Saturday, May 31, 2008

Pride of Iowa Cookies

Ever since receiving my Mother's Day gift, it's been sitting on the dishwasher, taunting me to take it for a spin. Want to see?

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Ain't it purty?

But life has just not allowed me to even play with it - until yesterday. Seeing as how the cookie jar has been empty for a WEEK, I decided it was time to put this baby into action. And what better recipe to test drive it with than my Pride of Iowa Cookies.

Normally the only way to mix this stiff dough is to use your hands. I've never had a mixer that could even begin to handle the dough once you began adding the flour and oats. But with this puppy, that just wasn't a problem.

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These cookies are chock full of everything a growing girl needs. It came out of the recipe box from the nursing home, and it looks like Nyda Gleason's handwriting. (Hi Nyda!) She was the cook who taught me how to cook for 40 people and get it ready to serve at 11:30 sharp.

Anyway... in case you're interested...here is the recipe for my

PRIDE OF IOWA COOKIES:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cup shortening

2 eggs, beaten

2 cup flour

3 cups quick oatmeal

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1 cup chocolate chips (optional) (I didn't have any to put into these :( )

1. Blend shortening and sugars

2. Add beaten eggs.

3. Sift dry ingredients and add to first mixture.

4. Stir in vanilla, coconut, oatmeal, nuts and chips (if using).

5. Mix well. Flatten with wet fork or bottom of glass.

6. Bake at 375 F for 8-12 minutes, or until brown.

Makes 5 or 6 dozen, depending on size of cookie.

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Look good - don't they? And they are! Oh, and they're in the box because these are coming to YOU Stacey!! Let's see the postal service crush these babies!

8 comments:

Alanna said...

Yum!

I worked at a nursing home too.

Sally said...

Hi Alanna - Why does that not surprise me? LOL Actually, I *lived* in one. Grew up in it.

Terri B. said...

Those look so yummy! Glad you got to use the mixer. I will be getting one of those (in that very color!) either for my birthday this year or Christmas. I will. I just know I will. If husband didn't get the hints I've been dropping like bombshells then he'd better hide ;o)

Stacey said...

Sally you are too funny! I bet the postal service tries their VERY BEST to crush those babies and might manage somehow! LMAO I will remain optimistic though just because they look so GOOD in that picture. I can't wait to try them! Can you send the milk too? no?
~Stacey

mari said...

Those cookies look yummy, alright! If you ever knead bread dough with it, remember to never go above level 2 otherwise you'll burn the motor out. Yes, it can happen even with these muscle machines...Have fun with it!

Reenie said...

Omigosh! They look delicious - the recipe reads delicious. I love the red mixer too - red is my favorite color.

Sally said...

Terri - I hope you get one too. I've wanted one of these for years! It was worth the wait.

Stacey - They'll be in the mail on Monday. I've got my fingers crossed!

Mari - Thanks for the information! I would never have guessed that. That was going to be my next project.

Reenie - Isn't that just the prettiest thing you've ever seen?

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Those look like cookies to be plenty proud of! I always put chocolate chips in my oatmeal cookies and you left them out, dear dear.