Old-fashioned oatmeal cookies

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
2 cups raisins
Water
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 cups quick-cooking oats
Cover raisins with water, barely covering. Simmer for 10 minutes. Save 1/3 cup of raisin water, drain off the rest. Cream together sugar and shortening. Blend in eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir in raisins and the 1/3 cup reserved raisin water. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and oats. Stir into creamed mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

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Apple pie bars

Apple Pie Bars
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, separated
Milk
6 cups apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons tapioca
Mix together 2 1/2 cups flour, shortening and salt. Add enough milk to egg yolk to make 2/3 cup liquid; add to flour mixture. Roll out half of the dough to cover a large oblong cookie sheet; place in bottom of pan. Cover with apples. Sprinkle with mixture of sugar, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons flour and tapioca. Roll out the rest of the dough and place on top of apples, sealing edges together. Beat egg white until foamy and brush over top of dough. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes. Cut into bars.

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Browned butter cookies

Browned Butter Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Browned Butter Icing (see below)
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Combine brown sugar and margarine; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add dry ingredients to margarine mixture; stir in sour cream; mix well. Add nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes; cool; frost.
Browned Butter Icing
1/4 cup butter
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
Boiling water
Heat butter until light brown in color; remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and enough boiling water to make icing smooth. Frost cookies immediately.
Makes 56 cookies.

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Chewy date drops

Chewy Date Drops
2 cups chopped dates
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts, optional
Combine dates, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water; cook until thickened; cool. Sift together flour and baking soda. Cream margarine; gradually add 1 cup sugar and brown sugar; mix well. Blend eggs into sugar mixture; add vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Mix thoroughly. Stir in date mixture. Add nuts and stir. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

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Old fashioned sugar cookies

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
6 cups all-purpose flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons vanilla
Mix together oil, sugar and eggs. Add buttermilk, flour, baking powder and vanilla. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet; sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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Crunchy fudge sandwiches

Crunchy Fudge Sandwiches
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
4 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon water
Melt butterscotch chips and peanut butter in skillet; turn off heat. Add cereal and mix well. Press half of mixture into greased 8 by 8 by 2 inch pan and chill. Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan. Stir and heat until melted and smooth. Spread over chilled cereal mixture and spread remaining cereal mixture over top.

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Orange filled cookies

Orange Filled Cookies
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Orange Filling (see below)
Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar and egg until fluffy. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, orange peel, orange juice and vanilla. Shape into 2 (6 1/2 inch) rolls; Chill. Cut into 1/8 inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool; Spoon 1 teaspoon of Orange Filling on a cookie and top with another cookie.
Orange Filling
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
Mix together all ingredients; beat until smooth.

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