Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re sharing a recipe today that brings us back to our childhood. To a time when cookies were simple and delicious and no one thought to put salted caramel, Oreos, or Halloween candy in them ?

There is, of course, a time for such treats, but there is something beautifully nostalgic about making a recipe that has been made for years, and reminiscing about old memories and times gone by. These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies definitely fit the bill, and are made with a recipe that has been passed down and much loved by everyone who’s tried them!

Full disclosure: This recipe uses vegetable shortening instead of butter. We know, we know, but remember what we were talking about with times gone by? Back in the day shortening was regularly used in baking and to be honest, it produces a lovely flavour and texture to these cookies. Feel free to substitute the shortening with butter if you absolutely must, but we would definitely advise sticking to the original ingredients!

The other ingredients that comprise these cookies are basic, everyday, kitchen staples. Oatmeal, brown sugar, a bit of flaked coconut, and a shockingly little amount of chocolate chips. Let us tell you, we were totally tempted to add more chocolate chips! Half a cup?! That’s craziness! But we found that the decrease in the amount of chocolate chips really let the oatmeal component of the cookies shine.

To us, these cookies are similar in sentiment to digestive or tea biscuits. They are not overly sweet, would be perfect with a cup of tea, and are the perfect combination of chewy and crunchy.

Baking from vintage recipes can be so fun! We highly suggest that you take a taste of the past and make these cookies!

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup ( 220 g) vegetable shortening

1 3/4 cup (219 g) all-purpose flour

2 cups (177 g) old-fashioned oats

1 cup (212 g) light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup sweetened-flaked coconut

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the shortening and brown sugar. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda into the water and then add to the mixture as well.
  3. Add the flour, old-fashioned oats, and coconut, and mix again until combined.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and stir until evenly incorporated. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then, transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!