Food & Drink

Cowboy Cookies

Holiday scents for many include the sweet smell of cookies baking in the oven. Bellingham Herald readers share these recipes and the family memories that go along with them.


Virginia Roberts of Bellingham says that although this is not necessarily a holiday recipe, it is good any time. Her son, Danny Roberts, helped Hazel Schmeil, a cook, in the lunchroom at Marietta Grade School. He loved these cookies so much he asked for the recipe. Danny Roberts served four years in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict and once, when his ship was in dry dock in Long Beach, Calif., he called home for the recipe. He died in on a construction job at age 37, but his recipe is still a family favorite.


1 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream shortening, sugars and eggs.

Mix in flour, soda, salt and vanilla.

Mix in oatmeal and chocolate chips.

Drop on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes.

Makes 4 dozen.