My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Monday, December 12, 2011

Justine's Cookies

All I want for Christmas is for the "recipe angel " to come to my house and sort out all these pieces of paper with recipes on them. I don't know if the name of the cookie is Justine's Cookies or if someone named Justine gave me the recipe. I hate getting old. I do remember I served these with a Creamy Orange Sherbet and they were wonderful. If I don't forget I'll post the sherbet recipe later, if I find it.

Justine's Cookies
about 7 dozen
print recipe

1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup uncooked oatmeal, not instant
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Cream butter and sugars together thoroughly in large bowl of mixer. Add egg and beat well. Sift flour with soda and salt and add to mixture. When blended, stir in oatmeal, dates, and nuts. Pinch off small amount of dough, roll into balls about the size of a quarter, then roll in sugar. Place about 2-inches apart on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. (Cookies will puff up, then seem to collapse, but don't worry; they're suppose to. They'll be crisp and crinkled on top, similar to macaroons.)


  1. I think I will try these, along with your walnut balls this week, Bev. Thank you! :)

  2. these sound really good. if the recipe elf stops by your house, please send him to mine next. i have BOXES full of recipes!

  3. these do sound good,

  4. I know what you mean about getting older, yet when I think of the alternative, it's okay! I too have things written down or put somewhere and I have no idea why. I'm always asking myself, what did I do that for?

  5. See, now that I moved up North you're looking for an "organizer"!!! I excel at organizational skills! Are these the fruitcake cookies?...:)JP

  6. Hi Beverly- I've been reading your blog off & on for a while now. Thanks for sharing your great recipes.
    I have a suggestion for sorting those recipes.
    This is what I did...
    Bought a fancy notebook & notebook dividers.
    Made category sections.
    If I print a recipe from the net, I just 3 hole punch it.
    If I cut something from the paper or a magazine
    I just tape the recipe to a piece of notebook paper.
    It was daunting at first, going through all the snippets, but now it's easy, as long as you don't let things pile up!
    Thanks again for all your wonderful recipes.
    Probably ought to follow you now!

  7. Terry, what a great idea! What time do you want to come by and start that?


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