Jolly Jumbo Oatmeal Cookies

These are really good cookies.  At Christmastime it’s fun to add cut-up gumdrops to them.  From the Lion House Christmas Cookbook.

Jolly Jumbo cookies

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

  • 1 cup shortening or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Cream shortening and sugars till fluffy.  Add eggs and continue beating.  Add vanilla.  Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger together and add gradually to creamed mixture.  stir in oatmeal and nuts.  Measure 1/4 cup dough for each cookie and place on greased cookie sheet, about 4 inches apart.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 12 to 15 minutes, until light brown.  Carefully remove from cookie sheet.  Cool.  Store in covered container.  Makes 28 cookies.  Variations: Add raisins, chocolate chips, cut up gumdrops, or M&M candies to dough and bake as directed.

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