This is the best Oatmeal Cookie I have ever tasted and is my family's favorite. This is a recipe that I have had for years that a friend of mine gave me.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat eggs, and stir in raisins and vanilla. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Cream together shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in raisins and eggs, then stir in oats and walnuts. Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool on wire racks.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

131.3 calories; 1.8 g protein; 18.5 g carbohydrates; 11.6 mg cholesterol; 107.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2006
This is so freaky !!! I have used this exact recipe for 10 years!!Except I do one thing differrent,I roll the balls in a combination of 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon..Makes all the difference in the world. I bought a paperback recipe book at the dollar store and this recipe was in it. I have been doing fairs for 7 years and won 6 blue ribbons with this recipe. A family favorite. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2011
Too time consuming when I already have a great recipe but wanted to try it. I think I needed to cream the sugar much more than I did (by hand) because it was so dry I couldn't even add all of the oats! Three eggs are the only liquid! Not sure I will try again. Read More
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373 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 301
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2006
This is so freaky !!! I have used this exact recipe for 10 years!!Except I do one thing differrent,I roll the balls in a combination of 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon..Makes all the difference in the world. I bought a paperback recipe book at the dollar store and this recipe was in it. I have been doing fairs for 7 years and won 6 blue ribbons with this recipe. A family favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2003
Best oatmeal cookie I've ever made! I used real butter, toasted my walnuts before adding them and then chilled the dough for 20 minutes before rolling into balls. Cookies stay chewy and moist after baking. Great flavor, sure to stay a family favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2007
I am pleased with the way these cookies turned out. I did as another reviewer suggested and rolled them in cinnamon/sugar and they both look and taste very nice. I soaked the raisin mixture overnight and that seemed to turn out well. I used unsalted butter instead of shortening which was fine... Oh, if you don't like rich/sweet cookies, these probably aren't for you, but if you do, I think this recipe is worth a try. EDIT: The next day, these cookies were still soft and chewy. My husband says these are the best oatmeal cookies he's ever had, and he doesn't say that sort of thing lightly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2003
These are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever made and ever tased...bar none!! I omitted the walnuts because we don't like them. My husband has forbid me from making them again unless we give the majority of them away because he could not stop eating them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2004
I sub'd butter for shortening. If you do this 1/2 the salt. Excellent Cookies! Perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2006
Hands down, THE best oatmeal cookie I have tried. I don't use raisins but instead sub in choc chips or butterscotch chips. Awesome. You can also roll the balls of doung in sugar before baking for a nice shiny crisp outside and tender inside. FIVE stars all the way!! Add ingredients as directed!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2004
Ok you've heard it before in other reviews but it bears repeating- these are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever had! LOL! And I don't even like oatmeal cookies that much. I made them for my DH who loves them and after one cookie he said "Wow! These are really good!" I think this will be our recipe from now on. I did sub chocolate chips for raisins but otherwise followed directions exactly. Baked on pampered chef stone for 14 minutes first batch and 12-13 minutes following batches. YUM. I'm going to go eat some more! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2003
These are delicious!!!! I added 1 cup of semi-sweet choc. chips and about 1 teas. each of cloves and nutmeg for extra yumminess!!! I also substituted butter for the shortening. Great recipe!! Thanks!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2003
I've been searching for the world's best oatmeal cookie and this is it!!! Moist chewy-it's everything you'd want in an oatmeal cookie. I'll be making this recipe again and again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2011
Too time consuming when I already have a great recipe but wanted to try it. I think I needed to cream the sugar much more than I did (by hand) because it was so dry I couldn't even add all of the oats! Three eggs are the only liquid! Not sure I will try again. Read More
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