The Very Best Oatmeal Cookies

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

One of the best oatmeal cookies I've ever tasted. A definite family favorite. They are fantastic without the optional nuts, raisins or chocolate. Photo by KC Cooker is how these cookies look when I bake them--fairly flat, chewy in the middle with crispy edges. Yum.....

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugars.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  4. Sift together flour, salt and soda.
  5. Add to creamed mixture.
  6. Stir in oats slowly.
  7. Mix well. Add nuts, chips or raisins, if desired. Dough will be fairly stiff.
  8. Drop by heaping tablespoon on lightly greased cookie sheet. (I use a 4 teaspoon cookie scoop and press them down slightly before baking).
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes.


Most Helpful

Shame on me that I never reviewed these. I make them all the time. They are one of my go to oatmeal cookie recipes. I always get compliments and requests for the recipe. They make a thinner, crunchier cookie, and I like them best plain, w/ no nuts, raisins or chips. Came to the recipe today b/c I need a dessert for a kosher friend for a meat meal, and these are parve, an added bonus!

helowy January 17, 2012

I may never make a different recipe! I added half a bag of chocolate chips (all I had) and they were great. Crispy edge, chewy middle - just like everyone says. No flavor overpowers another. Completely yummy.

Annie Bee May 17, 2011

ya these are good; I was tempted to tweek, as is my wont, but I resisted and am glad; I did place the dough in the 'fridge as I have found that chilled dough works better for me. And DO flatten them a bit, it's what gives the cookie a crispy outer edge and a soft chewy center. Yay Sharlene

alilu November 19, 2010

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