Making cookies for the troops
Dec. 7, 1941, was the day the U.S. was attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. This past Saturday evening, coming home from Ocean City in the driving rain, we decided to stop at Barnes & Noble in Salisbury to have a hot drink and check out the latest books. I met the most awesome World War II U.S. Navy veteran, who was stationed at Pearl Harbor that morning. It was a wonderful conversation for me with my family military history and the great interest I have in our country’s military. I let the 92-year-old gentleman tell me about joining at 18 and his great career with the Navy. As we parted, we both had tears in our eyes, and I thanked that gentleman for serving our country. He saluted and, using his walker, hobbled away. God bless all veterans who honorably served.
This story leads to making cookies for our troops away from home, in VA hospitals and VA nursing homes. Make some extra cookies for that neighbor, a sickly friend, a destitute family, lonely shut-ins or local police, emergency responders and others serving to protect each and every one. Get the kids involved in the baking and delivering process.
Chocolate chip cookies
Blend 2 cups Crisco with 2 cups white sugar. Add four beaten eggs with 4 tsp. vanilla; mix well. Add 1 cup brown sugar, 8 cups flour, 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. baking soda and blend well. Stir in 2 cups chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoons on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together 3/4 cup shortening, 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, one egg and 1 tsp. vanilla until creamy. Add 3 cups uncooked oats, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. baking soda. Mix well and drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. You may add chopped nuts, raisins, chocolate chips and coconut. Makes five dozen.
Cream together 1 cup shortening, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, two beaten eggs and 2 tsp. vanilla. Gradually add 2-1/4 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. salt. Mix well and add 1-1/2 cups M&Ms and mix. Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees. Kids love these cookies and like to help make them.
Next week we will make a couple of Diane’s favorite Christmas recipes.