December 4th – National Cookie Day

Who knew it was National Cookie Day? Hands up! Did you know? And you – did you know? Well, i didn’t know, but apparently it is so… Now i grew up thinking cookies were something very different from what we think of as cookies today… here is what I wrote about them a little while ago…

As children, the only cookies we knew were soft yummy biscuity things my mum made. These days cookies are biscuits, and sometimes very big biscuits.

Back to my childhood, and cookies… they were pale, and covered with rolled oats and with a glacé cherry on top, not a whole cherry, but a cut off bit of one. They were really called melting moments, I guess because they melted in your mouth in a moment; they were kept in a biscuit tin, and even when they were a little stale and had gone a little soft, I still really liked them. In those days we would have a cookie, not several, let alone all of them…. these days if there is a plate of biscuits it’s quite acceptable to have two or three, and if you have a packet at home… well, munch away!

I’m not that keen on sweet things, so biscuits are safe with me, but I wonder if I could resist some cookies, aka melting moments? Maybe I should make some and see!

Monica’s cookies

  • 2 1/2 oz lard (or vegetable whitening, e.g. TREX or Flora)
  • 1 1/2 oz margarine
  • 3 oz caster sugar
  • 5 oz self-raising flour
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • quartered glacé cherries
  1. cream fats and sugar, add beaten egg
  2. work in the flour and the essence
  3. roll into balls with wet hands and coat with oats
  4. slightly flatten, place on greased tray, decorate with a piece of cherry
  5. bake for 15-20 mins reg 5, 375F, 190C

Try to resist eating them when they are still warm, or eating all of them at once when they are cool!