"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!”


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen
10 Min
15 Min


  • 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)
  • 2
    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


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