Nana's Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

Growing up my mom made two types of cookies that I just couldn't get enough of: Her Cowboy Cookies, made from a super secret recipe that I'm legally bound never to share here; and Nana's Oatmeal Cookies, a recipe she got from her mother {my Nana}, originally found in a Betty Crocker cookbook. She, of course, made countless other things I loved; but there's just something about these cookies that brings me back to that childhood kitchen.

Truthfully, it would be an understatement to say that my mother's an amazing baker {and chef, too} so over the past few weeks we've taken full advantage of having her skills close by; asking her to make some of my favorite childhood meals and treats to enjoy with my hubby and mini. She's logged some major hours in the kitchen during her stay, and in that time Maddie Mae has become quite the sous chef- "cooking" by her side with her mini measuring cups and whisks. It's one of those traditions that I hope never ends- just a girl whipping up some delicious food with her Nana. 

This past week we all took to an afternoon of baking- me, my mama and  MM- so I could finally learn how to make those beloved cookies for my own daughter. It was a the perfect way to spend the day with two of my very favorite people: the house smelled like my childhood, the cookies tasted just as I remembered, and MM loved them just as much as I always have. And when we were done, we devoured them until our bellies hurt; and boy, was it worth it.


Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal Cookies

Nana's Oatmeal Cookies


4 cups quick oats

1 cup oil

1 cup packed light brown sugar  

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla  


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Whisk egg. Add vanilla. Set aside.

3. Combine dry ingredients with a whisk.

4. Whisk in wet ingredients until combined.

5. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheet.

6. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.