I recently browsed through my late Yiayia Helen Metos’ recipe book, filled with her recipes plus clippings from recipes she found from the paper or given to her by friends.
I was told from my mom that her oatmeal cookies were everyone’s favorites, so I had to test for myself. Results: these cookies are amazing–so wonderfully soft and chewy that I just had to share her timeless cookies. Enjoy!


Helen's Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert/Cookie
Serves: ~40 cookies
  • ¾ cup shortening, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups oats, uncooked
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  2. Place shortening, sugars, egg, water, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat thoroughly.
  3. Sift flout, salt and soda; add to shortening mixture, and mix well.
  4. Blend in oats.
  5. Drop teaspoons of dough onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes.
For variation, add ½ tsp cinnamon and ¼ tsp nutmeg, or 1 cup of the following: chopped nuts or raisins, or chocolate chips or coconut.