Mary Alden's Oatmeal Cookies

READY IN: 27mins
Recipe by Impera_Magna

Recipe is from circa 1940s Quaker Oats box... and is very very good!

Top Review by senseicheryl

I found this recipe on website this morning but the recipe ingredient amounts just differed slightly and the recipe was titled 1943 Mary Alden's Favorite Oatmeal Cookie: HERE IS THE LIST OF INGREDIENTS FROM THE WEBSITE: 1/4 cup shortening or bacon drippings 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup sifted flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup Quaker Oats (Old Fashioned or Quick, uncooked) HERE ARE THE DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEBSITE: 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 2. Cream shortening, add sugars gradually and cream well. Add egg and beat thoroughly; add vanilla. 3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and add with Quaker Oats to creamed mixture. Roll small balls of dough between palms of hands until surface of dough is shiny. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12-15 minutes. Servings: 3 Dozen VARIATIONS: For spiced cookies, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon each of ginger and nutmeg to dry ingredients. For peanut, nut or raisin cookies add 1 cup salted nuts, nutmeats or raisins to batter before forming cookies. Thank you for posting and saving me the time! :-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream together Crisco and sugars; stir in eggs, water, and vanilla.
  2. Add dry ingredients, stirring to blend.
  3. Mix in raisins (or chocolate chips).
  4. Drop by half teaspoonsful onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F or 12 minutes.
  6. (Do not let cookies get too brown or they will burn on the bottom.).

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