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“This recipe was given to me by a beautician whose mother was an excellent baker. This is really a great recipe; one of her mother's favorites. I'll include the recipe for orange-oatmeal cookies with it. You can be creative and add other ingredients to the basic mix like choc. chips, raisins, M & M's, etc. These freeze well too! Make them ahead and have them for the holidays or when company comes by!”
120 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition

  • basic oatmeal cookie mix
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups quick-coooking oatmeal, uncooked
  • 2 cups corn flakes or 2 cups cereal, of your choice
  • orange-oatmeal cookie (uses mix above)
  • 2 cups basic cookie mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 -3 teaspoons fresh grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice, plus
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice (lemon rind and juice or spices may be substituted for orange rind and juice)
  • 12 cup chopped pecans or 12 cup walnuts


  1. Basic Oatmeal Cookie Mix.
  2. Combine shortening and sugar in a large bowl, blending well.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients; mix well.
  4. Add to sugar mixture, blending well. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Yield: cookie mix for about 10 dozen cookies.
  6. Orange-Oatmeal Cookies.
  7. Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  8. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  9. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat by 25 degrees if baking on a dark cookie sheet. Check before 10 minutes is up to judge how much more time is needed, if necessary.
  11. Remove and place on wire racks to cool.
  12. Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen.

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