Nancy's Notes: Crisp Oatmeal Cookies At The Tool Crib Requisition

Week two of Nancy's Notes, and for those of you who aren't aware this is the series of posts I've been doing from my Great, Great Aunt Nancy's handwritten recipe book. There's clippings in there from the 1930's all the way up to the 1960's. It's a lovely piece of social history and I'm loving bringing you all these little snapshots from its interior.                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you missed last week's Nancy's Notes you can see it here, I put up the recipe for Agnes May Dalrymple's date and walnut loaf, a definite must, ridiculously good. If you'd like a little more background on the series of Nancy's Notes the first post is here.

The name of today's post is a bit of a mouthful I agree but today we're going to be making these fabulous little oatmeal cookies. Perfect for the first day of September, hello autumn.

The recipe in situ is stapled into the book on some yellow paper. I get the impression Nancy wrote this down very quickly on the hop.

On the other side of the yellow paper I was pretty surprised to find this, 'Too Crib Requisition' form which she must have just picked up to write the recipe down. First of all I had no idea at all what a tool crib requisition was, so a quick google had to be done. For those of us still bemused it's basically an order form for a tool room, a tool room attendant manages the ins and outs so she must have grabbed this. 

The Recipe

I had to do some squinting, but here we go

Crisp Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup white and brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 bicarbonate of soda
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped pecans

1.Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Add eggs and vanilla

3.Beat thoroughly

4. Add oats and pecans mix dry ingredients

5. Drop mixture from a teaspoon, 2 inches apart

6. Bake 250 degrees about 8-10 minutes, makes 72 cookies.

As I was baking I found myself altering the cooking times and temperature of the batches as I wanted a slightly firmer cookie than these ones tend to be. I didn't use shortening and I think had I it would have crisped them. 

I baked 3 different versions, you can choose whichever happens to be your favourite style.

160 degrees C for 14 minutes creates a crunchier cookie with a slightly cakey middle, really highlights the nuts
130 degrees C for 14 mins, Nancy's temp makes a light coloured thin chewy cookie
160 dropped to 140 degrees after 5 minutes for 14 minutes, my perfect cookie, crisp shell chewy middle.

I never normally make drop cookies as I find it hard to get them all the same size, I clearly need more practice.

These are great little versatile cookies, nice with a coffee or just as part of a tea run! So those are the Tool Crib Requisition cookies. Will you be trying them?

Much Love

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