Oatmeal Cookies

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Hold your horses.  These are not the kind of oatmeal raisin cookies you were expecting.  These glorious, buttermilk-using cookies are cake-like and fluffy….as if you just ripped off the top of an oatmeal raisin muffin and threw the rest away. These cookies aren’t desperately sweet….NO.  They might even be the perfect start to your day with a hot cup o’ joe or an English Breakfast tea.  I was even daydreaming today about making ice cream sandwiches with them.  Apparently, you can take them anywhere because they will get along with everyone at the party, plus, they are a ‘good use for buttermilk’ and how often do you find that?!

Pull out your standing mixer and blend the shortening and sugar.  Shortening and Sugar?  That sounds like Image 2the name of my new 1960’s cover band.  Add egg.  Dump in all dry ingredients, except for the oats.  It should look something like this.  All kind of crumble and such.

Pour in the oats, buttermilk and vanilla and mix. Looks kind of soupy, but don’t fret.  Stir in the raisins and nuts.

Look, I’m going to be honest with you.  I DID NOT add nuts. Quite frankly, I just didn’t feel like it.  Guess what?  They were still really good.

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Drop the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  I like large cookies, so I plop a HUGE tablespoonful and hope they don’t spread out too much and make one giant cookie.  (Or maybe I secretly hope for this to happen.)  I adjust the bake time for the larger amount of dough.

Bake for 12 minutes or so at 375 degrees.  (Please preheat that oven.)

And when you take them out, they will look a bit pale, but golden and they will call to you to take one in each hand, dunk them simultaneously into a cup of coffee and shove both into your mouth at once.  Guaranteed.

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Oatmeal Cookies

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  • Yield: 2-3 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. oatmeal
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. nuts (chopped)


  1. Mix together the sugar and shortening, add egg.
  2. Stir in the dry ingredients.
  3. Add oatmeal, buttermilk and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the raisins and nuts.
  5. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet to bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.

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Comments: 2

  1. Jessica S. July 9, 2013 at 7:11 am

    LOVE. BUT since I don’t have buttermilk, I may just use the substitute: add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk; let stand 10 min. Maybe I’ll make these for my cousins party next weekend.

  2. saeideh January 15, 2019 at 2:23 am

    thank you