My Great Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My family really likes food.

I mean, who doesn’t, right!?  Anytime there is a gathering, there is food. Lots and lot of food.

I’m sure the tradition started long before my parents were even a twinkle in their parents eyes.  I have been so intrigued lately by the stories my mother and grandparents have to share.  Food is the glue that attracts everyone around the dinner table to reminisce, laugh, cry, and connect.  It is the same now as it was then and their memories are woven with family recipes.

One of them involves a cookie jar.  In the top left corner of that picture is the cookie jar that belonged to my Great Grandmother and now it’s my mothers.  She has fond memories of it being filled with cookies to satisfy any sweet tooth.  My mother received the jar as a gift and, along with it, the original Oatmeal Cookie recipe her Grandmother used to fill it.  I had the opportunity to make these simple and delicious cookies while in California and fill the jar once more.  From our family kitchen to yours, enjoy filling your jar!

Great Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
Cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add the oatmeal.  Sift flour with the baking soda and cinnamon.  Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.  Fold in the raisins and the nuts.  Drop tablespoon full on the baking sheets and bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.


  1. What great memories 🙂 These cookies look awesome!

  2. So awesome to pass down all of these family gems. The cookies sound wonderful!

  3. Imzg! NOW I see the post with the egg beater! Too funny. I don’t like raisins, but I would eat this cookie because you made it and I love you to pieces. I would just needs some chocolate to wash it down with 😉

  4. I must make these tonight even at nearly 10 pm,thank you for sharing your Great Grandma’s cookie recipe..

  5. yum!! I love cookies that grandma made 🙂 I bet these are SO yummy!!

  6. Ah, aren’t the old family recipes always the best? My wife and I both have a lot of these.

  7. Love heirloom recipes & anything oats.

  8. Our Great Grandma’s recipes are always the best kind. Tried and true!


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