Margie's Shortbread Oatmeal Cookies Recipe -
Margie's Shortbread Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Margie's Shortbread Oatmeal Cookies

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"This is our family recipe for shortbread oatmeal cookies, handed down through the Scottish side of the family. There is nothing better. They are definitely not low in fat."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Dissolve the baking soda in the water.
  3. Combine the oats, flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the baking soda mixture and form dough into a ball. Either roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters or press dough into the bottom of one 9x13 inch baking pan.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 28, 2008

I have a similar recipe passed down in my family as well. Ours has only 2 cups of oatmeal. TIP: I find that oat bran works the best. (The original family recipe used scottish oatmeal and is very coarse) Also decrease the sugar to 3/4 of a cup. Increase the water to 1/3 cup. I think you will find the dough easier to work with. Really a wonderful cookie!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

These tasted good, but I must have missed something. Mine turned out crumbly, not at all like a cookie. More like a graham cracker crust. Still, they are tasty.

Mar 21, 2007

I was looking for a cookie recipe that would be similar to a "hobnob". This recipe, while less crunchy, was great. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, which I believe is very important to the sweetness of any cookie. I used splenda brown sugar, and only used 1/2 cup. I really like oats, and to be able to chew on them, so I used whole oats, but crushed them a bit with my hands before using them so I wouldn't so much like a barnyard animal while eating the cookie! After I incorporated all the ingredients, I made the dough into balls, then pushed them down with the bottom of a glass. I then sprinkled the dough with coarse sugar. After baking for the full 15 minutes, they turned out wonderful!

Nov 23, 2008

Very good recipe. I did add an egg to mine because I do like a nice chewy cookie, and 1 tsp vanilla. I love vanilla in my oatmeal cookies, and they were great, co-workers at work absolutely loved them.

Mar 26, 2004

I used cinnamon and apple oats, added 2 beaten eggs,1tsp.vanilla,1tsp. cinnamon,1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1/2 cup fine chop nuts and followed recipe. and you end up with addictive cookies.thanks Jan for the start of the best cookies.

Mar 04, 2005

My eleven yr. old son picked this one because he doesn't like to fuss with a lot of ingredients. They definately taste like shortbread with an oatmeal twist. The only thing he did for the second batch was add a little more butter to keep them from crumbling apart. He generously shares them with his friends who says "they're the BEST"

Jan 25, 2004

Great, easy cookies, but not exactly what I'd call shortbread. Taste more like really good granola bars. They were a big hit with my holiday cookie swap and my second batch was even more delicious when I spread a bit of melted chocolate on top as they cooled.

Apr 29, 2009

Tasty, but a smidgen boring. Mine were crumbly too, they probably do need an egg to hold them together. I wouldn't make them for anyone by following the recipe exactly.


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  • Calories
  • 320 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.7 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 3.9 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 194 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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