, so it's probably from the 1970s. I copied the recipe from the box cutting. Maybe someone else will post the older recipe? BTW, they never spread out that much when I make them. Maybe a difference in temperature or humidity?

Thanks for your kind "seal of approval," Maria. =^..^=
Maria McMahon Mariaria
Dec 21, 2013
Thank you for finding this recipe. I never wrote it down because it was always on the back of the box. I always made this in the late 70's for my parents. Made this recipe this Thanksgiving for my parents and they loved it just as much now as they did then. I added a half a box of raisins, pecans and walnuts. They were so packed they definitely didn't go flat on me! Thank you again from my parents and me.
Maria McMahon Mariaria
Dec 21, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!