Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

A good, old fashioned, mid-western cookie! We grew up eating these cookies. My grandma made them often! This recipe calls for melting the shortening and then creaming it with the sugar. I think that is the secret to making these cookies so crispy and light!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt shortening, pour over sugars. Mix well.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Stir dry ingredients together and add to sugar mixture. Mix lightly.
  4. Add oatmeal, cereal, coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts and mix well.
  5. Drop by tablespoon on greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. I use my cookie scoop and get 4 dozen yummy cookies!


Most Helpful

These cookies are delicious! I followed the recipe for the most part, with a few exceptions. 1 - I did not have shortening so I used butter instead and they came out great! I also added about a cup of peanut butter to the mixture as well because I wanted to use these cookies for hiking and post running snacks, plus I just love peanut butter! I also added a dash of cinnamon on top of the cookies just before putting them in the oven for a little spice with all the sweetness. Other than that I added all of the suggested nuts (walnuts), chocolate and coconut and used chocolate rice cereal and they are now my ab favorite cookie!

adufficy April 21, 2016

I had to make a couple alterations based on what I had - used 1/3 cup each of butter and butter-flavored shortening, 1/2 cup white-whole wheat flour, crisped rice, and skipped the coconut and nuts - and these are great! They still came out quite crispy/crunchy even with less fat, and the recipe count was spot-on. I didn't grease the cookie sheets & they were fine. Will definitely make again - thank you!

wax lion February 08, 2011

I made these fabulous cookies with butter instead of vegetable shortning. Also, I only had chocolate corn flakes which added a really nice color to the beautiful texture. These were simply wonderful and wonderfully simple!! Good job Theresa P!!!

Apostolic November 08, 2010

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