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Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

I remember spending a lot of time with my grandparents as a kid. Grandpa would paint and go on adventures with me, and grandma would cook. She was a five foot tall ball of fire and her cooking was second to none. One of my favorite things we used to make were my grandma’s oatmeal cookies. They were sweet, crunchy, and had so much butter that Paula Deen herself would be proud. When my grandma passed, my mom took up the mantle of cookie maker, and now it is starting to be passed on to me. This one recipe is something that has been enjoyed by our family for generations, and eventually I will pass it down to my daughter, who already loves to be in the kitchen.

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Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

My grandma’s oatmeal cookies always really get me into the Fall spirit. They remind me of spending time with my grandparents in their mountain cabin in North Carolina, enjoying the brisk fall air. Since they have passed, my mom and I are the cookie makers now and we will pass it down to my daughter and son, who will hopefully pass it down to my future grand kids. I love having this tradition, and I wanted to share a little bit of that with you. While these cookies are special, they are by no means a secret. Maybe by sharing my grandma’s oatmeal cookies with you, you can start your own family tradition!

What You Need

Unlike many of the other recipes here on The Coffee Mom, this does not have minimal ingredients. In fact, it has quite a few ingredients, but most them them you probably have in your home already.

You will need: Butter, Brown Sugar, Sugar, All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Vanilla, Oatmeal, and eggs.

Well, really the list doesn’t seem that long, until you keep reading down below and see how much of some of these you need. (Hint: Paula Deen amounts of butter up in here because Grandma didn’t play around).

Phase 1

Oh yea, you read that right, Grandma’s oatmeal cookies are made in 2 phases. I promise though, they are worth the effort! The first phases is rather simple, you mix together your butter and both sugars.

grandma's oatmeal cookies

Once they are nice and creamed, slowly start adding in the rest of your ingredients. This works well with a stand mixer or a hand mixer. I wouldn’t recommend mixing by hand though, because it gets pretty thick.

Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

Once everything is well mixed, you are going to separate in half and form into two loaves. Once you have your loaves, wrap them in wax paper and freeze until they are hard.

Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

Phase 2

After the dough is nice and hard, probably after a few hours but I like to let it set overnight, it is time to bake! Pre-heat your oven to 325. While you are waiting, you want to slice the dough as thin as you can and place onto a cookie sheet. Cook time will vary depending on your oven and the thickness of the cookies. Mine took about 12-15 minutes to fully cook.

Let them cool down and enjoy!

Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

*I used the Country Crock buttery sticks, which allowed me to bake my cookies without softening the butter! While this post is NOT sponsored, you can check out my Instagram post in partnership with Country Crock here*

Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies
4.75 from 4 votes

Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

Thin, crispy, and sweet, Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 Sticks Butter (softened)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Refined Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1.5 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1.5 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Cups Oatmeal
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda


  1. Cream butter and eggs 

  2. Slowly stir in the rest of the ingredients until well mixed

  3. Separate and made 2 loaves

  4. Wrap loaves with wax paper and freeze until hard ( overnight is optimal)

  5. Heat oven to 325

  6. Slice very thin and bake for 12-15 minutes

  7. Let cool and enjoy!


Grandma's oatmeal cookies

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Monday 6th of November 2017

[…] love baking in the Fall. Recently I made my Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies and now I am turning my sights to apple pie! Now, my husband is a strange one and does not like […]


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

I love eating oatmeal cookies. Have to try the country crock spread for baking, probably easier than waiting for butter to melt.


Monday 23rd of October 2017

Looks delicious! Will definitely try these out.


Monday 23rd of October 2017

I love oatmeal cookies. In fact, I wish I was having one right now with my coffee! Adding this to my recipe folder to make at a later time!

Amber K

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

Oh my yum, I love oatmeal cookies! I’m definitely going to try your recipe ASAP, thank you for sharing.

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