Dad's Oatmeal Cookies

"My mother gave me this recipe over 25 years ago. I thought I had better post it before I lose the worn out piece of paper it's written on."
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  • In one bowl cream butter, lard, and sugar.
  • Add beaten eggs and vanilla.
  • In another bowl add sifted flour and other dry ingredients.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
  • Roll into small ball, and flatten with a fork on a ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375 F for 10- 15 minute.

Questions & Replies

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  1. addison.hoorelbeke
    Do you need to use the lard


  1. kkelly57
    Good but not exactly how I remembered Dad's Cookies I had as a kid. These were more soft than crisp (maybe because I substituted shortening for lard?) and quite sweet.
  2. mexicolaurie
    I made these today. I used shortening instead of lard and added 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp of All spice. Perfect. Would make again.
    Emm so wish you could smell them. What a nice surprise for kids to come home to smelling them coming right out of the oven. Excellent recipe.
  4. a Canadian cook
    I have this same recipe but had forgotten just how delicious these cookies are. They're buttery crisp on the outside with a slight toothsome chew to the inside. They're not too sweet. You can add a bit of cinnamon and allspice if you prefer a spicier cookie. I used unsweetened dessicated coconut which is very fine so you hardly know it's there. Pressed some of the balls to 1/2" thickness with a fork (baked 13 minutes), and some 1/4" thick with the bottom of a glass (baked 12 minutes). The ones pressed with a glass are slightly thinner and more crisp. Made a half recipe - yield was 18 cookies.


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