Friday, June 3, 2011


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My Mothers favorite cookie recipe was an Oatmeal Macaroon Cookie, and she always added chocolate chips to please her family.

When we were in grammar school, we came home for lunch, and usually half a sandwich and a bowl of soup and a glass of milk. The cookies were always a treat for desert.

When we graduated to middle and high school, Mom always packed us a bag lunch, so cookies went well with our sandwich and a banana or other fruit.

Her plan was to get Oatmeal into us however she could and these cookies worked very well.

During the winter months, mother often made us hot cereal for breakfast, usually Quakers Oatmeal, but some days it was Cream of wheat or Wheatena.

On Sundays we had bacon and eggs and biscuits or toast, before church. Once in a while Mom would make us pancakes or waffles to give us a variety in our breakfast fare.

Mother was a stay at home mom, but she worked hard for her family. Cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, cooking and baking. Her biggest task was praying for her family and prayer was first on her early morning, “To do list.”

Mom’s cookie recipe became a favorite of our family too, and I must say it remains one of my husband’s favorite cookies.

I hope it will become one of your family favorites also:


1 cup shortening (or butter or margarine) (Shortening is best if you have it.)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 ½ cup sugar
2 eggs

Combine above 7 ingredients and beat thoroughly.
Sift together and add

2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp soda Lastly add and mix well.

2 cups quick rolled oats, and 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional add ½ cup raisins you have plumped in hot water.)

Drop on Pam sprayed cookie sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

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  1. What a nourishing philosophy encouraging the intake of oats! I'm impressed. :)

    Just today my mom served some store-bought oatmeal-raisin cookies alongside snickerdoodles. The Snickerdoodles were gobbled up and the oatmeal-raisin cookies left on the plate. (Too healthy, I suppose...)

  2. Reply to Ann: I wonder if it was the raisins. My kids did not like the raisins in cookies.

  3. You know Hazel,I noticed that your recipes are simple.down to earth but really really good.I have the list..all of them in my!My jar of salad dressing is almos gone and I intend to do this oatmeal macroons

  4. I believe I have tasted these delious cookies, when I use to spend the night at your house. They are very good. I copied the recipe. I plan on making them soon. I enjoy your stories from A Joyful Noise. Judy Amaral

  5. Recipe looks yummy! Printed out and I can't wait to try it! Love, Mike

  6. Although I went away from using shortening , I used the same tactics to get oats, flax and wheat germ into my kids. I altered a recipe to cut the fat and use all those...BUT I don't forget the choco chips! Love, Nan K

  7. Yum, Hazel! These sound great. Have you ever tried adding coconut? I wonder how that would be? I'm going to try these!

  8. Yum! But, yes...I would leave out the raisons :). Put in some chocolate chips instead and, wa-la! Cookies all gone!

  9. We love recipes that are family faves, this one looks great! Will be trying it out soon :)


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