When she passed a few years back, I received a cookbook from her home. It was her 1938 copy of Searchlight Recipes cookbook. It was originally published in 1931 and a note inside revealed that my great grandmother had helped test some recipes included in the book.
Tucked inside the cover, I also found an original, handwritten recipe for aunt Martha’s Five Fave Flave Cookies and of course I had to make them.
There is something comforting about a handwritten recipe, especially from a loved one that has passed on.
Aunt Martha’s Five Fave Flaves Cookies
A blend of five flavors that you would think are too much for one cookie, but work really well together.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBSP vanila
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 cup nuts, I used walnuts
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped (mini chips would be best here)
- 1/2 cup raisins or dates, I used dried cherries that I chopped into small bits because I have a bunch and wasn’t about to buy more dried fruit.
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
- Add vanilla, eggs and applesauce, mix.
- Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir into butter and sugar mixture.
- Mix in oatmeal, nuts, chocolate chips, raisins and coconut. You can leave out raisins or coconut if you don’t like them or substitute them for something else.
- Spoon onto parchment lined baking sheets by the tablespoonful and bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. I pulled mine at 12 minuets and let them solidify as they cooled. Makes about 4 dozen.
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