Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

I was so excited to see Oatmeal Cookies as the Fantastic Bake Along recipe this month. I have been going through ‘Flour Withdrawal’ all summer because my oven broke – but now I have a new oven so I am back and ready to Bake Along!!


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Every month I love to be part of the Fantastic Bake Along that Tracy at It’s a T-Sweet’s Day so generously hosts. This month is extra fantastic because Oatmeal Cookies are my husband’s favorite. Adding chocolate chips to the cookies makes them even better!! πŸ˜€

The recipe this month was from Kate at Life, Tea and Everything.

Oatmeal Cookies

Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.


Oatmeal Cookies 1

I followed the recipe exactly and it was very close to the recipe I usually use for Oatmeal Cookies. The only change I made was to add some raisins and I left out the nuts. The method of mixing the baking soda with boiling water is one that I use for baking brownies and chocolate cake but I had never used it for cookies. I will now because it really makes for a moist, plump and tender cookie!

Thanks for a Fantastic recipe Kate!! And hubby thanks you too! πŸ˜€

Please check out what everyone else baked too!

Here is the list of those who said they would joining in:

Thanks for reading!!

~ Tami

53 responses to “Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

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  2. I was just getting worried about you. You’ve been MIA for what seems like forever. I haven’t seen your name pop up anywhere and I did wonder if your bad luck with the oven turning it’s toes up had spread to your computer doing the same thing! Thank Heavens that everything is ok, and you’ve been cooking up a storm.

    Perhaps we should all come round and try out the results of your oven. What time would you like us to arrive?

    Great looking cookies Tami. Fantastic to have you back.
    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x 🌷🌷🌷

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    • Oh dearest Cobs I’m mortified that I caused you a single second of worry! I’ve been busy crocheting like a mad woman and squeezing out the very last lemony drops of summer sunshine. I do have a lot of catching up to do with all of my favorite virtual friends.
      I’ve been baking enough floury goodness to feed an army so I would love to share all of my lovin’ from the oven with everyone!!
      Sending you baskets full of baked blessings!!!
      ~ Tami ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • When I was a kid I didn’t like oatmeal cookies but now I can’t get enough of them!! The Bake Along is so much fun! Every month Tracy posts a recipe that one of the bake-alongers send her and we all make it then share a post with what we’ve made. It’s all really very casual and open to anyone and everyone that wants to bake along. I’ve learned a few tricks and some great new recipes! I would love for you to bake along with us! πŸ˜€


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  4. Hi Tami! I love seeing this recipe using shortening instead of butter. I have a favorite cookie recipe, which is the Toll House cookie recipe off the back of the package, except I use shortening and add 1 tsp of water (from the previous version of the Toll House recipe) and it makes them a little softer, more chewy than crunchy. I’d love to try this oatmeal cookie recipe, I’ve tried a few without much success – too dried-out. I’m curious about not using eggs?! And, I’ve never tried the boiling-water-baking soda method. This is on my to-try list!

    p.s. Yesterday I made a batch of the c.c. cookies, and it was doing something strange, not cooking all the way as usual. Turned out I’d gotten distracted in the mixing stage, left out the baking soda and salt. Oh, no. Into the compost. (They were flat AND did not seem to cook through.) Hah! Whipped up a second batch, turned out perfect. πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Theresa! Some of my favorite and the best recipes I use are off of the back of packages. The chocolate cake recipe in the back of the Hershey’s cocoa package is the most incredible chocolate cake I’ve ever had!! I’m glad your second batch of chocolate chip came out okay. I love moist fat chewy cookies and my trick for getting them nice and plump is to roll up the dough like meatballs and chill them in the fridge for about an hour before baking!
      I usually go with all butter in my baking but I always have some crisco in the cupboard because sometimes you just need that shortening! πŸ˜€

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