The history of the cookie:
Several years ago my mother spent hours putting all her recipes into one uniform format, printing them and laminating them. Then she sent a complete set to each of her children. They are fabulous. The best part about them is that on the bottom of each card is a little story or memory of that dish. The Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies say "These were a school lunch favorite for the Ashurst kids. Great dunking! As I remember the story, my mother Helen, created this recipe after my sister Ellen had encephalitis. They were nutritious and high in protein to help her gain her strength back." So I figured if they were good for encephalitis, they must be good for the flu too!
1/2 C shortening
1/2 C soft margarine
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
1 C peanut butter
Blend the above, then add:
2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
Blend the above, then stir in:
1 C oatmeal
Roll in balls and then smash with a fork to make a crisscross pattern. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350.
First off, cookies just are hardly cookies without chocolate chips - so I add chocolate chips to mine. And secondly, since I add chocolate chips, I don't squish mine with a fork.
After patiently baking these with Asher and Isaiah's help (Naomi was at school), Asher refused to eat any. Now if that's not a sign of a sick boy, I don't know what is! Who turns down a cookie fresh out of the oven?
See Mom's sweet little recipe card? And the "photo holder" that I use to hold my recipes is from my MIL so I channel both my Mom's when I'm cooking or baking!
The grumpy, non-eating, non-drinking, rash-faced-from-swiping-his-arm-across-his-runny-nose, boy himself.