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Giant Oatmeal Cookies

Updated on September 12, 2016
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Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen. She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share these.

There's Nothing Like Biting into a Huge Cookie


Curl up With a Cup of Tea and One of These Huge Cookies

What is it about giant cookies that is so appealing? Maybe it is that cookies appeal to the kid in all of us, and, if a little bit is good, why, more is even better.

What a way to "get your oats." While this may not be quite what the doctor had in mind, who would turn down a chance to bit into a cookie like this: slightly crispy on the outside, yet soft in the middle, coupled with a rich taste that hinted of spices and that had you reaching for another?

This recipe uses everyday ingredients and the only thing you will need is a large bowl to mix your cookie dough in. After all, if you are going to go to the effort to make homemade cookies, why not make enough to make it worth your while?

Hints of...

Maple and cinnamon.


  1. Into a large bowl and using a wooden spoon, beat together shortening, sugar, and flavoring until creamed.
  2. Stir in flour, salt and cinnamon and stir until well mixed.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and add to mixture.
  4. Stir in oats.
  5. Check flavor and if more maple (or vanilla) or cinnamon is desired, add to dough mixture.


  • 1 cup butter or shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or maple flavoring
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups rolled oats

A Word About Fat

Do not use soft or regular margarine to make these cookies. Butter will add a richer flavor, while shortening will add to the texture, so either are the better choice and will give you the best results.

Baking Tip

Double-pan to prevent over-browned cookie bottoms.

Making Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Form dough into 18 balls
  • Place 9 balls per (ungreased) cookie sheet
  • Flatten dough into rounds, leaving space for expansion as cookies bake

Cook Time

Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 18 giant oat cookies.

Easy to Make

As can be seen, these cookies are easy to make and are perfect for tucking into lunches or taking with you when going on a long road trip or even while hiking, since they are almost a meal in themselves.

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    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 7 years ago from West Kootenays


      They are really yummy. You might also like my recipe for Scottish Oatcakes.

    • xcubist profile image

      xcubist 7 years ago

      Oh yeah, that picture makes my mouth water, gotta soft spot for oatmeal cookies and giant ones would only be better. Got me dreaming of a big glass of milk now.

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      Athlyn Green 9 years ago from West Kootenays

      Ha ha, me too! What is it about giant cookies that are sooooooo enticing? Must be because they appeal to the kid in all of us.

      I made these today with maple flavoring and they are so yummy.

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      I like cookies of all descriptios (Not computer Cookies )

      Thank you