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Pride of Iowa Cookies (Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

What's so special about Grandma's Pride of Iowa cookies? They're an old fashioned oatmeal cookie that have nuts, coconut and brown sugar.  With a crunchy outside and soft inside, what more can you ask for in an easy oatmeal cookie recipe?

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cookies with quick oaks, old fashioned cookie recipe, old fashioned oatmeal cookie, pride of iowa cookies, vintage cookie recipes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Barbara
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Cream white sugar, brown sugar and shortening.

  3. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

  4. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; slowly add to creamed mixture just mixing until incorporated.

    Mix together wet and dry ingredients.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine quick oats, coconut and nuts. Stir into the dough.

  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.

  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Recipe Notes
  • Be sure to use quick oats (not rolled oats) in these Pride of Iowa Cookies. 
  • I prefer to use chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Use 2 large eggs or 3 small eggs. This makes a difference in how the cookie spreads.
  • For a little change, try adding butterscotch chips to these oatmeal cookies with quick oats.
  • A small cookie scoop works perfectly for these. 
  • Feel free to adjust the baking time up or down depending if you want a softer or crispier oatmeal cookie.
  • If your cookies do not spread during baking, press down the center of these cookies the last minute of baking.  This will result in a flat cookie.  (This is a result of the texture of your dough. If it happens, add an extra egg next time). 
  • Grandma had awesome desserts! Try her Fantasy Fudge and Caramel Corn recipes. 
Nutrition Facts
Pride of Iowa Cookies (Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 65mg3%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.