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Aunt Mabel’s Oatmeal Cookies

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.

Cream together:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together and beat in slowly:

  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda

Fold in:

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup “plumped” raisins (soak 1/2 cup raisins in boiling water while you start this recipe; once you get to the fold-ins, drain the raisins well and add them in.)
  • unnecessary (but enjoyed by my family) is an additional fold-in of 1/2 cup chocolate chips

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!

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About Deb

Wife, mom, sister, pastor, chaplain, friend and Buckeye. I Yam what I Yam. Frequently imperfect, completely loved, and grateful.

3 comments on “Aunt Mabel’s Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Tom
    June 24, 2011

    I think the memories of Grandma’s bread baking may trump the cookies. She assumed bread-making as a duty of love when Grandpa was no longer able. It was probably the best bread ever – well made with kindness and love.

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