This is our family recipe for shortbread oatmeal cookies, handed down through the Scottish side of the family. There is nothing better. They are definitely not low in fat.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Dissolve the baking soda in the water.

  • Combine the oats, flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the baking soda mixture and form dough into a ball. Either roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters or press dough into the bottom of one 9x13 inch baking pan.

  • Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; 3.9 g protein; 39.7 g carbohydrates; 40.7 mg cholesterol; 194.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2008
I have a similar recipe passed down in my family as well. Ours has only 2 cups of oatmeal. TIP: I find that oat bran works the best. (The original family recipe used scottish oatmeal and is very coarse) Also decrease the sugar to 3/4 of a cup. Increase the water to 1/3 cup. I think you will find the dough easier to work with. Really a wonderful cookie! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
These tasted good but I must have missed something. Mine turned out crumbly not at all like a cookie. More like a graham cracker crust. Still they are tasty. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2008
I have a similar recipe passed down in my family as well. Ours has only 2 cups of oatmeal. TIP: I find that oat bran works the best. (The original family recipe used scottish oatmeal and is very coarse) Also decrease the sugar to 3/4 of a cup. Increase the water to 1/3 cup. I think you will find the dough easier to work with. Really a wonderful cookie! Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2008
I have a similar recipe passed down in my family as well. Ours has only 2 cups of oatmeal. TIP: I find that oat bran works the best. (The original family recipe used scottish oatmeal and is very coarse) Also decrease the sugar to 3/4 of a cup. Increase the water to 1/3 cup. I think you will find the dough easier to work with. Really a wonderful cookie! Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2007
I was looking for a cookie recipe that would be similar to a "hobnob". This recipe while less crunchy was great. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of salt which I believe is very important to the sweetness of any cookie. I used splenda brown sugar and only used 1/2 cup. I really like oats and to be able to chew on them so I used whole oats but crushed them a bit with my hands before using them so I wouldn't so much like a barnyard animal while eating the cookie! After I incorporated all the ingredients I made the dough into balls then pushed them down with the bottom of a glass. I then sprinkled the dough with coarse sugar. After baking for the full 15 minutes they turned out wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2008
Very good recipe. I did add an egg to mine because I do like a nice chewy cookie and 1 tsp vanilla. I love vanilla in my oatmeal cookies and they were great co-workers at work absolutely loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2004
I used cinnamon and apple oats added 2 beaten eggs 1tsp.vanilla 1tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1/2 cup fine chop nuts and followed recipe. and you end up with addictive cookies.thanks Jan for the start of the best cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2005
My eleven yr. old son picked this one because he doesn't like to fuss with a lot of ingredients. They definately taste like shortbread with an oatmeal twist. The only thing he did for the second batch was add a little more butter to keep them from crumbling apart. He generously shares them with his friends who says "they're the BEST" Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2009
These were okay but didn't really taste like a shortbread to me. I had to increase the water to 1/3 cup like the other reviewer suggested to make the dough workable. They remind me of a plain oatmeal cookie. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
These tasted good but I must have missed something. Mine turned out crumbly not at all like a cookie. More like a graham cracker crust. Still they are tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Great easy cookies but not exactly what I'd call shortbread. Taste more like really good granola bars. They were a big hit with my holiday cookie swap and my second batch was even more delicious when I spread a bit of melted chocolate on top as they cooled. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
These are incredibly addictive! Read More
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