The gift of hospitality sometimes comes with food.
My grandmother, Lura Morrow Hickox, was a dedicated cookie-baker. She was legendary for always having cookies on the kitchen counter, stored in a ceramic cookie jar. (I think it was shaped like a bear, but I’m not sure.) When she was not able to bake regularly in her later years, the jar would be “embarrassed.” Store-bought cookies were not even considered as an option!
I’ll be posting three of her cookie recipes. My favorite of the three are these oatmeal cookies. The recipe is actually one of my grandfather’s sisters, Mabel. Crisp, chewy and sweet, they have just enough nutrition in them to put my guilt aside. For a little while, anyway.
Mix together and beat in slowly:
Form dough into two “logs” and wrap in aluminum foil. Chill several hours. (Works great if you mix these up the night before you want to bake them!) Slice chilled dough thinly and bake on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 6 to 8 minutes. Cookies burn easily – keep an close eye on them.
Yield: never enough!