Thursday, June 2, 2011


This very old recipe was handwritten on a piece of scrap paper in my late grandmother's old recipe box that I purchased from her estate in the 1970s. I have no idea how long she'd had it or where she got it. I am assuming she copied it down from a local radio program that was popular in our rural community when I was a child. It was a program where neighbors shared recipes, items they wanted to give away, sell, etc. All we have here is a list of the ingredients. There are no instructions for making.

1 1/2 stick butter
3 T. cocoa
1/2 t. vanilla
1 T. water
2 cup oats
3/4 cup sugar

It amazes me the number of recipes I come across in old files that only list ingredients. I guess the cooks from our past did so much cooking and baking that it all just came naturally to them.


Anonymous said...

This looks like the no-bake eskimo cookies we made when I was a kid--the ingredients are about the same--grandma would beat the butter and sugar together, add the cocoa, vanilla, water, oatmeal. then shape into little balls, roll in confect. sugar and pop them in the fridge. We rarely waited until they chilled before sneaking some!

Diabetic Enjoying Food aka Linda said...

Thanks for sharing directions with us. Also good to know they were so good you could hardly wait for them to set!

Anonymous said...

oh good. glad to help. Now, of course, I'm going to have to make these...the ingredients are perfect for a gluten free version which I must do (celiac). This should be fun! Thanks again for your blog--I just love it. Linda

Diabetic Enjoying Food aka Linda said...

Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoy the blog. Keep visiting; it is a pleasure to have you.