My mother was a master cook sent down from heaven, and as she looks down upon me, I think back to the 1930 and 40s. I must come clean and admit it: I was the person always stealing those great sweet treats.

Mom would say, “Don’t you dare steal a cookie.” Dare was something I had to find out about.

Mom’s Heavenly Cookies

1 egg, beaten until light and fluffy

Add ½ cup of white sugar and beat again

Add ½ cup corn syrup

1 cup shredded coconut

2 Tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all together and fill tart shells. Bake in hot oven.

Coconut Kisses


½ cup sugar

¼ tsp salt

2 egg whites

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp cider vinegar

½ cup coconut


Make sure egg whites are room temperature. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Sift sugar.

Beat egg whites until foamy. Add vinegar and salt, beat until stiff enough to hold a soft peak; add sugar and beat until stiff and glossy. Fold in vanilla and coconut. Drop by teaspoon onto the parchment. Bake 40 minutes at 275ºF.

Loveable Butterscotch Squares

Heat together until melted:

¼ cup butter

1 cup of brown sugar

Take off and cool. Add 1 egg and beat well.

To this mixture add and mix:

¾ cup of flour

1 tsp baking powder

1½ tsp vanilla

½ cup chopped nuts

Press the mixture into a buttered 8-inch square pan and bake at 325ºF for 25 minutes.

(Oh yes, leave Scotch for Dad to taste.)

Sweet Sugar Cookies


1 cup butter

1½ cup sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

1 tsp vanilla

Nutmeg to taste

3½ cups flour

1 tsp soda

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp salt


Cream butter. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs, vanilla, nutmeg and remaining dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Cool dough. Roll thin on lightly floured board. Cut. Bake at 375ºF for 12 to 15 minutes. This will make about 4 dozen cookies.

Cool Loveable Cookies


2 eggs

1½ cups icing sugar

3½ squares melted baking chocolate

12 marshmallows, cut small

1½ cups chopped walnuts



Beat eggs well. Add icing sugar and melted chocolate, which has been cooled a little. Then add marshmallows and walnuts and vanilla.

Drop by the teaspoonful on waxed paper until firm enough to remove. Do not cook these cookies.

Store in a tin.

Recipe for a Happy House

Take a ½ cup of Friendship,

1 cup of Thoughtfulness,

2 cups of Patience,

4 cups of Trust,

Cream together with a pinch of Understanding.

Very lightly beat into a bowl of Love. Then mix with a cup of Faith, one cup of Hope and a cup of Charity.

Be sure to add one large spoonful each of Cheer that Sings and the ability to Laugh. Moisten with Tears, a touch of Heartfelt Sympathy. Then bake in Good-Natured pan, in a warm oven and serve repeatedly.

Oh yes, Thanks Mom. Love ya!