While thumbing through old cookbooks that once belonged to my mother, tucked in one of the pages I found a recipe she penned for oatmeal cookies.
When I was young I didn’t think of myself as a sentimental person or see the importance of keeping my mom’s old cookbooks. Now that my day job involves saving old books, but more importantly saving inscriptions, handwritten letters found in old books, and random pieces of provenance, I realize how lucky I am to have mindlessly grabbed these old cookbooks several years ago, because finding this recipe in my mother’s handwriting today made for a special moment.
I think I’ll bake a batch of cookies this evening. Love ya Margie!
Ingredients: 3/4 cup shortening, 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup sifted flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3 cups oats.
The Process: Beat shortening, sugars, egg, water, and vanilla together until creamy. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda; add to creamed mixture. Blend well. Stir in oats.
Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven 12 to 15 minutes. For variety add chopped nuts, or raisins, or chocolate chips, or shredded coconut. Recipe makes 5 dozen.