“Louise’s Specials”

Little Girl helping me bake

Little Girl loves cooking with Mommy!

My little girl and I embarked on our first cooking adveture together today.  We made Oatmeal Crispies, a.k.a. “Louise’s Specials.”  This is the recipe I promised earlier in the week, so get ready to bake with us!


Step one: assemble ingredients.

1 cup shortening (I used coconut oil instead…YUM!!)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda (Big Mommy’s recipe simply says “soda”)
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (I used regular oats; it worked fine)
1 cup pecans
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 cup golden raisins, cut in halves

Step two: Make sure you attach matching beaters to your mixer.  Mixers don’t like trying to whip and beat at the same time, apparently.

Adding ingredients

Adding and mixing ingredients.

Cream shortening and sugars, add eggs and vanila, beat well.  Sift flour, salt, and baking soda, then add slowly to sugar mixture.  Combine oats, nuts, chocolate chips, and raisins, and add to above mix.  (Note from Audrey: I seem to remember these cookies having Rice Krispies in them–hence the Oatmeal “Crispies”–so I added a cup or two of them to the batter at this point.)

Little Girl with the spatula.

Eating the dough afterwards is the best part. :)


Divide dough into equal parts and roll into a log 1-1/2 inches in diameter.  Place on waxed paper and roll into a even roll, then freeze for an hour or chill overnight.  Slice and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Remove onto a towel with pancake turner, cool and store.  (This was Big Mommy’s secret for almost all baking, including biscuits, but especially cookies.  You always had to cool them on a kitchen towel!  Let me know if it makes them better for you.  :) )

Makes large batch.

One thought on ““Louise’s Specials”

  1. [I have copied and pasted comments left prior to the 2014 blog update.]

    “Did she enjoy cooking as much as it looks like she did? And eating the finished product? Thanks for sharing. Especially love the last couple of posts.”
    Comment by Glenn — July 25, 2010 @ 1:11 am

    “Audrey, this is really great. Naomi is so smiley! Was this really the first time you cooked together? So. much. fun.
    I look forward to trying these cookies.”
    Comment by Alicia’s Homemaking — July 25, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

    “P.S. I have come back to this post several times just for the pictures. :D
    Comment by Alicia’s Homemaking — July 25, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    “Adorable! And Yum! Love seeing the pictures in your blogs!!”
    Comment by Aunt Jill — July 26, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    “This makes me miss Naomi. And you. Naomi more. :) And now I want cookies too.”
    Comment by Jenny — July 26, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    “Awww! What a sweet helper! She looks excited to help!~”
    Comment by Sherry — July 27, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    “Oh I love it! Naomi’s just so cute! :-)
    Comment by Tawna — July 27, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    “Thanks, ladies. And yes, my little ham was having a blast. We’re cooking together more often from now on!”
    Comment by Audrey — July 28, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

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