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 c
dates or raisins
1 c
vegetable shortening
1 1/3 c
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


  • 1In 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.
  • 2cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat.
  • 3Sift dry ingredients and mix with oats.
  • 4Add to shortening, sugar mix and alternate with 6 T. of the liquid.
  • 5Add fruit. Drop by Tablespoon full onto cookie sprayed cookie sheet.
  • 6Bake 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).
  • 7Option: 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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