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Vernon Oatmeal Cookies & Variations

Updated on March 2, 2014

The Best Oatmeal Cookie every baked!

For as long as I can remember my brother Vernon, was especially fond of "Vernon Cookies" because he thought that they were made just for him. The rest of us cookie monsters enjoyed the cookies because they were so very good. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that they are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever eaten!

If they weren't made especially for Vernon," you may ask, "why are they called Vernon cookies?" Well, I'll explain.

"Like many housewives who got married during the war years, mum didn't buy many cookbooks but got most of her best recipes from good friends and the local newspaper. While it covered the local stories and who was having tea at whose home, like most newspapers, it also had a section for homemakers where seasonal recipes were included. The name of the "rag" our newspaper boys delivered to our house was, "The Vernon Daily." So these cookies had been named after the town of Vernon, B.C. Canada.

I believe that my brother knows the origin of the cookie name now, but if not, sorry Vernon. I'll still make them for you.

Photo: Wikipedia public domain.

Vernon Oatmeal Cookies
Vernon Oatmeal Cookies

You'll notice that there are not many on the plate. That's because they were snatched and eaten the moment they were cool. My back was turned so I didn't catch the culprit.

For the Cookie Monsters in your home.

Can you just imagine sweet, little, Billy helping mummy make his favorite cookies. On his curly, red, hair he has the Cookie Monster hat perched. His Uncle James gave it to him. Mum has tied the flaps up so that they won't get caught in the mixer.

You notice Billy sneek a piece of cranberry. "It accidently slipped out of the bowl, mum. I just rescued it," he said quite innocently.

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Sesame Street Cookie Monster Furry Laplander Ski Hat

The cookie monster comes in a wide variety of sizes. So does this cookie monster hat.

 
Sesame Street - Cookie Monster's Best Bites
Sesame Street - Cookie Monster's Best Bites

When the cookies are ready sit your cookie monster down to watch these cute sketches from Sesame Street. A glass of cold milk and a big cookie will be appreciated.

 
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26 kidtested and perfected recipes offer young chefs a wide variety of hands-on cooking adventures.

 
Fun Stuff Cookies
Fun Stuff Cookies

Fun Stuff Cookies encourages creativity. Each recipe includes simple directions to make miniature masterpieces. You and your little one will have fun making these great cookies.

 
Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook
Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook

From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook, with hilarious photos, features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist.

 

Here's a cookie Monster - Mmmmm Good!

Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster

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"These are the best oatmeal cookies you will ever taste. You may want to substitute currants for the raisins. I have done so. If you want to give them sort of a sweet and sour taste, replace the raisins with cranberries. If you find yourself making them often, try adding walnuts, peanuts or after flattening them make an indentation and add a little bit of homemade jelly preserve in each cookie.

You might find that this is the only cookie recipe you will ever need to satisfy the cookie monsters in your home.

I guarantee that you will want seconds and quite possibly more.

O-kay, here is the recipe.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening (I use butter)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup raisins or cranberries (chopped)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (Quick)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix shortening and sugar to a "corn" consistency.
  2. 2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. 3. Mix all of the dry ingredients, including the fruit and coconut, into a large bowl .
  4. 4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix. (A stiff batter - resist the urge to add more liquid.)
  5. 5. Roll into balls and flatten with a floured fork or drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake 375 F. for 10-15 minutes. (Mine take 11 minutes.)
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Here is my cookie jar. - Isn't' he cute?

My Snowman Cookie Jar
My Snowman Cookie Jar

Cookie Jars - Similar to mine but not quite the same.

I love my snowman cookie jar. Everyone comments on it when they come to visit. It is very well made and I think that it adds a bit of character to my kitchen.

For the cookie monster's mum. - Put these recipe books on your wishlist

It is easy to go to the internet now and find a recipe. First though you need to know what you are looking for. I prefer to have a book on hand that I can flip through to find my favorite recipe or a new recipe that is tried and tested.

Here are a few recipe books that I would like to have in my collection.

Pretty serving dishes - What do you think?

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Amazon ASIN: B000MW0K60

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Show off your yummy cookies .. - I like to put cookies on pretty serving plates.

Will Borden
Will Borden

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      Qmarpat 2 years ago from Northern,California

      This is really cute!!

