Tad’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serving Size: 72


1 cup shortening
1 cup butter, softened
1  1/2 cups sugar
1  1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour, 14.5 ounces
2 teaspoons soda
1  1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups oats, 9.5 ounces
4 cups chocolate chips


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream shortening, butter and sugars until fluffy.

3. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

4. In separate bowl, sift together flour, soda and cinnamon.

5. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture.

6. Stir in chocolate chips and oats.

7. Form into balls on cookie sheets.

8. Bake 13 minutes or until just turning brown on the bottom and around the edges.


Alternative: Add 3/4 teaspoon coconut flavoring with the vanilla and 1  1/2 cups shredded coconut with the chocolate chips.

Another thing to try: replace the shortening with coconut oil. Good flavor and creamy texture. Very good.


10 responses to “Tad’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I think I need to try this out, although a sample bag of said cookies would totally convince me 🙂

  2. I love your cookies!:-) thanks for the recipe!

  3. Yesss! I am definitely making these asap!

  4. I love my tad bag and do love a good cookie

  5. Elizabeth

    About 4 different groups of people in our neighborhood were lucky enough to get these cookies this week from my kitchen. Also, the dough is a little bit of heaven/San Jose on earth.

  6. Awesome Blog Tad, thanks for sharing, will try the cookies tonight for our Oscars Party! Michelle and Nate

  7. What a fun thing — fun to see the bags and read about the “kook” — already have the recipe thanks to you!! We’ll look forward to additions.

    The site is surely set up cute.

  8. Love these cookies!!

  9. Natalie Hardie

    Hi Dr. Tad! I made these cookies tonight. I didn’t know when to add the shortening so I added it with the butter and they turned out just great. My fiance said they were the best cookies he has ever had, and I’d have to agree. Thank you! Next I will try the cereal ones.

  10. I still make these recipes some 10+ years later after you generously shared your recipe with me in high school! They’re still the best cookies in the entire world!!

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