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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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:13 minutes
Chill Time:4 hours
Total Time:4 hours 28 minutes


  • 1 cup real butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Powdered sugar, for topping


  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla extract.
  • In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, oats, and walnuts.
  • Blend well and chill dough, covered, for four hours or overnight.
  • Roll into 1 ½-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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, Dessert, oatmeal, Recipe, walnut
Author: Karen Ehman

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