Grandmother Libby’s Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

three fresh appetizing oatmeal cookies over green background


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Oatmeal cookies

Grandmother Libby’s Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

My great grandmother used to make these cookies for the holidays.  One year I asked her for the recipe, which I am delighted to share with you.  They are easy to make.  You can add raisins or leave them out. 


1 Cup Shortening

2 Cups Brown Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Room Temperature Eggs

2 Tablespoons Whole Milk

2 1/2 Cups Unbleached Flour

2 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Additional Sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a large-size bowl cream shortening, vanilla and brown sugar.  Add eggs and milk.  Mix well. In a medium-size bowl combine flour, oats, baking soda, kosher salt and cinnamon.  Add to the creamed mixture.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Sprinkle tops with additional sugar. Place into oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Remember that all ovens heat differently.  I like to remove my cookies just a tad underdone because they will continue to cook a bit when out of the oven.  Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing.  Remove cookies and let cool on wire racks.  Makes about 4 dozen.



    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a a young girl. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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