Mema’s Crispy Oatmeal Cookies – from Mrs. Mary Eugenia Taylor

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Today, Mary Cobb shares with us her Mema’s special recipe for crispy oatmeal cookies and along with it a story that is sure to touch your heart. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did and want to try these cookies soon! Thank you so much for sharing with us, Mary!
Gratefully, Christy

My name is Mary Helen Cobb. I am named after my grandmother, Mary Eugenia Taylor.

Mrs. Mary Eugenia Taylor "Mema"

Cooking and eating have always been a big part of family gatherings. With roots from Italy and Germany, just to name a few, that is no surprise. That being said, I never really learned to cook any of the things I loved to eat. Most of the time the kitchen was full of relatives trying to sneak a bite or telling some story.

I was more interested in what was going on around me and not what was cooking on the stove. I guess I never really thought that those times would ever come to an end or that no one else knew the recipes. Every one of them was tucked away in Mema’s head and none of them were written down.

A few years ago, my Mema suffered a massive stroke that left her unable to walk or talk. She could not look after herself and had to be put in assisted living. We thought she would never talk again. Slowly, she has regained the ability to express herself, but much of what she knew has disappeared from her memory.

After she had regained some of her strength, she asked me to write down the recipes that she could remember. One of those recipes is for her favorite cookie. It is a very thin crispy oatmeal cookie. It tastes great by itself or with a little peanut butter and a glass of milk. She trusted me too spread the recipes to the family so that they wouldn’t be lost. I am taking that a step further and sending it to all of you. It is a staple at my family Christmas gathering. It packs well and one batch seems to go on forever. I give them as goodie bags to teachers and friends. I hope that you enjoy these cookies as much as my grandmother does.

Mema’s Crispy Oatmeal Cookies – from Mrs. Mary Eugenia Taylor

It is a very thin crispy oatmeal cookie. It tastes great by itself or with a little peanut butter and a glass of milk.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal
Servings: 4
Calories: 129kcal


  • MeMa's Crispy Oat Cookies
  • 1 cup oleo Another name for margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans


  • Cream oleo. Gradually add both sugars while beating at medium speed. Add egg, then oil, then vanilla. Mix well. Slowly add flour, oats, and cornflakes. Mix well. Add pecans and mix with spoon (batter probably too think at this point for mixer). Shape into balls and flatten with fork on ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake @350 for 15 minutes


Calories: 129kcal
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Alright so today I’m quoting myself but since it is a quote from the book, I figure that kinda makes it okay ~winks~.

Either way, it stands true and bears repeating.

“Never forget your root system;

It’s what keeps you growing straight.”

~Christy Jordan, Southern Plate Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family

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  1. What a very touching story! I’m going to include these cookies with my Christmas baking this year. Thank you for sharing!

  2. this reminded me that i need to write things down for my children and grandchildren. thank you so much for sharing your grandmother with us. i never met either one of mine, one passed before i was born and one lived in Tennessee, and passed when i was five. i know that she loved and prayed for me though.

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