Recipe for Famous Oatmeal Cookies


3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cup quaker oats (quick or old fashioned; , uncooked)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt (opt)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Heat oven to 350'F. Beat shortening, sugars, egg, water and vanilla until creamy. Add combined oats, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

MY OWN SPECIAL COOKIES: Add 1 cup of any or a combination of the following ingredients to basic cookie dough: raisins, chopped nuts, chocolate chips or coconut. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

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