This is my grandma’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. And has been my absolute favorite cookie for as long as I can remember. They have a perfectly light crisp shell on the outside and perfect “chew” inside. Her recipe calls for raisins. But raisins in cookies are one of life’s biggest disappointments. So I always use chocolate chips. But, I suppose you could use raisins if absolutely necessary.
Grandma’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
The moment I take a bite of this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, I am immediately transformed to my grandma’s kitchen with the blue and yellow geese hot pads, and the wobbly kitchen stool I stood on to reach these treasures. My grandma was the real deal. She came from a rough childhood to marry my grandpa right after the war, raise 4 amazing women, and built a strong family foundation she didn’t have growing up.
I had the pleasure of being a part-time caretaker for her during her final battle with cancer. She was a seriously tough cookie (a phrase coined in the 1920’s to refer to a smart woman. Betcha didn’t know that). She and my grandpa were two of the most special and amazing people in my world. So today, I make these cookies for my little family and channel my grandma in her kindness and baking for at least an afternoon. And we’re all a little better for it.
So channel my grandma, Lois, and make a batch of these today. Yes, the recipe calls for shortening, as was typical of these older recipes. But let me tell you, that’s how you get the most amazing texture, and really it’s no worse for you than butter. So get over it and put on your big girl panties. Remember, life is hard enough, go eat a REAL cookie.
Find more amazing cookies here
If you’re looking for more off the charts amazing cookies, check out my Pinterest Cookie Board. With so many talented bakers out there, you should try out some of their recipes!
And if you want to make a dairy-free, refined sugar-free hot chocolate to go with these bad boys, check out my Hygge Hot Chocolate recipe.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C shortening
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 C flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 C quick cooking oats
- 2 C chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cream together the first 4 ingredients in a mixer.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and blend until incorporated, scraping sides as needed.
- Sift together the dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture and blend well.
- Add the oats and mix until evenly blended.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop by spoonful on cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork or your palm.
- Bake 10-12 minutes and cool on a wire rack.