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Pride Of Iowa Cookies Recipe

Pride Of Iowa Cookies

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugars. Mix in flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and oatmeal. Stir in coconut, eggs, vanilla, and nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 07, 2008

I made a recipe very similar to this one, and it turned out very well. Instead of shortening I used butter, and I switched the vanilla and walnuts for almond extract and finely chopped almonds. Like someone else mentioned, I added the eggs before the dry ingredients and the nuts/oats/coconut after the dry ingredients (folded them in). I hope that helps :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 05, 2010

The cookie itself deserves three stars - it's an average, decent oatmeal cookie. However, the listing of ingredients and the directions are so poorly written that the recipe's rating has to be docked for it. The listing of ingredients is out of order, and the method incorrect. Novice or beginner bakers will not know that the traditionally recognized method is to cream the sugar and shortening or butter together, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, then add to your creamed mixture just until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the oatmeal, coconut and walnuts last. (I also added a cup of dried cranberries which was a nice, fall addition) I almost forgot to include the white sugar just because the list of ingredients was so out of order and mixed up! Finally, I made my cookies larger than called for, placed them on UN-greased cookie sheets and still only had to bake them for 12 minutes. I can't imagine how overbaked these would have been if teaspoonful-sized cookies were baked for 15 minutes. The cookies themselves were ok, tho' a little on the dry side - I think reducing the flour to 1-1/2 cups would be a good modification to the recipe. I cannot recommend this recipe as written.

Aug 29, 2002

When I first read the directions I was leary about stirring in the eggs after the dry ingreds. were added. I have never seen a recipe like this. Well I was astounded at how bad these cookies were. I wasted alot of nuts raisens and oats. My whole family was displeased, it all went in the trash. The dough crumbled and wouldn't stay together enough to even make a ball shape. After cooking I found they had fallen apart on the sheet. I rechecked th recipe 4 times to see if I messed up, it wasn't me it was the recipe. Mary

Jul 28, 2008

As a proud Iowa native, this recipe certainly caught my eye! I took one of the suggestions and used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening and the cookies were amazing. Next up: I think I'll use them for ice cream sandwiches.

Apr 23, 2008

This was an okay cookie, but I agree with the others that it might be a better cookie with butter rather than shortening.

Jul 04, 2008

These cookies may look plain (no chips or chunks) but they are delicious! The coconut and walnut work well together, and the oatmeal makes them chewy and yummy. (I only baked mine until they were just turning golden, not the full time.) A new favorite! Thanks for the recipe.

Dec 04, 2006

Truely wonderful cookies! Everyone loves them...even my picky children. I used whole wheat flower instead of white...that way I can pack as much nutrition in as possible. Thanks!

Jan 08, 2006

Fantastic recipe. My tip would be to use butter instead of shortening (makes all the difference). Also, I found that when I baked the cookies a couple minutes longer than required to get them to golden brown-ness, I found they were a little too hard, albeit looking perfect. So if you're looking for a chewy cookie, only go the allotted time.


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  • Calories
  • 362 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 186 mg
  • 7%

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

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