Mak­ing cook­ies for the troops

Times-Record - - COMMUNITY - By MARIE SAV­AGE Food Colum­nist

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.

Oat­meal cook­ies

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.

M&M cook­ies

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.

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