Grandma's Oatmeal Icebox Cookies

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is my grandma's oatmeal cookie recipe. Once she got a deep freeze there was always a coffee tin full of them in the freezer. Every afternoon around 3:00 or 4:00 my grandpa would come in from the fields and she'd pull a couple of them out to put on a plate for them to enjoy with their afternoon coffee. I've now passed this recipe on to my daughter who was named after her too. A definite heirloom recipe. These are a crunch cookie so full of nuts and coconut that they are like eating a bowl of granola or oatmeal in a cookie.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream sugars and shortening together.
  2. Beat in eggs, lemon extract and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl mix remaining ingredients.
  4. Add dry to the wet and mix well.
  5. Make into loaves.
  6. Refrigerate to chill thoroughly.
  7. When ready to bake, slice and bake in a slow oven at 250-300°F - Slow baking is very important.
  8. Bake until all cookies are done about 10 minutes.
Most Helpful

These were very nice and my family enjoyed them. Very crunchy and with a wholesome flavor. They took almost twice as long to cook as the recipe said though, even with me trying different temperatures. I added a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to them and omitted the nuts because of my picky boys. :-) I also used a mixture of different oats like bran etc. Thanks for a good recipe!

byZula January 24, 2007

Super cookies. This recipe will certainly be a keeper at this home. Thanks for sharing. Maryanne

BakinBaby May 18, 2005