Recipes: Then and Now

Recipes from the past updated for today

Post #19 My Best Cookies

December 1, 2014

These are my all time favorite cookies. Each recipe has been borrowed from somewhere else and altered to suit my taste for big soft cookies.

Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup all purpose flour

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup shortening

1 large egg

¼ teaspoon double strength vanilla extract

½ cup quick-cooking oats

¼ cup chopped walnuts

Sugar, to roll

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add shortening, egg and vanilla. Beat well. Stir in oats and nuts. Form into small balls, roll in additional granulated sugar and place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.


Using Vietnamese Cinnamon makes these cookies sing.

1 cup shortening, softened

1 ½ cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons Vietnamese Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large mixing bowl, cream shortening and 1 ½ cups sugar; add eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt; stir into shortening mixture until well blended. Roll dough into balls the size of small walnuts, and then roll in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies have barely flattened out and are slightly browned. (Cookies puff up at first, and then flatten out with crinkled tops.)

Molasses-Ginger Cookies

Big, soft and chewy, and nicely spicy.

1 cup brown sugar, packed

¾ cup canola oil

½ cup molasses

1 large egg

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine brown sugar, oil, molasses and egg: beat well. Stir together the flour, soda, spices, and salt. Gradually blend into molasses mixture. Form into balls about 1 tablespoon each (two tablespoons for larger size cookies). Roll in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.