Blue Ribbon Oatmeal Crispies


My love of cooking comes from a wonderful mother who was a farmer’s wife, a housewife and a devoted full-time mother.  She cooked, she cleaned, but most importantly…she LOVED.  Mom taught me and my sister how to cook and took us to many 4-H meetings where we perfected what we learned from her at home.  My sister and I encountered many talented ladies along the way who shared their kitchens and recipes with us.  We called these individuals, our 4-H leaders and life-long neighborhood friends.  The first cookbooks I owned were those paperback 4-H versions of cookbooks.  I still have some of them and look through my collection at times to find that recipe I can’t wait to make again.  I have fond memories of making these Oatmeal Crispies during my 4-H days and especially in my mom’s kitchen with her many times.  I’m so proud to report that this recipe took me all the way to the Missouri state Fair where I won a blue ribbon.  I treasure the fact that this recipe, like very few others, is on a recipe card written with my mom’s handwriting.


When I started blogging, my very first post was about these Oatmeal Crispies.  Unfortunately, when I changed blogging platforms recently I lost this post in the move.  On that particular day, I had prepared the recipe adding in 1 cup raisins…my husband’s favorite add in.  Now, when I make them for my own children or grandchildren I add chocolate chips and sometimes I add the original ingredient of walnuts.  It’s pretty easy to figure out who I made these Oatmeal Crispies for this time!


Cream 1 cup shortening.

Add 1 cup brown sugar.

Add 1 cup brow

Add 1 cup

Add 2 beaten eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cream mixture until light and fluf


Sift dry ingredients… 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda



Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix wel

Add 3 cups oats. Stir.

Mix in options…chocolate chips, raisins, nuts 

Drop by t teaspoon fulls onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

One last look.  Enjoy!

One last look. Enjoy


Oatmeal Crispies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup solid shortening
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 cup raisins, optional
  1. Cream shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
  2. Beat well.
  3. Sift dry ingredients.
  4. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture.
  5. Add oats and mix well.
  6. Add one optional add in of choice.
  7. Drop 1 teaspoonfuls of batter on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  9. Cool on a cookie rack.

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  1. Your pictures and this story quite literally inspired me to make oatmeal cookies for my family today. I live in the city, nowhere near a farm, but I am going to pretend for just a few hours 🙂

  2. yummy

  3. Yum! I never thought of chocolate chips instead of raisins!

  4. You have such great light in your kitchen! Your pictures all look sooo good!

  5. Those cookies look so good! I want them for breakfast. 🙂 Stopping by from SITS – enjoy your day!

  6. Visiting from SITS. Those cookies look yummy, I will have to try them

  7. They look delicious! My daughter will love the chocolate chip version 🙂
    Happy SITs day!

  8. Visiting from SITS…What a great recipe! That will be a great recipe to make with my kids (I’m gluten-free but my kids can eat them while I drool)! My youngest goes to 4-H camp each summer and LOVES it! I love the old-fashioned values they instill in the kids. Thanks for a wonderful post–the photography is fantastic and the overall aesthetic of your site is beautifully inspiring. Makes me want to revamp my site! And bake! 🙂

  9. OH those look amazing!! I love your pictures to go with the recipe. SO sorry you lost content during your move. That is always a difficult transition. Happy SITS Day!!

  10. Oatmeal chocolate chip is one of my very favourite combinations! I love the story behind these – and they look delicious!

  11. Yum! I love a good oatmeal cookie. Can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love oatmeal cookies but they don’t love me. Thanks for the memories with your beautiful pictures.

  13. My goodness these look good! I think I may even be able to follow the recipe. I’ve printed it and WILL bake these bad boys with my daughter. She and my husband will be very impressed. Happy SITS Day to you. Andrea @

  14. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite! I’m definitely going to have to give these a try. Happy SITS Day!

  15. Beautiful pictures!! I’m drooling all over my keyboard. Pinned and will bake! 🙂

  16. I love this recipe. I love the photos you take in action. Those are great. I’ve never seen them used like that before. Wonderful blog and a Happy SITS day to you!


  17. Those look yummy! I like to split my recipe in half and do half with raisins and half with chocolate chip. That way everyone is happy!

  18. Oh my gosh, I’m telling you, I could eat a dozen of these in one sitting! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Can’t wait to try these! Happy SITS day!

  20. Have you ever put all three (walnuts, chocolate chips, and raisins) in at the same time? That sound good, too.

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I have not…but I can’t imagine that not being awesome! Give it a try and I think I will too next time!! Let’s share the results! Thanks for your question!

  21. What kind of mixer do you suggest? I like to make bread – hearth types and baguettes, but kneading is becoming a bit much.

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      For sure…a Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough attachment! I used to use a bread machine, but the dough hook on the KA works 10x better! Thanks for the question and for stopping by!

  22. These look SO incredibly good! I LOVE your blog! I was raised on a farm and we had sheep that I showed for 4-H. I also participated in the cooking classes and food competitions that 4-H offered. I can’t wait to follow your blog!

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      Oh wow! We have so much in common! I showed cattle. I have such fond memories of 4-H days. My grandson just started and is planning to do shooting sports and show chickens! It’s such an outstanding organization!

  23. Love your step by step – I need that!! 🙂 These look a-m-a-z-i-n-g!! Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a great SITS day!!

  24. In the words of Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, your cookies make me want to go to there. Yummy!! Gonna try these.

  25. I googled Missouri 4-H Oatmeal Cookies and fortunately came across your site. I have stored away my old 4-H cookbooks but was hungry for these. Do you remember making the lemon and orangeade? With the simple sugar syrup? One of my fondest memories of childhood.

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      How exciting to hear from a past 4-H’er!! I have most of my 4-H cooking books from the past, but can’t find the one that has the surprise muffin recipe…the ones with the jelly center. You don’t happen to have that recipe do you? I don’t remember the lemon and orangeade, but would love to hear more about them! Thanks for connecting with me and hope we can talk more about 4-H in the future! By the way…your comments are now approved and you will not have to wait for approval next time!

  26. These look and sound amazing! Cookies are definately something I can do. thanks! Happy SITS day!


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