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      Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Margaret Schindel: I missed your comment. I wonder if you tried it yet. Thank you for your viist.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Laraine, this recipe looks fabulous! I think I might try it with dried cranberries/Craisins and white chocolate chips...yum! It's always a pleasure to read your lenses, my dear. Blessed! :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you so much for your visit, comments and blessing. Much appreciated!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TransplantedSoul: Thank you for your visit. These cookies never last long around our home. They are special!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      One more excellent example of your work - google plus and blessed.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Laraine - this looks very tasty.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @beaworkathomemom: Thank you for your visit. I'll be visiting your lenses soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you for your visit. I especially like the cookie jar!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @KidsToyTeaSets LM: I agree .. these would be tasty treats for a child's tea party. I think that I'd put a little icing on them for that.

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious. I love a good cookie.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing your recipe for oatmeal cookies. I'll have to eliminate the coconut (allergies), but will definitely add some nuts or chocolate chips to these good-for-you cookies. Angel Blessings**

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Yes, nice easy to read recipe and beautiful gifts to go along. Thanks!

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      KidsToyTeaSets LM 5 years ago

      Oh what a yummy visit. I love your cookie jar! And wouldn't these be tasty treats for a childs tea party - the cookies would fit perfectly on even a small kids toy tea set. Thank you for a lovely visit.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sylvestermouse: It is .. and versatile. Even though the same batter is used they all taste different.

      Thank you for your visit, comment and blessing!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: They'll love them! Thank you for your visit. I'll try to visit you again soon.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, this cookie recipe sounds delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ah.. It's time to tell my monsters at home to take a try with your yummy Vernon cookies :) Love you, dear friend. Happy National High Five Day, too :D

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: It was hard work! :) Thank you for visiting.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @miaponzo: Thank you for your visit and blessing!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Best bio ever written "I come from a big family and it was my job to keep the cookie jar full." That will keep me laughing all morning, thank you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TolovajWordsmith: Isn't it wonderful that we found this recipe! One of my favorites!

      Thank you for the visit .. I'll be to visit you soon.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      These look yummy! Blessed!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      We made very similar oatmeal cookies for years and they were great for several reasons. They are tasty (obvious), healthy (they contain oatmeal) and they are suitable for a lot of experimenting with different spices and other 'additives'. Thumbs up!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @dellgirl: Thank you! I'm not on Facebook so maybe it'll bring me traffic that I've never had before. I appreciate it. I'll be by for a visit soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Elsie Hagley: I just bought some candied cherries today to put in some of these cookies. Tomorrow I'll be making a batch. Come for a cuppa and share them with me.

      Thank you very much for the blessing! I'll be coming to visit you soon.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Tweeted & FaceBooked it looks so yummmmmy!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, I love freshly cooked cookies, eating them while they are still warm and the smell of them is still in the air.

      Must try this recipe, as you said most probably the only recipe you need with so many ways to change the recipe. Blessed

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Love receiving a visit from you. Your comments always make me smile. Thank you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: How fortunate for them! Have fun!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i'm a cookie monster too. love to munch fresh cookies while baking.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, I can't wait to share all of these wonderful recipes with my grandchildren.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: You are a cookie monster too? I can't keep them in stock. I thought I had enough baked for the holidays. Even the ones I froze are gone. I'm making another batch tomorrow .. come and visit. You'd be very welcome.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Anthony Altorenna: I'm sure you will enjoy them. Thank you for your visit and comment. I'll be to visit you soon.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, this would be my introduction to Vernon Oatmeal cookies ... please send me some for Christmas. And, yes, I would serve my cookies on a pretty serving plate for sure.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Vernon's oatmeal cookies sound wonderfully delicious, and we're going to try your recipe.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: I know that he will love these cookies, with the slight adjustments for his needs. These cookies are so versitile .. I use the base for many alternative fruits and/or nuts. We even dried our own raisins and we have nut trees that we were able to havest and make use of the produce.

      Thank you Joie for the visit, I look forward to reading your lenses soon.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Thank you, Will, for the personal recommendation - they sound wonderful! Because of my husband's sulfite sensitivity, I'd have to skip the dried fruit and make sure the coconut was unsulfured, but I know he wouldn't mind the slight alteration. And I can add almost any kind of nuts - he'll love that! Thank you!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WillBorden: Thank you, Will. I'll be baking another batch soon, just for you.

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      WillBorden 5 years ago

      Hi Laraine,

      These are delicious cookies- I now from experience!! Can even put chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or nuts in them along with the other ingredients! Well done, Laraine!!

      Will