I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.
Ingredients for Wheaties Cookies
- 1 cup shortening (I use butter-flavored Crisco)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups Wheaties
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- Begin by creaming the shortening. I have a handheld electric mixer that is an old one, but it still does the job!
- After creaming the shortening, add both sugars, the eggs, and vanilla and blend well. Make sure the cookie batter is well mixed before going on to the next step.
- Next, add the shredded coconut and blend.
- Sift the flour, salt and baking powder through a sieve into a separate bowl.
- After sifting the dry ingredients, add them gradually to the cookie mixture and keep blending.
- Finally, blend the Wheaties into the cookie mixture.
- After thoroughly blending, chill the dough in the refrigerator. It can be done for several hours or cover it and even leave it overnight to bake the next day.
- After the cookie batter is well chilled, roll into balls about the size of walnuts and place onto greased cookie sheets. (I use the product Pam and spray the cookie sheets.)
- Bake at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit about 8 to 12 minutes or until browned. If using a convection oven, this timing can be reduced up to a couple of minutes.
- Cool on racks until completely cooled before putting away in containers.
Ready to taste some Wheaties cookies? Here is the final product as they are cooling pictured below. This cookie recipe makes about five dozen crisp cookies, and they freeze well.
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For many years as I was growing up, I watched my mother make homemade cookies. When I was old enough, she would let me help stir the batter, and best of all lick the spoons! Finally, she let me do more of the preparation work with her as I continued to age. Under her watchful eyes, this became a fun family project.
In those days, kids took lunch boxes to school. My two younger brothers and I could always count on a couple of homemade cookies along with our sandwich and piece of fruit or a little box of raisins. My dad also took a lunch pail to work in those days.
My mother was an excellent cook and baker. Not only did we have the homemade cookies, but she also baked bread for those sandwiches. She baked many loaves during the week to help feed our family of five. There is nothing so aromatic as loaves of yeast bread baking in the oven. Sometimes we would come home from school and get to eat some bread that was still warm from the oven.
This post relates to some of her cookie baking, and this was one of our favorite cookie recipes. I am happy to be able to share it with you.
Here is some interesting information about the Wheaties boxes. Some people collect them and sell them on sites like eBay. Numerous athletes, Olympians, and sports figures have appeared on these breakfast cereal boxes since 1934. This cereal is well known as the "Breakfast of Champions."
Examples of some of the sports figures come from these fields of expertise.
- Auto racing
- Track and field
- Figure and speed skating
- Snowboarding and skateboarding
- Basketball and more.
Our Wheaties box will go into our recycle bin. If you have the room and wish to make some money years from now, you might want to start collecting these eye-catching boxes and hope that this interest continues. Indeed, there will be no lack of subject matter nor star athletes who will continue to grace these cereal boxes.
It must be such a thrill for each of the athletes to make it onto a Wheaties box!
© 2011 Peggy Woods