In my family, there is one recipe book to end all recipe books. It is the last word on cookery. This wonderful book contains numerous recipes requiring bathtub-size mixing bowls and is the only place where I’ve ever found the instructions necessary to make both Butter Soup (what???), Head Cheese, and Pickled Pigs Feet.
The cookbook is called The Mennonite Treasury of Recipes (A Canadian Best-Seller), and today I’m here to share with you my family’s favorite treat as featured in the Treasury. Don’t worry, it’s not Head Cheese. It’s a recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies which I’ve made countless times. They’re by far my husband’s favorite baked good, and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like these cookies. I generally make them in batches of 5 dozen, and they’re gone within one or two days. Without further ado, here is the recipe for Everyone’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. As you can see, it’s what we call a “scratch and sniff” recipe around here.
- 1 cup shortening (I use butter)
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 package chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped nuts or shredded coconut if desired
- 2 cups oatmeal
- Cream shortening/butter.
- Add sugars gradually.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
- Sift flour, salt and soda and add to creamed mixture.
- Add nuts, chocolate chips and oatmeal last.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.
This recipe, as printed in the Mennonite Treasury, makes about 2.5 dozen cookies. If you want to make 5 like I do, you’ll have to double the recipe. If you’re interested in adding a copy of the Mennonite Treasury to your cookbook library, you can purchase a copy here. It’s somewhat pricy, as it’s hard to find, but well worth the money if you ask me. All the recipes are tried and true, submitted by Mennonite homemakers. Credit for this chocolate chip cookie recipe goes to Mrs. Eleanor Neustaedter in Steinbach, Manitoba.
Laura Weymouth is a Canadian Mennonite girl currently living in Western New York along with her husband, two daughters, and ten chickens. When she’s not chasing children or poultry you can find her at church, at the library or in the kitchen. Laura loves long books, hot cups of tea, anything made with yeast, snail mail, and simple living. She’s almost always working on a novel manuscript, and perhaps in future will let one of them see the light of day.
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