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Mystery Recipes: Skansie Brothers Oatmeal Cookies

Whoever made up this recipe is still a mystery, but thankfully they took a minute to type it up on old Skansie Brothers Boatbuilding letterhead. It's a delicious recipe found deep in the archives. At almost 100 years old, it's easy and fun to make, even if you're on a fishing boat in high seas.

A special thanks to Nina, our expert recipe tester.

We always test in two kitchens before bringing the mystery recipe to you.

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You’ll need two bowls, a saucepan for melting butter, a fork for stirring,

a 1-cup measure, a tablespoon, and a teaspoon for measuring. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


2 Cups Rolled Oats (the old fashioned kind)

1 Cup sugar (light brown or granulated works fine)

Put in Bowl 1 and stir together.

½ Cup Butter (melted)

Stir into oat-sugar mix while still warm but not hot.

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Tablespoons Milk

Lightly stir these together and pour into oat mixture.

1 ¼ Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

½ Teaspoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

(Dash of cinnamon optional)

Stir these together in Bowl 2 then mix into the oat mixture.

You can opt to add slivered almonds or coconut to taste.

Stir all ingredients together then use the fork and spoon to place 1.5 inch slightly flattened mounds of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. It will take two sheets for small cookies and one sheet for the hungry fisherman size.

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown and firm to the touch.

Remove from oven and use metal spatula to loosen from cookie sheet.

Great when served with milk or coffee!

Try it! You'll be glad you did.

Watch for more mystery recipes in the days to come.

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