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Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma’s Recipe

Baking is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Over the summer my grandma came to visit us for 2 months.  When she arrived she showered me with a little gift. This gift could not be bought in a store or purchased at any price. This gift was a family cookbook.  In this beautiful weathered gem are recipes my great-grandmother created herself, recipes she learned from cooking classes she attended and cut out recipes from magazines. The earliest recipe noted in this book is from 1921.

I never had the opportunity to meet my great-grandmother but this little gift she left behind is one way I  get to know her. She has some yummy dishes throughout her personal cookbook but what is most pronounced was her love for sweet treats. So, that’s where I my love for baking from! 😉

To enjoy a little piece of heritage yesterday, while my sweet little guy took a nap, I whipped up a cookie recipe from 1921. While the cookies were still warm, I enjoyed an afternoon cup of coffee served on china from my grandmothers wedding. It truly was a great way to spend an hour.

If you are looking for a cookie recipe for this holiday season, I hope you try this one!

Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma's Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, oats, coconut, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and set to the side.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream together shorting and sugar, once well incorporated add milk and eggs.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients, once cookie dough is mixed well, fold in raisins.
  5. On a lined cookie sheet, using a spoon, drop cookies on sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Substitutions: Shortening - ¾ cup butter or ¾ cup of Palm shortening or ¾ cup coconut oil Granulated Sugar - 1 cup raw sugar

Do you have a family recipe you want to try? During this holiday season, if I can encourage you, try one recipe that is a family recipe. Take a picture of it and savor the memory of making that family dish. 

Have a great day friends!

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  1. That is so wonderful! My grandma passed away 1 1/2 yrs. ago and my wish was that I could have had a hand-written recipe or cookbook of hers. I didn’t get one so what you have is very special! I think bc I love cooking so much – I like this post! :)

    • I’m sorry to hear about you loosing your grandma Rebekah. Do you have a favorite meal that you’ve made with her before? Or a meal that was her favorite? If you do, write it out in you own or maybe your daughter, frame it and put it in your kitchen or a place you can cherish it. And of course make it often. :-) I hope you are well friend!