Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I am so excited to share this special recipe with you today. Growing up, I knew my Grandma as the family baker. I was lucky enough to get her baking genes (unless my family has been lying to me all these years...). When things are stressful, I find baking relaxes me. I know how crazy that sounds, but I really do love it. It was something I grew up doing with my Mom, so it's attached to wonderful family memories. 

Sugar Oatmeal cookies are a Christmas must-have at our house. They are nothing like your typical oatmeal cookie (which I actually despise). I would say they are closer to a sugar cookie. They are super soft and have a light cinnamon flavor. If you want a cookie that melts in your mouth, these are it! Over the years, my family has made some revisions to the recipe to make the best version of this cookie. So the recipe below does not quite match my Grandma's recipe card (which she used a type writer for, so sweet!) If they don't come out soft, play around with the baking temperature and time (I know my oven cooks these differently than my Mom's oven). Once you make them, they'll become an instant family favorite. 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1. Cream the sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly.

    2. Mix in remaining ingredients.

      3. Refrigerate a minimum of 5 hours, I like to wait 24.
      4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
      5. Scoop dough out using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop 1 tablespoon or 1/2 oz in size.
      6. Shape dough into rounded balls.
      7. Place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.
      8. Sprinkle sugar on top of the dough.

      9. Use a spoon or glass and press gently on the ball to flatten the top slightly.
      10. Bake 10-12 minutes. 


      • If you prefer, you can dip the bottom of a glass into sugar and then gently press down the cookie just a little bit. 
      • Cookies are best if they come out looking slightly under baked, slightly dark/wet in the center but a toothpick inserted should still come out clean.
      • If your cookie is super dry, try out a different oven temperature 350-375.
      • Make sure you did not flatten the cookie too much (see pictures above)


      1. Your recipe sounds so good! =) I love the flavor combination!
        Im a new Facebook follower from Treasure Box Tuesday.

        1. Thanks so much Melissa! Can't wait to check out your site!

      2. Your pictures make baking look so much more fun then at my house. And we do enjoy baking, lol. These sound like a wonderful treat. Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday