Grandma Gig’s Oatmeal Walnut Cookies circa 1952

My stepmom’s famous recipe. They won a blue ribbon in the 1950s at the Traverse City, MI county fair. All three of my boys can’t stop eating these! When shopping for ingredients, don’t forget powdered sugar to roll them in before baking.

Blue-Ribbon Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

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  • Powdered sugar


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 sticks real butter, softened

Mix in:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In another bowl mix:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Blend well and chill dough, covered, for four hours or overnight.
  • Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  • Roll in powdered sugar.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly golden.
  • Do not over-bake.
Author: Karen Ehman

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