Haynes' Cookies

Haynes' Cookies Recipe

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joanna economakos


My neighbor Betty Haynes gave me this recipe over 50 years ago and I have never changed it..as the 'best' of the oatmeal cookie recipes you don't need to. It has a couple of options anyway..dates are best.


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1 Hr
10 Min


  • 1 c
    dates or raisins
  • 1 c
    vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/3 c
  • 3
  • 2 c
    flour- can be whole wheat
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/4 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 2 c
    quick oats
  • 6 Tbsp
    date or raisin liquid
  • 3/4 c
    optional nuts, chopped

How to Make Haynes' Cookies


  1. In a small saucepan boil dates and or raisins covered for 5 minutes. Turn off, let set to cool, Drain and reserve juice. If using Raisins, I use golden. Dates are best. Need 6 T. of juice.
  2. cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat.
  3. Sift dry ingredients and mix with oats.
  4. Add to shortening, sugar mix and alternate with 6 T. of the liquid.
  5. Add fruit. Drop by Tablespoon full onto cookie sprayed cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 400o for 10 to 12 minutes. Do NOT bake too long as it will dry them out. ( they are quick oats and will be moist).
  7. Option: with Golden raisins I sometimes use Orange juice for the juice and reduce the sugar by 1/4 c. Can add 3/4 c.of your favorite nuts.

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About Haynes' Cookies

Course/Dish: Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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