Monday, September 2, 2013

Dad's Cookies

Tomorrow is back to school
for so many.

With this in mind, I had an urge
to bake cookies.

This is a recipe that my
mom often made.
She called them Dad's Cookies,
I don't exactly know why they are
called that but they were
always good and a favourite recipe.

When mom was getting feeble and
couldn't manage her housework as well anymore,
we hired a sweet young Amish girl to
come and help her for one day a week.
We soon discovered that mom had all the
housework done before she arrived
and insisted that
they bake cookies together instead
of housework!

The grandchildren sure didn't mind
this change in plans as there
were ALWAYS lots and lots of their
favourite cookies when visiting 
Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Dad’s Cookies

This recipe was written in her own
hand writing and passed on to each of us!

½ Cup Butter                                                                              
½ Cup Shortening (she used Lard)
2 Cups Brown Sugar
2 Eggs – beaten
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Cups Sifted Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 ½ Cups Coconut
Drop on baking sheet and press with a fork.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.  Will make 8 dozen small.

I used a small ice-cream scoop and this made
approx. 40 large cookies (3" round).
I had some left-over smarties from 
our weekend ice-cream dessert
so I added some before baking the last batch.

Maybe I'll deliver them to our
neighbours who have
3 sweet children heading
back to school tomorrow morning?

Becky, did I ever make cookies for you
for your first day of school lunch??

Dad's Cookies and Mom's baking Apron

Till next time ...... how is your Labour Day going?  We just heard the news that our beloved St. Jacobs Farmer's Market building burned to the ground during the night - such a terrible loss to this community and to the vendors!


  1. I was just craving something fresh, sweet, and warm from the oven. Guess I need to do some holiday baking, too!

  2. Hmmmm...they sound a lot like Ranger cookies that my mom used to make minus chocolate chips. Nothing like a homemade cookie!

    Sorry to read that your wonderful farmer's market is lost. A terrible thing for them and the community. Sigh.

  3. They sound so very good!
    Cookies were always on hand when our children were growing up, but I rarely make them anymore. I'll bet the Great Dane would love to smell a batch baking!

  4. Love the story of your mom cleaning up and having cookie making time instead. So sweet...
    Love that photo (your mom and dad?) What great smiles and beautiful countenances on both!

    1. Yes Ellen - those are my sweet parents. Oh, how I miss them!

  5. Your Dad's cookies look wonderful, recipe for Dad's cookies is almost the same. Delivering cookies is fun!
    Beautiful photo of your Mom and Dad.

  6. I can see why these cookies were passed down through the generations! Neat photo of your parents, too. sorry to hear about the fire. How awful.

  7. I was thinking about that recipe that other day. My mom always made "Dad's Cookies" I will need to add that to my bucket list of cookies as I prepare some for those boys this fall. There favorite is Peanut Butter.
    Cute story of your mom...Bless her heart.

  8. Those cookies look very similar to mine...and oh I love them. Crunchy!
    That is so sweet about your mom working ahead so they could have fun together.

  9. Somewhere along the line I had a recipe for Dad's cookies as well. I need to go check. Is that a photo of your mom and dad? So cute!

  10. What a delightful picture of your mom and dad and how creative of you to have a picture of the cookies on your mother's apron! The recipe sounds similar to one my mother made and shared with many when she and my father visited shut ins. I was also saddened when I learned of the fire at St. Jacobs. We didn't always visit it on our trips back to Ontario but it was always a treat when we did.

  11. Oh your dear parents! Are you as eager as I am for that last trump to sound? When all shall rise again?

    I sure am...and we are celebrating today that One day He will come again! Come celebrate with us!

  12. I so enjoyed the story and the photo of your dear parents. Those memories from home are such a treasure. Those are my kinda cookies.....oh I'd love one...or two and a visit with you:)

  13. What a wonderful story! I bet when you discovered that your mom had cleaned up you said "Typical mom." My mom would have done the same thing. And I think I am going to ADORE Dad's Cookies. They sound perfect. Thanks!


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