Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ration Recipe: Oatmeal Drop Cookies

Another cookie recipe! Yeah, I've been on a cookie kick lately. Yesterday I wanted to make some kind of cookie recipe, but I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for. I half-heartedly chose Oatmeal Drop Cookies from The Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given, ca. 1942.

Well, if I thought I had a regular oatmeal cookie recipe on my hands, I was totally wrong! This little recipe ticks all the boxes of a great ration recipe - low sugar, low fat, whole grains.

I thought it would be fun to compare the Oatmeal Drop Cookies to my favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe from a modern Better Homes & Gardens cookbook:

The Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given, ca. 1942
modern Better Homes & Gardens (1990s)

First off, the 1942 version has you sift the flour twice which affects the texture of the cookies. They're not as close and chewy. You can tell that the rest of the preparation is very different from the modern one too. Once you cream the shortening and sugar together with the egg, you add the oats. I had to read that step twice, because I'd never had to do that before! 

After mixing up the whole thing, it was a little watery, but it firmed up pretty quickly from the oats soaking up the liquid. Then, there are the nuts. I don't think I've ever had nuts in oatmeal cookies before - just raisins or chocolate chips. I used pecans, like usual.

So, the final result was a light-textured cookie, not as dense in oats, but still retaining that oatmeal cookie flavor. The nuts were quite nice too! This recipe is also nice in that it uses a bit less fat and sugar per cookie than the modern recipe. They're the type of cookie that you don't feel gross after eating - it's not super buttery and it's not super sweet either. That's a good thing!

The modern recipe is still my favorite, but this older version is still pretty tasty.

Oatmeal Drop Cookies
P.S. You can check out another Oatmeal Drop Cookie ration recipe I tried back in 2014 from a different cookbook. The recipe is really different from this one!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ration Recipe: Shredded Wheat Macaroons

Shredded Wheat Macaroon
I've really missed ration cooking, so late last night after the kids were in bed I dug up this little gem for Shredded Wheat Macaroons in my favorite wartime cookbook - Cooking on a Ration by Marjorie Mills. Doesn't that recipe just sound like so much fun? Or maybe ridiculously healthy and gross? Haha!

I wasn't expecting this one to taste very good. You know, maybe really branny and wholesome. But I wanted to try it anyway just because it sounded so weird and intriguing! 

Luckily, I had some shredded wheat taking up shelf space from when I made Armenian Dessert. I was so glad to finally get rid of that box! These macaroons cookies whip up very similar to regular coconut macaroons. For the 2 cups of Shredded Wheat Biscuits, I used 2 packages of three biscuits and it came to a little over 2 cups. For the nut meats I used pecans, which I think was perfect for this kind of cookie. Almonds would be too hard, and walnuts would be too strong-tasting. I ended up using an extra egg white too, because the mixture was too dry. 

I crammed all 24 onto one cookie sheet since they don't spread at all. When they came out, I tried some warm.... Holy cow! They were good! That almond extract and pecans were the perfect addition of flavor for the rather bland shredded wheat. My husband and I had to stop ourselves from eating them all otherwise our kids wouldn't have gotten any. The hazards of baking late at night, I suppose! haha! And strangely, it felt like I was eating breakfast... 

The next day the cookies were much harder, and therefore the danger of shredding your palate goes up, but they were still really yummy. 

Overall, a surprising recipe, and one I wouldn't mind making again. I guess that means I have more buying of Shredded Wheat cereal in my future. Who knew?!

Cooking on a Ration by Marjorie Mills, ca. 1943