Friday, November 30, 2012

Oatmeal Crinkle Cookies

My dear mother, Dawn, bakes dozens of cookies each week.  From chocolate chip to molasses to peanut butter to snickerdoodles to oatmeal ... there is rarely a time when speaking to her on the phone that she isn't pausing to pull a tray of cookies out of the oven or starting another batch.  All of the grandkids know to expect cookies upon visits to her house.  And, truth be told ... so do I.

She has a cute sign hanging on the wall of her kitchen.  It reads, "A Balanced Diet is Having a Cookie in Each Hand."

(She loves that sign!)

This recipe is one of her famous cookie recipes.  She's been making them for as long as I can remember.

And, yes, they are as magnificent and sinful as they look!  As I type, my shirt is dusted with powdered sugar ... remnants of the two (okay, three) I just devoured.  (Better save some for the hubby and kids!)

Yields:  4 Dozen


1 cup shortening (can use 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup softened butter, if desired)
2 eggs
2 cups light brown sugar
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar (for rolling cookies in)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the shortening, eggs and brown sugar with a mixer.

Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.

Roll into balls in the palms of your hands.

Roll in powdered sugar.

Bake 12 on each baking sheet  for 11 - 12 minutes.

Allow to cool.

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  1. These were fantastic! I used the shortening/butter mix and a 1 tbsp scoop for the balls. Made 5 1/2 dozen for me. Not much left after the kids came home from school!

    1. Bonnie ... so glad you guys loved them! Thank you so much for the feedback!

  2. would margarine be okay instead of the butter/shortening? or how would it make it different? thanks :)

    1. Emsy, this is my mother's recipe and she never bought "real" butter during much of my childhood - that I recall - when she baked. So, I think it's fine. I've never made them with margarine, but I know a lot of people who only buy maragine even for baking. Let me know if it works well. Others on here may be curious to know, too! :)


  3. Omg! I just made these. Outstanding! Ummmm, I accidentally put 2 teaspoons of vanilla in it(headphone on rockin' out not paying attention), but sure didn't mess these up! Great recipe! Thanks!

    1. Oh, so happy you enjoyed the recipe! They are one of my favorite cookies! :)