Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cookbooks and Cookies

When she read our blog yesterday about taking Cowboy Cookies to the Bayfield Bunch, Al and Kelly, fellow blogger Margie asked for the recipe. (Sorry, Mike, this one’s about food again!)

Well that recipe happens to be printed in a cookbook that we compiled twenty years ago. We had been reminiscing about good times with family and friends and began to realize that those good times so often revolved around food: meals or snacking or preparing holiday dinners. Wouldn’t it be great, we thought, to gather everyone's favorite recipes together in one place. And wouldn't it be neat to share those recipes with everyone. And wouldn’t it even be better if those recipes came with a little story or background.

Thus was born “The LeRoy and Gansneder Family and Friends Cookbook.”

IMG_4775 Over a period of a few months we were able to collect 277 recipes (actually more, but some were duplicates) from 32 different people, couples, or family units, and retype them, using our Tandy 1000 SX personal computer. Many of them came with stories or at least a little history: In sending a recipe for Sweet & Gooey Rolls, our sister-in-law Karma wrote, “When I was in high school, my mother, Jeanne Louise Gropp, developed this recipe to satisfy her ever-sweet tooth.”

There were recipes with foreign-sounding names: Caldo con Queso, Kartoffelsuppe, Choucroute Garni, Bulgogi. There were colorful names: Granny Gansneder’s White Fruit Cake, Irene’s Gold Cake, Black Beast. People’s names: Roy’s Sandwich Filling, Bereniece Gansneder’s Mystery Dessert, Kate Lesher’s Dill Pickles.

Pictures were added. The very primitive software we used had some very primitive images we could insert, but the best pictures were those that we clipped out of a book of food and cooking art work. That’s where the name “clip-art” came from: art you can clip out and use,

Everyone who contributed something got a copy of the cookbook in a half-inch binder. Suzy has assiduously added to her copy ever since, and now it bulges in its 3-inch binder.

IMG_4769 So, are you ready for the recipe?


  • 2 Cups sifted flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Cup shortening
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pkg (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix together and set aside flour, soda, salt and baking powder. Blend together shortening and sugars. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture and mix well. Add oats, vanilla and chocolate chips. Dough will be crumbly.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet, bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

IMG_4767 If you try the recipe, please let us know how they turned out.

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  1. Food is just your middle name Jerry,

    But that's ok......LOL

  2. Hey, you got more cookies there:)) I'm gonna phone that U-Haul trailer place back right now!!

  3. I can almost top the cowboy cookies - I made Nanner's lemon bars last night for Jan's retirement party. I brought home an empty plate.

  4. Thanks for the recipe (and the back link). The recipe seems easy enough to follow, even for me. The cookies in your photos look fantastic and I can almost taste them now. Great idea...a family cookbook.

  5. I can't wait to check that cookbook out! I'll bet there's all kinds of great stuff in there!

  6. I know you have a regular oven now but I was wondering if you had to make any adjustments when you made these cookies in your Convection over in Rosie?

    BTW, I ate my first red onion, peanut butter sandwich the other day. Amazingly good considering... but it will not be my first choice in the future. I'll stick with my cold navy bean/onion combo with milk. However, thanks for the adventure in eating ... it was fun! Phil refused to join me but watched with interest and a bit of scepticism as I munched it down and proclaimed, "it's good!"


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