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My Mother's Southern Desserts:
More than 200 Treasured Family Recipes
for Holiday and Everyday Celebrations
by James Villas with Martha Pearl Villas, 1998,
Morrow and Co., Inc.
sister was the first lady in the family to carry on Mother’s proud
tradition, and today my niece and Mother’s namesake, Martha
in the footsteps of both her grandmother and mother.
Martha showed up at the house with a bag of what she
determined was ‘the world’s greatest cookie’, Mother,
Hootie, and I
glanced at one another suspiciously.
Once we’d taken a
first bite of
light, buttery, crisp marvels, we all three agreed that if
not necessarily the world’s best, it was certainly one of
exceptional we’d ever tasted. ‘Sweetheart,’ Mother confessed
Martha, reaching in the bag for another cookie, ‘I must
say I couldn’t
have done better myself.’ “
cup rolled oats
cup frozen grated coconut, thawed
cup crumbled pecans
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
cup firmly packed light brown sugar
cup granulated sugar
cup vegetable oil
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
a blender or food processor, combine the oats, cornflakes, coconut,
pecans, reduce to a fine texture, and set aside. In a large mixing
combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, mix till well blended,
the oven to 325 degrees F.
a large mixing bowl, cream together with an electric mixer the butter
two sugars till light and fluffy, then add the egg and mix till well
blended. Add the oil and vanilla and mix till well blended. Add the oat
mixture and stir till well blended, then add the flour mixture and stir till
the batter is very smooth.
the batter by teaspoons about 1 1/2 inches apart on large un-
sheets and make a crisscross design on the tops with
a fork, dipping the
fork periodically into water. Bake till the cookies
are slightly browned
around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes, and let
them cool completely. Store
cookies in an airtight container.
Yield: About 100 cookies
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