This week, we decided to gather together some of our favorite dessert recipes to share with you. These are the recipes we turn to again and again, at family gatherings and potlucks, for parties and picnics and when we're just craving the one treat that will really satisfy.
This recipe comes from my family cookbook, which my grandmother assembled, collecting recipes from my great grandmother and great aunt. It's complete with wonderful little illustrations and tons of weird dishes I'd never make. (Sweet and Sour Tongue, anyone?)
But these cookies are the ultimate in oatmeal for me; they're more or less classic, spiced with just the right amount of cloves and nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. The key, though, is a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. It doesn't make them chocolaty, it just makes them complex.
The last time I made these cookies, my mother and grandmother and I were together in wintry St. Louis to see my niece shortly after she was born. It was the sweetest of moments, being together with my brother and sister-in-law in their little house, taking turns holding the baby. We made hot chocolate and these cookies—at least two people in the room had the recipe memorized, we've made them so many times. I haven't baked up a batch since my grandmother died this spring, but I will again, soon.