Friday, June 11, 2010

Favorites on Fridays

I've always loved how other families have favorite recipes.  Different foods for different holidays.  Different recipes for different occasions.  I've always been in awe.  Good ole' family food traditions.  Recipes handed down from generation to generation.  What a comforting thought connecting to Great-Grandmother as you bake Christmas dinner.

Well, I have racked my brain.   My family doesn't have any favorite foods that have been handed down over time to be savored during family occasions.  In fact, my husbands' family doesn't have any favorite recipes used that way by all of the generations either.  Nope. 

HOWEVER, we do have recipes that every generation has made.  They are just ALL cookie recipes.  But, boy, do we have some great cookie recipes.  And the thing about cookies is that all sorts of different occasions require cookies.  Bad day...make cookies.  Celebration...make cookies.  Potluck...make cookies.  Cookies are the perfect answer to many of life's questions.

Perhaps you have a question that needs an answer.  Well, I have the perfect recipe for you...Buckaroons.   Kind of a cross between an oatmeal cookie and a chocolate chip cookie.  Nice and crunchy.  Some people even think they are healthy.  Well...I always hate to break it to them (but I always do); these are cookies and have a lot of sugar.  And shortening really gives them a nice texture.  So I use a "Smart Balance" shortening which is a bit more healthy.  But I guess the oatmeal qualifies as healthy.

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup nuts
1 pkg choc. Bits (6 oz)

Blend shortening and sugar. Add eggs; beat light and fluffy. Add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in all the rest. Drop by teaspoon on greased baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. (makes 4-5 dozen)




  1. I think my culinary roots only go back one generation Cheryl. My mum left home and swore she would never make the food her mum made (she could tell what was for dinner by the day of the week growing up, her diet was that limited!) Funnily enough, my mum's getting recipes from me now too, so I guess we have a bi-generational exchange thing going on!

    I do love the idea of making cookies whenever though, wonder what I have ingredients for right now...

  2. I have a few recipes which were from my MIL but they ate vary traditional English food and we are a bit more adventurous, so its my SIL and I who do the swapping.
    Those cookies do sound good, will have to give them a go.
    Have a good weekend.

  3. Gosh they do sound yummy. I don't have anything to celebrate today, I am not sad about anything today but I do have some time today so I am going to make cookies. That is what weekends are for....

  4. I love love love cookies (you are right, they are perfect for every occasion in my opinion). I just tried making a recipe of oatmeal choc. chip cookies that I found on the internet....not good. I can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Good heavens! These sound incredible! I know my husband would love them. Thanks, Cheryl ... duly copied!

  6. They sound lovely Cheryl. I know what I will be doing tomorrow now! Thank you!!

  7. My daughter made the Buckaroons tonight, Cheryl. My goodness ... what a cookie. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


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