It's funny how things go sometimes. About a month ago I saw a picture of iced oatmeal cookies on my travels of the internet. I kept thinking about them, craving iced oatmeal cookies. A couple of weeks later one of the food blogs I follow posted a recipe for iced oatmeal cookies! I decided I must make them. Before I'd had a chance to do so I was going through some family "treasures" looking for Mom and Dad's wedding photo negatives and came across this recipe for "Pat's Oatmeal Cookies" and figured why not give it a try and put icing on these.
The question is whose recipe was this? This looks like Granny Taylor's handwriting so it seems she got the recipe from somebody and thought it was worth having. But who is Pat? Mom wasn't a baker at all so I wouldn't think it came from her. The paper it's written on is dated 1954, the year that Granny, Mom and Ann travelled to Ireland so possibly it was cousin Pat Barnes' recipe. A bit of a mystery.
The directions are very vague so I mixed the ingredients in the order that seemed to make sense based on my own baking experience. Once mixed I didn't have a lot of faith in the dough. It was really sticky and not very cookie-like. And the directions say to bake for 15 to 20 minutes which seems much too long for a cookie. I baked them about 12 minutes and ended up with a very small batch of twenty-one basic, homey (or homely!) cookies which are not very sweet but are surprisingly light. I can see why Granny would have liked these with her tea. I wonder if she ever baked them herself and especially wonder why Mom saved the recipe for all those years because I'm pretty sure that she never made them.
I decided to skip icing these cookies. I don't think sweet icing would have gone well with this type of cookie at all. These are meant to be enjoyed as is with a good cup of tea. This was a bit of a departure from my usual cookie challenge but it was fun to try out this old recipe. Next time I'll be back to baking from the International Cookie Cookbook.
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