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Mothers' Union - Recipes Shared

The St. James Mothers' Union Recipe Book Copyright 2003

Recipes Shared - download complete book (pdf)



Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Lemon-Apricot Cookies

Molasses Date Drop Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Pecan Crescents

Prize-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Mary Anne White

1 cup white sugar    pinch of cream of tartar

3 egg whites                  2 cups of chocolate chips



Separate egg whites from the yolks.  Do this while the eggs are cold and do the eggs one at a time.  The yolks can be used for something else, e.g. in a casserole.  Place the egg whites in a metal bowl.  Add a pinch of cream of tartar.  Let the eggs whites warm to room temperature; this will take 1/2 hour or so.  Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 250oF and cover two cookie sheets with white paper (writing down if re-using old paper).


Beat the egg whites with an electric beater until they are very stiff.  They should be so stiff that they do not move when you turn the bowl upside down.  If they slide, beat them some more.  Gradually, while continuing to beat them, add in the sugar.  The mixture will be stiff, but not as stiff as it was before the sugar was added.  Using a metal spoon, gently stir in the chocolate chips.


Using two metal spoons, place tablespoon-sized mounds of batter on the paper, 5 to 8 cm apart.


Bake for 30 minutes, and then turn the oven off.  Don't open the oven door no matter how tempted you are.  Leave in the oven overnight to complete the drying process.  In the morning, place in a container with a tight lid.


Note:  To make meringues successfully, you have to keep the egg whites away from oils.  Use only very clean metal bowls and spoons; plastics have natural oils that will make the meringue soggy.  The paper keeps the grease from the cookie sheets away from the egg, and drying them in the oven overnight allows them to be very dry and stiff.


Lemon-Apricot Cookies

Ken Conrod

1 cup butter or margarine (softened)

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

4 oz dried apricot halves

cup water

3 Tbsp honey

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Lemon Icing (see below)


Beat butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well.  Add egg and vanilla; beat well.  Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to butter mixture, stirring well (dough will be stiff).


Divide dough into 8 equal portions; shape into balls.  Wrap in wax paper, and chill 1 hour.


Combine apricot halves and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until tender, stirring often.  Remove from heat.  Position knife blade in food processor bowl.  Add apricot mixture, honey, and cinnamon; process until smooth.  Cover and chill.


Shape each portion of dough into an 8 log.  Place logs 4 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.  Place the handle of a wooden spoon lengthwise down the center of each log; gently press handle to form a wide indentation.   Bake at 350o for18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool 10 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks, and let cool completely. 


Drizzle lemon icing (see below) evenly over logs.  Cut each log diagonally into 7 cookies. 




Lemon Icing:

1 cup sifted powdered sugar            to 1 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp lemon juice



Combine all ingredients in a bowl; stir until smooth.  Yield: cup.


Molasses Date Drop Cookies


3 cups flour                               1 cup brown sugar

2 tsp baking soda                 1 egg

1 tsp cinnamon              cup molasses

tsp salt                                  cup hot water

cup shortening                     raisins or dates



Mix both dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine.  Drop onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375o.


Peanut Butter Cookies

Marie Gibson


1 egg                            1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar                               (I use crunchy)



Mix all ingredients and roll in small balls.  Bake at 350o for 8 to 10 minutes.  (Watch them!)






Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Irene Spargo

1 cup peanut butter                1 tsp soda

1 cup shortening                        2 cups oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar                1 tsp vanilla

cup white sugar                tsp salt

2 eggs                                      6 oz pkg chocolate chips

1 cup flour



Cream together peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Bake at 350o for 12 minutes.


Pecan Crescents

Bev Wentzell

1 cup soft butter (no sub)            2 cups flour

cup sifted icing sugar            1 cup finely chopped

1 Tbsp water                                   pecans or almonds

2 tsp vanilla


Beat the butter with an electric beater on medium speed for 30 seconds.  Add the cup icing sugar; mix well.  Add the water and vanilla.  Beat in as much flour as possible; may have to remove and finish by hand.  Stir in the pecans/almonds.  Using a teaspoon for the cookies, form the dough into a crescent about 2 inches long (roll between palms for small worm look).  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325o for 20 minutes until lightly brown.


Remove after 3 minutes, then dust lightly with icing sugar (on cookie rack with waxed paper underneath.)


Prize-Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies

Irene Spargo

1 cup margarine             2 Tbsp milk

1 cup white sugar                1 cup flour

cup brown sugar                tsp baking soda

1 egg                                        tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla                               12 oz/350g chocolate

1/3 cup cocoa                                        chips



Bake at 350o for 15 minutes.



Wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bev Wentzell

Cream well:

cup butter                              1 cup brown sugar

cup peanut butter                1 cup white sugar



2 eggs                                      2 tsp vanilla



2 cups flour                             tsp salt

cup oatmeal                           1 tsp baking soda


Add all dry ingredients to the butter mixture.  Fold in 2 cups chocolate chips (I use small ones.)  Bake at 325o for 10 to 12 minutes but watch them!  THIS IS A DOUBLE RECIPE.


NOTE: I also make the above and add peanuts, pecans, white chocolate chips, and adjust the 2 cups chocolate chips to be cup pecans and 2 cups chocolate chips (white or chocolate.)  Ovens and pans differ; 350o is proper, but my baking pans are new and I drop the heat to 325o.