Mitzi’s Mom’s Cookies

August 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

I got this recipe from Mitzi’s mom. Mitzi is my wife, sooo that would make Mitzi’s mom my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law’s name is LaRue Morris, and she lives in Cedar City, Utah. Grandma Morris always has a batch of these ready when we go down for a visit (if we warn her that we’re coming). I’ve always had–from what I gather listening to others–a unique relationship with my mother-in-law. We get along unusually well; we confide in each other, we’ve gone on family vacations with she and grandpa, and I honestly feel like she loves me like a son. Every friend I’ve ever shared this recipe with loves it. One short bittersweet story: A friend/neighbor/church member of ours was in the cabinet business. While he was building cabinets for our kitchen, I made him a batch of these cookies. He had to have the recipe. I willingly obliged, although he grumbled about the price of the cardamom. Not long after, he was diagnosed with cancer and not long to live. In his last days, he asked a family member to make him “Mitzi’s Mom’s cookies.”

  

Mitzi’s Mom’s Cookies

2 c. sugar
1 c. shortening (half butter is nice)
2 eggs
2 Tb. vanilla
1  15 1/4-ounce can (about 1  3/4 cup) applesauce
3  1/2 c. flour
2 c. quick cook oats
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamom (optional, but marvelous)
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. nuts (optional)

Cream together sugars and shortening. Incorporate eggs, then vanilla and applesauce. Stir in chocolate chips. In separate bowl, combine other ingredients. Combine the wet and the dry. Drop by rounded tablespoons full onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool slightly before removing.

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