Recipe of the Week: Health Cookies

This week’s recipe is for Health Cookies. It is a recipe excerpted from the scarce book Nine Hundred Successful Recipes, by Lulu Thompson Silvernail. This book, from my own book collection, was published in 1923. A recent change in U.S. copyright law now puts most pre-1925 books in the public domain.

Lulu Thompson Silvernail’s emphasis in this book was recipes that included hard red winter wheat flour. This entire recipe book will be just part of the more than 4,000 pages of bonus content that is being added to the SurvivalBlog archive waterproof USB stick. That should be orderable within the next week. (Watch for an announcement in the blog’s Top Note.)


1 cup shortening
1 cup Sugar
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups uncooked rolled oats
2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons sweet or sour milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts


Cream the shortening and sugar together. Add egg, and re-cream. Add rolled oats and mix all together. Sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg together and alternately to creamed mixture with milk. Roll cookie dough on a floured board as thin as can be handled. cut in desired shapes and bake in a moderately heated oven [350 degrees F.] If sugar coated cookies are wanted, then sprinkle sugar on the dough while rolling.


Serve with a glass of milk or cream.


These cookies keep well and are better with age.

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  1. Do the raisins and nuts get mixed into the dough? Or since the dough is rolled and cut, do the raisins and nuts get placed on top of the cookies after they’re cut?

    Thanks for this recipe. These cookies sound really yummy!

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