I first made these cookies in 1956 when I was the young mother of an infant boy and a toddler daughter.  They were very popular and I continued to make them over the years.  I remember when we lived in a pretty white house in the suburbs in the 1960s, all the neighborhood kids would gather on the back porch when the aroma of these cookies wafted out the screen door on summer days.  The cookies won ribbons at our county fair and at the Ohio State Fair in the 1980s.  Today, I baked another batch with the “help” of my youngest granddaughter, and they still taste good.



  • Servings: approx. 60 cookies
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¾ cup margarine or butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup water
1 egg
1-1/2 cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2-1/2 cups quick cooking dry oatmeal
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped nuts

Large mixer bowl:  Beat together margarine/butter, sugars, water, and egg.  Sift together flour, soda and salt, and add to shortening mix.  Add oatmeal and vanilla.  Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, nuts.

Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.

Bake @ 375 degrees F for about 6-1/2 minutes.Yield:  Approx. 60 cookies 

Note:  Could be made as plain oatmeal cookies or with the addition of only chips or raisins or nuts.