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Famous Oatmeal Cookies

Russ Myers


I always thought oatmeal cookies had been around for centuries — they just seem so old-fashioned. But it turns out that this cookie was essentially a 20th-century creation, one that became hugely popular in just a decade or two.

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3/4 c
vegetable shortening
1 c
firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c
granulated sugar
1 large
1/4 c
1 tsp
3 c
oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked )
1 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
salt (optional)
1/2 tsp
baking soda

How to Make Famous Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

    In large bowl, beat shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed until creamy.
  • 2Add egg, water and vanilla; beat well.

    Add combined oats, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well.

    Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 3Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack; cool completely. Store tightly covered.
  • 4Variations:
    My Own Special Cookies:
    Stir in 1 cup total (any combination of) raisins, chopped nuts, semisweet chocolate pieces or flaked coconut.

    Large Cookies:
    Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls. Bake 12 to 14 minutes at 375 degrees F.

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About Famous Oatmeal Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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