"Gleason's" Own Crispy, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Pat Morris


Got Milk? Since I was a young child (a long, long time ago) my mother made these cookies for my younger brother and me, as well as the children that she kept in her day nursery. The little children called her Gleason (as opposed to Mrs. Gleason). To show you how long ago that was, she charged $1 a day; gave them a hot meal, snacks and bought toys for them. All the little children loved Gleason. I asked Tootsie once why she liked coming to Gleason’s and she said, “She makes good cookies!” I asked, “Is that the only reason?” She so cutely replied, “No, she makes good popsicles too!”

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Makes about 3 1/2 dozen
10 Min
15 Min


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1 c
sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 c
shortening (butter-flavored crisco)
1/2 c
butter (1 stick)
1 1/3 c
firmly packed dark brown sugar (she only used dark brown, not light)
eggs (or) 1/2 cup egg beaters (she added the egg beaters in later years)
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2 c
old fashioned oats (uncooked)
1 c
1 c
nuts, coarsely chopped


How to Make "Gleason's" Own Crispy, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1Sift together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into large mixing bowl.
  • 2Add shortening, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth (about 2 minutes).
  • 3Stir in oats, raisins and nuts.
  • 4Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated moderate oven (350 degrees) 12 to 15 minutes.
  • 5Makes about 3-1/2 dozen cookies.


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About "Gleason's" Own Crispy, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #nuts, #oatmeal, #raisins

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