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Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodles and Oatmeal Cookies! Recipes From Grandma's Kitchen! The Best!

Updated on January 10, 2011

The Three Best Cookie Recipes!

I have always loved homemade oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies and snickerdoodles! I am going to share my 3 best cookie recipes with you! They are easy and always please. I have never seen anyone turn them down! The biggest problem with these recipes is that you often have to double each one, just to end up with enough cookies for the next few days. These leave the cookie rack before they have cooled off, so you may not ever have the opportunity to fill a cookie jar! Store bought cookies can not compare! Try these! I like these even more than homemade chocolate chip cookies. I don't offer a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, because the one offered on the bag of chocolate chips has always worked for me. 

Erin's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies!

Recipe for Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of rolled oats (I don't use instant)
  • raisins (soaked for 20 minutes in hot water), optional
  • chopped nuts, optional
  • dried apples or dried cranberries, optional

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a couple of cookie sheets. Set those aside as well.

In a larger mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugars and the eggs. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and combine that with the other wet ingredients. Slowly add and combine the dry ingredients. Make sure that there are no lumps. Add the oatmeal. Once you add the oatmeal, you will have to mix it in by hand. It will become too thick to use your electric mixer. After the oatmeal is added, then you may decide you want to add any optional ingredients. Now is the time to do that! I usually make the first half of the batter without raisins and then add raisins to the second half.

Drop by rounded teaspoonsful onto your cookie sheet. Allow them to be 2 inches apart, because they spread out. Bake at 350 for 10 - 13 minutes. Do not expect these to get brown. If they have lightly browned on the sides, they are probably done. That is the way we like them. They will stay soft and chewy instead of becoming too crispy. When you pull the cookie sheets out of the oven, allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes. Then remove the cookies with a spatula to a rack and allow them to cool.

So simple, yet so good! I get about 30 cookies from this recipe.

Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies!

Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (I recommend Laura Scudder's Original Creamy)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of sifted flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 or more cups of chocolate chips, optional (not for me)

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a larger bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the eggs, peanut butter and the vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients, except the chocolate chips. Put plastic over the mixing bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Spray your cookie sheets and pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Remove the chilled batter from the fridge and add in the chocolate chips. Take the batter by the teaspoonful and roll into a 1 inch ball. Put the balls 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet. Dip a fork in flour (each cookie)and make a criss-cross on each cookie. You will be lightly flattening out the balls as you go. They will continue to spread apart as they bake. Bake them for about 10 minutes. I do not let mine get brown. I take them out when the sides are slightly brown. Let them sit on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes and then remove them to a cookie sheet with a spatula.

These can be made without chocolate chips. They are awesome either way! This grandma just loves chocolate. I only get about 40 cookies from this recipe. And 40 is never enough! I am actually not even sure how many I get from this one, because they disappear so fast, I have been unable to really ever count them!

Grandma's Snickerdoodles! A Forgotten Favorite!

This one calls for cream of tartar and I NEVER have cream of tartar in my house! I finally found out that for 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, you can substitute 2 teaspoons of lemon or 2 teaspoons of vinegar. So go ahead and try these. I suggest using the lemon juice as the substitution if you don't have cream of tartar.

Recipe For Snickerdoodles

  • 1 cup of butter, room temperature (these actually come out better if you use 1/2 cup of softened butter and 1/2 cup of Crisco shortening, but like cream of tartar, I don't use shortening anymore)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 and 3/4 cups of sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (if you are using the substitution for cream of tartar, use 4 teaspoons of lemon or 4 teaspoons of white vinegar. If you are using the substitution, add the lemon or vinegar when you are finished mixing the wet ingredients)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Put 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon into a small bowl(you will need this to dip the balls into)

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a larger bowl, cream together the butter (shortening), sugar, vanilla and eggs. Slowly add the dry ingredients. When combined, by teaspoonful, shape the batter into balls. Roll each of the balls in the cinnamon sugar and place on a sprayed cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 8 minutes. When you pull them out of the oven, allow them to sit on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes. Then remove the cookies by spatula to cookie racks.

This recipe makes about 60 cookies. Everyone loves snickerdoodles!

Great Cookie Recipes For The Holidays!

With the coming of Thanksgiving and Christmas, these are perfect cookies for a holiday tray! Even if you are not on a tight budget this year, homemade cookies are a great gift! They say you took the time and made the effort to show people that you care about them! These may be the best three holiday cookie recipes there are! Of course, Toll House Chocolate Chip may come in at number one, but they are always made by home cooks, and these are a little different!

Another thing you can do with any of these cookies, is make your own ice cream sandwiches. Ice cream sandwiches from cookies are easy and creative. Just take 2 cookies and place some some softened ice cream on one cookie. Cover up the bottom up with a cookie on the top and put them in the freezer. This is a great dessert!


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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Fay,

    I never thought of that! I was planning to make some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies tomorrow-Good thing I am going grocery shopping-will add Nutella to my list!

    It sounds incredible! Thank you!

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    Fay Paxton 6 years ago

    I don't know how I missed this. I am the original cookie monster. I just looove snickerdoodles. As for the chocolate chip cookies, next time, I dare you to cut back just a little on the chips and add some Nutella. You're going to try to jump through Hubpages and hug me.:)

    voted up/awesome