How to Make Old Fashioned Cookies

How to Make Old Fashioned Cookies

Soft Oatmeal, Honey Raisin Bars, and Chocolate Brickle Bars

Cookies are perfect so many things. From lunch boxes to shower and party treats, cookies are beloved desserts. Whether you want a drop cookie or a bar cookie, these recipes are sure to be family and friend pleasers! Oatmeal Cookies are practically a slice of Americana and this soft version is yummy. For bar cookies, Chocolate Brickle Bars and Honey Raisin Bars are hard to beat!

Honey Raisin Bars

Another old Southern Indiana Recipe from the days of my youth–too many years ago!

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 2 cups uncooked oats
  • 1 cup seedless raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

Cream the honey, sugar, butter and egg together. Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, and flour together; stir into the creamed mixture. Add the oats and raisins, stir in. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the greased cookie sheets. Bake on the upper shelf of the oven for 12 to 14 minutes at 375 degrees. Cookies should be lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

Yield: About 4 dozen cookies.

>> Made-Over Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bites

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs (well beaten)
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup thick sweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar; add eggs and mix in. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves together. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the applesauce. Add the raisins, nuts, oatmeal and vanilla. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet about 2-inches apart to allow for spreading. Bake 15 minutes or until done in a 375 degree oven.

Chocolate Brickle Bars

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 bag (12-oz semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 bag Bits O Brickle
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 12-inch glass baking dish; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla to the sugar mixture and mix until fluffy. In a small bowl, combine the salt, baking soda, and flour. Add chocolate chips, Bits O Brickle, coconut, and pecans. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake! Center of bars will look very soft. Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.


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