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Over a Cup of Coffee: A crispy cookie!

Diane Prather

This past month my sisters, Charlotte (Allum) and Darlene Blackford, and our brother, Duane Osborn, spent the day together, talking about growing up on the ranch when we were young, emphasis on cooking since we have been working on a cookbook that we started some years ago.

So this week, since the featured recipe for this column is for a cookie, I’ve been wondering how our mother managed to get the oven to the right temperature to bake cookies, cakes, and pies. When Charlotte and I were very young, she cooked on a wood/coal cookstove.

Charlotte remembers a temperature gauge for the oven on the front of the stove. She also remembers Mom opening the oven, putting her hand inside, and saying, “It’s not quite hot enough yet.” What an art to getting just the right temperature!

In later years, we had natural gas for heat and cooking.

This week’s cookie recipe came from Lola Downs, an elderly friend of ours when our children were small and she lived first near Timnath and later in Fort Collins. They called her Grandma Downs.

The very first recipe that was published in the first “Over a Cup of Coffee” column was for a fruit cocktail cake, and the recipe came from Grandma Downs.

Enjoy these crispy cookies!

Yummy, Crispy CookiesYummy, Crispy Cookies

Yummy, Crispy Cookies

½ cup margarine

½ cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups unsifted flour

1 teaspoon soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups uncooked, quick oatmeal

2 cups cornflakes

1 cup coconut

Cream the shortening and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Crush up the cornflakes. Roll the mixture into small balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet so that they are about three inches apart. Flatten them with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes.

— Recipe from the files of Lola Downs— Recipe from the files of Lola Downs

— Recipe from the files of Lola Downs

Did you cook on a wood or coal stove or did your mother or grandmother? I’d love to hear from you. Do you have recipes that you would like to share? You can reach me at 970-824-8809 (evenings best) or by writing to me at PO Box 415, Craig 81626.


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