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Oct 012013

Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

I am so excited today! Remember yesterday I said it was so quiet here, not even a phone call? Well apparently, our cat Boston Blackie was under our bed and tripped our surge plug where our main phone is connected. Must have happened sometime Sunday afternoon and I didn’t discover it until late yesterday when I looked at my phone on my desk and noticed it was reading that there was no base connection. After getting the phones back up and running, sure enough the phone rang within minutes! My sister up in New York was about to call the cops to come check up on us as she had been trying to call for 2 days and wasn’t even getting our answering machine! Now here comes the exciting part, in one of the magazines that she gets, there was a Martha Washington Cook Book that has been redone to accommodate today’s ingredients! Did you ever read an old cook book and see some of the ingredients they call for? And then the instructions sometimes are not always that clear, pretty crazy stuff sometimes. Well anyway, she ordered the cook book for me and also got a deal where she will get one for herself too! Can’t wait for Santa to bring me that one, which will probably be an early Christmas gift! So speaking of old cook books, this cookie recipe is from my 1933 “Better Homes Recipe Book” compiled by Marjorie Mills and my sister’s call prompted me to do this today. This month is also Cookie Month and today is Homemade Cookie Day, but again, my cookie pans will stay empty until my kitchen is redone and that’s gonna take a little time! So, if you make these, think of me!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teas salt
  • 1-1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 teas baking powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¾ teas vanilla
  • 2 squares chocolate (?)
  • 1 cup flour
  1. Cream the butter, add sugar gradually, add egg, beaten lightly, without separating, add chocolate, melted.
  2. Beat well and add flour, oats, salt and baking powder, well mixed alternately with the milk; add vanilla.
  3. Drop from tip of spoon on buttered sheet, two inches apart; press a large seeded raisin on top of each cookie and bake in a moderate oven twelve to fifteen minutes.


I wrote the recipe as it appears in the book and as you can see, some of it isn’t quite all there or maybe it’s me! From my reading, I would assume that a moderate oven would be 350 degrees. And how big were the squares of chocolate back then? And finally, large raisins with their seed? I think I’ll stick to my seedless thank you! Hope you enjoy………

Jul 092013

Sugar Puffs

Today is Sugar Cookie Day and sugar cookies are kind of a basic recipe but these cookies are soft in consistency and very delicate. This recipe comes from an old pamphlet put out by the New York State Electric & Gas Corporation for the Christmas holidays with menus and holiday tips for decorating. I guess I’m thinking Christmas, as there was a Christmas movie on TV last night and I sure could use some cooler temps! I assume the booklet was brought home by my dad who used to work for the company, as the year of the booklet is not stamped in it, but by the way the illustrations are done, it had to come from the ’50’s or maybe the early ’60’s when my dad worked there. I can also remember my mom making them along with various other cookies and confections, not only during the holidays but year round!

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Sugar Puffs
  • 2-1/2 cups flour sifted
  • ½ teas salt
  • ¾ teas baking soda
  • ⅛ teas nutmeg
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/4 teas vanilla
  1. Sift together the flour, salt, soda and nutmeg.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and blend well.
  4. Mix dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk and vanilla.
  5. Let batter stand for 10 minutes; batter will be soft.
  6. Drop by scant tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Sprinkle with extra granulated sugar.
  8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.


Good time to make cookies with the kids out of school…………..enjoy!

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