Sometimes I think about the treats my mother would give us when we were little.
And I would wonder why she could not just bake us a nice cookie maybe?
Oh right, she could not bake. Bless her heart.
So my mom would give us a spoon of Crisco dipped in granulated sugar.
40 years later I need to know if any of your mothers passed off Crisco and sugar as a treat to you?
Also I need to know if you ate it. Because we did. And by god we loved it.
Come to think of it, her second favorite treat to offer was a knife and a Dixie cup of white sugar as she told us to go cut some rhubarb stalks back by the garage.
And we would sit there and dip freshly cut rhubarb into sugar and take yummy sour bites.
Perhaps dreaming about cookies.
I tried to offer my girls rhubarb dipped in sugar and they thought I lost my mind.
They don’t know what they are missing.
But whenever I run across a very old recipe for cookies that is meant to be made with Crisco….I make it and it tastes just like my childhood.
And you bet I sneak a fingertip full of Crisco dipped in sugar when nobody is looking.
While I thank my mom for the simple things in life.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Crisp Cookies
6 T shortening
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 T granulated sugar
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 t salt
1/4 t soda
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
Typical instructions – cream the wets and add the dry and mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 until flat and crispy and melt in mouth delicious. Bound to remind you of the Summer of 1972.
Unless of course you were not born yet..that would be freaky for you to think about the Summer of 1972 if you were not alive. But trust me..it was good.