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stack of poor man's cookies
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Poor Man's cookies come from an old issue of Country Magazine. They are the BEST oatmeal cookies and are made without eggs, butter, milk or nuts! Crispy on the outside, soft in the center, and a hint of toasted coconut flavor, although they do not contain coconut. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal cookies, poor man's, shortening
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 125kcal


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in water and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in oats.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop and scoop 12 at a time on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to stand 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.



These cookies are perfect for making ice cream sandwiches!


Calories: 125kcal