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Selma's Best Oatmeal Cookies

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I love this recipe. This is one of the cookies that I make annually as a Christmas gift!(from the I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken)


Serves: 12

  • 250 millilitres shortening (or half butter half shortening)
  • 250 millilitres granulated sugar
  • 125 millilitres brown sugar (I sometimes reverse and make brown sugar the dominant one!)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 375 millilitres all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 375 millilitres quick-cooking oats
  • 188 millilitres finely crushed walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (my secret for a richer tasting cookie!)


Selma's Best Oatmeal Cookies is a community recipe submitted by catarina m and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Cream the first three ingredients then add the beaten egg.
  • Sift the dry ingredients (or just mix thoroughly- that's what I do! cm) Then add oats, nuts, vanilla and almond extract. Chill in the fridge for an hour.
  • Then put walnut sized pieces on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Butter the bottom of a small glass and dip it in granulated or sanding sugar and flatten out the pieces. Just keep doing this- you don't need to rebutter the glass bottom just resugar it each time.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Voila- your friends and family will love these!!!
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    • I made Aunt Selma's Oatmeal Cookies because I hate making cookies but you don't have to roll these and cut them out. Also, I'm not crazy about chewy cookies and these are thin and sugary. Finally (and the best thing), when I make a batch, I keep it in a covered bowl in the fridge and each night I cook one cookie- sheet-full so we have warm cookies for dessert every night for nearly a week!

      Posted by nkimball on 17th September 2012
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